Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program

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

  • Earn your graduate degree in speech-pathology in two years
  • Gain clinical experience working in state-of-the-art, on-campus laboratories and clinics
  • Pursue a structured program of study that will prepare you for work in the field as a certified SLP
  • Cultivate your research and communication skills by partnering with active faculty
  • Enhance your learning thanks to individualized attention and smaller class sizes

The master’s of speech-language pathology at Missouri State is one that is nationally ranked and enrollment is highly competitive. The competitiveness of the program is a result of the attention our students receive from faculty and the unique clinical opportunities students receive in the program.

Your program of study will include a variety of CSD course work expanding on your knowledge and understanding of communication issues. Students will 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.

The speech-language pathology master’s program is a track option within the Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

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).

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