Master's Program Overview

Study and training in a full range of evaluation and remediation techniques are integral parts of the curriculum. Closely allied to the speech language pathology curriculum are the fields of speech science, neurolinguistics, and normal child speech and language acquisition. Additional areas of study within the CSD Department are in the area of bilingual speech language pathology and family-focused treatment.

Students must complete at least 20 hours of core courses, six hours of electives and thesis (six hours). Students can choose to complete twelve hours of electives, when a thesis is not selected.  In addition, students must enroll in clinical practicum training for 20+ semester hours in order to be eligible for clinical certification through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

All SLP Master's students seeking certification take a set of required courses that ensure competencies in a wide variety of professional areas, as required for the current Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology standards for certification.

A total of 32 credits of academic coursework plus 20+ credits of clinical practicum over two years are required for the completion of the M.A. Additional hours may be required by the program in order to meet ASHA guidelines.

Student Handbook


A special feature of the SLP program is the Advising Team concept. Beginning with the orientation for new graduate students held prior to the start of each Fall semester, each graduate student is advised on a regular basis by the Graduate Advisor and the Clinical Coordinator working together within the student's specialty area. Together with the Graduate Program Coordinator, this mentoring team assists the student with course selection and registration for the following semesters and helps to coordinate course work and practicum experiences so that the student derives maximum benefit from his or her experience in the program. A student handbook for graduate students in CSD is given to all new students. Periodically, the Department Chair and the Graduate Advisor meet with the entire group of M.A. students for question/answer and feedback sessions.


Students engage in elective coursework to enables them to investigate topics of special interest more deeply or to broaden their expertise. One area of specialization within the department is bilingualism via the bilingual/multicultural certificate. Other areas of specialization may be designed using elective options.

Proficiency in English/other languages

Services and training are provided in English and Spanish (for the M.A. bilingual certificate program). The graduate school requires submission of TOEFL scores from all students coming from countries where English is not the only official language as noted under the admissions requirements. Clinical students’ whose English skills might interfere with their ability to provide clinical services are able to access accent modification services at no charge by the UT Speech and Hearing Center. To support student success additional observation time and assisting opportunities are provided. Coursework focuses primarily on the skills needed to provide clinical services in English.

Pre-Requisites Policy

Competitive applicants to the MA program in Speech Language Pathology at UT Austin, will have completed
a) at least 24 of the 36 required hours of prerequisite coursework OR
b) coursework equivalents from other universities before entry into the graduate program.

In addition, to be eligible to begin clinical practicum in the first semester of graduate study CSD 367K (Topics in CSD) or CSD 371 (Introduction to Speech and Language Disorders Assessment and Treatment in Adults) or the equivalent must be completed prior entry into the graduate program. All remaining pre-requisite coursework must be completed in the first two semesters of graduate study at UT Austin. Completion of the needed prerequisite coursework during the graduate program may extend a student’s work program to three years.

3-Year Combined Master’s Program in Speech-Language Pathology

Each year the program will admit up to 5 students into the 3-year combined MA-SLP program who have fewer than 24 of the 36 hours of prerequisite coursework. This 3-year option may be a good fit for students from related fields (e.g., psychology, linguistics, special education, anthropology, human development) AND who have had clinical, teaching, or research experience with adults or children who have communication impairment. The application process is the same. Students applying under this option are admitted to the UT Austin graduate program and the period of study will be extended two to three semesters beyond the usual five to six semester for students entering the program with prerequisite coursework completed. The graduate and undergraduate academic advisors will serve as the student’s co-advisors during the first year to plan and monitor the student’s program of study. The course plan will be individualized depending on student background and preparation for graduate courses and prerequisites needed.

Non-certification Options

Master’s programs for students not seeking certification are typically more focused on research and are individually tailored to meet students’ needs and interests. Typically student seeking non-certification options have interest in the following areas:
SPEECH AND HEARING SCIENCE. Students in speech and hearing science follow a broad, research-oriented program of study that is not designed to lead to professional certification.
AUDIOLOGY. All students in audiology complete the same set of core courses and basic clinical practicum. Students may choose from a set of electives based upon their specific interests. The program of study is not designed to lead to professional certification. Students who are interested in professional certification in audiology should consider the Doctor of Audiology.

The Graduate Program Coordinator can provide more information about such interests.

NSSLHA at UT Austin

We are the National Student Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) chapter at the University of Texas at Austin. We are future speech pathologists, audiologists, and deaf education specialists. We host many speakers from the field who come and talk about their experiences and provide insight about our future professions. Additionally, we participate in community service and fundraisers to help benefit clinics around Austin. And of course, we get together for social events and have lots of fun! Interested?