College of Rehabilitative Sciences Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) Program


Locations: Austin, TX | Dallas, TX
Formats: Online hybrid + in-person residencies
Program duration: 1 year, 8 months – 5 trimesters*
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MS-SLP at Glance

  • Online hybrid coursework
  • Four in-person, three-day residency experiences
  • 55–58 credit hours over 5 trimesters
  • 1 year, 8 months*
  •  Jan, May, & Sept start dates
  • Two trimesters of virtual clinical practica
  • Three trimesters of external practicum

*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress, credits transferred and other factors.

SLP Scholarships

USAHS offers scholarships to recognize outstanding academic achievement and reward personal accomplishments in community-and diversity-focused areas.

Break the Barriers of Communication

In the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) program at USAHS, you can become an exceptional practitioner in a compact timeframe—without the need to relocate for classes. You’ll gain the academic knowledge and clinical skills you need to assess and treat people with communication and swallowing differences and disorders using evidence-based interventions.

As a speech-language pathologist, you will empower people with communication tools that positively impact their lives. You can work with a diverse group of people across the lifespan and in a variety of health professions and settings, including clinics, schools, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and homes. Earn your Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) at USAHS—and join this growing and rewarding profession.

Unique Features of our MS-SLP Program

  • The MS-SLP program is an immersive online hybrid program. Complete coursework online, then come to the Austin or Dallas campus for a few days four out of five trimesters for on-campus residency experiences of clinical skills training over the duration of the program.
  • The SLP masters program is designed to span just five trimesters (1 year, 8 months)*.
  • While most speech pathology programs offer one intake, we have intakes in Spring, Summer, and Fall.
  • GRE scores are not required for admission to the MS-SLP Program.
  • You’ll gain hands-on experience in real and simulated clinical settings, and you’ll practice using state-of-the-art endoscopy equipment—a rare feature among SLP master’s programs.

  • You will engage in clinical practica, both virtually and in person, with populations of all ages as you work toward earning 400 clinical clock hours.
  • You’ll have a chance to participate in our speech-language pathology pro bono clinic, in which SLP students assess and provide therapy to people from the local community via telehealth.
  • You will earn a certificate in cultural and linguistic diversity.
  • If you’re lacking prerequisites for the program, USAHS offers six affordable leveling courses that can help you get ready to enter the graduate program.


*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress, credits transferred, and other factors.

The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in Speech-Language Pathology {residential Austin, TX; satellite Dallas, TX; both distance education} at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.


How Our MS- SLP Program Stands Apart

We put students first.

USAHS’s MS-SLP is rooted in our student-FIRST philosophy: Everything we do is focused on student success. We strive to offer the best academic experience and career preparation through our innovative learning model and support services.

We’re blended.

Our blended learning model gives you the best of both worlds: the convenience of online study, plus the engagement of hands-on practice. Complete coursework online with both synchronous and asynchronous elements. Then come to either our Austin or Dallas campus for residency experiences each trimester (except Term 5), ready to participate in meaningful hands-on activities and clinical practice with your cohort and professors. Choose a campus for your residency experiences when you enroll.

We’re hands-on.

From your first trimester as an MS-SLP student, you’ll get clinical experience working in our state-of-the-art simulation labs, featuring real medical equipment and leading EdTech tools. The clinical practicum courses and residency weeks will help you to develop essential professional skills of a speech-language pathologist by practicing assessment and treatment techniques for a variety of populations with speech, language, and swallowing considerations.

We’re interprofessional.

Good patient/client care depends on harmonious teamwork among healthcare practitioners. That’s why, from your very first trimester, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with your peers in other rehabilitative science disciplines such as in occupational and physical therapy.

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program at USAHS is to graduate clinicians who can identify and manage a full range of communication conditions across the life span. Through the development of critical thinking, cultural competency, ethical standards, and compassionate patient care principles, the graduates will be poised to promote the quality of life for the clients whom they serve. They will be prepared to guide, lead, and influence their profession.

Note: Some states require an additional certification or license in order to work in a school setting. Students should be advised that the USAHS MS-SLP program is designed and intended to prepare graduates for SLP licensure in many states. However, graduates may need to complete additional requirements to be eligible for a license or certificate to work in a school setting or to have the ability to complete practicum in a school setting in his/her particular state of residence or school district, depending on the state and/or school district’s unique requirements. Students should contact the state board of education or his or her school district directly to determine if the USAHS MS-SLP program meets the requirements for state SLP certification or licensure in a school setting.

MS-SLP Curriculum

The curriculum includes 55-58 required credits that you will take over five trimesters, or 1 year and 8 months. This full-time speech-language pathology degree program includes virtual hybrid coursework, on-campus residency experiences (trimesters 1, 2, 3, and 4), virtual clinical experiences, and external clinical practica. You will earn 15 of your required credit hours in clinical practica placements.
Required Core CoursesCredit Hours
Trimester 1
SLP 5110 Early Language Disorders3
SLP 5115 Speech Sound Disorders3
SLP 5125 Clinical Neuroscience for Speech-Language Pathology3
SLP 5112 - Clinical Practicum I: Foundational Clinical Methods3
Trimester 2
SLP 5220 Adult Neurogenic Disorders3
SLP 5230 School Age Language Disorders3
SLP 5235 Dysphagia3
SLP 5232 - Clinical Practicum II: Diagnostic Fundamentals3
Trimester 3
HSC 5136 Evidence Informed Practice: Research Fundamentals2
SLP 5320 Research Review, Critique, and Synthesis in Speech-Language Pathology1
SLP 5340 Fluency & Fluency Disorders3
SLP 5345 Motor Speech and Cognitive-Communication Disorders3
SLP 5313 - Clinical Practicum III: Diagnostics and Intervention in Adult Populations3
Trimester 4
SLP 5415 Autism and Social Communication Disorders2
SLP 5450 Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) 2
SLP 5455 Voice & Velopharyngeal Disorders3
SLP 5404 - Clinical Practicum IV: Clinical Counseling in Speech-Language Pathology3
Trimester 5
SLP 5565 Integrated Knowledge and Skills in Speech-Language Pathology3
SLP 5460 Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology*3
SLP 5515 - Clinical Practicum V: Culturally Responsive Practice in SLP & Bilingual Assessment/Treatment3
HSC Course, IPE Elective or Remediation 3
Total Program Hours55-58

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MS-SLP Clinical Practica

USAHS has a diverse range of clinics, hospitals and schools* (depending on your state of residence) where you may be assigned to complete your clinical practica. The clinical practicum courses will help you to develop essential professional skills and determine what setting best fits your career goals. Clinical placements are determined by USAHS based on the student’s academic needs and to provide the best educational experience.  Students should plan on the need to travel and/or relocate for clinical experiences. Please visit the “MS-SLP Accreditation” page for more information on states from which we are currently accepting applications for enrollment.

*Note: Some states require an additional certification or license in order to work in a school setting. Students should be advised that the program is designed and intended to prepare graduates for SLP licensure in many states. However, graduates may need to complete additional requirements to be eligible for a license or certificate to work in a school setting or to have the ability to complete practicum in a school setting in his/her particular state of residence or school district, depending on the state and/or school district’s unique requirements. Students should contact the state board of education or his or her school district directly to determine if the program meets the requirements for state SLP certification or licensure in a school setting.

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MS-SLP Leveling Courses

USAHS has designed several leveling courses to serve as a pathway to the master’s program for undergraduates with a non-CSD or non-SLP degree and for undergraduates with a Communication Sciences and Disorders, SLP or equivalent science degree whose program did not include one or more leveling courses. The leveling courses also provide applicants with the necessary prerequisites to enter the graduate program. A copy of your transcript demonstrating awarded bachelor’s degree is required for enrollment.

Each leveling course costs $550. Note, these courses are not eligible for federal financial aid. Please complete the form below if you are interested in taking these courses at USAHS.

If you have specific questions related to these courses, email your questions to levelingcourses@usa.edu.

MS-SLP Leveling Course Application

Please complete this application form to apply for one or all of our MS-SLP Leveling Courses by clicking ‘START LEVELING COURSE APPLICATION FORM’ below.

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MS-SLP Leveling Courses

SLP 5003 – Introduction to Audiology

This course presents concepts and rationale underlying the measurement of hearing and balance disorders, with special reference to hearing science, anatomy and physiology, and measurement techniques.

SLP 5005 – Aural Rehabilitation

This course involves an introduction to the field of audiologic rehabilitation and examines the treatment of hearing disorders across the lifespan. Students study hearing technology, educational considerations, and nonmedical rehabilitation options for the treatment of audiological disorders.

SLP 5008 Speech Anatomy and Physiology

This course involves the study of the anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms. Students will study the structure and function of the skeletal, neurological, and muscular systems for respiration, phonation, articulation and resonation, as well as mastication and deglutition and the hearing mechanism. The organization and physiology of related nervous systems and functional implications will be explored.

SLP 5014 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders

This course introduces students to the professions and field of communication sciences and disorders (CSD). Basic concepts related to communication, speech, and language; typical development, anatomy, and physiology; as well as communication disorders occurring across the lifespan will be examined. Cultural differences, communication disturbances and disorders related to identification, assessment, and evidenced-based treatment will be explored.

SLP 5026 Phonetics

This course involves phonetic analysis of normal and disordered speech, including training in transcription using the international phonetic alphabet. The motoric aspects of speech sound production, including a concrete description of the distinct properties that are associated with the production of these speech sounds will be explored.

SLP 5032 Normal Speech and Language Development

This course involves theoretical concepts and research findings concerning the normal developmental processes of speech and language learning and provides an understanding of child speech and language from infancy through adolescence, focusing on normal development. Students will study language and literacy development for monolingual and bilingual children.

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MS-SLP Scholarships

Scholarships are available for new students admitted to the MS-SLP program for the 2024 Spring term.  A separate scholarship application is required for these awards.  We encourage you to review the eligibility requirements and apply for these scholarships.

We are currently accepting MS-SLP scholarship applications for the 2024 Spring term.  The application deadline is December 1, 2023. Only scholarship applications submitted by students who have started and/or completed their MS-SLP admissions application will be considered

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MS-SLP Accreditation & State Approvals/Post-Graduation Licensure

Accreditation

caa-accredited-slp-usahsThe Master of Science (M.S.) education program in Speech-Language Pathology {residential Austin, TX; satellite Dallas, TX; both distance education} at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

State Approvals

USAHS is currently accepting applications for enrollment in the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) program for residents in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

USAHS is currently not accepting applications from states where the program does not meet state licensure requirements and/or where the institution does not have state authorization. However, prospective students are encouraged to check back in the near future as the program may be offered in additional states. Current and admitted students are also advised to monitor this page for any updates prior to relocating to another state, as this can have an impact on continued enrollment in the program and the ability to be placed for on-the-ground activities or practicum experiences.

Post-Graduation Licensure

For states denoted in blue, USAHS has determined the program satisfies the educational requirements for professional licensure in those states. USAHS has not made a determination regarding whether the MS-SLP program satisfies the requirements for professional licensure in the states denoted in gray. For more information, students should contact the appropriate state licensure board to ensure an understanding of state licensure requirements as regulations vary from state to state.

USAHS has not made a determination that its curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the following locations: American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau. The map below identifies the states from which the University is now accepting applications for the SLP master’s program.

Note on Licensure, Authorization, Endorsement, or Other State Credential Necessary to Practice as a Speech-Language Pathologist

Each state board that is responsible for regulating the practice of speech-language pathologists has its own academic requirements and issues its own license to practice in that state. Most state licensing boards require that Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program graduates graduate from a CAA accredited or Accreditation Candidate status Speech-Language Pathology program and pass the Praxis Speech-Language Pathology exam to apply for an intern/provisional license while working on their Clinical Fellowship (CF) for national certification (Certificate of Clinical Competence, CCC) requirements. Licensure requirements may vary in school or other settings. The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA).

It remains the student’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to field education experiences, licensing or certification, authorization or endorsement for the state in which she or he resides.

Current and admitted students are also advised to monitor this page for any updates prior to relocating to another state, as this can have an impact on continued enrollment in the program and the ability to be placed for on-the-ground activities or practicum experiences.  Additionally, current and prospective students are advised if they choose to relocate to carefully review, evaluate and understand the requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate.

Speech-Language Pathology in a School Setting

Some states require an additional certification or license in order to work in a school setting. Students should be advised that the USAHS’ MS-SLP program is designed and intended to prepare graduates for SLP licensure in many states. However, graduates may need to complete additional requirements to be eligible for a license or certificate to work in a school setting or to have the ability to complete practicum in a school setting in their particular state of residence or school district, depending on the state and/or school district’s unique requirements.  Students should contact the state board of education or his or her school district directly to determine if the USAHS’ MS-SLP program meets the requirements for state SLP certification or licensure in a school setting.

Note on ASHA Certification

Speech-Language Pathology program graduates must hold a degree from a Speech-Language Pathology program that is accredited or in Accreditation Candidate status by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA), and complete the Clinical Fellow (CF) experience, in order to be eligible to apply for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology by the American Speech and Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Council for Clinical Certification. This credential is required in order to practice as a nationally certified speech-language pathologist in many settings in many states. The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences MS-SLP program is accredited by the CAA.

Note on Praxis Speech-Language Pathology Exam

All states require that SLP graduates pass the Praxis Speech-Language Pathology exam in order to be eligible to practice as a licensed speech-language pathologist.

Communication Sciences and disorders

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MS-SLP Executive Summary of Strategic Plan 2022-2027

Mission:  The mission of the program at USAHS is to graduate clinicians who can identify and manage a full range of communication conditions across the life span. Through the development of critical thinking, cultural competency, ethical standards, and compassionate patient care principles, the graduates will be poised to promote the quality of life for the clients whom they serve. They will be prepared to guide, lead, and influence their profession.

Program learning outcomes for the program include:

  • Differentiate and diagnose communication disorders utilizing evidenced-based practice.
  • Outline and implement evidence-based treatment plans appropriate to the disorder and in patient-specific contexts.
  • Describe and educate/ collaborate/ counsel with clients and caregivers on prevention, assessment, and intervention across disorders.
  • Distinguish and demonstrate professional practice competencies including accountability, integrity, effective communication skills, clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice, care for individuals served, cultural competence, professional duty, and collaborative practice.
  • Differentiate and demonstrate cultural and linguistic competence while communicating effectively recognizing the background, needs, values, preferred mode of communication of the client and family.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and participate appropriately with other healthcare professionals in interprofessional teams.

Strategic Goals:

  • Map, integrate, implement, and assess IPE across the curriculum
  • Enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in student body and throughout the curriculum
  • Diversify, improve, and increase course delivery methods for optimal student learning and engagement
  • Enhance ways to increase cultural responsiveness training (e.g., study abroad options)
  • Enrich clinical education training through extending specialized training opportunities
  • Create new admissions criteria to address access issues and diversify student population
  • Promote scholarship and student engagement in research

Strategic Indicators of Success:

  • Exit surveys
  • Survey data from students, alumni, employers, and clinical educators
  • Student outcome data
  • Analysis of the strategic plan by faculty
  • Curriculum review
  • Academic and Clinical Faculty Summits
  • Feasibility studies
  • Focus groups
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MS-SLP Student Outcomes

MS-SLP Student Outcome Data

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) requires that student outcome data are made available for the three most recently completed academic years. Data available to date since program initiation are provided below. This page will be updated as required as data for the most recently completed academic year become available.

On-Time Program Completion Rates

Austin, TX

Year# Completed Within Expected Time Frame% Completed Within Expected Time Frame
Recent Year - 2022
5893%
1-Year Prior - 20214594%
2-Years Prior - 20203597%

Dallas, TX

Year# Completed Within Expected Time Frame% Completed Within Expected Time Frame
Recent Year - 20225191%
1-Year Prior - 20213497%
2-Years Prior - 2020N/AN/A


Praxis Pass Rates

Austin, TX

Year# Taking the Exam# Passed Exam% Passed Exam Rate
Recent Year - 2022615387%
1-Year Prior - 2021535196%
2-Years Prior - 2020292483%

Dallas, TX

Year# Taking the Exam# Passed Exam% Passed Exam Rate
Recent Year - 2022564784%
1-Year Prior - 2021231983%
2-Years Prior - 2020N/AN/AN/A

Note: The Praxis examination reporting period is the testing year or examination cycle, not the year of graduation for the test-takers. The data for each reporting period may include test-takers who graduated from the program within the prior 3 years.


Employment Rates of Graduates*

Austin, TX

Year# of Graduates Who Reported Employment% of Graduates Employed
Recent Year - 202253100%
1-Year Prior - 20214498%
2-Years Prior - 202036100%

Dallas, TX

Year# of Graduates Who Reported Employment% of Graduates Employed
Recent Year - 202249100%
1-Year Prior - 202134100%
2-Years Prior - 2020N/AN/A

*Note: Self-reported surveys of employment are the percentage of those employed who responded to the survey. The employment rate reporting period is not the year of graduation. The data for each reporting period should represent the individuals who graduated from the program one year prior.

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MS-SLP Program Data

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MS-SLP FAQs

Admission Requirements

Q: What if I completed my prerequisites more than 5 years ago?

A: We recommend that prerequisites for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) be completed no more than 5 years prior to enrollment—but contact an enrollment advisor to discuss your situation.


Q: What if my GPA for my prerequisite courses is under 3.0?

A: Contact an enrollment advisor to discuss the admission requirements. Our Enrollment team will advise you about courses you can complete—or possibly retake—to increase your prerequisite GPA.


Q: Is the GRE required for admissions to the program?

A: No. The GRE is not required for admission to our MS-SLP program.


Q: Do all applicants receive an admission interview?

A: Applicants who meet our admission requirements receive an interview as part of the admissions process.

CSDCAS Application

Q: If I’m missing observation hours, how do I complete them for the application?

A: You can complete your observation hours by taking a leveling course with USAHS. Reach out to an enrollment advisor to discuss options.


Q: Do I need to send transcripts to the University and CSDCAS?

A: No please submit your transcripts directly to CSDCAS with your application.


Q: What should I write about in my personal essay?

A: When you fill out the CSDCAS application, you will receive the essay prompt, “Why do you think you can make a difference in speech-language pathology?” Your response should be approximately two pages, double-spaced.


Q: Can I submit the application with missing requirements?

A: Yes—you can submit your application with as many as three pending items. Reach out to an enrollment advisor to discuss the pending items and develop a plan to complete them.


Q: Can I apply for admission to both the Austin and Dallas, Texas, campuses?

A: No—you can apply to only one campus. Please speak with an enrollment advisor for help in designating your campus preference.

About the MS-SLP Program

Q: What tools are available to help me succeed in an online program?

A: The Student Readiness Orientation includes information about how to use Blackboard, how to create videos for assignments, study skills tips, library tips, and more. Beyond the orientation, USAHS offers several resources to help our students succeed in their online studies, including a writing center, an extensive virtual library, and tutoring services. During the admissions and enrollment process, you can seek guidance from your enrollment advisor; once you begin classes, please reach out to your student success advisor or faculty advisor.


Q: What are the differences between the Austin and Dallas campuses?

A: For starters, the Austin campus is larger, while the Dallas campus is newer. But take our virtual tours of the Austin and Dallas campuses to see the differences for yourself! The curriculum is the same regardless of the campus.


Q: How many students are admitted per cohort?

A: On average, each cohort is between 40 and 45 students. You will enter with a cohort and progress through the program together, collaborating and bonding.


Q: How competitive is it to get into USAHS’ master’s program in speech-language pathology?

A: The MS-SLP program is competitive, as is the field of speech-language pathology in general. You can meet with an enrollment advisor to discuss any specific questions.


Q: Is it easier to gain admissions for the Fall, Summer or Spring term?

A: The SLP field is competitive by nature, regardless of the term start date.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) program, graduates will be able to:

  • Differentiate and diagnose communication disorders utilizing evidenced-based practice.
  • Outline and implement evidence-based treatment plans appropriate to the disorder and in patient-specific contexts.
  • Describe and educate/collaborate/counsel with clients and caregivers on prevention, assessment, and intervention across disorders.
  • Distinguish and demonstrate professional practice competencies, including accountability, integrity, effective communication skills, clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice, care for individuals served, cultural competence, professional duty, and collaborative practice.

  • Differentiate and demonstrate cultural and linguistic competence while communicating effectively recognizing the background, needs, values, preferred mode of communication of the client and family.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and participate appropriately with other healthcare professionals in interprofessional teams.

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