M.S. in Speech Pathology
The Department of Audiology & Speech pathology offers a Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology. Students who graduate from our program meet both the academic and practicum requirements for clinical certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The SLP curriculum is designed to offer students opportunities to focus their studies in an area of particular interest (e.g., child language disorders, medical speech pathology, aural rehabilitation). A minimum of 79 hours in academic coursework and a minimum of 15 hours in clinical practicum are required for the M.S. Based on coursework taken prior to enrollment, up to 37 hours of coursework (equivalent to the first full year of the three-year program), may be waived. This means, for most students, the time required for completion of the degree is two years and includes the summer term between the first and second years.
A master's degree is the minimum degree required for American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) professional certification. For complete details about ASHA membership and certification, as well as state-by-state information on professional licensure, visit ASHA's Membership, Certification, and Licensure page.
Departmental Financial Aid - Graduate Assistantships
Graduate assistantships that include full or partial tuition remission and a monthly stipend within the Department are available to highly qualified applicants. These assistantships provide additional service and educational opportunities to students in our program. Appointments vary from 10 hours (quarter time) to 20 hours per week (half time) of work. There is no application process. Students will be notified if they are eligible for an assistantship. Entering students are selected for departmental assistantships on the basis of academic merit. GPA (particularly grade point in the major area) and GRE scores are the basis for awarding Graduate Assistantships. Students seeking need based financial aid should contact the Office of Financial Aid.
There are several opportunities for membership in organizations related to this program. They provide opportunities to receive clinically useful journals, serve as a resource for student issues and concerns within the Department, and sponsor Information Seminars each semester on topics related to academic, clinical, and student issues.
Students in the program are encouraged to be involved in any or all of the following organizations:
Celebrate the past, present, and future of ASP with us in the pages of the Audiology & Speech Pathology 2013 Annual Newsletter