Communication Sciences and Disorders

Speech-Language Pathology

Program Description

The Speech-Language Pathology program is part of the College of Allied Health and offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology.  The curriculum is an intensive five-semester program of coursework comprising 60 semester hours for students with an undergraduate background in communication sciences and disorders.  Students without this background may apply but will be expected to complete leveling courses before starting the program.

Essential functions, as distinguished from academic standards, refer to the cognitive, physical, and behavioral abilities that are necessary for satisfactory completion of all aspects of the curriculum, as well as the development of professional attributes required by the faculty of all students at graduation. The essential skills required by the curriculum are in the following areas: motor, sensory, communication, intellectual/cognitive (conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities for problem solving and diagnosis), and behavioral/emotional aspects of professional practice for speech-language pathologists.

Upon completion of this program a student will be eligible to sit for the national certifying exam (PRAXIS II) administered by the Educational Testing Service.  Students will also be eligible to apply for membership in ASHA. Students graduating with a M.S. in speech-language pathology and passing the certification exam will be eligible to apply for national certification and licensure in Arkansas and other states.

Administrative offices, clinical facilities and classes for this program are located in the Swaid Center for Health Sciences on Park Street. Request for information, call us at 501-279-4648 or send us an email to

Mission of the Speech-Language Pathology Program

The educational mission of the Speech-Language Pathology Program at Harding University is to prepare highly competent speech-language pathologists in a rigorous academic curriculum with an emphasis on Christian living. The program is designed to reflect the University’s goal of integrating faith, learning and living in order for the students to function within professional and global communities.


The master’s (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology at Harding University 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, MD 20850, telephone 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements (CSDCAS)

The minimal admission requirements for the Master of Science program in speech-language pathology are as follows:

  • Completed CSDCAS application form 
  • Academic transcript indicating an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution 
  • Evidence of successful completion of academic coursework in normal language development, phonetics, anatomy and physiology of communication, speech science, phonological and articulation disorders, audiology, and aural rehabilitation, statistics, biological science, physical science (physics or chemistry), and social/behavioral science
  • Competitive GPA on undergraduate academic courses (the average undergraduate GPA for students admitted to our Fall 2019 cohort was 3.7)
  • Competitive GRE score
  • Three letters of evaluation, two of which must be academic in nature

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

The Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program partners with the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). Applications to this program are sent to and processed by CSDCAS. Our absolute deadline for applications is February 1 of the spring semester prior to fall enrollment.  The CSDCAS portal will open on August 2, 2019.  

To be considered and eligible for review, a CSDCAS application must be verified with required letters of evaluation, transcripts, and all applicable documents (test scores, etc.), submitted in the directed manner to CSDCAS and received by our office by the program deadline date (February 1).

Please note that the CSDCAS verification process can take 4-6 weeks. It is important to keep this information in mind when determining if you will meet the deadline.

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

  • Completion of the M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology curriculum (totaling 60 semester hours) with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, no academic class grade less than a “C” and no clinical class grade less than a “B” (see Academic Progression, and Academic Probation and Dismissal sections of the Student Handbook for additional details).
  • Completion of 400 clinical clock hours, which includes a maximum of 50 hours of undergraduate clinical experiences and 25 hours of observation with satisfactory ratings from all clinical supervisors.
  • Completion of the Knowledge and Skills Acquisition (KASA) form with each competency marked as acquired and certified by the program director.
  • Passing score on the comprehensive examination.
  • Satisfactory evidence of good interpersonal relations and ethical professional conduct.


The the typical progression of courses is outlined below.  Students will be assigned an academic advisor who will assist with any deviations from the standard course progression.  

FALL- SEMESTER I (15 hours academic credit)

CSD 6110 - Birth to 5 (5 hrs)

CSD 6120 - Neurology (3 hrs)

CSD 6150 - Research and Writing (3 hrs)

CSD 6170 - Counseling (1 hr)

CSD 6190 - Clinical I (3 hrs)

SPRING - SEMESTER II (13 hrs academic credit)

CSD 6220 - School Age (5 hrs)

CSD 6230 - Dysphagia (3 hrs)

CSD 6240 - Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing (2 hrs)

CSD 6290 - Clinical II (3 hrs)

SUMMER I - SEMESTER IIIa (4 hrs academic credit)

CSD 6320 - Multicultural (1 hr)

CSD 6390 - Clinic III (3 hrs)

SUMMER II - SEMESTER IIIb (5 hrs academic credit)

CSD 6350 - Communication Modes (2 hr)

CSD 6380 - Special Populations (3 hrs)

FALL - SEMESTER IV (11 hrs academic credit)

CSD 6450 - Adult (5 hrs)

CSD 6460 - Fluency (2 hrs)

CSD 6480 - Special Topics (1 hr)

CSD 6490 - Clinical IV (3 hrs)

SPRING - SEMESTER V (12 hrs academic credit)

CSD 6510 - Professional Issues and Business Practices  (2 hrs)

CSD 6530 - Adolescent (5 hrs)

CSD 6570 - Ethics (2 hrs)

CSD 6590 - Clinical V (3 hrs)

Program Total = 60 academic hours

Contact Us

Mailing address:
Harding University
Communication Sciences & Disorders
Box 10872
Searcy, AR 72149-5615