Program Description

As a student in the speech language pathology program, you’ll work alongside faculty and staff in state of the art facilities where you’ll learn to treat and diagnose patients, conduct research, and practice therapy techniques. The program focuses on preparing professionals to asses, 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.

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

The Department of Communication Disorders offers students a multitude of opportunities to gain clinical experience both on- 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 the opportunity to conduct research projects and work with a patient population 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 includes 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 may gain clinical experience through the Summer Speech-Language Specialty Clinics.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the 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. Course requirements can be found on our website. Please note that completion of this coursework does not guarantee admission into the SLP Graduate Program, as it is a competitive admission process.

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. Course by course evaluations are required, as well as TOEFL requirements and I-20 requirements.

Contact our Admissions Office with any questions or concerns at or 989-774-1730. Apply online at

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. 


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