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Communication Sciences and Disorders M.A.

Communication Sciences & Disorders
College of Education and Human Service Professions
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Contact Information
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, 174 Chester Park, 31 West College Street, Duluth, MN, 55812 (218-726-7974; fax: 218-726-8693)
Email: cd@d.umn.edu
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2022
  • Length of program in credits: 60 to 61
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Arts
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) masterís program effectively combines academic and clinical endeavors to prepare students to become speech-language pathologists. The program places a major emphasis on the development of clinical skills, although students can engage in a wide variety of academic and research activities as well. The curriculum, which is based on five semesters of study, is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The program focuses on helping students meet standards for certification as speech-language pathologists that have been established by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Applicants must have the equivalent of a 4-year undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders completed at an accredited institution and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants with a four-year undergraduate degree in another field from an accredited institution and who have completed a post-baccalaureate program in CSD from an accredited institution may apply. Applicants must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher in the post-baccalaureate program. Required prerequisites in the post-baccalaureate program: - Language Development - Anatomy/Physiology of the Speech System and Auditory System - Phonetics - Speech Science (including the physics of sound and acoustic characteristics of speech) - Audiology (including hearing measurement and hearing disorders) - Aural Rehabilitation - Articulation/Phonological Disorders - Child Language Disorders All applicants must provide: - at least three letters of recommendation, two of which should be from academic faculty familiar with the applicant; and - a personal statement. International and domestic applicants whose first language is not English must submit current score(s) from one of the English proficiency tests noted below.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Reading Score: 6.5
    • Writing Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan B: Plan B requires 60 to 61 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. The final exam is oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project: To complete the Plan B Project, students must register for 3 credits of CSD 8099 Projects in Communication Disorders in consultation with the advisor on the A-F grade basis. All Plan B projects must be pre-approved by the student's examining committee, which also grants final approval.
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 2 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
The MA degree requires 43 course credits plus 17 to 18 credits of clinical internship, externship, and practicum credits for a total of 60 to 61 credits. To meet accreditation standards for the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) and to ensure students to qualify for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (ASHA CFCC), students must register for clinical internship, externship, and practicum credits beyond those required for the MA degree. All courses are selected in consultation with the advisor and are subject to director of graduate studies approval.
Required Courses (43 credits)
Complete CSD 5100 for a total of 3 credits and CSD 8099 for a total of 3 credits.
CSD 5100 - Research Methods in Communication Disorders (1.0-3.0 cr)
CSD 5145 - Advanced Articulation and Phonological Disorders (3.0 cr)
CSD 5200 - Dysphagia (3.0 cr)
CSD 5210 - Interprofessional Practice in CSD (1.0 cr)
CSD 5230 - Advanced Applications in Communication Modalities (4.0 cr)
CSD 5250 - Seminar in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (1.0 cr)
CSD 5260 - Seminars in Orofacial Disorders (2.0 cr)
CSD 5301 - Language Disorders in Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers (3.0 cr)
CSD 5302 - Language Disorders in School-Age Children (2.0 cr)
CSD 5500 - Voice Disorders (3.0 cr)
CSD 8099 - Projects in Communication Disorders (1.0 cr)
CSD 8205 - Advanced Fluency Disorders (2.0 cr)
CSD 8211 - Professional Issues in Communication Disorders I (1.0 cr)
CSD 8212 - Professional Issues in Communication Disorders II (1.0 cr)
CSD 8230 - Neurogenic Language Disorders (4.0 cr)
CSD 8231 - Neurogenic Speech Disorders (3.0 cr)
CSD 8232 - Mgmt of Communication Disorders in Persons with Tracheostomy, Ventilator Dependency, & Laryngectomy (1.0 cr)
CSD 8235 - Counseling Applications in Communication Disorders (2.0 cr)
CSD 8350 - Applied Clinical Methods in CSD (1.0 cr)
CSD Internship/Externship (17 - 18 credits)
All courses are chosen in consultation with the student's advisor and the clinical director; subject to approval by the director of graduate studies.
CSD 8397 - On-Campus Graduate Internship in Communication Disorders I (1.0-4.0 cr)
CSD 8497 - On-Campus Graduate Internship in CSD II (1.0-5.0 cr)
CSD 8597 - Part-Time CSD Graduate Internship in Education Settings (5.0 cr)
CSD 8697 - Part-Time CSD Graduate Internship in Medical Setting (5.0 cr)
CSD 8797 - Full-Time CSD Graduate Externship in Education Settings (6.0 cr)
CSD 8897 - Full-Time CSD Graduate Externship in Medical Settings (6.0 cr)
CSD 8997 - Graduate Practicum in Communication Disorders (1.0 cr)
 
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CSD 5100 - Research Methods in Communication Disorders
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Especially designed for new CSD graduate students to introduce them to the research process. Topics will include generating a research question, experimental designs, data collection, analysis, and interpretation, and writing the research paper. Students will conduct a guided class research project and begin their Plan B project. prereq: CSD Grad
CSD 5145 - Advanced Articulation and Phonological Disorders
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced articulation and phonological disorders is designed to strengthen the knowledge base in assessment and intervention of speech sound disorders. The students will engage in practical experiences to develop clinical skills in the assessment and intervention in children with difficult to manage speech sound disorders in schools or other clinical settings. pre-req: CSD graduate student
CSD 5200 - Dysphagia
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Anatomy and physiology of normal and disordered deglutition across the lifespan. Etiology, diagnosis, and management of swallowing disorders caused by neurologic conditions, anatomic abnormalities and developmental processes will be discussed. prereq: CSD grad or instructor consent
CSD 5210 - Interprofessional Practice in CSD
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Interprofessional practice (IPP) is an essential component to comprehensive, evidence-based practice. It promotes two or more professions learning from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve outcomes for individuals and families served by speech-language pathologists. In this class, we will discuss the theoretical framework for IPP and methods to achieve optimal IPP in educational and medical settings. pre-req: CSD graduate student
CSD 5230 - Advanced Applications in Communication Modalities
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Advanced seminar and clinical practicum of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems, assistive technologies and visual communication modalities. The decision-making process for identifying AAC candidates, selecting appropriate communication modality systems and developing effective communication programs and strategies involving visual communication modalities. prereq: CSD grad or instructor consent
CSD 5250 - Seminar in Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Examines the assessment and treatment issues for speech language pathologists working with individuals requiring augmentative and alternative communication systems. prereq: CSD grad student or instructor consent
CSD 5260 - Seminars in Orofacial Disorders
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
This course will focus on the origin and potential effects of craniofacial disorders on an individual's feeding, communication, and psychosocial development. Surgical procedures aimed at repairing craniofacial disorders and at improving velopharyngeal function will be discussed. The role of the speech language pathologist on the interdisciplinary team that cares for the individual with craniofacial disorders will be reviewed. This will include describing the primary responsibilities of the SLP as well as important interaction s with other team members. The role of the other team members in the management of care for the individual with craniofacial disorders will also be described. prereq: 3103
CSD 5301 - Language Disorders in Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced study of language disorders in individuals birth to 6 years old and the delivery of early intervention services. The course includes language assessment and intervention. Language assessment for children includes language sampling and analysis procedures, interpreting formal and informal testing. Language intervention for children includes facilitating language through strategies and corresponding theories, planning clinical management and intervention, and associated clinical issues. prereq: CSD grad student or instructor consent
CSD 5302 - Language Disorders in School-Age Children
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring & Summer
Advanced study of language disorders in individuals 6 to 21 years old. The course includes an examination of etiology, diagnosis, clinical techniques, and study of relevant research. prereq: CSD grad student or instructor consent
CSD 5500 - Voice Disorders
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 3103, 3150 or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Theoretical and practical study of voice and voice disturbances in children and adults. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the anatomical, physiological, acoustic, and theoretical aspects of voice disorders. Current diagnostic and therapeutic techniques will also be introduced. prereq: 3103, 3150 or instructor consent
CSD 8099 - Projects in Communication Disorders
Credits: 1.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: CSD grad student or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Plan B project or individual research under faculty supervision. prereq: CSD grad student or instructor consent
CSD 8205 - Advanced Fluency Disorders
Credits: 2.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Differential diagnosis, assessment, and treatment considerations for developmental stuttering and other fluency disorders. prereq: CSD grad student or instructor consent
CSD 8211 - Professional Issues in Communication Disorders I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Identify and discuss issues in speech-language pathology related to professional organizations, certification, licensure, and professional entry. prereq: CSD Graduate student or instructor consent
CSD 8212 - Professional Issues in Communication Disorders II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Prerequisites: 8211 or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Identify and discuss current professional issues in speech-language pathology practice related to politics, education and health regulations, ethics, and advocacy. prereq: 8211 or instructor consent
CSD 8230 - Neurogenic Language Disorders
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced study of diagnosis, treatment, and research of acquired language disorders resulting from neurological impairment: aphasia, right brain damage, dementia, and traumatic head injury. prereq: CSD Grad student or instructor consent
CSD 8231 - Neurogenic Speech Disorders
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Advanced study of neuroanatomical bases for motor speech disorders; diagnostic and therapeutic procedures used in speech disorders related to central and peripheral nervous system damage. prereq: CSD grad student or instructor consent
CSD 8232 - Mgmt of Communication Disorders in Persons with Tracheostomy, Ventilator Dependency, & Laryngectomy
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring & Summer
Advanced study of the effects of tracheostomy tubes, ventilators and larynegectomies on the production of speech; diagnostic and therapeutic procedures used in working with individuals with trach vents, or laryngectomies. prereq: CSD grad student or instructor consent
CSD 8235 - Counseling Applications in Communication Disorders
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Applications of interviewing and counseling theories and behaviors to field of speech-language pathology. prereq: CSD grad student, at least 4 cr of 8497 or instructor consent
CSD 8350 - Applied Clinical Methods in CSD
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Course addresses application of advanced clinical methods in communication disorders, with special emphasis on using evidence-based practice and cultural competence in clinical case management. Subject matter complements CSD 8397: On-Campus Graduate Internship in CSD I. prereq: grad student in CSD and instructor consent
CSD 8397 - On-Campus Graduate Internship in Communication Disorders I
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Supervised clinical internship in on-campus clinic under supervision of an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. prereq: CSD grad student, instructor consent
CSD 8497 - On-Campus Graduate Internship in CSD II
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Supervised clinical internship in on-campus clinic under supervision of an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. prereq: 8397, instructor consent
CSD 8597 - Part-Time CSD Graduate Internship in Education Settings
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Part-time speech-language pathology internship in an education setting under an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist with focus on expanding application of principles of clinical practice to working with children in the school system. prereq: 5260, 8497 and instructor consent
CSD 8697 - Part-Time CSD Graduate Internship in Medical Setting
Credits: 5.0 [max 10.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Part-time speech-language pathology internship in a medical setting under an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist with focus on expanding application of principles of clinical practice to working with patients in medical settings. Depending on placement, internship may involve working with children and/or adults. prereq: 5205, 5260, 8232, 8497 and instructor consent
CSD 8797 - Full-Time CSD Graduate Externship in Education Settings
Credits: 6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Full-time speech-language pathology externship in an education setting under an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. This full-time placement allows the student to experience the rigors of full-time service delivery and actively participate in all aspects of clinical practice in education settings. Special focus is on refining social/cultural competence and formative assessment in clinical practice. prereq: 5260, 8697 and instructor consent
CSD 8897 - Full-Time CSD Graduate Externship in Medical Settings
Credits: 6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Full-time speech-language pathology externship in a medical setting under an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. This full-time placement allows the student to experience the rigors of full-time service delivery and actively participate in all aspects of clinical practice in medical settings. Special focus is on refining social/cultural competence and formative assessment in clinical practice. prereq: 5205, 5260, 8232, 8597 and instructor consent
CSD 8997 - Graduate Practicum in Communication Disorders
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Supervised graduate clinical practicum under the supervision of an ASHA-Certified speech-language pathologist. Focus in on increasing proficiency to provide students with an opportunity to develop increased independence with clinical skills and establish a breadth and depth of knowledge in providing diagnostic and treatment services under the guidance of ASHA certified professionals. Focus is on increasing speed and efficiency of clinical performance and justifying clinical services. prereq: CSD grad student, instructor consent