2017-2018 Graduate Catalog


Speech-Language Pathology, MS

To pursue the MS in Speech-Language Pathology, students must possess a bachelor's degree, including at least 24 hours in approved speech-language pathology courses.

Course distributions leading to the MS in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) will allow for the completion of compulsory academic and clinical training required by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for professional certification in the field of speech-language pathology (Certificate of Clinical Competence in SLP, CCC-SLP). While the student must enroll for clinical practicum each semester, no more than six semester credit hours may be used to satisfy degree requirements. A minimum of 375 clock hours of supervised clinical practice, 325 hours of which must be on the graduate level, is required.

The Davies School of Communication Sciences & Disorders offers two tracks within the graduate program leading to the master's of science: 1) a monolingual track and 2) a bilingual track. Both tracks require a core of 43 credit hours, which includes COSD 60443 to ensure that all students receive a multicultural education at the graduate level. The bilingual track requires an additional three credit hours, consisting of COSD 60233. Additionally, the clinical training experiences of students in the bilingual track include children and adults whose primary language is one other than English.

In both the monolingual and bilingual tracks, students have the option to complete a thesis. The requirements for the thesis and non-thesis options are as follows:

Thesis Option

This option requires a minimum of 43 hours for students electing the monolingual track of study, and 46 hours for students electing the bilingual track of study. Students are required to complete COSD 70323 and six hours of thesis. Thesis hours will be taken in lieu of other coursework. A final comprehensive examination based on the thesis is required.

Non-Thesis Option

This program requires a minimum of 43 hours for students electing the monolingual track of study, and 46 hours for students electing the bilingual track of study. Students are required to complete COSD 70323. A final comprehensive examination consisting of both written and oral portions is required, and is based on the academic and clinical experiences of the students during their program of study.