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Communication Disorders

Master of Communication Disorders (MCD)
Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Professions
Graduate School
Application Deadline: February 15th (Summer Admission Only)


The Graduate Program in Communication Disorders meets the rigorous requirements for accreditation for speech-language pathology from the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-hearing Association (ASHA).  It has been designed to lead to state licensure and the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology issued by ASHA.  

The Master of Communication Disorders degree consists of 49 semester hours beyond the Bachelor's degree, including credit for clinical practice.  Clinical practice consists of direct clinical experience supervised by the Communication Disorders faculty and/or clinical instructor.  Each candidate and the advisor will plan and design a program of study to ensure that professional requirements will be met.  

The successful student is expected to have demonstrated expertise and in-depth knowledge of the normal communication processes, development, and disorders thereof; evaluation procedures to assess the bases of such disorders; and clinical techniques that have been shown to improve or eradicate them.  In addition, competency must be demonstrated in the related areas of human anatomy and physiology, psychological dynamics, and research.

View the Department of Communication Disorders website >>>>>>>

  • Prerequisites

    The MCD is a professional degree, required for state licensure and the Certificate of Clinical Competence.  Therefore, for students wishing to pursue the MCD, a pre-professional degree in communication disorders is strongly recommended.  Students possessing the undergraduate degree qualify to apply, however, if admitted, deficiencies in undergraduate preparation may be assigned as corequisites.  These deficiencies include (but are not limited to) Fluency Disorders, Articulation and Phonological Disorders, and Statistics.

    Students that do not possess the undergraduate degree in CD are not eligible to apply for the MCD until the leveling requirements are met.  See "Additional Information" below for more details.

    Within the standards set forth by ASHA, a policy is in place regarding the skills and attributes (essential functions) required of candidates for admission to and continuance in the program.

    View the Essential Functions of Candidates for Program Admission and Continuance >>>

  • Admission Process

    Applicants should process an application for admission to ASU Graduate Admissions and supply all information and/or records required and pay the application fee.  In addition to those requirements, the following items should be submitted to the Graduate School to complete the application packet for MCD admission consideration.  

    !!!  NEW for 2015 admissions  !!!

    COPIES of the following items must also be mailed directly to
    the Department of Communication Disorders (address below)


    Submit scores for all subtests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  
    To be considered, applicants must possess a minimum score of 285 on the combined verbal and quantitative portions of the exam.


    Submit an official transcript from each institution that you have attended.  To be considered, applicants must possess an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher or a GPA or 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.  Note:  Copy for the department can be student copy.


    Submit a letter that requests acceptance into the program and states personal goals and interests in communication disorders.


    Submit a current resume listing your accomplishments since completing high school (academic and non-academic).


    Arrange for completion and submission of three Graduate Readiness Rating forms.  Narrative letters of recommendation will not be considered unless attached to the completed, required form.  At least two of these forms MUST be completed by current or former faculty members.  The third form can be completed by anyone with knowledge of your character and academic ability.

    View and/or print the rating form >>>>>


    ASU Graduate Admissions
    P.O. Box 1570
    State University, AR  72467


    Department of Communication Disorders
    Graduate Admissions Committee
    PO Box 910
    State University, AR  72467

    For questions regarding material submission, please call Graduate Admissions at (870) 972-2031 or the Dept. of Communication Disorders at (870) 972-3106. 

    The CD Graduate Admissions Committee reviews all applications for GRE scores and GPA's.  Applicants that do not provide evidence of meeting the minimum requirements are not reviewed further.  

    Qualifying applicants are then ranked and awarded points (based on ranking) from a pre-determined scale and are ranked individually by GPA-overall, GPA-in the major, GRE score (verbal/quantitative combined), and GRE writing score.  Points for affective applicant items (resume, intent letter, and rating forms) are totalled and result in a folder score and subsequent ranking.  Total applicant points are then ranked and the class is selected based on the number of students the program can accept.    

    Formal letters are sent to all qualified applicants notifying them of acceptance status.  Invited applicants must respond within 10 days of receipt of the invitation, to indicate their intent to be admitted to the program.  In the event attrition is high, the committee selects replacements from the remaining qualifying applicant pool, and additional invitations are extended.

    Notice: Admitted MCD students begin the program in the first summer term following admission.  Upon successful completion of coursework, practicum, and comprehensive examinations or thesis, matriculation is completed 19 months later, graduating in December.

  • Additional Information

    Application materials are due Feb. 15th, annually, and the selected cohort begins the program in the first summer term.  The program is designed for full time attendance, and is an academically and clinically intense 19 months, with commencement in December the following year.  

    While minimum GPA and GRE scores are required in order to apply, successful applicants should consider the GPA's and GRE scores of those admitted previously.  The following information relates to the Summer 2014 MCD admissions (Class of 2015):

    Average GRE (Verbal and Quantitative):  298.5  (minimum to apply is 285)
    Average GPA Overall:                                     3.79 (minimum to apply is 3.0)
    Average GPA in the major:                           3.96 (minimum to apply is 3.25 on "last 60 hours")
    Number of applicants:                                    166
    Admitted class size:                                         26

    Post-Degree Leveling Requirements for Non-CD Undergraduates

    Applicants with undergraduate degrees in majors other than speech-language pathology may make application to the MCD program upon meeting the leveling requirements (linked below), which include 38 credit hours of core coursework.  Applicants must identify the specific year for which they are applying, and will be considered for admission only after indicating in writing that they understand admission for the targeted year is contingent on their provision of evidence (in the form of an official transcript) of having successfully completed all of the screening and core specified leveling requirements.  Such evidence must be received prior to the first day of classes for the targeted year, if admitted.  In the event documentation is not provided by that time, the admission decision will be considered null and void.  The applicant may, however, re-apply for admission for a subsequent year, however, admission is not guaranteed.  All equivalents/course substitutions must be approved by the CD Admissions and Credits Committee.

    Students should be aware that admission to the MCD program is competitive and based on space available.  Completion of these leveling requirements does not imply or guarantee admission to the MCD program.

    View the leveling requirements >>>>


    In addition to tuition costs, Communication Disorders students will incur the following expenses:

    Every student will participate in clinical rotations prior to graduation.  At the graduate level, the clinical experience will occur on-campus at the ASU Speech and Hearing Center as well as clinical affiliate sites off-campus.  When the clinical rotation is scheduled at an off-campus clinical site, it is the responsibility of the student to arrange for transportation to and from clinical sites and any expense related to it.  Additionally, if the clinical site requires it, a background check may be required at a cost between $50.00 and $100.00.  

    CPR certification and a TB skin test are also required prior to clinical practicum enrollment.  Students are notified of free or low-cost certification opportunities regularly (cost varies depending on provider).

    All students in the College of Nursing and Health Professions must purchase malpractice insurance prior to rotating through clinical practicum sites.  The annual cost of this insurance is approximately $40.00.  Information regarding purchase of malpractice insurance is distributed prior to the first clinical practicum rotation during preparatory courses.

    Visit the website of the Department of Communication Disorders >>>>>>


  • Careers
  • Accreditations
    The Graduate Program in Communication Disorders at ASU-Jonesboro
    is accredited through August 31, 2019 by 
    the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

    Student Outcome Measures   

    (based on three years' data)


    Licensure Exam Pass Rates and Employment Rates


    # of Students

    Praxis Pass Rate

    Employment Rate

    2012 - 2013 23 96% 91%
    As of 09Jan2013 
    2011 - 2012 25 100% 100%
    2010 - 2011 20 100% 100%



    22.7 98.6% 97%

    Program Completion Rates

    Year # Completed Program within expected time frame # Completed Program later than expected time frame # Not Completing % Completing within expected time frame
    2012-2013 23 -0- 1 96%
    2011-2012 23 2 -0- 92%
    2010-2011 20 1 3 83%
    Three-Year Average 22 1 1.33 90.3%


    View the CD Five-Year Strategic Plan >>>>>

  • Checksheets & Degree Plans


    Checksheets list all of the requirements and university obligations for degree completion.