What will I learn?

A master’s degree in speech-language pathology is required for Texas licensure and for the Certificate of Clinical Competency by the American Speech Language Hearing Association. Upon completion of the master’s degree, the student must complete a clinical fellowship and pass a national examination to receive licensure and certification.

The Master of Science program in speech-language pathology consists of a minimum of 57 semester hours, which must include the following:

a minimum of 400 clinical practicum hours

twenty-five hours must be spent in clinical observation, which should be obtained at the undergraduate level
and 375 hours must be spent in direct client contact.

The observation and direct client contact hours must be within the scope of practice in speech-language pathology. Clinical contact hours are obtained by registering for SPH 504 six times throughout graduate studies.

All post-baccalaureate students with an undergraduate degree in other fields who are interested in the master’s degree in speech-language pathology must first complete prerequisite leveling courses from the bachelor’s degree curriculum (CSD 200, CSD 210, CSD 220, CSD 23, CSD 240, CSD 300, CSD 310, CSD 320, CSD 330, CSD 410, CSD 420 and CSD 430).

SPH 500 - Aphasia Credit(s): 3
SPH 501 - Phonological Disorders Credit(s): 3
SPH 502 - Fluency Disorders Credit(s): 3
SPH 504 - Clinical Practicum: Speech Language Pathology Credit(s): 3
SPH 505 - Language Disorders and Augmentative and Alternative Communication Credit(s): 3
SPH 506 - Dysphagia Credit(s): 3
SPH 507 - Speech Science Credit(s): 3
SPH 508 - Neuropathologies of Speech Credit(s): 3
SPH 509 - Seminar: Research In Speech-Language Pathology Credit(s): 3
SPH 510 - Special Studies In Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Credit(s): 3
SPH 511 - Advanced Audiology Credit(s): 3
SPH 512 - Voice Disorders and Craniofacial Anomalies Credit(s): 3
EPS 550 - Research Methods Credit(s): 3

Which department am I in?

James I. Perkins College of Education

Study options

Full Time (Minimum Total Hours: 57)

Tuition fees
US$14,562.00 per year
Start date

Expected July 2022


James I. Perkins College of Education

1936 North Street,



75965, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To apply for a master’s degree program at SFA, you must meet one of the following requirements: Be in your final year of undergraduate work; Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Generally, all applicants must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and a 2.8 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.

For international students

Bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders or equivalent (leveling coursework)

Composite factor of at least 865 obtained by multiplying the combined verbal and quantitative GRE scores with the GPA of the last 60 undergraduate hours

You must score at least a 79 on the TOEFL, 6.5 on the IELTS, or 53 on the PTE.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.