About the Master's Program (MA/MS)
Utah State University’s speech-language pathology program provides a Master’s of Arts (MA) or Master’s of Science (MS) post-baccalaureate degree that is part of the Western Regional Graduate Exchange program (WRGP). The two-year program consists of 55-58 credit hours across six semesters of full-time study beginning with a summer semester. The primary program objective is to prepare students to become speech-language pathologists able to work with individuals of all ages who have developmental or neurological disorders relating to articulation, fluency, voice and resonance, language development, swallowing, augmentative modalities, and cognitive or social aspects of communication. The MA degree has a required comprehensive exam prior to completion and the MS degree requires a thesis that is defended prior to program completion.
THE FUNDAMENTAL STRENGTHS OF THE SLP PROGRAM INCLUDE:
- Varied work environments – hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centers, nursing facilities, home health care centers, community centers, and private practice settings.
- A profession with extensive job opportunities for individuals after they complete a master's degree (the professional entry level degree).
- Available opportunities to individualize academic and clinical experiences by enrolling in electives and specialty tracks, such as the Listening and Spoken Language emphasis.
- Opportunities for competitive student funding.
Students pursuing a master’s degree must have a bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders or the equivalent undergraduate prerequisite courses, either from USU or another regionally accredited program.
The master’s of science and master’s of arts (MS/MA) education programs in speech-language pathology at Utah State University are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation 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.
Advisor: Michelle Wilson
Office: 151 Lillywhite Building
Phone: (435) 797-9271