Are you ready to take your education to the next level to begin a career in Communication Disorders? Do that here.

The Communication Disorder Program is a nationally-accredited program where graduates are sought after by employers. Graduates of the program will pass the national Praxis exam, qualify for state licensure, meet ASHA certification requirements, and find employment opportunities in either educational or medical settings.  

Each year, we receive over 100 applications and only 18 students are accepted to the program. Students will receive comprehensive coursework, a variety of clinical opportunities, and research experiences. Scholarships and graduate assistantships are available for both first- and second-year graduate students. 

What You’ll Do  

This degree prepares you for a career as a speech-language pathologist, with an emphasis on obtaining licensure in Missouri and a Certification of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language-Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Students seeking licensure in a state other than Missouri are encouraged to work with the graduate advisors to ensure that all pre-requisites for licensure. Why are graduates so successful? Because during the program, they: 

  • Engage in comprehensive coursework. 
  • Work closely with faculty mentors who themselves are leaders in the field. 
  • Gain invaluable experience through a variety of clinical opportunities and research experiences.  

What Can You Do with an M.A. in Communication Disorders?

Employment rates are typically 100% with graduates accepting positions in Missouri and other states around the nation. Employment of speech-language pathologists is projected to grow 25% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Employers of Recent Graduates

  • Paragon Speech Pathology Services; Blue Springs, MO
  • Local School Districts: Cape Girardeau, Jackson, St. Louis and St. Charles Missouri; Kentucky; Illinois; Virginia, Indiana
  • Pathways Health Center for Children; Sarnia, Ontario
  • National Healthcare Corporation; Milan, TN
  • Life Care Center of St. Louis, MO
  • St. Francis Medical Center; Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Southeast Outpatient Rehabilitation; Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Beginning Concepts; Jackson, MO
  • ABC Pediatric Therapy; O’Fallon, IL
  • The Speech and Language Center; Columbia, MO
  • Innovative Rehabilitation Corporation; Jackson, MO
  • MU Children’s Therapy; Columbia, MO
  • EBS; Memphis, TN

Outcomes & Careers 

  • 100% 

    Graduation outcomes

    One hundred percent of students in the Communication Disorders program successfully have graduated from Southeast. 

  • $80k 

    Median annual salary for Speech-Language Pathologist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) earn an average annual salary of $80k. 




  • 29%

    growth rate

    The field of speech-language pathology is growing at a rate of 29% according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. 


Communication Disorders Degree Map

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What You'll Study

Admission is considered only for the summer semester. In addition to the criteria established for general admission to graduate studies, applicants must have the following:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders (or equivalent area) from a regionally accredited college or university

Note: Generally, individuals with undergraduate degrees from another discipline (e.g., nursing, education, biological sciences) may be required to complete prerequisite coursework to include content knowledge, skills, and experiences.

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or a minimum GPA of 3.0 during the last 2 years of undergraduate study during which at least 30 credit hours was earned
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Application with personal statement
  • Fifteen-minute web-based interview

Step 1 

The Department of Communication Disorders at Southeast Missouri State University participates in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Computerized Application System (CSDCAS). This system provides a convenient way to apply to multiple programs while submitting only one set of application materials. You may access the application at the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Science and Disorders to create an account and begin the application process. Note that a fee is required to participate in the CSDCAS application system. During the application process, be sure to designate Southeast Missouri State University as one of your applicant institutions. 

The deadline for submitting all application materials is January 15 for the following summer semester cohort. Applications that have not been completed by this date will be ineligible for consideration. It is the applicant’s responsibility to meet the deadline requirements. 

Step 2 

Follow the instructions on the CSDCAS web application carefully and submit all required materials:

  • The GRE requirement has been waived for the 2023 application cycle. 
  • The department requires 2 letters of recommendation, which are requested during the CSDCAS application process. Directions are provided in the online application. Letters should not be sent directly to the department or admissions office at the university. Only letters requested and submitted through CSDCAS will be accepted. If more than 2 letters are submitted, only the first 2 letters in order of submission will be considered by the admissions committee. It is strongly suggested to choose references such as instructors from major courses or supervisors of clinically relevant experiences, if possible.  
  • You must submit all official transcripts to CSDCAS at the address below: 

    CSDCAS Verification Department 

    P.O. Box 9113 

    Watertown, MA 02471 

Step 3 

When completing the CSDCAS web application, you will notice that there is a supplemental application required. For this requirement, you should complete the Southeast Missouri State University online  Application for Graduate Admission. In addition, you must send a copy of your driver’s license or birth certificate to: 

Southeast Missouri State University 

Office of Admissions, MS3550 

One University Plaza 

Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 

Important Note: Note that this is a procedural step required by Southeast Missouri State University in addition to the CSDCAS application. Applicants who have not completed this step by the application deadline will not be considered for admission. 

Step 4 

Applications for the Communication Disorders Graduate Program are considered for summer admission only. Please check the website for details. In addition to the application materials and steps required by the CSDCAS and Southeast Missouri State University applications, an interview is required for prospective graduate students. Candidates selected by the Admissions Committee members will participate in a 15-minute web-based interview in January. Upon completion of the first round of interviews, the committee will send out decision letters.  Students have until March 15 to respond.  This process will continue on a rolling basis until all available spots in the cohort are filled. 

Step 5 

If you wish to apply for a graduate assistantship or other financial assistance, please visit the department's Financial Aid page. Note that the department offers a limited number of departmental graduate assistantships for which anyone who is granted admission to the graduate program may apply; however, other departments and offices on campus frequently have openings available for assistantships and a list of these positions is maintained in the graduate office. Please complete the application form for a graduate assistantship if you wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship in the department. Upon completion of the initial application, the graduate admissions committee will select which candidates will complete the second phase of the application process. The second phase includes a web-based interview and a mock grading task. Other departments and offices may require a separate application form and/or process. The deadline for application for graduate assistantships in the department is January 15. Decisions regarding graduate assistantships are made after admissions decisions have been determined. 

Need Assistance? 

If you have questions concerning any aspect of the CSDCAS web application process, please contact CSDCAS via the methods described below:  

If you have questions concerning the supplemental application to Southeast Missouri State University, please contact Graduate Admissions at 573.651.2192 or  
If you have questions about admission to the graduate program in Communication Disorders at Southeast Missouri State University, contact Dr. Jayanti Ray, Department Chairperson ( or Dr. Samantha Washington, Graduate Admissions Committee Co-Chairperson ( 

  • CD603 Advanced Communication Disorders Clinical Practicum (3 enrollments) (9) 
  • CD608 Clinical Methods in Speech Language Pathology (2) 
  • CD616 Literacy Essentials for Speech Language Pathologists (3) 
  • CD620 Developmental Articulatory and Phonological Disorders (3) 
  • CD625 Research Methodology in Communication Disorders (3) 
  • CD628 Cognitive Communication Disorders and Their Functional Implications (1) 
  • CD629 Neuroscience of Communication Disorders (2) 
  • CD630 Acquired Language and Disorders and Their Functional Implications (2) 
  • CD634 Language and Cognitive Disorders in Infants and Preschool Children (2) 
  • CD635 Language, Cognitive and Social Communication Disorders in School-Aged Children (3) 
  • CD641 Voice Disorders (2) 
  • CD642 Stuttering and Cluttering (2) 
  • CD643 Augmentative/Alternative Communication Systems (2) 
  • CD651 Neurogenic Speech Disorders (2) 
  • CD652 Swallowing Disorders (3) 
  • CD653 Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing (1) 
  • CD656 Craniofacial Anomalies and Resonance Disorders (2) 
  • CD659 Speech and Language Services for Special Populations (2) 
  • CD669 Externship in Communication Disorders (2 enrollments) (6) 
  • CD685 Professionals Issues in Communication Disorders (2) 

Choose One of the Following Options: 

Non-Thesis Option 
  • CD683 Research in Communication Disorders (2 enrollments) (3) 
  • GR698 Master’s Final Comprehensive Examination (0) 
Thesis Option 
  • CD695 Thesis (2 enrollments) (3) 
  • GR699 Master’s Oral Examination (0) 

Additional requirements:* 

  • CD399 Speech and Hearing Science (3)
  • CD525 Aural Rehabilitation (3)

*If the student did not have CD399 and/or CD525 or equivalent courses as an undergraduate, the student must take these courses as a graduate student.

The degree requirements in Communication Disorders are designed to meet the academic and clinical standards established by the Council for Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Completion of the degree requirements constitutes one component toward the establishment of the student’s eligibility for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP). 

It is the student’s responsibility to confer with his/her academic advisor regarding recent changes (if any) in academic or clinical standards. Also, it is the student’s responsibility to complete any additional requirements for the CCC-SLP beyond completion of the degree and to submit proper documentation of all required components. 

Graduate Assistantships

The graduate assistantship (GA) is designed to provide support during full-time graduate study. It’s an opportunity for the graduate students to serve in a professional role while establishing a professional relationship with faculty and administrators. In addition to a per year stipend, GAs gain valuable experience. There are two kinds of assistantships: teaching and administrative.

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Clinical Practicum

Graduate majors in communication disorders are required to three semesters of on-campus clinical practicum prior to any externship experiences. One credit hour of this enrolled class consists of clinical seminars conducted via a weekly clinical meeting. These meetings cover important clinical and professional issues.


  • Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communication Disorders residential education program in speech-language pathology at Southeast Missouri State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

College of Education, Health and Human Studies

This degree is housed within the College of Education, Health and Human Studies. The college boasts programs that train students in mind, body, and soul. So, whether you want to teach, to care, to support, or to fix, we have a program to get you there.

Graduate Coordinators

Graduate coordinators serve as the contact for graduate programs. The coordinators are most often faculty within the college which houses the program, helping you to get questions answered and first-hand knowledge of the degree requirements and placement opportunities.

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

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