Degree Requirements


Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders


The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers the academic course work and clinical practicum 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.


To receive the Master of Science degree the student must:

  1. Complete thirty-six (36) hours in CSD course work including CSD 602, 604, 606, 607, 613, 614, 615, 617, 622, 624, 629, and 687. Clinical practicum courses may not be used to satisfy degree requirements; however, practicum 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.

  3. Have no more than two grades (6 hours) of “C” in CSD courses. 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 considered to be making satisfactory progress if at least a minimum of a 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.