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Speech & Language Pathology Graduate Programs in Michigan

Speech and language pathology graduate programs are fairly common in Michigan and train students for work in the medical and educational fields. Get details for these programs, including thesis and internship options, as well as admission standards.

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Several different universities in various areas of Michigan provide students with master's and/or doctoral degree programs in speech and language pathology. These programs generally prepare students for licensure in the field, and therefore, include a wide range of clinical experiences. Explore a handful of these programs and their requirements below.

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Michigan Schools with Graduate Degree Programs in Speech and Language Pathology

Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti offers a Master of Arts (MA) in Speech Language Pathology with an optional teaching certification. Students in the program must choose from a thesis or capstone experience option and complete a minimum of 60 credit hours. The program provides students with a wide range of hands-on clinical experiences through clinical practicum and internship experiences off-campus and on-site at the Speech and Hearing Clinic. These clinical experiences allow students to work with children and adults and the final two internship experiences can be conducted in two different clinical settings or a clinical setting and public school setting.

Wayne State University

Detroit's Wayne State University has an MA in Speech Language Pathology that must be taken full-time. Graduates of the program can pursue state licensure and will have met the requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Students can usually finish the program in five to six semesters and must complete two internship experiences in two different settings working with children and adults. The program does not require a thesis, but includes courses in research methods and professional issues in the field.

Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids provides a Master of Science (MS) in Speech Language Pathology that can be completed in as little as 4 semesters. The program requires a minimum of 60 credits and students can choose from a thesis or independent study option. The first three semesters of the program include clinical practicum experiences for hands-on experience, followed by a full-time clinical internship the final semester. Students study evidence-based treatments, autism communication, interventions and more and graduate as entry-level Clinical Fellows.

Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant has an MA in Speech Language Pathology that prepares students for clinical certification in the field. Students in the program receive ample amounts of hands-on clinical training through practicums on- and off-campus and participate in five-week long Summer Speech-Language Specialty Clinics to work with children and youth with various communication disorders. The program totals seven semesters, including summers, totals 62 credits and concludes with a full-time internship experience. Students who choose a thesis option only take three credits of a final internship, while non-thesis students take six credits of internship.

Michigan State University

Aspiring speech language pathologists can pursue an MA or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Michigan State University in East Lansing. The MA program offers a thesis or final exam option, totals 51 credits and requires a final clinical practicum experience. The PhD program requires students to complete a research practicum, comprehensive exam with written and oral components and a dissertation. Students in the doctoral program study core topics in speech and hearing science, as well as courses in statistics, research methods and a required minor or cognate area.

Common Entrance Requirements

PhD programs in the field of speech and language pathology in Michigan typically require applicants to hold a master's degree, while master's programs require a bachelor's degree and usually a minimum GPA around a 3.0. Applicants to master's degree programs with a bachelor's degree in a field outside of speech language pathology can still be admitted to the program, but are usually required to complete prerequisite coursework. Applications for speech language pathology degree programs typically require students to include their official transcripts, GRE scores and letters of recommendation. It is also fairly common for some of these programs to also request a resume and/or a personal statement.

Speech and language pathology programs are more common at the master's level in Michigan and require multiple practicum and/or internship experiences. These programs also usually require a thesis or final project/experience.

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