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Graduate Programs


Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology

Admission into the program that leads to a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution* and submission of GRE or MAT scores. The completed application package must be received by October 15 for spring admission and March 1 for fall admission. Please carefully read the information provided on this website related to the graduate application process.

N.B.: If a student has received his or her Bachelor's degree in a field other than Communicative Disorders, 22 additional CMD undergraduate credits must be earned before completion of a graduate program. Completion of these courses is NOT a prerequisite for acceptance into our graduate program.

Required Undergraduate Coursework for Students with Bachelors Degree in Another Field

In pursuing a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology, a student can choose either a Thesis or a Comprehensive Examination option for the required capstone experience. The Comprehensive Examination option may be in the form of a directed essay or a written comprehensive examination.

The following table illustrates the breakdown of coursework students can expect in the available options. More complete information is available to matriculating graduate students in the graduate manual they are given that is updated annually.

 Speech-Language Pathology

M.S. Thesis Option
(54 credits)

54 credits of graduate coursework in communicative disorders

  • Required courses include CMD 493, 504, 550, 560, 561, 564, 565, 569, 570, 581, 582, 583, 584, 585, 592
  • Elective courses include CMD 492, 494, 563, 571, 580, 594, 595, 598
  • 6 credits of CMD 599

M.S. Non-Thesis Option
(54 credits)

54 credits of graduate coursework in communicative disorders

  • Required courses include CMD 493, 504, 550, 560, 561, 564, 565, 569, 570, 581, 582, 583, 584, 585, 592
  • Elective courses include CMD 492, 494, 563, 571, 580, 594, 595, 598
  • Written comprehensive examination or directed essay project

 

Prospective students can link to read descriptions of the required and elective courses offered in the Department of Communicative Disorders.

Because program requirements in speech-language pathology include clinical responsibilities, the average length of time to complete the program is two academic years, plus one summer session for students who enter the graduate program with an undergraduate major in communicative disorders. Students without the prerequisite courses can expect their program to be extended by at least one year.

For either the thesis or comprehensive examination program options in speech-language pathology, students must also complete sufficient directed observations and supervised clock hours of practicum to satisfy the requirements of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. This information is described in more detail in the graduate students' manual.