CSD Master's Program

Welcome to the Master's Program Communicative Sciences and Disorders program at Michigan State University!

CSD 2016 Master Students

We appreciate your interest in our M.A. program. Students pursuing a Master's degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders enjoy:

Cutting-edge and challenging program

This program is uniquely designed to equip students with experiences, knowledge, and skills they will need to succeed in their future professional endeavors. With this goal in mind, students will not only complete coursework in their subject areas, but will participate in problem-based learning designed to promote critical thinking skills and leadership. MSU's clinical training is community based. We have network of over 100 off-campus facilities including public schools, hospitals, nursing homes and private clinics both here in Mid-Michigan and throughout the state to support the clinical training of our Master's students. [pullquote]The education I received from MSU allowed me to gain confidence in a number of clinical experiences.-Gregory J. Spray, M.A.[/pullquote]

Our clinical supervisors are working in the field as speech-language pathologists and therefore opportunities for students to applying knowledge learned in the classroom directly to real-world clinical life is abundant. Additionally, our program offers two tracks, thesis and non-thesis. Students electing to pursue a thesis will have the opportunity to develop and conduct original research under the mentoring of experienced research based faculty. Those students who pursue a non-thesis track will have the opportunity to take 6-credits of electives to add to their clinical knowledge base.

Resources of a thriving Big Ten university

Students at MSU are able to avail of the resources of a world leader in research with nationally ranked academic units, impressive libraries, a beautiful large campus, a pioneering record in sustainability, exciting athletics, and an impressively diverse academic community. Becoming a Spartan is to gain entry into one of the largest and most productive group of alumni networks in the world.
For more information on the M.A. program, please see the M.A. handbook available on the Resources page.

Employment opportunities

A Master's degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders is the entry level degree for working clinically as a speech-language pathologist. MSU has a 100% job placement rate post-graduation. Graduates of our program work in both medical and educational settings. Medical settings include hospitals, rehabilitation units, nursing home facilitates, private clinics and home health agencies. Educational settings include public schools including early intervention, preschool, grades K-12, center based programs and charter schools.

Outstanding resources

The M.A. program in CSD offers students exciting opportunities to learn from and work with internationally renowned scientists in the fields of communicative sciences and disorders. Our master's program is designed to attract excellent student from diverse backgrounds and train them to become clinicians and leaders in the field of communicative sciences and disorders.

Course sequence

The M.A. program in CSD is a 51 credit degree and is 5 continuous semesters beginning each fall. Courses are as follows:

Typical Course Sequence

Course Number
Course Name
Number of Credits
Fall 1CSD 803Research Methods3 credits

Fall 1CSD 813Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Speech, Language, and Hearing3 credits
Fall 1CSD 860Articulation and Phonological Disorders3 credits
Fall 1CSD 880Clinical Proseminar: Professional Issues3 credits
Spring 1CSD 815Acquired Language Disorders3 credits
Spring 1CSD 820Language Assessment and Intervention: Early Stages3 credits
Spring 1CSD 855Assessment and Treatment of Dysphagia3 credits
Spring 1CSD 883Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology3 credits
Summer 1CSD 865Motor Speech Disorders3 credits
Summer 1CSD 883Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology3 credits
Summer 1Elective3 credits
Fall 2CSD 821Language Assessment and Intervention: Later Stages3 credits
Fall 2CSD 830Fluency Disorders
3 credits
Fall 2CSD 840Voice Disorders3 credits
Fall 2CSD 883Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology3 -6 credits
Spring 2Elective3 credits

Students may complete the M.A. program by choosing one of the following two plans. A decision to enroll in Plan A or Plan B must be communicated to the Program Director no later than October 31st of the first Fall semester in the program.

PLAN A (thesis option)

  • 51 total credits
  • 33 required credits
  • 12 practicum
  • 6 thesis credits
  • Thesis Defense

PLAN B (non-thesis option)

  • 51 total credits
  • 33 required credits
  • 12 practicum credits
  • 6 elective credits
  • Departmental Final Examination


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.


For questions regarding admissions, please contact us at comdis@msu.edu.

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