Communication Sciences and Disorders


NSSLHA Group                  Grad

Graduate Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Science program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is to train students to be knowledgeable, skilled, and ethical speech-language pathologists; to conduct and evaluate evidence-based research; and to appreciate life-long learning in the areas of normal, different and disordered communication across the life-span and among cultures.

Communication Sciences and Disorders offers the academic course work and clinical practica experiences to meet both state licensure and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology (ASHA CCC-SLP). Students pursuing State of Louisiana Ancillary Certification as a Speech Therapist should consult with a faculty advisor for specific requirements. 

Student Outcome Data                           
CSD Strategic Plan
Essential Functions
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


For more information, watch this 10 minute video about the program.


Admission Requirements and Criteria

Admission to the graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is competitive and enrollment is limited.  Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.  


To receive the Master of Science (M.S.) degree, the student must:

  1. Complete thirty-six (36) hours in CSD course work including CSD 602, 606, 607, 613, 614, 615, 616, 617, 628, 632, 633 and 687. Clinical practica courses may not be used to satisfy degree requirements; however, practica courses are required for students seeking licensure and/or certification as speech-language pathologists.

  2. Complete six (6) hours of CSD electives with no thesis or six (6) hours of thesis credit with thesis option. THESIS OPTION: Students will be allowed to enter the thesis option only with the consent of the graduate faculty. The thesis is a major work of independent research of primary topics and will be supervised by the student's major professor and thesis committee.  Thesis Guidelines

  3. Have no more than one (3 hours) of "C" in CSD classes. A student who has earned a grade of "C" or lower in a course may not repeat the course in order to earn a higher grade. A student is in good standing and is considered to be making satisfactory progress if at least a minimum of 3.0 semester and a 3.0 cumulative GPA are earned in all graduate courses. Students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA to be eligible for enrollment in clinical practicum courses, and the 3.0 cumulative GPA is a prerequisite for students to change degree status from Unclassified to Regular admission status.

  4. Complete one semester as a full-time student excluding summer.

  5. Satisfactorily complete a comprehensive examination or complete at least six (6) hours of CSD 770 with a grade of "P". The department considers the thesis as an appropriate substitute for the comprehensive examination.  Comps Handbook

The master's education program in speech language pathology at Southeastern Louisiana University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language-Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.