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Communication Disorders

Program Information and Details

Program of Study: Speech-Language Pathology

Admission Requirements:
Applicants for the master’s degree in Communication Disorders (CD) with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology at Minot State University must have an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Communication Disorders or have completed a Post-Baccalaureate Program in Communication Disorders. Admission to the Communication Disorders Graduate Program is a competitive process. To be considered for admission, applicants must a) have a minimum 3.25 grade point average for the last 4 years or last 60 hours,b) submit their scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), c) have a minimum of 3.5 on the writing portion of the GRE, and d) have three strong recommendations. Qualified applicants will then be rank-ordered based on last 60-hour grade point average, GRE scores, and recommendations.

Typically, a large number of qualified applicants to the graduate program are received. Applicants who are not admitted in the first round may be placed on a waiting list for admission. Factors to be considered for students on the waiting list will include completion of undergraduate or post-baccalaureate program at Minot State, North Dakota or Minnesota resident, successful undergraduate clinical practicum experience, and volunteer experience relevant to the field of communication disorders.

Deadline for Application:
Applications are due by February 15 and can be completed online. Applicants will be notified typically by March 15 from the Graduate School regarding the status of their admission. Please wait until after March 15 before inquiring about your admission status.

Delivery Mode and Schedule:
All classes are delivered face-to-face on campus. There are no online/correspondence classes. The graduate program is five consecutive semesters long: fall, spring, summer, fall#2, spring#2. In the second spring semester, the student completes a full-time 16 week internship. During the first four semesters, students complete practicum experiences on campus, as well as in the community (hospital, nursing homes, public schools, etc.). Click on the “Program and Course Description“ and “Advising Worksheet” links for further information.

Program/Department Policies:
The CD Department strictly follows the rules of the Graduate School, unless departmental policies supersede Graduate School policies. Refer to the Graduate Catalog for a full description of the CD Graduate Program.

Exit Requirements:
To graduate with a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, students must complete all coursework and practicum with a minimum 3.00 GPA. (Refer to the Graduate Catalog for GPAs under 3.00.) In addition to coursework and practicum, students must choose from one of two options. The first option is a non-thesis track, which requires the student to pass a four-hour written comprehensive examination and a one-hour oral examination. The second option is the thesis track, which requires the student to complete and successfully defend a master’s thesis in an oral examination. All students must also take the national praxis examination in Speech-Language Pathology.

Further Information:
Graduates of the CD Master’s Program are highly recruited by employers in the United States and Canada. Job opportunities exist in the public schools, hospitals, rehab companies, skilled nursing facilities, and private practice. Gradation rate is approximately 95% and employment rate is 100%. Financial assistance offered to graduate students includes university and departmental scholarships, graduate assistantships, tuition discounts, and stipends from civic organizations, employers, and the state of North Dakota.

Contact Information:

Leisa Harmon, Chair
MSU/Memorial Hall 116
500 University Ave. West
Minot, ND 58707
701-858-3057 Office
701-858-3845 Fax
Graduate School:
Kristin Wood, MSM
MSU/Memorial Hall 200
500 University Ave. West
Minot, ND 58707
701-858-3250 Office
701-858-4286 Fax


Dr. Neil Nordquist, Dean
Karen Wright, Administrative Assistant
Memorial Hall 336
701-858-4471 [Fax]