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Program Information - Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
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The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MSSLP) serves either as a professional preparation for clinical certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) or as preparation for graduate study leading to the PhD degree. The master's program provides a broad range of basic science courses and specialized offerings emphasizing evaluation and treatment of language, articulation, fluency, voice, swallowing, and neurologically-based communication disorders. Students are prepared for careers as clinicians in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and community clinics. Clinical practicum experiences occur at the on-campus Speech and Hearing Clinic and many affiliated clinics, rehabilitation centers, schools, and hospitals. Within this framework, students must meet the academic and practicum requirements leading to the Clinical Fellowship (CF) that occurs post graduation. Completion of the CF results in national certification (the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology [CCC-SLP] awarded by ASHA) and eligibility for Alabama State Licensure.

The master's program typically extends for five academic semesters, including one partial semester of clinical externship. Graduate assistantships are available annually on a competitive basis. Applications for admission, with enrollment beginning the following fall semester, are accepted after November 1 and the deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 1. Specific information about the master's program is available from the department.

Application Information

Applications to the Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology (MSSLP) program requires two steps:

(1) complete the application process online through the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service for Clinical Education in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (CSDCAS)

Go to: https://portal.csdcas.org

Applications must be complete by February 1.
Applicants are responsible for verifying that all reference forms and official transcripts have been received by CSDCAS.

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(2) submit a second set of official transcripts and application fee to the department.

In addition to applying through CSDCAS, you must send a second set of official transcripts to the Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology and pay a $45.00 administration fee. Send transcripts and $45.00 to:

USA Speech Pathology and Audiology
5721 USA Dr. North, HAHN 1119
Mobile, AL 36688-0002

This department fee and transcripts should also be received by the deadline, February 1.

If you are applying for the MSSLP, but your Bachelor’s degree is in a different field (i.e., not Communication Disorders, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Speech Pathology, or Audiology), then make your application to the Second Bachelor’s Degree Program. Note the deadline for the Second Bachelor’s Degree is later than the MSSLP.

Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions

Please see the USA Bulletin for Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see the FAQs for answers to General Admission Questions.

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