Requirements for the M.A. Degree with a Major in Speech-Language Pathology


  • An acceptable bachelor’s degree
  • 34 hours of credit in speech-language-hearing, including SPLH 120, SPLH 261, SPLH 320, SPLH 465, SPLH 466, SPLH 565, SPLH 566,SPLH 660, SPLH 662, SPLH 663, SPLH 668, and SPLH 671, or their equivalents
  • 20 hours of credit in allied fields, including courses in physiology, linguistics, and psychology

Degree Requirements

The program requires 34 credit hours of experiences for breadth and an additional 12 to 16 hours for depth.

Required Graduate Experiences for Breadth (34)
SPLH 764 Seminar in Multicultural Issues 2
SPLH 860 Evaluation of Speech and Language 2
SPLH 862 Clinical Processes 2
SPLH 864 Advanced Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology 7
SPLH 868 Professional Seminar 2
Research experience (thesis or nonthesis option) 3
SPLH electives (8 seminars, 2 credit hours each) 16
Required Graduate Experiences for Depth (12-16)
SPLH 866 Field Study in Speech-Language Pathology 5
Advanced electives (SPLH, outside department, or thesis) 6
Second field study or fourth practicum experience 1-5

Students also must pass the Speech-Language Pathology PRAXIS examination with a score of at least 162.

Other requirements:

  • Pass both formative and summative exams.

  • Completion of an acceptable thesis and oral defense.

Program without thesis

The non-thesis program has the same degree requirements as those described above for the M.A., except that the thesis is replaced with a minimum of 3 credits of additional research-related coursework, a research practicum experience, or an independent study course.  The latter 2 options may include independent research projects or on-going laboratory activities.

Graduate course work

Many graduate courses are offered. Please consult the student handbook for additional information.

Last modified: Jul 05, 2017

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Application deadline:
January 15
for summer or fall semester admission. Due to the competitive nature of admission to this program, all materials must be received by the deadline to qualify for consideration. Official transcripts will be requested later during the admission process.

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