Graduate School - Communication Sciences and Disorders


Terry Baggs, Advisor
ACU Box 28058
Abilene, Texas 79699-8058
Don Morris Center, Room 126

Phone: 325-674-4819
Fax: 325-674-2552

Lynette Austin, Assistant Professor
Terry Baggs, Assistant Professor
Brenda Bender, Associate Professor
MaLesa Breeding, Professor

Supervising clinical faculty:
Denise Barnett, Instructor
D’Lyla Kirby, Assistant Professor

Abilene Christian University’s Communication Sciences and Disorders Department offers a Master of Science (MS) degree in speech-language pathology. The MS in communication sciences and disorders is a 52-hour non-thesis program consisting of 36 hours of academic preparation and 16 hours of clinical practicum. The course work is presented in a two-year sequence. A written comprehensive examination is required.

The Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

The mission of the Communication Sciences and Disorders department is to equip students with knowledge and skills in speech-language pathology for ministry to individuals with communication disorders through a Christian world perspective. Students and faculty are involved in the provision of diagnostic and treatment services to the community, research into the causes, prevention, and effects of communication disorders, and advocacy for persons with communication disabilities. The training program endeavors to produce speech-language pathologists with professional competency and conduct consistent with the highest national standards.

Admission Requirements
Enrollment is limited to applicants who will be full-time students. For admission criteria, please refer to the Graduate School - Admission section of this catalog. In addition to the general Graduate School requirements, the following criteria are required of all applicants for unconditional admission to the MS program in communication sciences and disorders:

  1. A minimum GRE score of 875 (combined verbal and quantitative); 
  2.  A third letter of recommendation (at least two of the recommendation letters must come from professionals in the field and relate to the applicant's potential academic success);
  3. A writing sample (may be submitted as a mission statement);
  4. A two-year commitment is required from all applicants.

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Admissions Committee makes holistic judgments based on the evaluation of an applicant’s ability and readiness for graduate work. In conjunction with the Graduate School, the Committee may recommend conditional admission for an applicant who does not meet all admission criteria.


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Major Code: CSD

Requirements for the MS degree in communication sciences and disorders are:

 1. Core courses (36 hours); Practicum (16 hours)
COMP 602
COMP 610
COMP 620
COMP 659
COMP 693
Language Disorders in Children
Communication Research Methods
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Theory
Clinical Practicum 
COMP 601
COMP 603
COMP 613
COMP 693
Motor Speech Disorders
Dysphagia and Related Disorders
Clinical Practicum 
COMP 608
COMP 693
Mullti-Cultural Issues in Speech-Language Pathology
Clinical Practicum (Variable credit: 1 or 3 hours)
COMP 604
COMP 606
COMP 693
COMP 694
Voice Disorders
Fluency Disorders
Clinical Practicum (Augmentative/Alternative Communication)
Advanced Clinical Practicum
COMP 670
COMP 670
COMP 694
Seminar in Speech Pathology: Professional Ethics
Seminar in Speech Pathology: Capstone
Advanced Clinical Practicum
2. Comprehensive Exam

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