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Admission Criteria for All Graduate Students in Communication Disorders

For regular admission to the graduate program in Communication Disorders, the candidate must meet the following criteria:

  1. An undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders (or equivalent area) from a regionally accredited college or university; and
  2. A minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or a minimum GPA of 3.0 during the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate study.

Occasionally, a student may be admitted on probationary status. The department's admission committee grants this status when a student exhibits potential for graduate study but does not meet the criteria for regular admission. Generally, probationary students will not be considered for admission until all students who meet status for regular admission have been offered acceptance into the graduate program.

Additional Admission Requirements for Applicants Without An Undergraduate Major in Communication Disorders

Applicants with undergraduate majors in disciplines other than Communication Disorders must meet the admission criteria for all graduate students indicated above. In addition, they must complete a required core of undergraduate courses prior to applying for admission to the graduate program. The following courses must be completed or in progress at time of the application:

CD211 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism (4)
CD225 Phonetics (3)
CD230 Introduction to Communication Disorders (4)
CD340 Normal Speech and Language Development (3)
CD371 Anatomy and Physiology of the Hearing Mechanism (3)
CD406 Service Delivery in Communication Disorders (4)
CD411 Nature of Assessment/Intervention of Speech/Language Disorders (5)
CD426 Hearing Disorders: Audiologic Assessment (3)

Students with undergraduate majors in disciplines other than Communication Disorders who are interested in graduate study in Communication Disorders should contact the department for a meeting with a department advisor.

Application Procedures for Admission to the Graduate Program in Communication Disorders

Step 1. Submit the appropriate application form and fees to the Graduate School (download a graduate application form).

Step 2. Submit an undergraduate transcript from a regionally accredited college or university.

Step 3. Submit results from the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Step 4. Submit two letters of recommendation (download graduate recommendation form)

Step 5. Submit a one-page letter of application addressing career objectives and applicable experiences (an attached resume is optional)

Important Note: Deadline for submission of all application materials to the School of Graduate Studies is February 1 of the year in which admission is desired. Admission is considered only for the fall semester. Applicants should be aware that the number of admissions is limited.

Important Note: All application materials should be submitted to:

Office of Admissions
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza, MS 3550
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Important Note: For students interested in applying for graduate assistantships within the Department of Communication Disorders, there is a separate application (download application for graduate assistantship). This application and an attached resume should be submitted along with the application for admission to the above address by the application deadline.

Special Considerations in Admissions

Admission to the graduate program in Communication Disorders implies that the applicant will be able to perform the functions critical for professional practice in speech-language pathology. The department has adopted official guidelines entitled “Essential Functions of Speech-Language Pathologists” and applicants should review this document prior to application.

Admission to the graduate program in Communication Disorders implies that the applicant will have sufficient mastery of English in order to effectively communicate in professional practice. The department has adopted official guidelines entitled “Guidelines for Students with Limited English Proficiency.” Applicants with limited English proficiency should review this document prior to application.

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