School of Health and Human Services

B.S.  Program Information

The Communication Sciences and Disorders undergraduate curriculum emphasizes preparation in basic communication sciences, normal development of communication, communication differences and disorders, and clinical interventions. The goal of the B.S. degree program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is to provide speech-language pathology students with a solid knowledge base on which to build their professional skills.

State Departments of Education and of Health as well as the national professional organization, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), have established credentials governing the practice of speech language pathology.

Students pursuing a major in CSD are encouraged to meet with a CSD adviser as early as possible. Please contact the department (320-308-2092) to schedule an appointment with an undergraduate adviser.

To meet ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) Certification Standards, students must take one course in each of these four areas: a) Biological Sciences, b) Physical Sciences, c) Social/Behavioral Sciences, d) Mathematics. These courses should be taken as part of the general education requirements.

Admission to the B.S. program

Students can be admitted to the CSD major after they have completed 9-12 credits of CSD coursework and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with a CSD advisor as early as possible to discuss their plan of study.

M.S. Program Information

Our Master’s degree curriculum prepares students to diagnose and treat individuals with communication differences and disorders in an independent, professional manner with a variety of clinical settings.

Why complete your graduate degree in CSD at SCSU?

  • 100% employment for all our graduate students in the last five years
  • Full-time educational and medical internships in the final semester of the graduate program
  • Five to ten departmental scholarships awarded each year, in addition to 9 GA positions
  • Multiple off-campus clinical practicum opportunities in pediatric and adult/geriatric settings
  • Small department with low student-faculty ratio, easy access to faculty, nurturing and supportive environment.
  • Look at the CSD Student Outcome Data

Admission to our M.S. program

According to the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), in the last 5 years, admission into graduate programs in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) has been very competitive.  Our department grants admission to approximately 15 students each academic year. 

Application materials to our Graduate program are available. The deadline for SCSU graduate applications is January 15th.

Immunization Requirement for Clinical Placements:
As a student in a healthcare or educational profession, there are certain public health requirements to which you are expected to adhere. Immunizations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) must be up to date when you enter the CSD graduate program. If immunizations and TB tests are not up to date, the CSD Department cannot guarantee that you will be accepted at medical and/or educational clinical rotation sites. This could impact your timely progression through the program, prevent you from participating in a variety of clinical experiences and ultimately prevent you from graduating.

Criminal Background Checks
The SCSU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders requests Criminal Background Checks from the MN Department of Human Services for all students who will be enrolled in on-campus and off-campus clinical practicum.  The CBC will be required before placement in CSD 611 Graduate Practicum, CSD 612 Educational Internship,, and CSD 613 Medical Internship. If a student is concerned about passing the criminal background check, they are advised to contact the Experiential Learning and Outreach Coordinator in the School of Health and Human Services at 320-308-4238. All background checks will be stored in the SHHS Dean’s office.

Where do I apply for Graduate Assistantships?

  • Graduate Assistantships (GA) in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) are awarded based on merit. Typically each year, 8 to 10 half time graduate assistantship positions are available (contingent upon the funding received from the state). You will be notified, if you are awarded the GA position when you are accepted into the program. Hence there is no need to apply for a GA position in the CSD program.
  • You may apply for GA positions on campus outside the CSD department. To find University wide GA positions go to and look under “Graduate Assistantship Application” and follow the directions.
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