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Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Graduate Program Information

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

Clinical Staff: Lynette Carlson (Clinic Director), Shannon Godsey, Lynda John, and Susan Schaefer

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. Accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 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 jointly sponsor three 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.
  • Sponsored teaching and research assistantships available.
  • Graduate fellowships of $1000 to $3000 are awarded to top-ranking students.
  • 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
  • 221 Bohannon Hall
  • 1207 Ordean Court
  • 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

  • 5010 Portfolio Development (1)
  • 2 credits/courses required from the following:
    • 5195 Topics in CD (1)
    • 5000 Dept Seminar (1)
    • CSD 5240 Demintia: Communication Impairment & Mangagement (1)
    • CSD 5250 Seminar in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (1)
    • CSD 8232 Trachs, Vents, Laryngectomy and CD (1)
  • 5200 Dysphagia (3 )
  • 5230 Assitive Technology (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 (3 )
  • 8231 Neurogenic Speech Disorders (3)
  • 8235 Counseling Applications in Communication Disorders (2)
  • 5142 Intro to Diagnosis in Communication Disorders(2)

Clinical Courses

  • 8097 Internship: Communication Disorders (1-3) and 4 credits maximum
  • 8197 Externship: Communication Disorders (4 )

Research Courses

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

Related Field Courses

At least 6 credits of approved courses from related areas are required. Students wishing to obtain Minnesota licensure as a speech language pathologist for school settings must complete a preparation program approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. These courses may be applied to this category.

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 and Fellowships

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 $40,000 in scholarship support is funded annually. The current grant amount for graduate students is $4,000 payable in installments of $800 over the five semesters of study. Applicants must meet a minimum grade point average (currently 3.3) 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.

Fellowships and Block Grants

Although funds vary from year to year, the Communication Sciences and Disorders program typically offers one full-time fellowship and at least two half tuition fellowships to students ranking at the top of the graduate applicant pool. Several block grants ranging from $1000 to $3000 are awarded. Decisions to offer these fellowships and block grant awards are based on the same criteria as for the Robert F. Pierce Scholarship. You will automatically be considered for a fellowship or block grant award with your completed Graduate School application. Students may receive fellowships and block grant awards in addition to the Eddy Foundation.

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 and the student must be a resident of the United States.

6. Application Procedure

Request for application materials must be sent to the Graduate School , 431, Darland Administration Building, University of Minnesota Duluth, MN 55812. Application to the Graduate program is also available on the Gradaute Office web page. Requests should specify the applicant's proposed major field, degree objective, and desired date of entry. International students should indicate their international status when requesting application materials from the Graduate School office. Applicant deadline for Fall Semester admission is February 1. If you have specific questions about requesting an application,you may e-mail the Graduate School at:

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