Graduate Program Admission

NMSU Program in Communication Disorders

Thank you for your interest in the Communication Disorders (CD) Master’s Program at New Mexico State University. We understand that choosing an institution for graduate studies is a daunting decision. We hope that you will give the CD program at NMSU strong consideration because we offer the types of educational, clinical, and living experiences that you are seeking.

Our medium-sized, “user-friendly,” clinically-oriented program offers academic coursework, instrumentation laboratories, and clinical experiences that fully meet the Council for Academic Accreditation’s academic program accreditation requirements. Our goal is to facilitate the development of your constructive thinking, problem solving, and decision making to ensure your success in our profession. We believe that our program offers a breadth and depth of academic and clinical experiences that will serve you well throughout your careers. Highlights of our program include:

  • Coursework and practicum related to culturally and linguistically diverse clients and families
  • Coursework and practicum in adult neurogenic communication disorders, including dysphagia
  • Coursework in supervision, administration, teambuilding, and leadership
  • Coursework and practicum in oral and written discourse analysis and intervention
  • Coursework and practicum in augmentative/alternative communication systems
  • Opportunities to conduct clinical research and to participate in faculty research


How many applications do you receive each year, and how many are accepted to graduate school?

  • The number of applications varies, but ranges between 140-180 applications per year and we accept about 25 students per year

What is the range of GRE scores, and must I have a minimum score to be accepted?

  • GRE scores are not the only thing we consider for our applicants.  We see scores that range from the 15th percentile to the 90th percentile.  Look at our admission guidelines to see how you measure up.

Can I really upload UNOFFICIAL GRE scores and TRANSCRIPTS?

  • YES! for the application procedure we accept the unofficial records. This is one way we attempt to limit your application costs.  Upon acceptance, however, you will need to produce OFFICIAL records.

When is your application Deadline?

  • February first of each year
  • You will need your Unofficial GRE Scores, Your Transcripts, Your Resume, 3 Letters of Recommendation, and a Personal Statement

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The CD program is one of two components that comprise the Department of Special Education/Communication Disorders. We offer educational opportunities that are not available in all graduate programs. To help you appreciate our program and our diverse community more fully, the following sources of information are included in this packet.

The CD Program application deadline for the Fall cohort is February 1st of that year.