Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

General Information

SPA student with childThe 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

SPA students working in classroom 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)

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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) submit a second set of official transcripts and application fee to the department. Please send your GRE scores to the University of South Alabama, school code 1880. (There is no department code.)

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. (Make checks payable to the University of South Alabama.) 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, January 15.

Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions

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


The master's program (Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology) education program in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of South Alabama 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, Maryland 20850, (800) 498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

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