General Requirements for the Master of Science Degree: See the Graduate School Catalog that is in effect at the time of admission or graduation, and see the Description of the degree program in speech-language pathology.


Graduate students in the Department of Communicative Disorders must meet the Undergraduate GPA of the Graduate School regulations governing admission. The minimum requirement is that the applicants meet the Graduate School’s unconditional admission standard of a 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 scale. A 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 hours of Undergraduate may be considered in unusual circumstances.

Following unconditional admission by the Graduate School, the student must be accepted by the graduate faculty of the Department. In addition to the 3.0 GPA standard, the GRE or MAT score, letters of recommendation, oral and written communication skills, the statement of purpose, potential for success and attitude may also be considered for admission.


Academic GPA

A graduate student with unconditional standing who drops below a B average in grades at any time after earning 6 semester hours will be placed on probation and will not be permitted to apply for admission to candidacy for the master’s degree. Probationary status must be removed by raising the overall average to a B or better during the next 12 hours of graduate work following the period in which the probation was incurred. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the Graduate School. Any student whose overall average drops below a B during the last 12 hours of prescribed course work will be dropped from the graduate program in communicative disorders.

Clinic Grades

A “Fail” grade in clinic will place you on probation. A remediation plan will be instituted. If a “fail” grade is earned after implementation of the remediation 21 plan the student will be dismissed from the program. A student will not be allowed to graduate with a “Fail” grade in clinic in their last semester.


Undergraduate course deficiencies must be removed as soon as possible, but such courses may be taken concurrently with ones for graduate credit.

In unusual cases certain requirements or procedures may be modified or waived by the Graduate Faculty of the Department.


  1. After being admitted to the Graduate School, a student will be assigned an academic advisor.
  2. A student must meet with an advisor in order to plan a course of study. A student’s course of study must meet the minimum requirements of the Graduate School, the Department, and the American Speech-LanguageHearing Association requirements for the certification of clinical competence.

Hour or Credit Requirement

  1. The Graduate School requires a minimum of 30 graduate semester hours of academic course work*, six hours of which may be for writing a thesis. Requirements of a Master’s degree in speech-language pathology vary but generally average 36-39 hours over 5 semesters of study.
  2. Subject to the approval of the student’s advisory committee and the dean of the Graduate School, up to one-half of the required course work may be transferred from another institution. These hours must be in communicative disorders, or in a closely allied subject, and must contribute to the educational objectives of the student. *

*Graduate course that does not count as academic course work is CD 517: Advanced Clinical Practicum, Speech.

Program Length

The MINIMUM length of the program for the master’s degree is the equivalent of five semesters for a student with an undergraduate background in communicative disorders, or seven semesters for a student without such a background. The Graduate School requires that the degree be completed within six years.

Application for the Degree

Each candidate for a master’s degree must apply for graduation through the Graduate School no later than the registration period of the semester, or of the first term of the summer session, in which the requirements for the degree are completed. Candidates should note that application is made for a Master of Science degree with a major in speech-language pathology.