Most states require speech language pathologists to hold at least a master's degree in the subject. Those interested in the theoretical or general education aspects of the field often earn undergraduate degrees.
Top 10 Schools with Speech-Pathology Programs
These schools offer accredited speech language pathology programs at varying levels.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition & Fees 2015-2016*|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City, IA||4-year, Public||Master's||$9,693 in-state, $26,871 out-of-state|
|University of Wisconsin - Madison||Madison, WI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$10,415 in-state, $29,665 out-of-state (undergraduate),
$11,870 in-state, $25,196 out-of-state (graduate)
|University of Washington||Seattle, WA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$11,839 in-state, $34,143 out-of-state (undergraduate),
$16,278 in-state, $28,326 out-of-state (graduate)
|Vanderbilt University||Nashville, TN||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Master's||$44,040|
|Northwestern University||Evanston, IL||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's||$49,047 (undergraduate),
|Purdue University - West Lafayette||West Lafayette, IN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Doctoral||$10,002 in-state, $28,804 out-of-state(undergraduate),
$10,002 in-state, $28,804 out-of-state(graduate)
|University of Arizona||Tucson, AZ||4-year, Public||Master's||$12,048 in-state, $30,070 out-of-state|
|University of Kansas||Lawrence, Kansas||4-year, Public||Master's, Doctoral||$9,958 in-state, $22,049 out-of-state|
|University of Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh, PA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$18,192 in-state, $28,958 out-of-state (undergraduate),
$22,060 in-state, $35,744 out-of-state (graduate)
|University of Texas - Austin||Austin, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$9,806 in-state, $34,676 out-of-state (undergraduate),
$10,934 in-state, $20,762 out-of-state (graduate)
Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics
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School Selection Criteria
Further considerations when searching for a program in this field:
- Students should search for schools that offer specialty courses on specific language disorders.
- Look for programs that offer a variety of research and clinical experiences that can be tailored to students' research interests or professional goals.
- Students should look for programs that are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
- Some graduate programs may have limited spots in the program, so qualified students should apply early.
Bachelor's Degree in Speech Language Pathology
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) programs in speech language pathology are designed to prepare students for graduate-level work in the field. Internships and clinical practicums are commonly required.
Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology
Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) in Speech Language Pathology programs that are accredited by the Council of American Accreditation (CAA) prepare graduates for professional work in the field. Completion of clinical practicums, research projects and a thesis are commonly required.
Doctorate in Speech Language Pathology
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs are often highly specialized, allowing students a great deal of freedom in the research, assistantships and internships they undertake. Mentoring bachelor's and master's degree students through assistant teaching is often a large part of the Ph.D. experience. Students often work closely with faculty on a dissertation project.
Students who wish to enter a speech pathology program should find a program that is accredited by ASHA, and offers internships or clinical practicums. Graduate level programs prepare students for professional work as speech pathologists, and may require practicums, research projects, theses and internships.