Speech Pathology Graduate Programs in Tennessee

May 31, 2020

A graduate degree is required to work as a speech-language pathologist. In this career, individuals work with patients on communication and swallowing. There are at least five schools in Tennessee that provide the academic and clinical training needed to work as a speech-language pathologist.

School Comparison

Students interested in graduate speech-language pathology programs at Tennessee schools can compare tuition rates and locations at a handful of universities to help decide which one is right for them.

Institution Location Graduate Tuition and Fees (2019-2020)*
Tennessee State University Nashville, TN $11,286 (in-state)
$23,750 (out-of-state)
East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN $10,559 (in-state)
$25,679 (out-of-state)
University of Memphis Memphis, TN $10,746 (in-state)
$14,202 (out-of-state)
The University of Tennessee - Health Science Center Memphis, TN $14,471 (in-state)
$26,654 (out-of-state)
Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN $49,124

Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)

Tennessee Colleges with Speech Pathology Graduate Programs

Tennessee State University

Tennessee State University offers a Master of Science in Speech and Hearing Science through on-campus or online learning. The curriculum includes a mix of anatomy and physiology classes, seminars and courses on various speech and hearing disorders. Students also complete several practicums. Applicants will need a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology; however, students without one can complete fifteen hours of prerequisite courses before enrolling in the program. Admissions materials consists of the following:

  • Undergraduate transcripts
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Personal intent and interest essay
  • $35 application fee

The university will extend unconditional acceptance to students who have a 3.5 GPA, GRE 146 verbal score and 140 quantitative score, or a 380 MAT scaled score. Students who do not meet these requirements will receive conditional acceptance, with the requirement they maintain a 3.0 GPA for the first nine semester hours of the program.

East Tennessee State University

East Tennessee State University has a two-year Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program. The curriculum focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of communicative disorders. Students also build their research skills and complete clinical rotations in hospitals, schools, and nursing homes where they can work with both adult and pediatric patients. Students applying to the program must provide their transcripts and GRE scores, along with three recommendation letters, a resume, and a personal statement. The audiology and speech-language pathology department offers student assistantships and full-tuition scholarships to more than half of its graduate students. Recipients must complete 8-10 hours of work each week for the department.

University of Memphis

Students can earn a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Memphis. It is a two-year program that requires 60 credit hours for graduation and includes courses in language and fluency disorders, psycholinguistics, speech science and 14 credit hours' worth of clinical practicums. The university does not set requirements for either GPA or GRE scores. Students must have a bachelor's degree and provide their transcripts as part of the application process. The university has an online application for this program.

The University of Tennessee - Health Science Center

The University of Tennessee - Health Science Center awards a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. It takes students with a bachelor's degree in communication disorders two years to complete the program. Students with a bachelor's degree in another discipline can still enroll; however, they must complete an additional two semesters of prerequisite coursework. All students complete clinical training at sites like hospitals and schools. Financial aid is available after students complete one semester. It should be noted that students must attend the program on a full-time basis.

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University has a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Speech-Language Pathology. Both programs give students experience working in on-campus clinics, local schools and hospitals. Students can also complete research in facilities devoted to communication sciences. Applicants need to complete an online application and pay a $50 application fee. They also need to submit a statement of purpose, official college transcripts, three recommendation letters, and GRE scores. Students can choose to provide their resume or other supplementary documents after their online application is submitted.

Students can earn a master's degree at all of these schools, with Vanderbilt University offering a doctoral degree. Each program offers classroom training and hands-on clinical rotations.

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