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Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Graduate Program Information

Faculty: Kent Brorson, Dana Collins, Paul Deputy, Faith Loven (Director of Graduate Studies), Mark Mizuko (Department Chair), and Cindy Spillers

Clinic Instructors: Lynette Carlson (Clinic Director), Jolene Hyppa Martin, Lynda John, Cole Peterson, Susan Schaeffer, Jill Tschekunow, and Kay Wallis

Department Secretary: Michelle Tessier

Clinic Secretary: Linda Marnich

1. Profile

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Program at the University of Minnesota, Duluth provided undergraduate and graduate education in speech-language pathology. Our graduate program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.  Accredited since 1978, the program prepares students to work in a variety of professional settings and to meet the challenges of serving individuals with diverse communication impairments. Students choose UMD's Communication Sciences and Disorders Program because it offers the courses, the clinical experiences, and the individualized instruction needed to become a skilled speech language pathologist. Up-to-date courses reflecting current needs in the profession area available, such as courses in assistive technology, child language disorders, dysphagia, motor speech disorders, speech science instrumentation, and stuttering. Employers seek graduates from the program because they are well equipped to serve people with communication handicaps. Student have presented their research work at state, national, and international conferences.

The Edwin H. Eddy Foundation and the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program co-sponsor workshops each year, featuring prominent leaders in clinical assessment and rehabilitation. These workshops attract speech language pathologists, audiologists, and other professionals from across the nation.

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Program is dedicated to teaching students how to apply academic and research concepts to the realities of clinical practice. Through internships in the University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic and affiliated internship sites, students readily accrue the varied clinical experience required to obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence and to prepare for future employment.

UMD, a mid-size campus with a student population of nearly 9000, is one of the four coordinate campuses of the University of Minnesota system. The 1994 U.S. News & World Report ranked UMD as the tenth best regional university in terms of overall quality relative to price. Students who attend UMD enjoy more than a rich academic experience; they experience an impressive living opportunity. Duluth is favored with a low crime rate, the largest health care facilities in the Arrowhead Region, and scores of cultural and sports events. Many students attending UMD take advantage of the natural splendor of the region through skiing at Spirit Mountain, biking on Minnesota point, canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, backpacking the Gunflint Trail, or sailing on Lake Superior.

  • 100 % employment rate for Masters degree graduates.
  • 5 Semesters/43 credits required to obtain Masters degree.
  • Over 90% of full time graduate students awarded financial grants of $4,000 per student by Eddy Foundation since 1982.
  • On campus Robert F. Pierce Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic serves approximately 60 clients each semester.
  • Clinical Resource Center supplied with equipment and materials regularly updated through the support of the Eddy Foundation and other research grants.
  • 40 affiliations with certified speech-language pathologists in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers for student internship experience.
  • Accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) since 1978.
  • Robert F. Pierce Scholarship of $10,000.

If you have any questions about the program, you may write to the department at the following address:

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • 31 West College Street
  • 182 Chester Park
  • Duluth, MN 55812

Or you may e-mail the department at:

2. Prerequisites for Admission

Applicants must have a four-year undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders or speech-language pathology and/or audiology from an American university with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Undergraduate degrees in Communication Disorders from foreign universities are also accepted, as long as they are equivalent to a four-year American university baccalaureate degree in Communication Disorders. Three letters of recommendation evaluating the applicant's scholarship and clinical skills are required. At least two letters should be from academic faculty familiar with applicant. A personal statement of the applicant's short- and long-term goals is required.

3. Graduate Curriculum - 43 semester hours

Didactic Courses (34 credits)

  • 5010 Portfolio Development (1)
  • 2 or more credits from the approved courses are required from the following to get 43 total semester hours:
    • *CSD 4500 Voice Disorders (3)
    • CSD 5000 Dept Seminar (1)
    • CSD 5195 Topics in CD (1)
    • CSD 5205 Pediatric Dysphagia (1)
    • CSD 5250 Seminar in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (1)
    • CSD 5260 Seminars in Orofacial Disorders (1)
    • *CSD 5400 Rehabilitative Procedures for the Hard of Hearing (3)
    • CSD 8232 Trachs, Vents, Laryngectomy and CD (1)
  • 5142 Intro to Diagnosis in Communication Disorders(2)
  • 5200 Dysphagia (3 )
  • 5230 Advanced Applications in Communication Modalities (4)
  • 5301 Language Disorders in Children (2)
  • 5302 Language Disorders in Adolescents (2)
  • 8205 Advanced Fluency Disorders (3 )
  • 8210 Professional Issues (1)
  • 8230 Neurogenic Language Disorders (4)
  • 8231 Neurogenic Speech Disorders (3)
  • 8235 Counseling Applications in Communication Disorders (2)

Clinical Courses (need a minimum of 4 credits)

  • 8397 Internship: Communication Disorders (3)
  • 8497 Internship: Communication Disorders II(4)
  • 8597 Internship: Part-Time, Education Setting (5)
  • 8697 Internship: Part-Time, Medical Setting (5)
  • 8797 Externship: Full-Time, Education Setting (6)
  • 8897 Externship: Full-Time, Medical Setting (6)
  • 8997 Summer Graduate Practicum (1)

Research Courses (5 credits)

  • 8099 Projects in Communication Disorders (2)
  • 5100 Research Methods (3)


4. Costs

Please see the UMD Registrar's website for the most recent resident and non resident tuition rates . Resident Requirements: Permanent home in Minnesota for at least one calendar year. On Campus Housing contact: Housing Office 149 Lake Superior Hall, University of Minnesota, Duluth Duluth, MN 55812.

5. Scholarships

Robert F. Pierce Scholarship for Academic Excellence

The top graduate student applicant will be offered a $10,000 scholarship payable in five installments over the two year graduate program. Determination of the top student will be based on the weighted score generated by the applicant's academic achievement, letters of recommendation, and personal statement used in the department's Graduate School admission process. No application process is required. The student receiving this scholarship is not eligible for the Eddy H. Eddy Scholarship.

Edwin H. Eddy Foundation Scholarship

Approximately $25,000 in scholarship support is funded annually. Applicants must meet a minimum grade point average (currently 3.0) to qualify for a scholarship. This GPA minimum is subject to change. Applications for this scholarship will be sent to you if you are accepted into the graduate program.  Applications for the scholarship will be reviewed by the foundation and students will be notified in the Fall regarding thier applicaiton status. 

Minority Scholarships

The University of Minnesota provides scholarships for high ability non resident, non reciprocity graduate students. The scholarship is in the form of a partial tuition waiver. The department must apply for these funds on behalf of the student. A limited number of tuition waivers are available to the department.

6. Application Procedure

More information in University Catalog

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