Communication Sciences & Disorders | Master of Arts Degree
The goal of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at Saint Louis University is to prepare speech-language pathologists to be 1) culturally competent, 2) academically current in evidence based practices, 3) academically and clinically competent in communication impairment and disability across the life span, and 4) able to provide competent, compassionate clinical services to improve quality of life.
[NEW:] The Personal Potential Index (PPI) is highly recommended to complete your application for admission. Visit SLU's page about the PPI evaluations and requirements or go to The ETS page to learn more about the PPI.
Students enrolled in Saint Louis University's Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program must complete all academic coursework that is included on the Plan of Study on the SLU campus at the time it is offered. Exceptions to this policy are addressed only in extenuating circumstances and are granted at the discretion of the Department Chair.
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|Application Deadline for Beginning Term||The Application Package||Apply Online|
Feb. 1 (Priority Deadline*)
Feb. 1 (Final Deadline)
Feb. 1 (International)
|Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G; Resume; Goal Statement; Interview (desired); Three (3) Personal Potential Index evaluations are highly recommended.||
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|Fall: No admittance|
|Spring: No admittance|
Tel. No.: 314.977.2940
|Chair: Travis T. Threats, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
*Priority Deadline: Applicants who submit a completed application for admission by this deadline will be eligible to apply for Saint Louis University graduate assistantships. Assistantship Applications are sent with admission acceptance notices.
Required Additional Application Materials for International Students
- A completed Declaration of Financial Support packet with all accompanying documents
- TOEFL or IELTS score. For admission to the Communication Sciences and Disorders programs, applicants at least meet one of these scores: TOEFL (PBT) 600; TOEFL (CBT) 90; TWE 5.0.
- Check our English Proficiency Policy page for more on TOEFL and IELTS
- You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.
- Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in Communication Science & Disorders or have successfully completed the prerequisite courses in the field.
- Individuals with a bachelor's degree in a different discipline are not eligible for admission into the graduate program until completion of the undergraduate prerequisite courses. They may be eligible for admission into the CSD Leveling Program.
- Students must meet Clinical Practicum Eligibility Requirements for participation in the required clinical practicum.
Communication Sciences & Disorders Application Review Process
- The department admissions committee will begin the review of the applications after the February 1 deadline.
- Each application and supporting materials are comprehensively reviewed for admission consideration.
- Students who are offered admission to the program will receive an assistantship application at the time of their acceptance notification.
- The department of Communication Sciences & Disorders adheres to the national deadline of April 15 to extend offers of admission to applicants as set forth by ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association), CAPCSD (Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders) and COGS (Council of Graduate Schools).
- Accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
- Two-year graduate program with a target class size of 20 students (185+ applicants in 2011).
- Graduation rate over the past three (3) years = 97 percent
- Praxis pass rate over the past three (3) years = 100 percent
- Employment rate over the past three (3) years = 100 percent
Honors | Recognitions | Rankings: U.S. News & World Report Top-rated Catholic university program in the U.S.; Top-rated program in Missouri; listed within the top 15 graduate program rankings offering a Master's-only degree; national prominence in multicultural studies | More about the CSD Dept.
Credit Hours/Coursework: All graduate students must complete 46 credit hours including required clinical practicum each term. The program is six (6) semesters including two (2) summers. Students begin the program in the summer. Research students will complete a thesis (6 credits) in addition to following the same curriculum requirements as Master of Arts students. | Speech Language Pathology Plan of Study
Program Description: Our speech-language pathology program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and known for our multicultural emphasis. | Graduate Program Highlights
Careers Possibilities: Speech-Language Pathology careers in medical, educational, or private practice settings across the life span. | Professional Certification
Curriculum & Program Details: Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology (communication sciences & disorders) or have successfully completed the prerequisite courses in the field. Individuals with a bachelor's degree in a different discipline are not eligible for admission into the graduate program until completion of the undergraduate prerequisite courses. They may be eligible for admission into the CSD Leveling program. Students must meet Clinical Practicum Eligibility Requirements for participation in the required clinical practicum.
About the Communication Sciences & Disorders Faculty: Fourteen (14) full-time members with wide-ranging and ongoing research and expertise in disorders across the life span; leaders in Missouri, U.S. and global organizations. | CSD Faculty Site
Scholarships & Financial Aid: Several graduate assistantships are available. Students apply for assistantships after notification of admission to the program.| CSD Research, Grants & Scholarships | Student Financial Services at SLU
Program Highlights: Many CSD features are found online including the Lynda R. Campbell Memorial Lecture Series: Topics in Diversity held each semester; the International Adoption Clinic (IAC); the Early Childhood Language/Literacy Center; the Paul J. Reinert Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic; and the new Saint Louis University Communication Sciences and Disorders Facebook Fan Page; a wide variety of available student clinical opportunities across the life span in medical and educational settings; outstanding student program completion, praxis and employment statistics.