Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program

Why pursue a master’s in speech-language pathology?

At Missouri State, you can earn your graduate degree in speech-pathology in two years. You'll gain clinical experience working in state-of-the-art, on-campus laboratories and clinics while studying structured curriculum that will prepare you for work in the field as a certified SLP. You'll also benefit from the mentorship of our faculty, who will cultivate your research and communication skills. Our small classes sizes and individualized attention will enhance your learning.

Our program is nationally ranked, and enrollment is highly competitive. We believe this success results from the attention our students receive from faculty and the unique clinical opportunities of the program.

Your program of study will include a variety of CSD course work, expanding on your knowledge and understanding of communication issues. You'll receive one-on-one attention from well-trained faculty, most of whom hold doctorates in their field. The traditional Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders degree allows you to earn your graduate degree in about two years. Students in this program may also prepare for entry into a PhD program.

Careers and outcomes

With a master’s in communication sciences and disorders from Missouri State University, you will be prepared for a promising career in a high-demand field.

Speech-language pathologists work to identify, assess, treat and prevent speech and language disorders. They work with speech, writing, picture and manual modalities to communicate with their patients. Your master’s degree in speech-language pathology will prepare you for jobs in:

  • School systems
  • Hospitals
  • Specialized clinics
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Private practice

Speech-language pathologists are independent professionals meaning that they do not require a health care provider to write prescriptions. As a graduate of the program, you will obtain your Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) offered by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Program accreditation

The department of communication sciences and disorders graduate program in speech-language pathology is accredited through the Council for Academic Accreditation (CAA).