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Retention and Graduation Requirements

Students interested in the professions of speech-language pathology or audiology may contact the Department of Communication Disorders to declare the major in Communication Disorders any time after being admitted to the University. Upon completion of the Declaration of Major form, each student will be assigned an academic advisor within the department.

Retention Requirements:

Students will be retained as Communication Disorders majors provided the following retention criteria are met:

  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 in the major courses must be maintained.

If a student completes a semester and his/her major GPA is below 2.75, then he/she will be placed on probation for the next semester of enrollment. If the major GPA of 2.75 is not achieved at the end of the probationary semester, the student will not be allowed to continue in the Communication Disorders program.

Graduation Requirements:

In addition to fulfilling all University requirements for graduation, students wishing to graduate with a major in Communication Disorders must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Achieve a minimum overall GPA of 2.5.
  • Achieve a minimum major GPA of 2.75.

Retention Grievance Guidelines:

Any student who is not retained in the Communication Disorders program will be notified by the Chairperson of the Department of Communication Disorders. Students will be given the opportunity to meet with the Department Chairperson to discuss the rationale of the decision. An official request for review of the decision must be received by the Chairperson within 10 business days from the mailing date of the denial letter.


Jayanti Ray, PhD
Communication Disorders
Phone: (573) 651-2155 
Office: Grauel 112F

Center for Speech and Hearing
402 N. Pacific
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701