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Program Curriculum

Sixty semester hours are required for both the thesis and non-thesis option. The research tool requirement (3 hours) may be met by successful completion of SLP 500: Research Methodology in Communication Disorders (or equivalent). Additionally, the student must complete at least 400 clock hours of clinical experience by graduation.

Required Core Courses (40 hours)

  • SLP 500: Research Methodology in CSD
  • SLP 501: Early Intervention in Speech Language Pathology
  • SLP 502: Motor Speech Disorders
  • SLP 504: Seminar in Child Language
  • SLP 506: Dysfluency
  • SLP 507: Aphasia
  • SLP 508: Voice Disorders
  • SLP 509: Speech Science
  • SLP 511: Neurology for Speech and Language
  • SLP 512: Seminar in Phonology
  • SLP 513: Cognitive Linguistic Disorders
  • SLP 514: Dysphagia
  • SLP 515: Rehab Audiology
  • SLP 579: Professional Issues (1 credit hour)

 Clinical Courses (8 Hours)

All coursework is completed online with the exception of the Clinic Internship and Externship courses below.

  • SLP 588: Clinical Methods in Speech-Language Pathology
  • SLP 590: Clinical Internship
    • We refer to this course as Summer Bootcamp and require that you come to our campus for approximately 6 weeks (typically the end of June and entire month of July) the summer following the fall you begin the program. 
      • For example, if you begin the program in Fall 2014, then you would come to campus in the Summer 2015
    • There is no other option for this.  It is a requirement of the program that you come to our campus for this internship.
  • SLP 591: Clinical Externship (prerequisites: SLP 588 and SLP 590)
    • Students will enroll 3 times at 2 credit hours each or 2 times at 3 credit hours each.
    • Students are responsible for locating and securing their own externship placement sites.

For more information on the clinical experience portion of this program visit the Internship and Externship pages.

Elective Courses (9-12 hours)

In addition to courses outlined above, students must complete 9-12 approved elective credit hours.

  • SLP 518: Advanced AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication Modalities)
    • If a student demonstrates competency in this area from an undergraduate course then the student is not required to complete this course.
    • However they must complete a 3 credit elective in place of this course

Please note the following as you plan your program of study:

  • Students may transfer up to 12 hours from another graduate program to fulfill program requirements (if courses meet transfer requirements).
  • Applicants must understand that externship opportunities may not be available in the geographic region of choice. 
    • In the event they are not, students must be willing to relocate to obtain externship placement.
    • Externships CANNOT be completed in California nor will contracts be sought for placements there.
  • For additional information visit the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology page.

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 Last Modified 6/1/17