Students typically take 12-15 credit hours each long semester (coursework plus clinical practicum for SLP students) and (coursework plus clinical practicum for AuD students). In terms of the weekly time commitment, being a graduate student in this program is essentially the equivalent of a full-time job. Students normally take courses and/or continue practicum in the summer sessions.
In response to changes in the ASHA certification standards (the new Knowledge and Skills Assessment–KASA–framework), we have restructured the curriculum to provide a set of core "foundations" courses, with comprehensive coverage of the field. These are supplemented by elective course work, enabling a student to go more deeply into topics of special interest or to broaden his or her expertise. Specialization is still possible, and it is encouraged. But it is done on a more individual basis with more flexibility than was possible before.