College of Education and Health Professions

M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

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

The master's degree program in speech-language pathology is designed to ensure that all degree candidates meet the minimum academic and clinical practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

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What is a speech-language pathologist?

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The Graduate Program in Communication Disorders offers an accredited master's degree in speech-language pathology. The program is accredited by The Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: 2200 Research Blvd. #310, Rockville, MD 20850. Phone: 800-498-2071

The M.S. degree program requires a minimum of five academic semesters to complete, including continuous enrollment in one summer during the sequence of studies. If undergraduate deficiencies are assessed at the time of admission, additional time may be required to finish the M.S. degree.

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All students must complete a minimum of 36 academic credit hours of graduate coursework, not counting an additional 11 clinical practicum credit hours.

The Speech and Hearing Clinic serves a diverse clinical population and provides graduate students with a full range of clinical training opportunities. Students also complete an externship during their last semester of graduate studies. Externship sites in northwest Arkansas include adult rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, private practice, preschool and early childhood programs for developmentally disordered children, and public schools.

The Speech and Hearing Clinic has state-of-the-art laboratories for speech and voice analysis, augmentative communication, and hearing/auditory processing. Computers are available for student use. Software is available for language analysis and course tutorials.

All students are required to complete one three-hour course in statistics. Thesis and non-thesis options are available. All candidates for the M.S. degree are required to pass a written comprehensive examination.

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The Program in Communication Disorders does not discriminate in the delivery of academic services or the conduct of research and scholarly activities on the basis of race or ethnicity, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.

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