Admission Requirements

Admission into the CSD graduate program is competitive, and the number of students admitted each year is limited. Your completed application must be received by the deadline (February 1) to be considered for the fall semester.

EDHH Program Applicants should contact the CSD Department, Dr. Angel Wang at 417-836-5368 prior to completing an online application.

Admission requirements - EDHH

Students applying to the Master's program in EDHH will not be using the CSDCAS, but will need to apply through the MSU Graduate College.  For more information on this please refer to the Graduate College web page at

The number of students who can enter the program each year is limited.  Admission to the program is competitive.

Full admission to the program shall be based on the following components and application requirements/deadlines:

  1. A Bachelor's degree in CSD.  (For those with a non-CSD undergraduate degree, please contact the department at 417-836-5368).
  2. The student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better (4.00 scale).  Additionally, GPA within the CSD undergraduate major must be a 3.00 or better.
  3. Graduate Record Examination.  GRE scores are considered along with GPA and other application components.  
Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing additional admission requirements

The following 3 components should be mailed or faxed directly to the department at:  Communication Sciences and Disorders, Missouri State University, 901 S National Ave., Springfield, MO 65987; Phone 417-836-5368; Fax 417-836-4242.

  1. Graduate Assistantship Application.
  2. Three letters of recommendation directly from individuals able to speak of the applicant's academic and/or practicum achievements.
  3. A Personal Statement.  This can be a hard copy of the statement from the application or a letter of intent. 

Essential functions

The Essential Functions of Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists and Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing establish the expectations and requisite abilities considered necessary for professionals in the field of audiology, speech-language pathology and education of the deaf and hard of hearing. Students in the MSU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders are to achieve the level of competency required for graduation and practice. It is recognized that degrees of ability vary widely among individuals. Admission candidates who feel they may not be able to acquire the essential functions set forth are encouraged to contact the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Any admission candidate who may require academic accommodations to fulfill the essential functions due to a disability is encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Support Services, Office of Student Life and Development at 417-836-4192 (voice) or 417-836-6792 (TTY). The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Missouri State University seeks to ensure that qualified persons with disabilities are not denied admission or subject to discrimination in admissions. The Department is committed to enabling students by any reasonable means or accommodations to complete their course of study.

The following Essential Functions are consistent with the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association or Council on the Education of the Deaf clinical skill performance guidelines and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidelines expected of the first year speech-language therapists in public schools.  All essential functions are introduced and coached within CSD coursework and practicum.

Physical Abilities:

  • Participate in professional responsibilities/activities for up to four-hour blocks of time with one or two breaks.
  • Move independently to, from, and within the work setting.
  • Provide for one’s own personal hygiene.
  • Manipulate screening/diagnostic materials, including completion of screening/evaluation protocols.
  • Effectively implement necessary treatment plan appropriate for the patient, including use of materials/instrumentation and data collection.
  • Provide a safe environment for others in responding quickly to emergency situations including fire, choking, etc., and in application of universal precautions (standardized approach to infection control).
  • Visually monitor patient responses and materials.
  • Make accurate judgments about speech and/or acoustic signals (requirements might vary for students in the EDHH program). 

Behavioral and Social Attributes:

  • Maintain emotional and mental health required for use of intellectual abilities, prompt completion of responsibilities, and development of appropriate relationships with patients and colleagues.
  • Maintain composure and emotional stability in demanding situations.      
  • Adapt to changing environments and situations.
  • Communicate effectively with people in person, by phone, and in written form by considering the communication needs and cultural values of the listener (requirements might vary for students in the EDHH program). 
  • Understand and respect supervisory authority.
  • Maintain appropriate professional behavior, including punctuality and regular attendance.
  • Demonstrate compassion, integrity, interest, and motivation in delivering professional services to other individuals.
  • Participate in collaboration with other professionals.

Intellectual Abilities:

  • Demonstrate the mental capacity to learn and assimilate professional information, including the ability to read and comprehend professional literature and reports.
  • Solve clinical problems through critical analysis.
  • Seek relevant case information, synthesize, and apply concepts and information from various sources and disciplines.
  • Write discipline-specific papers and clinical reports in English.
  • Speak Standard American English intelligibly, including the ability to model English phonemes (requirements might vary for students in the EDHH program).
  • Analyze, synthesize, and interpret ideas and concepts in academic and diagnostic/treatment settings.
  • Maintain attention and concentration for sufficient time to complete clinical activities for up to four-hour blocks of time with one or two breaks.
  • Schedule and prioritize activities, and provide documentation in a timely manner.
  • Comply with administrative, legal, and regulatory policies.

The Department is committed to enabling students by any reasonable means or accommodations to complete the course of study leading to the Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders or an AuD degree.

Required Essential Functions confirmation

Once the decision is made to accept an admission offer into Speech-Language Pathology, Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing or Audiology, you must read and review the Essential Functions. Returning this document signed affirms that the individual is able to meet the essential functions necessary to be a speech-language pathologist, educator of the deaf and hard of hearing or an audiologist. If one feels they cannot meet the essential functions, it is highly recommended they speak with the CSD department head.

(You will need Adobe Reader to view and print the Essential Functions document.)

Graduate assistant opportunities

Those applying to the AuD, SLP, or EDHH program can access the Graduate Assistant ApplicationPlease send your GA application by February 1 to the department at:  Communication Sciences and Disorders, Missouri State University, 901 S National Avenue, Springfield, MO 65987. Our phone number is 417-836-5368 (fax number, 417-836-4242).

We may contact you at various times during the application process about your status. If you would like to schedule a visit to our department, please contact Lacy John at 417-836-5368.