Communication Sciences and Disorders

Graduate Programs

Description

Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is a discipline in human sciences and services offering rewarding careers in speech-language pathology. Employment opportunities are commonly available in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private practice. The master's  program, when combined with students' undergraduate preparation, leads to the academic and practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in speech-language pathology issued by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Effective January 1, 1994, all graduate work applied toward the CCC must have been initiated and completed at a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of ASHA. 

Program Purpose 

The Communication Sciences and Disorders MS provides high quality of student preparation leading to careers in human service discipline for persons with communication disorders and to promote scientific investigation in the normal and abnormal development and use of communication, speech, language, hearing and swallowing. 

Majors

Program Locations Major / Total Credits
Communication Sciences and Disorders MS MS - Master of Science
  • Mankato
  • Online
52 / 52

Policies & Faculty

Policies

Admission

Applications for admission are competitive and must be received by February 1 for the following fall semester. If a vacancy occurs during the academic year, mid-year admission is possible.

Applicants should have attained: 

  1. a competitive score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  2. a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
  3. professional coursework
  4. three statements of recommendation
  5. submission of a writing sample in the form of a letter of intent 

Provisional Admission: Applicants who have not attained the above GPA (3.0) may be admitted provisionally on the basis of their performance on the GRE (contact department for specific requirements and prior experience). 

Financial Assistance

A limited number of graduate assistantships in Communication Sciences and Disorders are available. Applications can be obtained online from the College of Graduate Studies and Research and should be filed by February 1 for the following academic year or until positions are filled.

Additional Information

Graduate study is fundamentally different than undergraduate work, as graduate students are expected to demonstrate superior academic performance. To be recommended by the faculty for graduation, each student's Plan of Study is reviewed individually for deficiencies.

Honesty Policy

As members of Minnesota State University, Mankato community, students assume the responsibility to meet the academic obligations in a fair and honest manner. This responsibility includes avoiding such activities as cheating, plagiarism, or collusion. Please refer to the University policy on academic honesty for definitions of terms and explanations. 

Contact Information

314 Clinical Sciences Building

(507) 389-1414
https://ahn.mnsu.edu/academic-programs/communication-sciences-and-disorders/

Faculty

500 Level

Credits: 2

Types and characteristics of language disorders in children. Prereq: admission to major or concurrent enrollment in CDIS 503, consent of instructor, special education majors.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

Lab associated with CDIS 4/502. Practice in applying course content to the language of children. Prereq: admission to major or concurrent enrollment in CDIS 502, consent of instructor, special education majors.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills in the areas of literacy foundations, development, assessment, intervention and disorders for speech-language pathologists. Students will engage in both a service learning (tutoring component) as well as complete a mini research project on reading or writing.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 2

Delivery of clinical services in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and other settings.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 2

This course addresses overall equity, inclusion and diversity issues in education and healthcare systems both at the macro-level (system issues) as well as micro-level of service delivery of speech-language pathologists across race, ability, linguistic, and gender/sexuality diversity. Other issues of interprofessional practice, supervision, cultural competency will be addressed.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 2

Explains and demonstrates the use of augmentative and alternative communication in the acquisition of knowledge about human communication disorders.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

This course will explore interprofessional practices with emphasis related to the areas of allied health and nursing sciences and related disciplines. Students will learn how to interact with other disciplines. Students will be taught techniques to implement outcome-based interprofessional activities through project or community-based experiences.

Prerequisites: none

600 Level

Credits: 3

Strategies for identifying, designing, and critiquing research and professional information from classic and evidence-based practice perspectives.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 2

This course is an intermediate course designed to instruct graduate students in the area of child language assessment and intervention in the school age years. A variety of topics are covered detailing the identification of children with language impairment/disorder who are ages 5-18.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This course is an intermediate course designed to instruct graduate students in the area of child language assessment and intervention in the early childhood years. A variety of topics are covered detailing the identification of children with language impairment/disorder who are ages 0-5.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 2

Advances in basic research and practices as they pertain to speech sound problems.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Comprehensive study of voice and upper airway disorders. Topics include anatomical and physiological bases, causes, prevention, assessment, evidence-based treatment, and in-depth coverage of selected clinical populations.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Description, etiology, assessment, and management of fluency disorders.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 4

Advances in basic research and practice related to aphasia traumatic brain injury, right hemisphere dysfunction, and the dementias.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Apraxia and dysarthia of speech and dysphagia. Causes, assessment, and management.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Course content pertains to a selected topic within Communication Sciences and Disorders and may vary with each offering.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Course content pertains to a selected topic within Communication Sciences and Disorders, specifically focused on diversity, equity and inclusion and may vary with each offering.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-6

Advanced individual study in a specific area. All terms

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 2

Recognition and differentiation of linguistic and cultural differences and disorder in the multicultural population.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

CDIS689 strives to provide advanced cultural training opportunities for students to apply their multicultural knowledge and practice their cultural competence. This hybrid course prepares future healthcare professionals to serve culturally and linguistically diverse clients in the global marketplace. Students will develop a global multicultural understanding and intercultural communication skills, exchange a variety of culturally appropriate strategies, understand the professional scope of practice and service delivery, and learn about different healthcare systems and professional issues in a multicultural/multilingual world.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Description, etiology, assessment, and treatment of swallowing disorders across the life span. Bedside and instrumental techniques for the study of swallowing are presented.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

This practicum focuses on placement in diverse settings with focus on assessment and intervention across the lifespan with a special focus on equity and inclusive practices in speech-language pathology. Experiences will be a combination of university-based experiences and experiences in applied settings including schools and medical facilities.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-2

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Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

Supervised delivery of clinical services. Prereq: admission to graduate program and 25 hours of observation

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

This course is an intermediate course designed to facilitate hands on diagnostic experiences for graduate students in Communication Sciences & Disorders. Students will interact with formal and informal assessments of language and literacy including assessment of related social and cognitive skills that impact academic performance. Students will have the opportunity to plan, implement, analyze and communicate findings from a diagnostic experience.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

This course is to develop and increase professional preparation of Master¿s level Speech-Language Pathology students at the end of their program. Professional issues such as job seeking, resume and job application preparation, licensure and accreditation as well as preparation for national exam in Speech-Language Pathology will be addressed.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-12

Prereq: CDIS 692 and a minimum of 25 clinical hours

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

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Prerequisites: none