The MSU Post-Baccalaureate Program in Communication Disorders

The Post-Baccalaureate Program at MSU is intended for individuals who have an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than Communication Disorders. Typically, Post-Bac students have earned degrees in English, education, psychology, or linguistics.

The Post-Baccalaureate Program is an intensive one-year plan in which the student takes all the undergraduate classes in Communication Disorders. To meet ASHA standards, the student is required to have one class in the following six categories: (1) statistics, (2) biology, (3) physical science (physics or chemistry), (4) social/behavioral Science (psychology, sociology, or anthropology, (5) sign language, and (6) ethnic diversity. Any of these classes which are lacking may be taken prior to, during, or after the Post-Baccalaureate Program. They are not required to apply for the Post-Baccalaureate Program.

Application to the Post-Baccalaureate Program must be completed online. Students accepted into the program must demonstrate a strong commitment to apply to the master's program. However, successful completion of the Post-Baccalaureate program does not guarantee acceptance into the graduate program. Students may enroll in the Post-Baccalaureate Program only once. A minimum 3.0 grade point average must be earned in the fall semester to be allowed to continue in the spring semester. The decision on how many students will be accepted into the Post-Baccalaureate Program will be made by the CD Department based on total enrollment, available space, and potential success of the candidate. Students will not be required to complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to enter the program but must complete the GRE during the fall semester if they plan to apply for the master's program.

Admission Procedures:

  1. Complete the MSU Online Application and submit this and the required materials listed below to the Department of Communication Disorders, Memorial Hall 116, Minot, ND, 58707. 
  2. Online application will direct you to electronically submit three names of persons who will complete your recommendation form. The recommenders should be persons who can attest to the student's ability to complete the intense one-year Post-Bac Program and potential success at the graduate level.
  3. Submit original transcripts from all universities attended. Candidate must have a 3.0 GPA at the undergraduate level, or a 3.3 GPA for the last 60 undergraduate hours.
  4. Provide proof of two doses of immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella.
  5. Include a non-refundable $35 (US) application fee to "Minot State University".
  6. Write and submit a one-page autobiography to describe current status and reasons why you want to pursue a career in Speech-Language Pathology.
  7. Contact Diane Pierson at 701.858.3031 with questions about the process.

Retention Criteria in Post-Baccalaureate Program:

  1. Student may not continue enrollment in this program if any grade lower than a "C" in department coursework is earned.
  2. Student must have and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA ("B" average).
  3. Students who do not meet the above criteria for retention may not enroll in additional coursework in the Department of Communication Disorders.
  4. Students must demonstrate adequate speech and hearing or show evidence each semester from the Department of Communication Disorders that progress is being made in the required remediation.

Post-Baccalaureate Program Plan of Study Options (Choose one of the options listed below)

Post-Baccalaureate Advising Worksheet

ASHA Required Classes:
To obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence, ASHA requires a master’s degree, as well as one class in each of the following six categories:

  1. Statistics
  2. Physical Science (physics or chemistry)
  3. Biology (most biology classes, anatomy/physiology, genetics, etc.)
  4. Social/Behavioral (psychology, sociology or anthropology)
  5. Diversity (ethnic diversity, multi-cultural class, etc.)
  6. Sign Language (American Sign Language, Signing Exact English, etc.)

The above classes may be taken during the Post-Baccalaureate Program as students’ schedules allow. Alternatively, these classes may be taken prior to or after the post-bac program.

Contact Information:

Ann Beste-Guldborg, Chair
Department of Communication Disorders
Memorial Hall 116
500 University Ave. West
Minot, ND 58707