Communicative Disorders (CDIS)

With a competitive Praxis examination pass rate, 100% employment for our graduates, and incredibly low tuition, the ENMU master's in communicative disorders is a top program choice. The Master of Science degree in Communicative Disorders provides advanced training in assessing and treating speech, language and swallowing disorders. A master's degree is the minimum requirement you'll need to serve as a certified speech-language pathologist in public schools, medical, or other private settings.

As a speech-language pathologist, you will work with clients ranging from infants to senior citizens. You will treat clients who have language, articulation, fluency, swallowing, voice and hearing disorders, and you will work in settings such as public schools, preschools, private clinics, hospitals and rehabilitation centers.

Completion of our CDIS program is routinely accomplished within two to three years. Matriculation time is dependent on full-time or part-time enrollment preference and status: most full-time students graduate in two years (6-7 semesters). Our program admits 25-30 new graduate students each fall and spring.

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Our CDIS graduate program offers a hybrid of traditional on-campus and online classes. You are required to be on campus the first 16-week semester following admission (fall or spring) to complete a one-semester practicum. If you meet all first semester practicum and evaluation competencies, you may complete the remainder of your courses and practicum off campus as long as you continue to attain competencies in future practicums. Please note practicum site availability in your chosen area may be limited in some geographic locales, and you may need to relocate in some cases. Distance education coursework requires synchronous enrollment, meaning you must "attend" all courses remotely during the time the course is being taught on campus. Our program is also unique in that you can transition between full-time and part-time status at any time during the program.

Graduate school is an intense experience. For every hour you spend in class, you'll need an additional three hours outside of class for study. We recognize you may need to be employed, and we are willing to work with you. Unfortunately, you will not be able to work full-time and attend the CDIS graduate program. Part-time enrollment may be compatible with part-time employment for some students.

Additional information about our graduate program can be found at the CDIS portal community.

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Tuition, Scholarships and Financial Aid

We have one of the most affordable tuition rates in New Mexico and are among the most affordable four-year public institutions in the nation. When it comes to financing your education, ENMU is here to help! Many ENMU students receive some sort of financial assistance, and we can help you find out if you qualify for any grants, loans or scholarships. As a CDIS graduate student, there are additional scholarships for which you can apply: The Gail Ferguson Endowed Scholarship for Graduate Studies in Communicative Disorders and the Ike and Joy Stevenson Scholarship for CDIS Students. We also have a limited number of graduate assistantships, both full and part time, available for on-campus students. Graduate assistants receive in-state tuition rates.

Financial Aid for Leveling Students

As a CDIS graduate student, if you are taking leveling courses, you may be eligible for financial aid for one calendar year, regardless of the number of hours you take. If you wish to take CDIS leveling courses, you should apply to the ENMU Graduate School as a CDIS leveler. This admission status affects your financial aid only, and does not imply admission into the CDIS graduate program. If you are a leveling student who is looking for financial aid assistance beyond your first year, you may wish to pursue a second bachelor's degree. In this case, you would pursue the CDIS undergraduate degree plan and follow procedures listed for undergraduate students.

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Special Service and Opportunities

The National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is a great opportunity to get to know your CDIS colleagues while gaining a professional membership. The NSSLHA meets throughout the school year. As a student, you also have an opportunity to work in The Speech and Hearing Rehabilitation Outreach Center (SHROC), a community outreach driven practicum experience.

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Accreditation Status

The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology at Eastern New Mexico University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800.498.2071 or 301.296.5700.

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CDIS Complaint Process

Program Planning

Our program's strategic, assessment and effectiveness plans are available for public review in the CDIS portal community.

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Student Outcome Data

Program evaluation and improvement is an ongoing activity for our program. You can find Praxis Examination rates, program completion rates, and employment data on our graduate program student outcome data page.

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Master of Science in Communicative Disorders Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to the CDIS master's program, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Prior admission to the Graduate School.
  2. Submit application to the CDIS program. Email completed application to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. Obtain an undergraduate degree in communicative disorders, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
  4. Submit GRE scores (taken in the last five years).
  5. Submit official transcript.

Our program does not require or accept letters of reference or recommendation. Also, we do not require you to be a member of NSSLHA or NMSHA to be accepted. These memberships do offer several substantial benefits, such as access to online journals and a NSSLHA membership number, which is necessary to obtain liability insurance (required for practicum).

Admission Deadlines

  • Spring admission: Sept. 1
  • Summer/Fall admission: Feb. 1


We review spring applications after Sept. 1 and summer/fall applications after Feb. 1. We only consider complete applications. Selection letters are sent to spring students by Oct. 31 and summer/fall students by March 31.

Spring students must notify the program of acceptance or declination by Nov. 15. Summer/fall students must notify the program by April 15.

If we do not receive notification of your decision by the posted deadline, we will award your position in the program to another applicant.


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