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Communication Disorders

Why pursue a degree in communication disorders?
Most people who pursue a degree in communication 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.

  • U.S. News and World Reports ranks careers in communication disorders as top rated
  • U.S. Department of Labor Statistics predicts a strong job market
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics cites an average salary of $76,610 per year for careers in communication disorders with a projected job growth rate of 18% through 2026.
Careers in Communication Disorders
As a speech-language pathologist, audiologist, or speech and hearing scientist, you can work in research, education, industry, and health care. You will work as a part of interdisciplinary team in a variety of settings, some of which include:

  • Hospitals and rehabilitation centers
  • Schools and early intervention
  • Private practice
  • Industry, business, and research laboratories

Work centers around individuals at all age levels with a variety of difficulties including:

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

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Get involved
You are encouraged to join the Minot Chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, a student organization which fosters camaraderie among peers, introduces you to the profession, and engages in many community service projects.
Scholarships
Scholarships are available to top performing students through the university and from area service organizations and educational agencies.
Our faculty
Minot State has an outstanding clinical facility that includes voice, stuttering, AAC, and Cognitive Communication/Swallowing Labs. Undergraduate students have the distinctive opportunity to work directly with clients under the direction of faculty, all of whom hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association and are licensed practitioners in the State of North Dakota.
Right for you?
For a career in a communication disorders field you will need:
  • Strong academic and communication skills
  • A strong work ethic
  • Patience, compassion, and empathy
  • Organization and flexibility
  • Problem solving skills
Accreditation
The Master’s of Science education program in Speech-Language pathology 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, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.