Prepare for your career as a speech-language pathologist with a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Here, you’ll learn from accomplished professors, who have real-world experience and are enthusiastic to share their knowledge with you. Through coursework and professional experience, you'll become an expert in speech, hearing, and language development and behavior. You'll also learn how to evaluate and diagnose various communication disorders.
A critical component of the program is providing students with clinical experience. Offered through our Center for Communication Disorders and more than 90 off-campus affiliated sites, this opportunity allows you to work with real clients ranging in age and type of communication disorder.
Our renowned graduate program offers two options and is designed to work with you no matter where you are in your journey. The on-campus residency program holds classes at UWEC, providing face-to-face instruction, and can be completed in two years. Or, if you’re looking to take courses part time, our online program is set up so you can graduate in three years. Our online graduate program requires a short residency each summer while the rest of your clinic work can be done in your home community. If you have decided to pursue a career as a speech-language pathologist and have previously completed your bachelor's degree in another area, we also offer post-baccalaureate courses.
No matter your path, you'll feel motivated and supported on your journey to completing your degree and becoming a speech-language pathologist.
There are thousands of dollars in scholarships available for students seeking a master's degree from UW-Eau Claire. For those studying communication sciences and disorders specifically, we offer scholarships like the Vicki Lord and James Roy Larson CSD Research Award. This $1,100 award is given to a communication sciences and disorders student completing a research-based thesis.
There are also a number of assistantships, fellowships and grants available to our graduate students. Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarship page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible. To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop shop for tuition and financial aid.
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Communication sciences and disorders master's degree program details
- Residential program length: two years
- Online program length: three years
- Offered: in person, online
- Credits: 54
- Residential program cost: Standard tuition and fees apply
- Online program cost: $700 per credit for the first year (potential increase of 5% in following years)
- Students will earn a Master of Science (MS) degree.
Your classmates at a glance
- Number of completed applications received in 2020: 136
- Average major (CSD courses) GPA of admitted students in 2020: 3.94
- Number of completed applications received in 2020: 119
- Average major (CSD courses) GPA of admitted students in 2020: 3.88
- Percentage of admitted students in 2019 with a non-CSD undergrad degree: 85%
The Master of Science program in speech-language pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 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, and is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Wisconsin is a SARA state (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is a SARA-approved institution.
The United States Department of Education requires institutions to disclose information for programs leading to professional certification or licensure about whether each program meets state educational requirements for initial licensure or certification.
NC-SARA (National Council for Authorization Reciprocity Agreements) has a similar policy for online programs.
The requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
The requirements of this program do not meet licensure in the following states: None
It has not been determined whether the requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: None
Professional experience. Gain valuable clinical training in our highly equipped Center for Communication Disorders. This state-of-the-art facility includes 16 therapy rooms with direct observation facilities, an audiology suite, a speech science and voice lab and an assistive technology lab. Here you'll work directly with clients from the Chippewa Valley community, boosting your confidence and building skills that are sought after in the industry.
Connection to local employers. An annual Nursing and Health Care Professional Fair will further connect you to a variety of employers, including hospitals, clinics, community agencies and schools. This fair is specifically for those looking to enter the healthcare field. The event is an excellent opportunity to make connections and submit your resume for current and future job openings.
By the end of the communication sciences and disorders graduate program, you will meet requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology; licensure in speech-language pathology; and the Department of Public Instruction license in speech and language pathology. These qualifications will allow you to work as a speech-language pathologist for a variety of employers.
Where are communication sciences and disorders alumni now?
- Speech-language pathologist, Chippewa Falls School District, Wisconsin
- Speech therapist, Hallmark Rehabilitation, California
- Speech-language pathologist, St. Paul Public Schools, Minnesota
- Associate lecturer, UW-Eau Claire, Wisconsin
- Speech-language pathologist, HCR ManorCare, Connecticut
- Speech-language pathologist, Mesquite ISD, Texas
I can attest that my exposure to supervised, clinical practice as an undergraduate student prepared me to be a confident graduate student clinician, a confident speech-language pathology clinical fellow and a confident professional clinician in a school setting.
Our accredited graduate program provides a comprehensive curriculum designed to give you the knowledge and skills necessary to work as a speech-language pathologist. Courses and externships will prepare you to work with clients of a variety of ages and communication disorders. Whether you are a part of the residential or online program, you will receive the same high-quality education taught by the same faculty.
Classes may include:
- Aphasia and Related Disorders
- Language Assessment
- Counseling in Communication Disorders
- Organic Voice and Speech Disorders
- Motor Speech Disorders
- Pediatric Dysphagia
- Acquired Cognitive-Communicative Disorders
- Birth to 21 Methods in Communication Disorders
Learn more about the communication sciences and disorders residential master's degree in the UWEC course catalog.
Learn more about the communication sciences and disorders online master's degree in the UWEC course catalog.
To enroll in our Master's in Communication Science and Disorders program, please submit an application. You must also complete all other application steps through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Services (CSDCAS). You will need to include:
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
- Personal essay
- Three letters of recommendation
Learn more about the master's in communication sciences and disorders online program and residential program admission requirements and application process.
Please feel free to send any questions regarding the online program to CSDOnlineGraduateCoordinator@uwec.edu. Any questions regarding the residential program can be sent to CSDGraduateCoordinator@uwec.edu.