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 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 our graduate Speech Language Pathology program requires:

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

Students who did not complete their undergraduate degree in communication disorders must complete at least 31 credit hours in Communication 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 launch date for the 2019 application cycle is scheduled for Thursday, August 2, 2018. Remember that the deadline for completed applications for our Summer II SLP program 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

  • 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
  • SLP 632 (3) - Counseling Issues in Communication Disorders
  • SLP 638 (3) - Seminar: 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 734 (3) - Applied Speech Science
  • SLP 735 (3) - Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • SLP 736 (3) - Speech Sound Disorders in Children
  • SLP 739 (3) - Stuttering
  • SLP 795 (6) - Internship

Elective Courses
All electives are to be selected from the following in consultation with the academic advisor:

  • CSD 537 (1-9) - Special Topics in Communication Disorders
  • CSD 551 (3) - Autism Spectrum Disorders; A Clinical Focus
  • SLP 639 (2) - Hypopharyngeal Visualization
  • SLP 640 (3) - Cadaveric Anatomy for Communication
  • SLP 702 (2) - Infant/Toddler Communication: Assessment and Intervention
  • SLP 705 (3) - Cognitive-Communication Disorders of Traumatic Brain Injury
  • SLP 711 (2) - Craniofacial Disorders
  • SLP 740 (3) - Neuroanatomy
  • SLP 790 (1-4) - Advanced Independent Study

Required Practicum

Students must have 15 hours of practicum, which includes combinations of CSD 749. Each full-time student is expected to enroll in clinical practicums each semester 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.

Graduation Requirements

All speech-language pathology graduate students must complete a capstone experience prior to graduation. Students may choose from either a thesis or an internship. There is also a required 15-hour practicum, which includes participation in the Summer Specialty Clinics program during the summer semester between the first and second years, and you should speak with your academic advisor prior to registering for any practicum coursework.


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

For More Information

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

Or visit our website.