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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Graduate Program

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Communication Disorders is a discipline in human services offering graduates rewarding careers in speech and language pathology. Employment opportunities are commonly available in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private practice.


A Master of Science program is available for students who have an undergraduate major in communication disorders or its equivalent.


The Master's (MS) education program in speech-language pathology at Minnesota State University Mankato 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 3012965700.

Program Purpose

It is the purpose of the Master of Science Program in Communication Disorders to provide a high quality of student preparation leading to careers in human services for persons with communication disorders and to promote scientific investigation in the normal and abnormal development and use of speech, language and hearing.

Certificate of Clinical Competence

The thesis or the alternate plan programs, when combined with students' undergraduate preparation, lead to the academic and practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech Pathology issued by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Effective January 1, 1994, all graduate work applied toward the CCC must have been initiated and completed at a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of ASHA. The Graduate Program in Communication Disorders is accredited by CAA.

Requirements for Graduation

  • Complete any residual course credits between undergraduate credits and the total ASHA requirements
  • Meet the University minimums for theses or alternate plan paper options.
  • Meet the ASHA standard for clock hours of clinical practicum and at least 325 of these hours must be earned at the graduate level.
  • At least 50 percent of students' academic credits must be at the 600 level, excluding the thesis and APP credits.
  • Clinical supervision by at least two different faculty supervisors.
  • Internship 698 is required of all graduate students to improve their clinical competencies.

Graduate study in Communication Disorders is fundamentally different than undergraduate work, as graduate students are expected to demonstrate superior academic performance. To be recommended by the faculty for graduation, each student's Plan of Study is reviewed individually.

Students graduate on faculty recommendation. Students should be aware that 50 clock hours of supervised practicum are required in a minimum of three different clinical settings. More than one internship in a given setting may be necessary to meet this requirement, depending upon the student's undergraduate preparation.

Honesty Policy

As members of Minnesota State University, Mankato community, students assume the responsibility to meet the academic obligations in a fair and honest manner. This responsibility includes avoiding such activities as cheating, plagiarism or collusion. Please refer to the University policy on academic honesty for definitions of terms and explanations.

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