M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

The master of science (M.S.) degree program in communication disorders with an emphasis on speech-language pathology at the University of Arkansas is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498- 2071 or 301-296-5700. The CAA's Accreditation Action Report is available online on the CAA's webpage for recent accreditation decisions.

You may want to view the following Web site for information about speech-language pathologists and audiologists. http://www.asha.org/

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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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