Welcome to the Master's Program Communicative Sciences and Disorders program at Michigan State University!
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.
The education I received from MSU allowed me to gain confidence in a number of clinical experiences.-Gregory J. Spray, M.A.
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.
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.
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.
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
Number of Credits
|Fall 1||CSD 803||Research Methods||3 credits
|Fall 1||CSD 813||Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Speech, Language, and Hearing||3 credits|
|Fall 1||CSD 860||Articulation and Phonological Disorders||3 credits|
|Fall 1||CSD 880||Clinical Proseminar: Professional Issues||3 credits|
|Spring 1||CSD 815||Acquired Language Disorders||3 credits|
|Spring 1||CSD 820||Language Assessment and Intervention: Early Stages||3 credits|
|Spring 1||CSD 855||Assessment and Treatment of Dysphagia||3 credits|
|Spring 1||CSD 883||Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology||3 credits|
|Summer 1||CSD 865||Motor Speech Disorders||3 credits|
|Summer 1||CSD 883||Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology||3 credits|
|Summer 1||Elective||3 credits|
|Fall 2||CSD 821||Language Assessment and Intervention: Later Stages||3 credits|
|Fall 2||CSD 830||Fluency Disorders||3 credits|
|Fall 2||CSD 840||Voice Disorders||3 credits|
|Fall 2||CSD 883||Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology||3 -6 credits|
|Spring 2||Elective||3 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.
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