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Speech Pathology Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Speech-language pathologists, or speech therapists, typically complete classes in audiology, speech and language development, and speech and language disorders, en route to a master's or doctoral degree in speech-language pathology, the more formal name for speech pathology.

Speech-language pathologists help people who have speech, language or swallowing problems. Due to the various state requirements, it is beneficial to choose a program that meets certification requirements for the area where you plan to work.

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Top Ten Speech-Language Pathology Schools

College or School Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-16)*
University of Iowa Iowa City, Iowa 4-year, Public Master's $8,396 In-state
$25,574 Out-of-state
University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, Wisconsin 4-year, Public Master's
Doctoral
$10,728 In-state
$24,054 Out-of-state
University of Washington Seattle, Washington 4-year, Public Master's
Doctoral
$15,207 In-state
$27,255 Out-of-state
Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's $43,620
Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's $48,624
Purdue University - West Lafayette West Lafayette, Indiana 4-year, Public Master's
Doctoral
$9,208 In-state
$28,010 Out-of-state
University of Arizona Tucson, Arizona 4-year, Public Master's
Doctoral
$11,040 In-state
$29,362 Out-of-state
University of Kansas Lawrence, Kansas 4-year, Public Master's
Doctoral
$9,029 In-state
$21,120 Out-of-state
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 4-year, Public Master's
Doctoral
$21,260 In-state
$34,944 Out-of-state
University of Texas - Austin Austin, Texas 4-year, Public Master's
Doctoral
$10,934 In-state
$20,762 Out-of-state

Source: *NCES College Navigator

School Selection Criteria

Those wishing to become a speech-language pathologist have a number of aspects to consider when choosing a school, including the following:

  • As an aspiring speech-language pathologist, one should look for a graduate program that's accredited by the CAA in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
  • If a candidate hopes to pursue personal research in the hearing and speech sciences, ample research facilities, state-of-the-art equipment and a thesis option may be factors in selecting a college.
  • Alternatively, a school with a non-thesis track, which typically requires passage of comprehensive speech-language therapy exams, could be ideal for individuals who don't want to complete a research project.
  • Another consideration is where a school places its interns, since a positive clinical experience could lead to a job upon graduation.

People who suffer from speech, language and swallowing problems often rely on speech-language pathologists to help them. There are a number of graduate level programs around the country that can prepare graduates to work in their respective states with licensure and certification.


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