Master of Arts (MA) Program

Program Coordinator
Dr. Douglas Parham
427 Ahlberg Hall
(316) 978-3240
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Welcome to the Wichita State University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders!

The Master of Arts program in Speech-Language Pathology prepares graduates for high-demand careers improving the lives of patients with communication and swallowing disorders. Graduates meet all of the requirements for clinical certification by ASHA and will be eligible for licensure in the State of Kansas, among others. Our students are engaged in interprofessional learning opportunities with other health disciplines in the WSU College of Health Professions. The bridge between academics and clinical practice is made through critical thinking seminars and experiences.

Students actively participate in clinical practicum while serving clients of all ages at the WSU Evelyn Hendren Cassat Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic before completing at least two off-campus practicum experiences in medical and educational settings. Wichita, the largest city in Kansas, and the surrounding metropolitan area offers a full range of externship opportunities at major hospitals, clinics, and schools to ensure that students can apply their learning in multiple professional settings. Students are also able to request placements across the United States.

The program requires a minimum of 61 credit hours which includes continuous enrollment in clinical practicum. To successfully complete the program, students must:

  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Complete a mentored research project and oral presentation during their second year
  • Achieve a passing score on the Praxis exam as determined by the State of Kansas
  • Have sufficient clinical clock hours to satisfy American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP)
  • Demonstrate competence in clinical knowledge and skills

Program Facts

Program Entry Point Fall
Program Length 6 semesters
Study Plan Options Full-time
Application Deadlines January 15
Class Size 25
Application Ratio 4.6:1
Minimum GPA to apply 3.00 GPA in last 60 credit hours
GPA range of accepted students in last application cycle 3.20-4.00 in last 60 credit hours  (Average 3.85 GPA)
Examinations required to apply Either the Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test. Non-native English speakers must also document written and spoken English proficiency.
Average range of exam scores of accepted students in last application cycle (middle 50%) GRE: Verbal Reasoning 144-161, Quantitative Reasoning 142-155, Analytical Writing 3.0-5.0
MAT: Range not available (suggested range: 399-431)
Degrees required Bachelor's degree in any field + program prerequisites
Professional certifications and licenses needed to practice Varies by state   (learn more about the profession)
Student Outcome Data Program completion, Praxis exam, and employment rates

Campus Visit/Information Session

Please click on the form link below to schedule an individual campus visit or to
sign up for a scheduled group information session: CSD Campus Visit Request Form

Fall 2017 information sessions
Thursday, November 9
Session 1: 12:30–1:30 p.m. Ahlberg Hall, Room 208
Session 2: 5:00–6:00 p.m. Ahlberg Hall, Room 300
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Prerequisite Coursework
(Starting Fall 2018)

All students seeking admittance to the MA program are required to have completed the following foundational coursework, or its equivalent, prior to starting the graduate program. Applications to the MA program may be submitted after one semester of prerequisite coursework is completed. Taking prerequisite coursework at WSU does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Interested students who are not currently admitted to WSU should contact the Office of Admissions. Course descriptions are available in the WSU Undergraduate Catalog under College of Health Professions, then Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Fall Semester (11-15 hours)
CSD 251  Auditory Development and Disorders (2)
CSD 301  Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism (3)
HS 570-573  Neuroscience for Health Professionals (4)
PHYS 210  Physics of Sound (2)
CSD 519+521  Genetic and Organic Syndromes (4, optional)

Spring Semester (13-16 hours)
CSD 304  Early Language Development (3)
CSD 306+306L  Applied Phonetics (3)
CSD 512  Communication in Special Populations: Children (4)
CSD 506  Acoustic and Perceptual Phonetics (3)
CSD 517  Communication in Special Populations: Aging (3, optional)

Summer Session (3 hours)
CSD 504  Aural Rehabilitation (3)

Tool course
Research Methods (independent research projects do not fulfill this requirement)

Foundational courses required for ASHA certification
Biological Sciences (content cannot be related to CSD)
Physical Sciences (i.e., physics or chemistry; content cannot be related to CSD; PHYS 210 is acceptable)
Statistics (content cannot be research methods)
Social Sciences and Behavioral Sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, public health, or anthropology)


The master's (MA) education program in speech-language pathology at Wichita State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD  20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.JPEG Image