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Communication Sciences & Disorders

UMD Graduate School

Program Overview

The Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) is designed to prepare graduate professional personnel in the delivery of clinical services to individuals requiring supportive patient care. Through utilization of a clinical training model in which skills and competencies of concern include those related to the prevention, assessment, habilitation, and rehabilitation of disease or disorder related to communication. In addition, the department accepts an obligation to give particular attention to the clinical health care needs of the region in its research, outreach, and service programs in communication disorders.

Admission and Application Requirements

Applicants must have the equivalent of a four-year American university baccalaureate degree in communication disorders with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. All applicants must submit the following:

  • A completed University of Minnesota Graduate School application
  • Undergraduate transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • A checklist of academic and clinical undergraduate experiences

Degree Requirements

The CSD program is a 43-credit program. There are 37 required credits in the major, which include 4 credits of clinical practicum and 2 credits of research. The program requires 6 credits of graduate study outside the major. Completion and defense of a capstone research project (Plan B thesis), completion of oral and written class assignments, and the construction and maintenance of an electronic portfolio for formative and summative assessment are required.

Deadlines and Dates

Students are admitted to the program in the fall semester only. Applications must be completed by February 1.

Financial Aid

Edwin Eddy Scholarships are given to all students with at least a 3.0 undergraduate and graduate GPA. The scholarship provides $800 per semester for 5 semesters of study. The Robert F. Pierce Scholarship of $10,000 is given to the top-ranking applicant.

Areas of Specialization

This program has a focus in speech language pathology.

Contact Information

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Minnesota Duluth, Chester Park 182, 31 West College Street, Duluth, MN 55812 (218-726-7974; fax 218-726-8693;;

Director of Graduate Studies: Faith Loven,, 218.726.8204

Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies: Michelle Tessier,, 218.726.7974

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