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All graduate students working toward the completion of the master's degree in Speech Language Pathology (SLP) or the Doctoral Degree in Audiology must meet the academic and clinical practicum requirements for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence in their area of emphasis by the end of their degree program. When you leave our program, you'll be an academically, clinically, and ethically prepared professional qualified for entry into your chosen profession.

All graduate students are required to pass a comprehensive examination in the final semester of their graduate study. The Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty will determine the content, form, and the length of the examination.

Student Outcome Data

Graduates of our masters program in SLP and doctoral program in audiology enjoy a 100% employment rate with placements throughout South Dakota and the Midwest as well as across the nation and Canada. For year-by-year information, view our Student Outcome Data.


Students accepted into the graduate programs must also undergo a criminal background check through Verified Credentials prior to matriculation. Information regarding this background check will be sent to those students accepted into the graduate programs in the acceptance packet. Graduate students in speech-language pathology and audiology are expected to possess the Prerequisite Characteristics, Knowledge, and Skills necessary for success in the program and practice in the professions.

View our Graduate School for admission requirements.

International Students

International applicants must meet the criteria listed above and requirements for International Admissions. The ASHA requirements may be waived for international students.

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If you are a prospective student with a disability and need assistance or accommodations during the admission/application process, please contact:


Director of Disability Services
119B Service Center North
University of South Dakota
Vermillion, SD 57069
Fax 605-677-3172