Program Description

As a student in the Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program, you’ll work alongside faculty mentors and experienced staff in state of the art facilities where you’ll learn to treat and diagnose patients, conduct research, and practice therapy techniques.

Our SLP program focuses on preparing professionals to assist, diagnose, and clinically treat people with a variety of communication disorders. This extensive clinical experience, combined with caring and involved faculty, makes CMU speech-language pathology graduates well prepared and sought after clinicians.

Clinical Experience, Research Opportunities and Assistantships

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers students a multitude of opportunities to gain clinical experience both on-campus and off-campus. The research facilities within the department include specialized speech, voice, language and acoustic laboratories, computers and software programs.

Several clinical programs offered through the department give students opportunities to conduct research projects and work with patient populations ranging from infants to the elderly. Through the department's Speech-Language and Hearing Clinics, students may provide clinical services to people throughout central and northern Michigan.

The services offered by the Speech-Language and Hearing Clinics include a voice and swallowing clinic, aphasia clinic, speech-language pathology and audiology clinics, augmentative and alternative communication services, and pre-school programs. In addition, students gain clinical experience through the Summer Speech-Language Specialty Clinics.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate Speech-Language Pathology program requires:

  • completed or nearly completed undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders;
  • minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and a minimum 3.25 GPA in the major coursework, with no individual course grade below a 2.0 (C); and
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.

Students who did not complete their undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders must complete at least 31 credit hours in communication sciences and disorders courses in consultation with a faculty advisor. Equivalent coursework may be taken at other universities and may not necessarily total 31 credit hours. Please note that completion of this coursework does not guarantee admission into the SLP Graduate Program, as it is a competitive admission process. Course requirements can be found on our website.

Applications for the Summer II SLP program are due January 15.

A completed application includes:

International applicants must also provide foreign evaluation by one of the following accepted agencies: ECE, WES, Josef Silney and Associates Inc., or SPANTRAN. Course by course evaluations are required, as well as TOEFL requirements and I-20 requirements.

How to Apply

ALL applicants must apply ONLY to CSDCAS , an online application service (do not apply to CMU's College of Graduate Studies).

The CSDCAS student portal typically opens mid July to early August for each new application cycle. Students can apply to CMU's SLP graduate program from the time the portal opens until applications are due. Remember that the deadline for completed applications for the SLP program (which begins with Summer II) is January 15.

Please contact our Graduate SLP Admissions Office with any questions or concerns at, or call (989) 774-1730.

Program Course Requirements

Required Courses (33 credit hours)

  • SLP 632 (3) - Counseling Issues in Communication Disorders
  • SLP 638 (3) - Adult and Pediatric Swallowing and Feeding Disorders
  • SLP 704 (3) - Language Disorders in Preschool Children
  • SLP 708 (3) - Language Disorders in School-Age Children
  • SLP 713 (3) - Voice/Resonance Disorders/Laryngectomee Rehabilitation
  • SLP 714 (3) - Motor Speech Disorders
  • SLP 717 (3) - Aphasia
  • SLP 722 (3) - Cognitive-Communicative Disorders of Dementia and Traumatic Brain Injury
  • SLP 735 (3) - Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • SLP 736 (3) - Speech Sound Disorders in Children
  • SLP 739 (3) - Stuttering

Elective Courses (8 credit hours required)
All electives are to be selected from the following in consultation with the academic advisor:

  • CSD 512 (3) - Supporting Students with Literacy Disorders
  • CSD 525 (3) -Research Design in Communication Disorders
  • CSD 525 is required only if the student has not taken an equivalent course at the undergraduate level
  • CSD 537 (1-9) - Special Topics in Communication Disorders
  • CSD 551 (3) - Autism Spectrum Disorders; A Clinical Focus
  • SLP 790 (1-4) - Advanced Independent Study

Required Practicum (15 credit hours)

Students must complete fifteen (15) credit hours of practicum (SLP 749). Each full-time student is expected to enroll in SLP 749 Clinical Practicum each semester (fall, spring, summer I, summer II, fall) for three (3) credit hours. Participation in the Summer Speech-Language Specialty Clinics is required during the summer following the first year in the graduate program.

Required Capstone Experience (6 credit hours)

All speech-language pathology graduate students must complete a capstone experience prior to graduation. Students may choose in consultation with an advisor either a combination internship/thesis [SLP 798 - Thesis (6) + SLP 795 - Internship (3)] or an internship [SLP 795 - Internship (6)].


CMU's Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology education program is accredited by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA).

Career Outlook

For More Information

Lorie Fox
Administrative Secretary
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Health Professions Building 2159
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
(989) 774-3471

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