Master's in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The program in Communication Sciences and Disorders offers the M.S. degree with an emphasis in speech-language pathology. The speech-language pathology master's degree program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Graduates of the program are eligible for clinical certification by ASHA and are highly successful in passing the national examination (NESPA). The pass rate (first try) is 100% since year 2004. In addition, all graduates successfully gain employment immediately following their graduation. View data for national exam (Praxis) pass rates and employment rates immediately following graduation (Adobe Acrobat).

Graduates of the program are highly recruited because of their academic preparation and their clinical flexibility for serving individuals in any environment. Recent history shows that almost half of KSU graduates seek employment in medical settings and the other half in school-based settings.

The objectives (mission) of this professional education program are to:

  1. Prepare speech-language pathologists to fill diverse roles in the broad area of speech-language pathology and in a variety of professional environments;
  2. Provide the student with knowledge about the changing role of the speech-language pathologists within our society;
  3. Facilitate an interdisciplinary view of disorders of human communication;
  4. Provide speech-language pathologists with the course work and practicum experiences needed to meet national standards for clinical knowledge and skills and to earn the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The faculty and facilities of the Communication Sciences and Disorders program are housed in the K-State Speech and Hearing Center, in the Campus Creek Complex. It has clinical affiliations with a variety of professional sites including public school systems, acute care centers and rehabilitation hospitals. The two major goals of the KSU Speech and Hearing Center are to provide high quality, comprehensive services to individuals with communication impairments and to provide graduate students with professional training in speech-language pathology and audiology. All services provided by graduate students are closely supervised by faculty members.

Communication Sciences and Disorders M.S. Program Admission Procedures and Application Materials

The M.S. program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is focused on speech-language pathology. It is a full-time, two-year program with consecutive semester enrollment, starting either in the summer/fall or spring semester. The majority (about 90%) of CSD undergraduate majors complete the program in six semesters (includes two summers). The exceptions typically relate to students who have deficiencies in their undergraduate curriculum from another program. View data about degree completion rates (Adobe Acrobat).

CSD Graduate Admission Criteria

  1. A bachelor's degree
  2. Adequate undergraduate preparation in speech-language pathology or audiology or equivalent evidence of an appropriate background for undertaking an advanced degree program
  3. An overall undergraduate average of 3.0 or better
  4. An undergraduate average of 3.0 or better in the junior and senior years
  5. An undergraduate average of 3.0 or better in the major
  6. A personal statement about interests and professional goals
  7. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  8. Three recommendation forms completed by instructors or possibly other individuals who can attest to the applicant's suitability for graduate study in speech-language pathology

You can read the Handbook of Program Requirements (Adobe Acrobat) to learn details about the program including its mission, required course work, and clinical training experiences.

You can also read the Strategic Plan to view long-term training goals and program objectives.

CSD Graduate Application Procedures - Apply for graduate admission in CSD by linking to the following forms:

You must request that each undergraduate or graduate institution that you attended previously send two copies of official transcripts directly to the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program (address below). The program should receive your application materials, including two official copies of transcripts from each institution you've attended, official GRE scores, personal statement, resume (optional) and three completed forms of recommendation by February 1 for Summer/Fall admission. The deadline for international applicants is January 1 for Fall admission. Please note that GRE scores may be sent by ETS to the following KSU codes: Institutional - 6334 and Departmental - 0627. Applicants who are not recommended for admission may apply once more to the program.

International Applicants

In addition to the required materials previously listed, you should send an audio recording introducing yourself to the program (about 5 minutes of talking). Also note:

  • Official TOEFL Score
    Note: The FSHS Graduate Programs require a TOEFL of at least 600 (paper test), 250 (computer-based test), or 100 (internet-based test) to consider international applicants for admission. This requirement exceeds the minimum requirement by the KSU Graduate School.
  • Affidavit of Financial Support: You must also submit the required supporting documentation. See specific instructions on this form.

CSD Contact Information

Questions about the graduate program or curriculum may be addressed to:

Jane Mertz Garcia, Ph.D. or Ann Bosma Smit, Ph.D.
Graduate Admissions, Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Kansas State University Speech & Hearing Center
139 Campus Creek Complex
Manhattan, KS 66506-7500
(785) 532-6879

Questions about deadlines and forms may be addressed to:

Becky Wolfe Taylor
Graduate Admissions, Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Kansas State University Speech & Hearing Center
139 Campus Creek Complex
Manhattan, KS 66506-7500
(785) 532-6879

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