Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

 

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 January 15. 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 four 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). Applications must be complete by January 15.Applicants are responsible for verifying that all reference forms and official transcripts have been received by CSDCAS.

  2. Send your GRE scores from ETS to Department code 2691.

  3. Submit the $75.00 administration fee directly to the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology by the application deadline, January 15th.

  4. Submit the $500 nonrefundable matriculation fee directly to the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology when you accept an offer of admission. To hold your seat in the class, this fee must be paid within 24 hours of acceptance of an admission offer. Upon matriculation into the program, this fee will be applied to your first semester tuition.

▼   Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions

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

▼   Model Curriculum

Please see the .pdf below for the Model Curriculum.

▼   MSSLP and AuD Student Outcomes Data

Below are the employment rate, Praxis Exam pass rate, and the on-time and overall program completion rate outcomes for the past 5 years. Our graduates from both programs continue to find employment in varied settings including outpatient medical facilities, hospitals, government agencies, public and private schools, outpatient rehabilitation facilities, and private practice.

Student Achievement Data

On-time Program Completion Rates

Reporting
Period
(Academic Year)
Speech Language Pathology Audiology
# Completed
within Expected
Tmeframe
% Completed
within Expected
Timeframe
# Completed
within Expected
Timeframe
% Completed
within Expected
Timeframe
2020-2021 24 96% 9 100%
2019-2020 25 100% 9 100%
2018-2019 26 100% 11 100%
2017-2018 21 95% 11 100%
2016-2017 20 100% 11 100%

 

Praxis Pass Rates

Reporting
Period
(Academic Year)
Speech Language Pathology Audiology
# Taking
the Exam
# Passed
the Exam
% Passed
Exam Rate
# Taking
the Exam
# Passed
the Exam
% Passed
Exam Rate
2020-2021 24 24 100% 9 9 100%
2019-2020 25 25 100% 9 9 100%
2018-2019 26 26 100% 11 11 100%
2017-2018 21 21 100% 11 11 100%
2016-2017 20 20 100% 11 10 91%

 

Employment Rates of Graduates

Reporting
Period
(Academic Year)
Speech Language Pathology Audiology
# of Graduates
from Prior Year
% of Graduates
from Prior Year
# of Graduates
from Prior year
% of Graduates
from Prior year
2020-2021 25 100% 9 100%
2019-2020 26 100% 11 100%
2018-2019 21 100% 11 100%
2017-2018 20 100% 11 100%
2016-2017 20 100% 9 100%

 

▼   Accreditation

The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology {residential} at the University of South Alabama is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, (800) 498-2071 or (301) 296-5700.

▼   Frequently Asked Questions

Please see the FAQs for answers to General Admissions and MSSLP Program Questions.