The five-semester master's degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences (Speech-Language Pathology) is a clinical degree designed to meet the academic and practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Although no letters of recommendation are required, applicants should have completed a bachelor's degree in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders that includes one biology laboratory science and either a physics or chemistry laboratory science.
Individuals who have completed a degree in another discipline should contact the School of Speech and Hearing Sciences for information regarding "leveling-in" classes that should be completed prior to applying for graduate studies.
A mandatory two-day orientation is held by the School of Speech and Hearing Sciences for new graduate students prior to the beginning of classes in the fall. Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination during their fourth semester of academic course work.
Students may substitute six hours of thesis in lieu of taking six hours of academic course work. Most students who select the thesis option can anticipate attending the program for an additional semester to complete their thesis requirement.
Students in speech-language pathology must complete practicum in three different settings, including the following: on-campus clinical practicum, hospitals, and schools. Locations must be approved by the off-campus placement coordinator. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and approval of the faculty before beginning an off-campus practicum. Students must complete all of the required practicum clock hours before they can graduate.