Schools and Colleges with Speech Language Pathology Programs

Speech language pathologists work with children, adults and the elderly to diagnose, prevent and treat communication disorders. Many schools offer bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in speech-language pathology.

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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),
$49,064 (graduate)
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.

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