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Communication Sciences and Disorders

We are excited to announce our Freshman Admission Guarantee for students with a clear vision for the future, good academic and social skills, AND who want to become a speech-language pathologist.

Why pursue a degree in communication sciences and disorders?
Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others through a challenging career that pays well and grows along with you? If so, then an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders is the way to go!

Most people who pursue a degree in communication sciences and disorders go on to get an advanced degree and become speech language pathologists, audiologists, or speech and hearing scientists. Others work in related human service fields. Some people use their undergraduate degree as a precursor to medical school or other therapeutic fields.

  • Careers in communication sciences and disorders are top rated by U.S. News and World Report.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics predicts a strong job market.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics cites an average salary of $79,120 per year with projected job growth rate faster than most other occupations.

Careers in communication sciences and disorders
With a career in communication sciences and disorders you may work in education, health care, private practice, business and industry, or research labs.

You will work with individuals at all age levels with a variety of difficulties including:

  • Speech sound disorders, language disorders, and autism
  • Stuttering
  • Hearing impairments
  • Traumatic brain injuries, including concussion
  • Stroke rehabilitation, dementia, and Alzheimer’s
  • Voice hygiene and vocal disorders
  • Swallowing and feeding issues
  • Genetic and acquired syndromes

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, speech-language pathologists earn a median pay of $84,140 per year.

Offered: On campus

Be inspired . . . earn your communication sciences and disorders degree

Our facilities
From the moment you start in the program, you will have the opportunity to interact with clients, culminating in a senior clinical practicum. Minot State has a newly remodeled outstanding clinical facility that includes voice, stuttering, AAC, language/articulation, and medical speech-language labs.
Our program
It takes four years to complete the undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders. When you complete your undergraduate degree at Minot State you are given special consideration for entrance into graduate studies. This year, 100% of our students who applied were offered admission to our graduate program.

Learn with Minot State
100% of the students in our program:

  • Get early and ongoing experience with people affected by communication disorders
  • Graduate with clinical experience
  • Go on to graduate school
Right for you?
In addition to being a lifelong learner who is collaborative, open minded, and enjoys people, for a career in a communication sciences and disorders field you will need:
  • Strong academic and communication skills
  • Patience, compassion, and empathy
  • A strong work ethic
  • Organization and flexibility
  • Problem solving skills

The Master of Science (MS) education program in distance and residential Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) at Minot State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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