FAQ's Master's in Communicative Sciences and Disorders

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How many students enter the program each year?

32 students are admitted each year to the Master's Program.

How do students receive clinical training without an on-campus clinic?

During the second semester of the program, students begin their first clinical practicum placement. These placements are with partners in community who have interest and expertise in speech-language pathology and training students.  Students complete three to four clinical placements while in the program. These placements are in a variety of settings ranging from public schools to hospitals and rehab facilities. The program has over 150 partnerships in the community across the state of Michigan as well as nationally, that we partner with to provide clinical training.  Students in our program work with faculty who establish the contacts for each placement to ensure the placement not only meets the interests of the students, but also meets the standards required for ASHA certification. Graduates of the program frequently remark how much they enjoyed and benefitted from the number and range of clinical placements in MSU’s program.

How many students apply for admission each year?

340 applications were received to our Master's program in January 2015.

What is the deadline for applications?

January 15th is the deadline by which all materials for domestic and international applicants must be submitted to the department.

Are Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores required?

Yes, GRE scores are required. Scores must be submitted to Michigan State University using the following codes:  University Code 1465.

What is the minimum GRE score required for admission to the program?

The program does not have a specific minimum GRE score requirement. GRE scores are just one of many factors that are used to evaluate applications. The average percentile rank of GRE scores for the incoming class of 2015 was as follows:  Verbal 151, Quantitative 149, Written 3.95.

Are Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores required for international students?

Yes, TOEFL scores are required for all international students. Our department also requires a spoken language sample for international applicants.

What are the minimum TOEFL scores required for students admitted to the program?

For the computer version of the test, the average score must be 237 or higher, with no subscores below 21. For the internet based test the average scores must be greater than 93, with no subscores below 21.

Scores must be submitted to Michigan State University using the following codes: University Code 1465.

What is the average grade point average (GPA) required for admission to the program?

The average cumulative undergraduate GPA scores for students admitted in 2015 was 3.52. Cumulative GPAs in this class ranged from 3.21 to 3.92. Students with cumulative GPAs lower than 3.0 are considered for admission if their record include other markers that might predict strong academic preparation and high probability of success in the graduate program. These include, for example, strong GRE scores, excellent letters of recommendations, prior work experience, or other significant credentials. Please note that the Michigan State University Registrar's office web pages clearly states that "Admission to regular status in the Masters of Arts program is contingent upon a bachelor's degree from an approved college or university, and academic grade-point average of 3.00 or better in the last two years of undergraduate study".

Are factors other than GRE scores and GPA important in admissions decisions?

Yes.  An academic statement,  a personal statement and three letters of recommendation  are required with the application for admission and are important components of the application packet. The admission decisions are based on a review of all of these materials. Additionally, MSU requires both an academic statement and a personal statement.

Letters of recommendation should be provided by individuals who can assess the applicant's ability to successfully engage in graduate studies. It is strongly recommended that two of the three recommendation letters are from academic instructors. We encourage applicants to request letters of recommendation from those individuals who can attest to the applicant's academic capabilities.

Please see"Apply Now" for complete instructions (electronic submissions only, NO HARDCOPIES accepted).

The academic statement should be a brief explanation of your academic interests in the Master's Program at MSU. The personal statement should include an overview of your interests in the field of communicative sciences and disorders and your commitment to the program.

Is it possible to begin my graduate studies in a semester other than Fall?

No.  A new cohort begins in the fall semester of every year. Admission at any other time is not allowed.

How long does it take to earn a Master's Degree?

The program is designed to be completed in 5 contiguous semesters. 100% of students in the program from 2013 to 2015 completed their degree in five semesters.

Are scholarships available?

Four 10,000.00 scholarships are available (2,000.00 for each semester) for four students who pursue a thesis (Plan A) option. Applicants interested in this opportunity should include a paragraph outlining your research interests and interest in completing a thesis in their academic statement. These scholarships are awarded by the faculty during the admissions process and applicants are notified in their offer letters. No further application is required to be considered. Additionally, funding options are available through the MSU Office of Financial Aid.

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