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.