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Speech Language Pathology, M.S.

The graduate program of study that is available primarily for applicants with undergraduate degrees in Communication Science and Disorders or related fields. The degree requires 5 semesters (2 years) and includes academic coursework as well as clinical practicum requirements. The graduate program in Communication Science and Disorders is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

All applicants must have coursework equivalents in Biology and Physical Science (Chemistry or Physics), Statistics, and Speech Science. The science courses must have a lab component and be 4 credit hours. Any of these additionally listed courses not obtained at the undergraduate level must be completed in addition to the graduate curriculum while at UM.

A personal interview may be required as part of the admission process. Applicants will be notified by the CSD Department after the February 1st application deadline regarding scheduling of an interview if deemed warranted.

Available Graduate Tracks

There are two tracks available for the Speech Language Pathology graduate students in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Montevallo.

  • Non-Thesis Track

    Non-Thesis Track is available for students interested in pursuing a professional career in Speech Language Pathology. Students in the Non-Thesis Track are required to complete a comprehensive examination which consists of a case-based and a multiple choice exam taken in the semester before the final externship.

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  • Thesis Track

    The Thesis Track is available for those students who are primarily interested in research in communication disorders and/or interested in pursuing a doctorate in Speech Language Pathology or related field.

Admissions Categories

  • For interested applicants without undergraduate degrees in CSD: a very limited number of applicants, who have exceptional qualifications otherwise, may be considered for admission to the program.  Applicants in this category hold undergraduate degrees in other disciplines and EITHER (A) have some coursework in CSD courses, OR (B) have no CSD coursework.

  • A. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in other disciplines who have coursework in CSD may apply to the traditional 2-year M.S. Speech-Language Pathology program under these conditions:

    1. Applicants must apply and meet the same requirements as the CSD-background applicants.
    2. Applicants must complete 25 hours of clinical observation prior to entry into the M.S. program at UM.
    3. Applicants must provide evidence that they have successfully completed or are currently enrolled in the following coursework in CSD by the application deadline (February 1st of the application year):

    CSD 253 Phonetics
    CSD 291 Normal Language Development
    CSD 380 Anatomy & Physiology of Speech
    CSD 393 Language Disorders
    CSD 394 Articulation and Phonological Disorders (Speech Sound Disorders)
    CSD 411 Audiology
    CSD 471 Aural Rehabilitation
    CSD 473 Medical SLP or CSD 101 Intro to Communication Disorders
    CSD 475 Speech Science
    CSD 495 Voice & Fluency Disorders

  • B.  Applicants with degrees in other disciplines with no coursework in CSD may apply to the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program through the 3-year non-background program under these conditions:

    1. Applicants must apply and meet the same requirements as the CSD-background applicants.
    2. If a non-background student is accepted and enrolls, the student is considered a graduate student and is thus subject to all rules and regulations of the graduate school while taking the 2 semesters of undergraduate pre-requisite courses.
    3. The undergraduate pre-requisite coursework may be found here.

    Applicants in both non-CSD categories may be asked to provide additional information to be considered for admission.