MA Program for those with a Bachelor's Degree in SLP

The MA in Speech-Language Pathology for students with a BA in Speech-Language Pathology is a two-year, five semester program. The 42-credit program includes:

  • core courses on the scope of speech-language pathology practice,
  • clinical experience through a set of core practicum rotations in the Speech and Hearing Center, and
  • electives and externships to further specific interests in areas such as pediatric, medical, language disorders, voice disorders, or neurological communication disorders.

All students take the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology (PRAXIS) during their last semester. Students may choose either a thesis or non-thesis option as part of the requirements of the graduate program.

Non-thesis option: Students register for 37 semester hours of course work and 5 semester hours of clinical practicum. Non-thesis students take a departmental comprehensive examination during their last semester of graduate study.

Thesis option: Students register for 31 semester hours of course work, 6 semester hours of thesis research, and 5 semester hours of clinical practicum. Students complete a thesis presentation in lieu of the summative assessment.

Students choosing the thesis option develop a proposal with a faculty advisor and then conduct their research under the direction of a thesis committee. The decision to write a thesis is made by the end of the second semester of the graduate program and must be pre-approved by the faculty.

Further information and course description can be found in the University Bulletin.

For more information, contact the Chair of Admissions Professor Michael Bamdad at [email protected].

As of Fall 2018 (Subject to Change)

Each student will be placed in one of two cohorts. Cohort A will take all classes listed on the left while Cohort B will take all classes list on the right. If one class is listed both cohorts will be taking it simultaneously.

FALL 1 (Total Credits: 13)

SPHR 6201 Clinical Practica (1)
SPHR 6230 Pediatric Language  I (3) / SPHR 6240 Neurogenic Disorders
SPHR 6220 Articulation & Phonology Disorders (3)
SPHR 6260 Voice Disorders (3) / SPHR 6241 Applied Neuroanatomy (3)
SPHR 6207 Diagnostic Procedures in SPHR (3)

SPRING 1 (Total Credits: 11)

SPHR 6201 Clinical Practica (1)
SPHR 6240 Neurogenic Disorders (3) / SPHR 6230 Pediatric Language  I

SPHR 6210 Research Methods in SPHR (3)
SPHR 6241 Applied Neuroanatomy (3) / SPHR 6260 Voice Disorders (3)
SPHR 6205 Professional and Clinical Issues in SPHR (1)

SUMMER 1 (Total Credits: 4 or 6 or 8)

SPHR 6201 Clinical Practica (1)
SPHR 6281 Dysphagia (2)
SPHR 9276 Aural Rehabilitation (3)
SPHR 6291 International Collaboration in SLP  (2) **Elective option**
SPHR 6295 Advanced Topics in Aural Rehabilitation (1) -
                      ONLY if waived Aural Rehabilitation

FALL 2 (Total Credits: 4 or 6 or 8)

SPHR 6201 Clinical Practica (1)
SPHR 6251 Fluency Disorders Seminar (3)
                      Elective (2-4)

SPRING 2 (Total Credits: 4 or 6)

SPHR 6201 Clinical Practica (1)
SPHR 6231 Pediatric Language & Speech Disorders II (3)
                      Elective (2)

SPHR 6291 Aging (2)

Total Credits: 42

*Thesis option: For students opting to do a thesis, you will register for 1 credit of 6210: Research Methods in SPHR plus the following three courses in place of the two electives. Students will have a specific assignment in 6210 related to the thesis.

SPHR 6998 Thesis (2)
SPHR 6999 Thesis (2)
SPHR 6295 Preparing the Thesis Proposal (2)

**Elective option: Students must take 4 credits of electives

2018-2019 (subject to change)

SPHR 6282 Augmentative Communication (2)
SPHR 6222 Motor Speech Disorders
SPHR 6291 Autism (2)
**SPHR 295 Independent Study (1-3)
**SPHR 6998/6999 Thesis (4)



Alumna Wins Prestigious Award

Alumna Wins Prestigious Award

Alumna Kelly Owen, MA ’09, a speech language pathology graduate, was awarded the distinguished student award from the D.C. Speech and Hearing Association.

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