Master of Arts (MA) Program
Welcome to the Wichita State University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders!
The Master of Arts program in Speech-Language Pathology prepares graduates for high-demand careers improving the lives of patients with communication and swallowing disorders. Graduates meet all of the requirements for clinical certification by ASHA and will be eligible for licensure in the State of Kansas, among others. Our students are engaged in interprofessional learning opportunities with other health disciplines in theWSU College of Health Professions. The bridge between academics and clinical practice is made through critical thinking seminars and experiences.
Students actively participate in clinical practicum while serving clients of all ages at the WSU Evelyn Hendren Cassat Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic before completing at least two off-campus practicum experiences in medical and educational settings. Wichita, the largest city in Kansas, and the surrounding metropolitan area offers a full range of externship opportunities at major hospitals, clinics, and schools to ensure that students can apply their learning in multiple professional settings. Students are also able to request placements across the United States.
The program requires a minimum of 61 credit hours which includes continuous enrollment in clinical practicum. To successfully complete the program, students must:
- Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
- Complete a mentored research project and oral presentation during their second year
- Achieve a passing score on the Praxis exam as determined by the State of Kansas
- Have sufficient clinical clock hours to satisfy American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP)
- Demonstrate competence in clinical knowledge and skills
|Program Entry Point||Fall|
|Program Length||5-6 semesters|
|Study Plan Options||Full-time|
|Application Deadlines||February 1|
|Minimum GPA to apply||3.00 GPA in last 60 credit hours|
|GPA range of accepted students in last application cycle||3.20-4.00 in last 60 credit hours (Average 3.85 GPA)|
|Examinations required to apply||Note: GRE scores will be required for the application for the Fall 2021 program; however,
they will be weighted less heavily than in previous admission cycles.
Either the Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test. Non-native English speakers must also document written and spoken English proficiency.
|Average range of exam scores of accepted students in last application cycle (middle 50%)||
GRE: Verbal Reasoning 144-161, Quantitative Reasoning 142-155, Analytical Writing
|Degrees required||Bachelor's degree in any field + program prerequisites|
|Professional certifications and licenses needed to practice||Varies by state (learn more about the profession)|
|Student Outcome Data||Program completion, Praxis exam, and employment rates|
Campus Visit/Information Session
Please click on the form link below to schedule an individual campus visit or to
sign up for a scheduled group information session: CSD Campus Visit Request Form
(Starting Fall 2018)
All students seeking admittance to the MA program are required to have completed the following foundational coursework, or its equivalent, prior to starting the graduate program. Applications to the MA program may be submitted after one semester of prerequisite coursework is completed. Taking prerequisite coursework at WSU does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Interested students who are not currently admitted to WSU should contact the Office of Admissions. Course descriptions are available in the WSU Undergraduate Catalog under College of Health Professions, then Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Fall Semester (12-16 hours)
CSD 251 Auditory Development and Disorders (2)
CSD 301 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism (3)
CSD 504 Aural Rehabilitation (3)
HS 570-573 Neuroscience for Health Professionals (4)
CSD 519+521 Genetic and Organic Syndromes (4, optional)
Spring Semester (13-16 hours)
CSD 304 Early Language Development (3)
CSD 306+306L Applied Phonetics (3)
CSD 512 Communication in Special Populations: Children (4)
CSD 506 Acoustic and Perceptual Phonetics (3)
CSD 517 Communication in Special Populations: Aging (3, optional)
Research Methods (independent research projects do not fulfill this requirement)
Foundational courses required for ASHA certification
Biological Sciences (content cannot be related to CSD)
Physical Sciences (i.e., physics or chemistry; content cannot be related to CSD; PHYS 210 is acceptable)
Statistics (content cannot be research methods)
Social Sciences and Behavioral Sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, public health, or anthropology)
The master's (MA) education program in speech-language pathology at Wichita State
University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and
Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200
Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.