Student Opportunities and Services

Student working with CSD equipment


Our faculty work with and support our two student organizations that provide leadership and professional development opportunities. These organizations allow you to network with fellow students, build relationships within the department and to add quality content to your resume and portfolio through firsthand experiences and opportunities.

Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association

The Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) is a voluntary state association made up of speech-language pathologists and audiologists. MSHA provides a forum for continuing education as well as advocacy for the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology.

Missouri Academy of Audiology

Students and faculty at Missouri State University are active members of the Missouri Academy of Audiology (MAA). MSU faculty often hold leadership positions within the organizations. Students assist each year with MAA convention activities.

Accessing the tools for success

The Bear CLAW, located on the first floor of Meyer Library, connects you with a variety of academic resources:

  • Subject-area tutoring
  • Writing advice through the Writing Center
  • Study skill workshops
  • Undergraduate learning assistants and peer assisted study sessions (PASS)
  • Employment and volunteer opportunities

Living and learning communities

The future health care professionals living-learning community, sponsored by the McQueary College of Health and Human Services, is an ideal living community for students interested in a health career or human services profession. Students will have the opportunity to live with and learn from other students who have shared interests and goals in areas like communication sciences and disorders.

Gain clinical competency

Receive hands-on training in the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic and gain your clinical competency while completing your degree. Working in the clinic is a unique opportunity for you to train with knowledgeable faculty, practically apply what you are learning and conduct research.

Graduate student academic handbook

The graduate student academic handbook covers CSD programs' policies and procedures, requirements for graduation, the McQueary College of Health and Human Services' conflict of interest policy, our student rights policies covering complaints, and certification and licensure facts. (You need Adobe Reader to view and print the handbook, saved as a PDF document.) Download the PDF for the Student Handbook.


Participate in research to enhance your education and make new discoveries in the field of communication sciences and disorders. Exploring research opportunities in the department of communication sciences and disorders offers you the chance to work one-on-one with faculty. Much of the research in the department is grant funded and allows students to gain experience in clinical research, apply their learning and develop presentation skills. The field is always changing with the introduction of emerging, cutting-edge technologies. Research is essential to developing new ways to better serve people with communication disorders.

Education Abroad Nicaragua

The department offers an annual education abroad and service-learning opportunity in Nicaragua. While abroad, students gain experience working in a new environment providing speech and hearing services to people in need. This opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all three emphasis areas. Learn more by visiting the Education Abroad Nicaragua page. For more information about Missouri State's education abroad opportunities, visit the education abroad website.

Graduate assistantships

Work in the department of communication sciences and disorders while you pursue your master's of EDHH, SLP or your AuD. It's a great way to get paid while you earn your degree - networking with faculty and getting hands-on experience with departmental research. For more information, view the graduate assistantships page.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Program

Check out our department's 'Augmentative and Alternative Communication Program' page. Specifically designed for students pursuing a degree in the Speech-Language Pathology program, this page offers a lot of helpful information and resources about augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).