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Speech Pathology Graduate Schools and Universities in the U.S.

The minimum educational requirement to work as a speech pathologist is a master's degree, and graduate schools typically award the Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology. However, double majors with coursework in audiology or related fields are also available.

Speech pathology is the study of language disorders. Those seeking advanced training can find programs in this field at many graduate schools in the United States.

Schools with Speech Pathology Graduate Programs

The following schools offer speech pathology programs. Tuition rates are for the 2015-2016 school year.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)
Abilene Christian University Abilene, TX 4-year, Private Master $19,116
Kean University Union, NJ 4-year, Public Master $12,835 (In-state) $17,396 (Out-of-state)
University of Nebraska Lincoln, NE 4-year, Public Master $6,960 (In-state) $19,914 (Out-of-state)
Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY 4-year, Private Master $10,130 (In-state) $18,720 (Out-of-state)
University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI 4-year, Public Master $11,796(In-state) $24,206 (Out-of-state)
Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN 4-year, Private Master $43,620
Ohio University Athens, OH 4-year, Public Master, Doctor $9,510 (In-state) $17,502 (Out-of-state)
University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 4-year, Public Master, Doctor $8,396 (In-state) $25,574 (Out-of-state)
Loyola University Baltimore, MD 4-year, Private Master $15,210

Source: National Center for Educational Studies

Speech Pathology Graduate School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for speech pathology graduate schools:

  • Prospective students should look for programs which offer opportunities to gain clinical experience with a wide variety of patients.
  • Students may want to consider schools that hold accreditation through the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Choose a school with career placement support or internship partnerships that have a high rate of post-graduation employment from within the school's ranks of alumni.
  • Prospective students should look for a school which offers opportunities for hands-on experience in nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, schools or other professional settings.

M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology

Students learn to assist individuals with speech, language, cognitive and hearing disorders. Program length varies from 40-60 credit hours. Both a written thesis and comprehensive exam is necessary to successfully complete the program. Courses include aural rehabilitation, early language development, phonetics, principles of intervention, and later language development.

M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

Schools that offer the Master of Science program require the same coursework as those with the Master of Arts program, but without the thesis requirement. Non-thesis students select a specific elective to replace the thesis, and must receive department approval. They must still complete a comprehensive exam. Students learn about aphasia, voice disorders, fluency disorders, and special problems in speech pathology.

Students interested in learning about speech, language and cognitive disabilities can find graduate school programs at both private and public colleges/universities throughout the United States.

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