Master of Science in Communication Disorders

Admission Standards:

  1. Undergraduate requirements: Bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders, or Post-baccalaureate in Communication Disorders
  2. GRE-General Subject test, minimum 3.5 on the writing portion
  3. GPA-cumulative: 3.25 or 3.25 in most recent semesters contributing to 60 semester hours
  4. Qualified applicants are rank-ordered based on last 60 GPA, GRE scores, and recommendations
  5. English Proficiency (Non-Canadian International Applicants Only):  TOEFL:  79;  IELTS:  6

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.

Admission Packet Deadline: February 15
Admission Intake: Fall only

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 externship. During the first four semesters, students complete practicum experiences on campus, as well as in the community (hospital, nursing homes, public schools, etc.).

Speech Language Pathology Required Courses:
CD 501 Introduction to Graduate Studies 3 SH
CD 502 Early Intervention & Interdisciplinary Studies 2 SH
CD 511 Clinical Practicum: Therapy (taken 3 times) 3 SH
CD 513 Clinical Practicum: Testing 3 SH
CD 516 Public School Practicum: Speech-Language Pathology 6-12 SH
CD 517 Advanced External Practicum: Speech-Language Pathology 6-12 SH
CD 520 Fluency Disorders 3 SH
CD 522 Neurogenic Communication Disorders 3 SH
CD 524 Neurologically Based Speech Disorders 3 SH
CD 526 Applied Phonology 3 SH
CD 528 Assessment in Speech-Language Pathology 3 SH
CD 530 Cleft Palate 1 SH
CD 532 Voice Disorders 3 SH
CD 534 Adolescent Communication 2 SH
CD 535 Dysphagia 3 SH
CD 536 AAC: Multiple Disabilities 3 SH
CD 538 Language and Literacy 3 SH
CD 539 Audiology for the SLP 2 SH
CD 540 Supervision and Professional Issues in SLP 2 SH
CD 545 Public School Methods 2 SH
Minimum Total Graduate Program
Credits Required 56 SH

» Course descriptions
» Advising Worksheet [pdf]
» Communication Disorders website

Program Director:
Dr. Anne Beste-Guldborg