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MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders St Cloud State University



Course info


The Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program will prepare you for a career in a variety of settings such as schools, hospitals, rehabilitation center and private practice. You will complete course work and clinical experiences. Your knowledge and skills acquisition (KASA) will be documented in line with American Speech-Language-Hearing Association certification standards.

Program Highlights

  • Offered in two phases to accommodate both students who had clinical experience as an undergrad and those who did not
  • Eight to 10 graduate assistantships available each year.
  • Graduates are eligible to apply for Minnesota Department of Education and/or Minnesota Department of Health licensure as speech-language pathologists.
  • Students provide diagnostic and therapy services in speech-language pathology and audiology for children and adults through the university's Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic.
  • Students lead meetings of the St. Cloud Chapter of the National Stuttering Association.

The Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is subdivided into Phase I and Phase II. A student must have applied and been accepted into the CSD graduate program in order to complete courses in either phase of the degree program. Admission standards and application deadlines are the same for students accepted into Phase I and Phase II.

Students begin study at Phase I if they are accepted into the graduate program without an undergraduate degree or preparation in the professional discipline or with less than 25 credits of CSD course work. Students with an undergraduate major or minor in communication disorders initiate study at Phase II.

Phase I overview

The courses in Phase I are prerequisites for Phase II courses. Students will not be permitted to enroll in Phase II courses until Phase I courses have been completed. Phase I consists of a minimum of 33 semester credits. Additional Phase I credits would be required for students with baccalaureate degrees that did not include at least one course in each of the following four areas:

  • Human biology
  • Physical science
  • Mathematics
  • Social/behavioral sciences

Phase II overview

Phase II consists of 49 credits that entail 37 credits of academic course work and a minimum of 12 credits of practicum. Phase II credit requirements may exceed 49 credits if prerequisites have not been met, students elect to complete additional course work, or an additional practicum is required to meet clinical clock hour requirements for certification.

Plan A: Thesis exam requires 55 credits.

Plan B: Starred Paper and comprehensive exam requires 55 credits.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Full Time (Phase II-55 credits)

Tuition fees

$12,444.00 (9,13,079) per year


26 Aug, 24 Aug


School of Health and Human Services

Brown Hall 215,

720 4th Avenue South,



56301, United States

Entry requirement for international students

An applicant must meet one of the following Grade Point Average (GPA) standards to be eligible for academic admission consideration to the School of Graduate Studies:

  • Possess at least an overall 2.75 GPA (4.0 scale) in your previous undergraduate work.
  • Possess at least an overall 2.75 GPA (4.0 scale) in the last half of your undergraduate work.

An applicant with graduate coursework must meet one of the above requirements plus possess at least an overall 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) in his/her graduate course work.

English Language Requirements:

  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79 or higher on the Internet-based exam with no sub score below 17, or a score of 550 or higher on the paper-based exam.
  • A score of 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic Test only; General Training test not accepted)
  • A score of 57 or higher on the Pearson Test of English (pilot project.)

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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