Master of Science in Communicative Disorders

Flexible, hybrid online and on-campus master's degree.

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Program Details

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.

Timelines for expected completion of the ENMU CDIS program can be found on the CDIS Portal.

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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 second 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 learning 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.

View more information about our undergraduate CDIS program

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.

Find out more about the SHROC

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

Student applications will result in one of the following actions:

  • Early admission
  • Admitted for next available semester
  • Rejected

The ENMU CDIS Program accepts year-round applications via rolling admission. We no longer have admission date deadlines. This means that we consider applications as they arrive and will admit students into the next available term that has unfilled seats. When a term is full, qualified students will be admitted into the next available unfilled term. Students who have completed at least 15 hours of CDIS coursework but not enough for full admission are eligible for early admission. Please note that early admission will require early commitment from the student to the program.

View ENMU CDIS Pre-requisites

  • ENMU will no longer require the GRE beginning with SU22 applications.
  • ENMU will require a professional writing in communicative disorders pre-requisite course.
    (A GRE writing score of > 4.0 may be used to fulfill this requirement.)

All accepted students must submit a $50 non-refundable admission fee within published deadlines to affirm their seat in the ENMU CDIS Program. This fee cannot be waived as we use it to pay for your CPR training during your semester on campus.

Your application will be reviewed once it is complete. In order to be considered for the ENMU CDIS Master's Program, you must complete the following tasks:

  1. Apply online to the ENMU Graduate School. There is no application fee at ENMU.
  2. Apply online to the CSDCAS website. Choose Eastern New Mexico University.
    1. When applying, you must indicate which semester(s) you are applying for on your application in CSDCAS. You may apply for more than one term with this single application. Once your requested term(s) has passed, your application will be removed from eligibility and you must reapply for future semesters.
    2. If you opt to take the GRE, send your official scores (sent directly from ETS) to CSDCAS. The GRE code for Eastern New Mexico University CSDCAS is 4503. Scores must be less than five years old.
    3. Submit official transcripts from all universities attended to CSDCAS. International candidates or those with foreign transcripts must submit official results of a professional independent transcript evaluation service. Additional information for international graduate students is available at our graduate school website.
      • Send all official transcripts to CSDCAS at the address below:
        CSDCAS Verification Department
        P.O. Box 9113
        Watertown, MA 02471
    4. Complete the CSDCAS application questions and essay found on the CSDCAS portal. These include the following:
      • Graduate Course(s) and Clinical Clock Hours: 5 Questions
      • Essay: 1 Question (optional)
    5. If you have them, submit official clinical observation and/or practicum clock hour logs signed by your university program director or instructor of record for the course in which you earned the hours. This is not a requirement for admission, but is a prerequisite for specific graduate coursework. To obtain credit for clinical observation and/or clinical practicum hours, you must attach your signed clock hour log (with supervisor name and ASHA CCC-SLP number) OR a verification letter from your university course instructor or program director attesting that that you completed these hours as part of your university training program. This must be written on letterhead and come from an accredited university program. Observation and clinical practicum hours must be obtained as a part of a defined university course and do not include job shadowing, volunteer activities, SLPA-ASL hours which you accrued as an employee, or observations which you accrued independently. Only clinical clock hour logs with the appropriate university supervisor's signature and ASHA number will be accepted. You must upload each item separately.
    6. Additional information about CSDCAS:
  3. Interview with CASPer. Go to to sign up for Altus Suite for Speech Language Pathology (CSP-10101 - U.S. Professional Health Sciences), under your specific country, and register using your ENMU ID number OR your CSDCAS ID number and a piece of government-issued photo ID. Select a CASPer test date. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly and that you have used for your application; there may be updates to the test schedule. Applicants should interview with CASPer 30 days prior to ENMU application deadlines. Please make sure to register for your interview at least three days before your preferred test date and time to account for identity verification and payment processing timelines. Last-minute bookings are not recommended. CASPer results are only valid for a single application cycle, and only for the test type for which you have taken the test. You will need to take a separate CASPer test for future application cycles or different program types

We do not require you to be a member of NSSLHA or NMSHA to be accepted.

ADA Compliance

Students, faculty, staff and clients of the ENMU Communicative Disorders Program are treated equitably without regard to age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation and veteran status. The institution and program comply with all applicable laws, regulation and executive orders, and we will not discriminate based on any category prohibited by applicable law. All faculty, students, student clinicians and licensed supervisors are bound by the ASHA Code of Ethics.

ASHA Code of Ethics

Graduate Coordinator

Suzanne Swift

Dr. Suzanne Swift, CCC-SLP

Professor of Communicative Disorders, Department Chair, Graduate Program Director and Coordinator

Office Location: Lea Hall (LH), Room 117

Phone: 575.562.2724


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