CSD Master's Program Prerequisite Coursework

Post B.A. Requirements

MSU's Communicative Sciences and Disorders Master's Program does accept applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree in CSD. However, students must complete certain prerequisite courses in order to be a competitive applicant. At a minimum, these CSD prerequisite courses include the following:

Note: Exact titles of these classes can vary across different programs.

Required CSD Courses

  • CSD 213: Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms
  • CSD 232: Descriptive Phonetics
  • CSD 303: Fundamentals of Hearing
  • CSD 313: Speech Science
  • CSD 333: Oral Language Development
  • CSD 364: Speech and Language Disorders and Their Evaluations
  • CSD 444: Audiologic Assessment and Intervention/ Rehabilitation
  • CSD 463: Intervention/ Rehabilitation Procedures in Speech Language Pathology

Recommended Additional CSD Courses

  • CSD 203: Introduction to Communicative Sciences and Disorders
  • CSD 391: Clinical Observation

Required Courses for ASHA certification

The 2020 ASHA standards for certification include specific content areas in order to be eligible for certification in speech-language pathology.

The four content areas listed in Standard IV-A are as follows:

Social/Behavioral Sciences

Acceptable courses in social/behavioral sciences include psychology, sociology, anthropology or public health.


A stand-alone course in statistics is required. Research methodology courses in CSD may not be used to satisfy the statistics requirement.

Biological Sciences

Acceptable courses in biological sciences should emphasize a content area related to human or animal sciences (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science).

Physical Sciences

Acceptable courses in physical sciences should include physics or chemistry.

Observation Hours

Applicants should also have completed or be in the process of completing the required 25 hours of clinical observation which have been signed by an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. If accepted into the program, students will be required to provide documented evidence of this experience at the time of new student orientation.

Please direct any additional questions or concerns to:

Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Michigan State University
1026 Red Cedar Road
Oyer Speech and Hearing Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

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