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MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Give people a voice.

More than 40 million people in the United States suffer from a communication disorder, whether genetic or caused by illness, aging or an accident. Speech-language pathologists study the science behind these issues and learn how to care for and treat patients in clinical settings.

ACU’s nationally recognized Master of Science in communication sciences and disorders allows you to become a certified, licensed speech-language pathologist.

Our program integrates faith into the curriculum, so you will not only leave with the knowledge and hands-on experience to be successful in the field, but also with the foundation to provide ethical service based on Christian principles.

Speech-language pathology is a meaningful profession – and a high-demand, high-paying one. According to the Department of Labor, jobs in this field will grow much faster than the average through 2024, and the median annual salary as of May 2015 is $73,410.

Want to be a part of this rewarding profession? Apply now or request more information.

Program Overview

Credit hours 52
Degree Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Program length 2 years
Tracks/Concentrations N/A


You will take courses such as:

  • Language Disorders in Children
  • Motor Speech Disorders
  • Special Problems in Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Seminar in Speech Pathology: Professional Ethics
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Admission requirements:

  • Complete the online application through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) Use Institution Code 1778;
  • Pay the $50 application fee;
  • An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent;
  • A cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA;
  • A minimum GRE score of 288 (combined verbal and quantitative);
  • Three letters 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;
  • A two-page writing sample (prompt in the CSDCAS application);
  • A current résumé that includes information regarding: college education and activities to date, employment to date, and community/church involvement. High school activities should not be included;
  • A two-year commitment is required. All application materials must be received by the preceding Janurary 15 for the fall semester. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. When all the required materials are assembled, the application will be reviewed by the CSD faculty. A personal interview may be required. If an interview is requested, additional information as to the nature of the interview will be provided at that time.

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.

See full ACU graduate admissions requirements here.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.