Speech-Language Pathology

Program Overview

Our master’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology fully prepares graduate students to meet all of the academic and clinical requirements for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Speech-Language Pathology.

  • Coursework covers communication disorders across the lifespan and includes clinical training in a broad range of speech, language, and swallowing disorders.
  • The clinical degree includes training in research methods and principles of evidence-based practice.
  • Clinical training takes place in our UA Speech-Language and Hearing Clinics.
  • We also offer a wide range of clinical practicum sites in the community.
  • Students have the opportunity to engage in research, the option to complete a thesis, and many become co-authors on peer-reviewed publications.
  • Bilingual Certificate Program is available to graduate students.
  • Typical time to complete the program is two years (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring). 

A non-clinical Master of Science degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (MS-SLHS) is available for students who choose not to pursue clinical training, or to complete the PhD, but complete the appropriate coursework and a thesis.

Program Description and Requirements

Academic and clinical training requirements are included in the M.S. Student Handbook, The Cactus Book:

Accreditation and Clinical Certification

Our program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

The master’s program provides the academic and clinical education to meet ASHA Certification requirements, as well as the Arizona Department of Health Services Licensing requirements.

Professional licensing requirements for individual states is available from ASHA.


MS students with mustachesThe faculty members of the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences are committed to providing graduate education, both academic and clinical, of the highest quality.  We welcome applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds, with undergraduate degrees in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (or Communication Sciences and Disorders) or with undergraduate degrees in other fields.

Specific information to aid in preparing your application can be found here.

Applicants to the graduate program should have completed a minimum of coursework in the following areas:

  • A minimum for one course in each of the following areas: biological sciences, physical sciences, behavioral/social sciences, and statistics.
  • Foundational coursework that covers acoustics, anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism, speech and language development, and disorders of speech and language. This foundational work can be completed at another institution, as a non-degree seeking graduate student, or as part of our 3-year master’s program.
  • If you have questions about whether you would be considered a 2-year or 3-year master's student, please send an unofficial transcript to slhs_app@email.arizona.edu and we will provide a preliminary review.

All applicants must apply on-line through the UA Graduate College and pay necessary fees.

  • The application process will include submission of academic transcripts, GRE scores, personal statement and resume, letters of recommendation.
  • Each of the components of the application are evaluated and admissions decisions are based on overall composite ratings.
  • Guidelines for minimum requirements are indicated below, but note that strong overall composite ratings can override individual scores.
    • Overall GPA of 3.0 or better (Graduate School requirement)
    • GRE Scores at about the 30th percentile or better (GRE conversion table)
      • Verbal score ~147 on the new scale; ~400 on the old scale
      • Quantitative score ~147 on the new scale; ~570 on the old scale
      • Writing score of 3.5 or better
    • Meet the Technical Standards for Speech-Language Pathology

The application process for 2018-2019 will open on November 1, 2018. 

If you are interested in visiting the UA Campus and our department, please contact Susan Bridgewater (slhs_app@email.arizona.edu) for more information.


A variety of funding opportunities are available for students. Students desiring financial aid should indicate this on the Department application form. Traineeships, assistantships, and fellowships, when available, currently provide a stipend of approximately $9,000 per year for M.S. and Au.D. level students. Some traineeships, assistantships, and fellowships also include remission of tuition and fees; others do not. If you receive an assistantship, you will be assigned duties for approximately ten hours per week. Students may also be awarded Graduate Tuition Scholarships that cover some portion of the full tuition amount.

A Typical Successful Applicant

The typical successful applicant has:

  • Grade point average of 3.7 or better on the last 60 units
  • GRE Verbal score at 70th percentile or better
  • GRE Quantitative score at 60th percentile or better
  • GRE Writing score of 4.0 or better (60th percentile)
  • experience in research, volunteerism, and/or a solid work history,
  • a well-written personal statement indicating interest in the field and experiences related to career aspirations
  • 3 strong letters of reference written by individuals who can comment on potential for success in the graduate program and the profession of speech-language pathology, as well as leadership skills in classroom and community.

Note that this is descriptive information regarding the types of students admitted to our program in recent years, rather than acceptance criteria.

Frequently asked questions by prospective students

International applicants should review the UA Graduate College website for specific admission requirements, and should carefully review the Technical Standards for Speech-Language Pathology.

Student Outcome Data

Program completion rates, certification examination, and employment information on recent graduates of the SLP program.

Current Students

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