Master of Arts (MA) Program

Welcome to the Wichita State University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders!


The Master of Arts (MA) education program in speech-language pathology (residential) 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.
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The Master of Arts (MA) education program in Speech-Language Pathology prepares graduates for high-demand careers improving the lives of patients with communication and swallowing disorders. Graduates meet all 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 the WSU 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 57 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 during their second year
  • Achieve passings scores on summative assessments taken during the program
  • 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 FAQs

Question Answer
Program Entry Point Fall
Program Length 5-6 semesters
Study Plan Options Full-time
Application Deadlines February 1
Class Size 30
Application Ratio 4.6:1
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 GRE scores are not required for the application.
Non-native English speakers must document written and spoken English proficiency.
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

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Prerequisite Coursework

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 hours)

CSD 251  Auditory Development and Disorders (3)
CSD 301  Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism (3)
CSD 504  Aural Rehabilitation (3)
CSD 512 Communication in Special Populations: Children (3)

Spring Semester (12 hours)

CSD 304  Early Language Development (3)
CSD 306  Applied Phonetics (3)
CSD 506  Acoustic and Perceptual Phonetics (3)
HS 585 Clinical Neuroscience (3)

Fall or Spring Semester (2 hours)

CSD 425  Introduction to Clinical Processes (2)

Recommended course
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)
Statistics (content cannot be research methods)
Social Sciences and Behavioral Sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, public health, or anthropology)