Master of Arts (MA) Program

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Dr. Julie Scherz
413 Ahlberg Hall
(316) 978-3240
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Wichita State’s master's program in speech-language pathology prepares graduates for high-demand careers improving the lives of patients with communication and swallowing disorders. The program requires a minimum of 61 credit hours and continuous enrollment in clinical practicum. Students have hands-on experience with clients at the WSU Evelyn Hendren Cassat Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic before completing two off-campus practicum experiences in medical and educational settings.

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 5-7 semesters (including summer)
Study Plan Options Full-time
Application Deadlines CSDCAS: Complete (not verified) by January 15th
WSU Graduate School: Complete by February 1st
Class Size 25
Application Ratio 5:1
Minimum GPA to apply 3.00 GPA in last 60 credit hours
GPA range of accepted students in last application cycle 3.62-4.00 in last 60 credit hours  (Average 3.83 GPA)
Examinations required to apply 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 cycle GRE: 146-152 verbal reasoning, 144-150 quantitative reasoning, 4.0-5.0 analytical writing
MAT: Range not available
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

Prerequisite Coursework

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.

Fall Semester (13-16 credits)
CSD 251 Auditory Development and Disorders
CSD 301 Basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
CSD 302 Basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory System
HS 570+571+572+573 Neuroscience for Health Professionals  (equivalent to CSD 605)
PHYS 210 Physics of Sound
CSD 519+521 Genetic and Organic Syndromes  (optional)

Spring Semester (13-16 credits)
CSD 304+304L Early Language Development
CSD 306+306L Applied Phonetics
CSD 416+417 Introduction to Language Disorders
CSD 506 Acoustic and Perceptual Phonetics
CSD 517 Communication in Aging  (optional)

Summer Session (3 credits)
CSD 504 Aural Rehabilitation

Tool subjects (6 credits, may be taken at undergraduate or graduate level)
Research Methods (e.g., CESP 701, HP 800 or PSY 311)
Statistics (e.g., CESP 704, PHS 804, PSY 301 or STAT 370)

Additional foundational courses required for ASHA certification
*  Biological Sciences Course:  Must emphasize a content area related to human or animal sciences and not be specific to CSD (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science). ANTH 101 Biological Anthropology or HS 290 Foundational Human Anatomy and Physiology are also acceptable options for this requirement
Physical Sciences Course:  Physics or Chemistry (content can not be specific to CSD)
Social/Behavioral Sciences Course:  Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, or Public Health.

Additional prerequisites completed in the graduate program (3 credit hours)
CSD 514+515 Speech-Sound Disorders

Complaint Process

Students enrolled in graduate education at WSU are provided guidance to resolve academic disputes by following procedures detailed on the Graduate School website:

Conflicts eligible for resolution under these procedures are restricted to academic matters other than grades. Disputes about grades are resolved through the Student Court of Academic Appeals.
These procedures do not include conflicts covered by other policies in the University.

Students enrolled in the master's program for speech-language pathology or the clinical doctorate in audiology are referred to the Council on Academic Accreditation if they seek to file a complaint against the program: http://www.asha.org/academic/accreditation/CAA_overview.htm