Southeast Missouri State University

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. The Department of Communication Disorders at Southeast Missouri State University participates in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Computerized Application System (CSDCAS). This system provides a convenient way to apply to multiple programs while submitting only one set of application materials. You may access the application at https://portal.csdcas.org/ to create an account and begin the application process. Note that a fee is required to participate in the CSDCAS application system. During the application process, be sure to designate Southeast Missouri State University as one of your applicant institutions. The deadline for submitting all application materials is February 1 for the following fall semester admission class.

Step 2. Follow the instructions on the CSDCAS web application carefully and submit/complete all required materials. Of particular importance, you must submit your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score to the CSDCAS system. When registering to take the GRE (http://www.ets.org/gre), you must request that your scores be reported to a special program code for our program (the code you should use is: 7484). Your score will then be placed in your CSDCAS web application and our program will be authorized to view the scores.

Step 3. When completing the CSDCAS web application, you will notice that there is a supplemental application required. For this requirement, you should complete the Southeast Missouri State University online Application for Graduate Admission at (www.semo.edu/apply.html) and pay the $30 non-refundable graduate application fee (one-time fee). In addition, send a copy of your driver’s license or birth certificate to:

Southeast Missouri State University
Office of Admissions, MS3550
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
admissions@semo.edu

Important Note: Note that this is a procedural step required by Southeast Missouri State University in addition to the CSDCAS application. Applicants who have not completed this step by the application deadline will not be considered for admission.

Need Assistance? If you have questions concerning any aspect of the web application process, contact CSDCAS using the “Contact” tab on the CSDCAS homepage.
If you have questions about admission to the graduate program in Communication Disorders at Southeast Missouri State University, contact Dr. Tom Linares, Department Chairperson (tlinares@semo.edu) or Dr. Kevin Squibb, Admissions Committee Chairperson (ksquibb@semo.edu) .

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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