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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I check on the status of my application?

You may email Dr. Kleinhans about the status of your application at msu.speech-language@murraystate.edu

Due to the volume of applicants please allow at least one week for a response.

I am applying for admission to your fall class when are applications due?

If admitted you will matriculate in the summer. Program orientation is typically the day after Memorial Day. Applications are due Feb 1st.

Can I complete the program as a part-time student?

No, our program is structured for students who are admitted full time. Students are expected to be available for courses and clients during the day every day of the work week and some Saturdays depending on the schedule and place in the program.

Is the program accredited?

Yes our program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech- Language Pathology.

Is there a clinic on campus?

Yes, the Murray State Speech-Language Clinic is a very active and diverse clinic that provides a broad base of clinical experiences. All clinical activities are under the supervision of an MSU faculty member who holds the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence and a Kentucky State License.

Where do I complete my off-site practicums?

You will complete your off-site practicums in Kentucky although we do have a few sites in bordering areas of west Tennessee. Off-campus practicums are completed during the last two semesters of your program.

Do I have to take comprehensive exams?  

Yes, students in the Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology are required to take and pass a comprehensive examination in order to meet graduation requirements. The exam is completed early in your last term of the program.

Do I need to complete a thesis in order to graduate?

No, our program does not require the completion of a thesis. Thesis is an option for students who are academically above level and who enjoy independent learning.  Students taking thesis will have a slightly different program of studies than those who don’t. A completed thesis takes the place of the comprehensive exam.  

How long is the summer session?

We start the Tuesday after Memorial Day and typically go to the first week of august.

Do you have any graduate assistantships?

Yes, you may submit the application directly to the program.

What are the prerequisites for acceptance into the Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology?

Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements for admission. In addition, applicants must have:

ü  a baccalaureate degree in communication disorders or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution

ü  a minimum 3.0 undergraduate grade point average

ü  submission of official Graduate Record Examination scores by application deadline

ü  successful completion of the following prerequisite courses (or their equivalents) at the time of application

CDI 215 Clinical Phonetics

CDI 310 Anatomy and Physiology

CDI 315 Speech Science

CDI 325 Pediatric Speech Disorders I

CDI 340 Speech and Language Development

CDI 345 Pediatric Language Disorders I

CDI 405 Audiology

CDI 451 Aural Rehabilitation

CDI 465 Neuroanatomy

CDI 470 Pediatric Speech Disorders II

CDI 472 Pediatric Language Disorders II

My undergraduate degree is not in communication disorders what do I need to do?

Applicants who do not have a baccalaureate degree in communication disorders or the prerequisite coursework should apply for the post-baccalaureate program.      Post-Baccalaureate Program

How long will it take to get a Master’s degree at Murray State in Speech-Language Pathology?

For a student with a bachelor degree in the discipline the program will take 2 full years (including 2 summers).

How many students do you accept into the Speech-Language Pathology Program each year?

We typically admit 28 students each year.

How many students apply for your graduate program each year?

Over 200 completed applications are received each year.

Can I get a Master’s degree if I have a Bachelor’s degree in another field?

You can complete a set of core undergraduate courses to be eligible for the master’s program. Please note, acceptance into the Master’s program is on a competitive basis and the same procedures for application must be completed.  You are not guaranteed admission.

My GPA is kind of low, will I get admitted?

Admission to the graduate program in speech-language pathology is highly competitive. In order for an application to be reviewed by the faculty and be considered for admission, the application must be complete and the student must have a minimum GPA of 3.00.

Are exceptions made to the summer sessions?

Our curriculum is based on a cohort model. We believe the first year of on-site mentoring is essential for success at off-site placements. 

Do I need a science class?

Yes, Standard IV-A of the 2014  Standards and Implementation Procedures for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in SLP adopted by the CFCC effective Sept 1, 2014 requires the applicant have demonstrated knowledge of biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics and the social/behavioral sciences.  The MSU program faculty have agreed that a course in physics or chemistry is required.

How much does it cost to attend MSU as a graduate student?

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I live in Tennessee can I pay in-state tuition rates?

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