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Communication Disorders

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The nationally accredited program provides students opportunities to work closely with faculty members who are distinguished scholars, mentors, and master clinicians. Faculty/student ratios provide individualized attention, effective clinical mentoring, and academic excellence. Graduates are highly competitive nationally in today’s workforce.

Students develop the knowledge and skills essential for competent, evidence-based practice in the field of communication disorders.

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If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following:

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Maria Diana Gonzales
Willow Hall (WILW), Room 253

Advisor Support
Raidah Murshed
Willow Hall (WILW), Room 253

“Texas State’s rigorous curriculum and world-class faculty are providing me with the necessary foundation to be an effective clinician. Through my education here, I will be able to change lives.”

— Frank Connors, M.S.C.D. ’17

Course Work

The department offers two master’s degrees. The master of science in communication disorders (M.S.C.D.) requires 36 semester credit hours, with hours in both the major and a cognate as well as a clinical practicum each semester. The master of arts (M.A.) degree requires 39 semester credit hours, including a cognate and thesis, as well as a clinical practicum each semester. Cognate choices include neurogenics, voice and swallowing (NVS), bilingual and multicultural, fluency, autism spectrum disorders, and versatility in practice. The program takes two years to complete, including a very full summer semester. Students who opt for study abroad will spend two weeks overseas during the summer.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. 39 Thesis Cognate – Communication Disorders required
M.S.C.D 36 Non-Thesis Cognate required
Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. No concentration 39 Thesis Cognate – Communication Disorders required
M.S.C.D Autism 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.S.C.D Bilingual 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.S.C.D Fluency 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.S.C.D Hearing and Related Disorders 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.S.C.D Neurogenic, Voice, and Swallowing 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.S.C.D Versatility in Practice 36 Non-Thesis No minor
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Nationally recognized for diversity and leadership, the program has an exceptional pass rate on the required Praxis exam and very strong employment outcomes. Curricular offerings include an overseas study abroad.

Program Mission

The Department of Communication Disorders is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and clinical practice in speech-language pathology and audiology. With a commitment to innovative instruction, expansion of knowledge, and community-based collaboration, the department creates a vibrant and supportive learning community that engages and inspires students, faculty, staff, and clients. Advanced clinical and educational training, grounded in evidence-based practice (EBP) and practice-based evidence (PBE), prepares students to serve individuals with communication disorders and their families in an ethical and culturally competent manner.

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Program Faculty

Academic faculty conduct research in bilingualism, speech motor control, mild cognitive impairment, fluency, and child language development and disorders among other areas. They have won national awards and have been funded with external and internal grants. They publish in well-known national and international journals and frequently present at national and state conferences, providing strong mentoring for graduate students who wish to present and publish as well.

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Career Options

Graduates are comprehensively prepared to enter today’s workforce or competitive Ph.D. programs. The cognate specialty programs provide student clinicians with highly sought-after clinical, interpersonal, and culturally competent skill sets essential in the field of communication disorders. Entry-level speech-language pathologists are highly prepared to succeed in medically-based or school-based settings, providing services to individuals across the lifespan.

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements

Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall January 15 January 15
Spring No Admission No Admission
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
For scholarship, fellowship or assistantship consideration, applications must be completed by the deadline above.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


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Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree in communication disorders from a regionally accredited university. A competitive leveling program is available if you do not have the required degree.
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted. If you have not yet graduated with your bachelor's degree, you must submit a transcript with fall grades. 
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your undergraduate communication disorders courses

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GRE Scores

  • GRE not required


  • prerequisite course form
  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose addressing the following questions:
    • What areas of speech pathology practice or research interest you most and why?
    • Why are you applying to the Communication Disorders graduate program at Texas State University?
    • Briefly describe any life experiences, situations, and/or research interests that distinguish you as an applicant.
  • three forms of recommendation 

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

  This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

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