There are several speech language pathology dual degree programs available that provide students with research and clinical experience in the field. Although more common at the graduate level, dual degree programs in the subject are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Explore a few of the different speech language pathology dual degree programs below.
Speech Language Pathology Dual Degree Programs
Master of Science/PhD in Speech Language Pathology
Coursework and practicum requirements in a Master of Science (MS) and PhD in Speech Language Pathology dual degree program can be completed in as little as 3 years if taken full-time and include research and clinical experiences. Students complete the requirements for the MS in two years and then take their preliminary exam for the doctoral program and select a mentor for their dissertation. Students in these programs typically receive a wide range of clinical experience (both general and specialized) where they are supervised by faculty practitioners and may be encouraged to pursue internship opportunities for additional hands-on experience. Coursework may vary for the PhD portion based on research interests, but most MS portions of the degree include courses in phonetics, language acquisition, aural rehabilitation and diagnostic audiology.
Master of Arts/PhD in Speech Language Pathology
Some schools may offer a PhD in Speech Language Pathology that allow students to earn a Master of Arts (MA) in Speech Language Pathology along the way and usually takes 6 years to complete both degrees. Students complete requirements for both degree programs, but the MA thesis may be included in pre-candidacy research for the PhD and a dissertation is still required. If you are interested in working on your research while also being able to participate in clinical rotations, then you may consider pursuing this dual degree option. Typical coursework for these programs usually include courses with labs and may cover topics in diagnostics, statistics, voice disorders, phonetics and aural rehabilitation.
Bachelor of Science in Education/Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology
At the undergraduate level, some schools may offer a 6 year (4+2) dual degree program in speech language pathology that results in a Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) and an MS in Speech Language Pathology. The BSE degree may specifically be in an area like Integrated Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education, with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology, and may culminate in state certification as an elementary and special education teacher. The BSE usually includes pre-requisite coursework for speech language pathology and field placements in different educational settings. The MS portion of the program includes coursework in neuroscience, augmentative and alternative communication, and fluency disorders along with research experience and clinical practica in different settings.
Common Entrance Requirements
Although admission requirements vary slightly based on the kind of dual degree program, most speech language pathology dual degree programs have students apply to the lower-level degree program first, such as the MS prior to the PhD. The exception may be the MA/PhD dual degree program, where institutions may have students apply to the PhD program, but state their desire for clinical training with the MA in their statement of purpose. Other common admissions requirements for master's and doctoral dual degree programs in speech language pathology include holding a bachelor's degree, identifying a research mentor and completing an interview process. In general, these dual degree programs, along with the bachelor's/MS option may also require applicants to meet a particular GPA and/or SAT/GRE test scores and may ask applicants to include additional documents, such as letters of recommendation and a writing sample, with their application.
Students can pursue a bachelor's and master's dual degree or a master's and doctoral dual degree in speech language pathology. These programs include plenty of hands-on clinical experience, as well as research opportunities.