Masters of Arts in Communicative Sciences and Disorders

The Communicative Sciences and Disorders Master's Program from Michigan State University will not only give you the coursework needed to learn necessary skills but will also allow you to participate in problem-based learning designed to promote critical thinking skills and leadership.

MSU's clinical training is community-based. We have a network of over 100 off-campus facilities including public schools, hospitals, nursing homes and private clinics, both here in Mid-Michigan and throughout the state, to support the clinical training of our master's students.

Our clinical supervisors are working in the field as speech-language pathologists and therefore opportunities for you to apply knowledge learned in the classroom directly to real-world clinical life is abundant. Additionally, our program offers two tracks, Plan A is the thesis option (Ph.D. track) and Plan B is the non-thesis (career oriented) track. Students electing to pursue a thesis will have the opportunity to develop and conduct original research under the mentoring of experienced research based faculty.

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Degree Requirements

Post B.A. Requirements

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Resources of a Thriving Big Ten University

As a student in the program, you will be able to use the resources of MSU - a world leader in research with nationally ranked academic units, impressive libraries, a beautiful large campus, a pioneering record in sustainability, exciting athletics and an impressively diverse academic community. Becoming a Spartan is to gain entry into one of the largest and most productive group of alumni networks in the world.

Employment Opportunities

A master's degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders is the entry level degree for working clinically as a speech-language pathologist, a field consistently ranked as one of the best career opportunities in the country. MSU has a 100% job placement rate post-graduation. Graduates of our program work in both medical and educational settings. Medical settings include hospitals, rehabilitation units, nursing home facilitates, private clinics and home health agencies. Educational settings include public schools (including early intervention), preschool, grades K-12, center based programs and charter schools.

Outstanding Resources

The M.A. program in CSD offers exciting opportunities to learn from and work with internationally renowned scientists in the fields of communicative sciences and disorders. Our master's program is designed to attract excellent students from diverse backgrounds and train them to become clinicians and leaders in the field of communicative sciences and disorders.

Course Sequence

The M.A. program in CSD is a 51 credit degree and is 5 continuous semesters beginning each fall. You may complete the M.A. program by choosing one of two plans. A decision to enroll in Plan A or Plan B must be communicated to the Program Director no later than October 31st of the first fall semester in the program.

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Scholarships

Scholarships are available for students who pursue a thesis (Plan A) option. Applicants interested in this opportunity should include a paragraph outlining research interests and interest in completing a thesis in their academic statement. These scholarships are awarded by the faculty during the admissions process and applicants are notified in their offer letters. No further application is required to be considered.

Questions? For additional information on the Communicative Sciences and Disorders Master's program may be obtained from:

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
comdis@msu.edu
517-353-8780
Michigan State University
1026 Red Cedar Road
Oyer Speech and Hearing Building
East Lansing, MI 48824