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Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders 

At UW-Eau Claire 

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The Master of Science in communication sciences and disorders program is designed to prepare students to function independently as speech-language pathologists within the field of communication disorders. The residential program requires a two-year full-time commitment.  The online program is part-time, and requires three years to complete. The residential program in speech-language pathology at UW-Eau Claire is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Accreditation for the online program is in process. By the end of the graduate program, a student can meet requirements for: The Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology; Wisconsin licensure in speech-language pathology;and the Department of Public Instruction license in speech and language pathology.

Communication Disorders student


The purpose of the MS degree is to help students develop knowledge and/or competencies in several areas:
• Normal speech, hearing, swallowing and language development and behavior.
• Nature, evaluation and management in various work settings of the disorders of speech, hearing, language and swallowing in children and adults.
• Investigative procedures in communication sciences and disorders.


The student must complete a minimum of 54 credits of graduate course work in communication sciences and disorders prior to earning the MS degree in CSD. A thesis is optional in the residential program. Those who write a thesis must complete an oral comprehensive examination about the thesis.  Students who do not write a thesis must pass a written comprehensive examination. Each student must complete two externships in the final semesters of their graduate program.

Participation in required practicum experiences are planned to serve the needs and interests of students and to allow students to meet credential requirements. Students obtain a diverse clinical experience through the Center for Communication Disorders on campus and/or off-campus practicum sites. Under the supervision of qualified university personnel and on-site supervisors at affiliated practicum sites, students have opportunities to encounter clients ranging in age from infancy to the geriatric population and exhibiting all types of communication disorders. The affiliated practicum sites represent a wide variety of types including hospitals, clinics, community agencies, nursing homes, private practices and schools. Faculty members teach academic courses and supervise clinical practicum experiences within their areas of expertise.

Apply early

The fact that a student has met the minimal criteria listed does not guarantee admission to the program. Enrollment in the graduate program is limited to a maximum number of students determined annually by the program faculty. In recent years, the number of students admitted annually to the residential program has been 16-18; approximately 16 – 20 students may be admitted to the part-time online program. Applications for admission to the online program are reviewed in the fall; applications to the residential program are reviewed each winter. Students begin their online program in the summer, while residential students begin their program in the fall semester following admission.

Students for the residential program are encouraged to schedule a campus visit prior to reaching a decision about whether to apply. Visits should be scheduled through the graduate program coordinator ( Students for the part-time online graduate program are also encouraged to visit, if possible. Contact the online graduate coordinator for arrangements ( 

More advantages

• Our graduates pass the PRAXIS before graduation and obtain employment by or shortly after graduation.
• UW-Eau Claire has an excellent clinical facility with state-of-the-art technology on campus (the Center for Communication Disorders) and affiliation with many off-campus practicum sites where students gain experience working with clients.


Students wishing to pursue a MS degree in communication sciences and disorders must have a baccalaureate degree, preferably including a major in communication sciences and disorders. Completion of 30 semester credits in communication sciences and disorders course work prior to entering the graduate program is required. Students who do not have 30 CSD credits may apply as a second-degree seeking undergraduate student to complete those 30 credits. Students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.75 or better (or 2.90 in the second half of undergraduate course work) and a GPA of 3.0 or better in communication sciences and disorders course work. To be admitted to the program, students also must have a grade of B or better in each graded practicum experience.

Application requirements

To apply to the MS in communication sciences and disorders program, submit the following documents prior to Feb. 1 (residential program) or November 1 (online program) to be considered for admission: 
• A complete application for graduate admission along with the application fee:
• Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions previously attended. UW-Eau Claire graduates or former students: the submission of the application constitutes authorization for the Admissions Office to request your UW-Eau Claire transcript from the Records Office; please do not request an official transcript.
• Communication Sciences and Disorders departmental application, including letter of intent.
• Three letter of recommendation, with required recommendation form.  Each should be sent separately from your recommenders.
•Official GRE scores sent directly from ETS. Institution code is R1913.

Send materials to:

UW-Eau Claire
Graduate Admissions
Schofield Hall 111
105 Garfield Ave
Eau Claire WI 54701

Optional for residential program only
Application for Graduate Assistantship,
send to:
UW-Eau Claire
Graduate Studies
Schofield Hall 210
105 Garfield Ave
Eau Claire, WI 54701

For information about the residential full-time program contact:

CSD Graduate Coordinator
Human Sciences & Services 121
Phone: 715-836–4919

For information about the online part-time program contact:
CSD Online
Graduate Coordinator

Human Sciences & Services 121
Phone: 715-836–4021


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