- Our graduate program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech Language Hearing Association
- Our graduates are sought after by employers throughout the United States and Canada
- For several years in a row, every MSU graduate student who has taken the Speech-Language Pathology Praxis exam has passed it the first time, scoring well above the national average
Careers in Communications Disorders
Speech-language pathologists and audiologists help people with speech, language or hearing problems to hear and communicate more effectively. Speech-language pathologists work with people of all ages in a variety of settings: schools, clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private practice.
A bachelor's degree in communication disorders prepares students to pursue a master's (graduate) degree in speech-language pathology or audiology. A master's degree is required for professional practice as a speech-language pathologist; a doctorate degree in audiology is required for practice as an audiologist in the U.S. We offer the Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Approximately 25 students are accepted into our master's degree program each year.
The Communication Disorders Clinic is an outstanding facility and - with 17 clinic rooms, two assessment rooms, observation rooms, and the only Vocal Functions Laboratory in the region - it is one of the largest in the Midwest. Teamed with faculty members, our undergraduate and graduate students have the distinctive opportunity of working directly with clients: conducting evaluations, preparing appropriate interventions, and providing needed services.
All communication disorders faculty members hold Certificates of Clinical Competence issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. All are licensed in speech-language pathology and audiology by the North Dakota Board of Examiners.
Our second-year graduate students are highly recruited, completing their 16-week externships throughout the United States and Canada. Some receive stipends ranging from $10,000 to $16,000. Virtually all are offered full-time positions upon completion of their externships.
Demand is so high, our graduate students often receive employment offers before they graduate. Beginning salaries in communication disorders range from $40,000 to $65,000.
The Department of Communications Disorders offers undergraduate and graduate students scholarships, graduate assistantships, tuition waivers, and funding from area service organizations and educational agencies.
Right for you?
Speech-language pathologists and audiologists work intently with their clients to help them develop or recover reliable communication and swallowing skills. They must communicate diagnostic results, diagnoses and proposed treatment in a manner easily understood by clients and their families. They need to be supportive and approach problems objectively. And - because a client's progress may be slow - patience, compassion and good listening skills are vital.
Department of Communication Disorders mission
Our mission is to provide state-of-the-art pre-service communications disorders training, engage students in clinical and research activities, and maximize the quality of life for people with communication problems.
Leisa Harmon, MS, CCC-SLP
Chair, Department of Communication Disorders
Phone: 701-858-3057 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3057