Program Options

Program Options

Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology

The University of Louisville Speech-Language Pathology program offers a unique opportunity to pursue a Master of Science degree to students with and without undergraduate degrees in speech-language pathology.

The program includes two phases. The Preparatory Phase of the program can be completed on a part-time basis, not to exceed two years. The Core Phase of the program is a full-time program with no options for part-time attendance. Applications for students without a background in speech-language pathology will be submitted automatically to the Preparatory phase of the program.

Applications for students who currently hold the Bachelor degree in speech-language pathology will be submitted automatically to the Core Phase of the program.

Please Note:
Current University of Louisville undergraduate students with Junior or Senior standing may enroll in Preparatory Phase courses without applying to the program. These courses may be taken as electives for these UofL students only.  The University of Louisville does not offer an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology.  Completion of the courses does not guarantee admission into the Core Phase of the program. Students must formally submit an application to the Graduate School and qualify for admission. Post baccalaureate students must be formally accepted to the Preparatory Phase.

Master’s Degree Preparatory Phase

The Preparatory Phase of the program is designed for students with Bachelor’s degrees in fields other than speech-language pathology, who wish to pursue the Master’s Degree. It is a two or three semester sequence in which students take courses that will prepare them to enter the core phase of the program. Students who successfully complete the Preparatory Phase with a 3.0 or higher grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) will matriculate into the core program without any additional application steps. The Preparatory Phase can be completed on a part-time basis, not to exceed two years. Students cannot complete the core program on a part-time basis.

Students in speech-language pathology must be admitted into either the Preparatory Phase or the Core Phase. The Preparatory Phase is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in a major other than speech-language pathology. With the exception of University of Louisville undergraduate students (Juniors and Seniors only) enrolled in a degree program, admission into the Preparatory Phase courses is restricted to those students formally accepted into the program. Students with post baccalaureate status will not be permitted to enroll in the Preparatory Phase classes. Admission into the University of Louisville Preparatory Phase and completion of required courses with a 3.0 or better guarantees matriculation into the Core Phase.

Master’s Degree Core Phase

The Core Phase of the program is a five semester sequence of classes and practical experiences for students who already hold the Bachelor degree in speech-language pathology, or who have successfully completed the Preparatory Phase of the program.

Formal application to the Core Phase of the program is required by students who have completed: (a) preparatory courses completed at another university; (b) elective courses while obtaining an undergraduate degree at UofL; and (c) completion of an undergraduate program in Speech Language Pathology. These three classifications of students must meet all core admission requirements and compete with all candidates from other universities who have completed an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology.

Admission into both the preparatory and core programs is competitive. In order to be considered, an applicant must have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 grade point scale. The applicant’s combined Verbal and Quantitative scores on the Graduate Record Examination must be at least 300.  These scores are the minimum requirements. Please refer to the demographics for current student admissions. At least three letters of recommendation must accompany the application for admission. At least two of the three letters must be from academic advisors/instructors in the student’s undergraduate or graduate school program. For those students who graduated more than five years prior to application, letters of recommendation should address learning ability, work ethic and professionalism. These letters should be obtained from employers or other professional references.

  • Project or Comprehensive Exam Options
    Students in the Core phase may either elect to conduct a project, which will require the completion of an advanced statistics course, or take comprehensive written and oral competency exams at the end of their coursework. Please see the Graduation Requirements page for more information.

Requirements for ASHA Certification: Knowledge and Skills Acquisition (KASA)

Throughout the Master's program, students will learn the skills and knowledge required for ASHA Certification. To obtain certification upon completion of the program, ASHA requires the submission of a KASA summary form to show competencies achieved in an array of disciplines (for more on KASA, please visit the Certification Frequently Asked Questions page on ASHA's website).

ASHA mandates that students have completed one course in each of the following areas. The University of Louisville requires that students have earned a grade of C- or better in each of the following areas:

  • Biological Sciences - not specifically related to communication sciences and disorders
    (human or animal sciences; Examples are: Biology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology, Human Genetics, Veterinary Science)
  • Physical Sciences
    (physics or chemistry are preferred)
  • Statistics
    (college-level statistics that must be math based; research methodology courses in communication sciences and disorders may not be used)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences
    (sociology, psychology, anthropology or public health)

Students who have not completed these courses prior to acceptance into the Preparatory or Core Phase of the Master's program will need to schedule them into their course load in addition to the classes required for the Master's degree.

Students should familiarize themselves with the certification requirements described on ASHA's Membership and Certification page.

Applying to the Program

For information on applying to the program and prerequisites for admission, please see the Admissions Requirements page.

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