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Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

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Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology


The Auburn University at Montgomery Department of Communication Disorders offers a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP).

Speech-Language Pathologists work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.

The Department’s vision is to develop a distinguished, sustainable speech-language pathology graduate program preparing graduates for licensure and certification, providing excellence in clinical service, becoming an indispensable community partner contributing to the health and well-being of citizens across the Alabama Southeast region and beyond.

This is an online program that strives to foster an innovative, intellectually stimulating student-centered learning environment, both academically and clinically, founded upon active learning, critical thinking, problem-solving, self-analysis, research-based discovery, the highest ethical and professional standards, accountability, community engagement, commitment to social justice, diversity and global awareness, and commitment to evidence-based life-long learning. The Program is committed to providing excellence in academic and clinical education to prepare students to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

  • Hold an earned Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders or related field
  • Apply to AUM send Official Transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA and 3.0 GPA in CMDS coursework
  • GRE Score of 290 preferred
  • A personal interview
  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement

Those who have and communication sciences courses including: anatomy and physiology of speech, language, and hearing; phonetics, speech and hearing science; language acquisition and development; audiology; and neurological bases of speech, language, and hearing.

For those students holding degrees in an unrelated field. The following “leveling” courses must be completed.

  • Speech and Hearing Science
  • Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • Language Development
  • Phonetics
  • Neurological Basis for Speech Language and Hearing
  • Introduction to Audiology
  • 25 Hours of Observation

In the case of students completing the leveling courses, one additional year will be added to the length of the program. Once all leveling courses have been successfully completed and observation hours obtained, the student may begin the tracked curriculum for the MS-SLP program.

Students enrolled in the program must obtain minimum of 400 clock hours in direct patient contact. These hours are obtained in a variety of settings and across diverse populations and varied differences/disorders/delays.

For those students who are employed as speech-language pathology assistants, it may be possible to earn clock hours with appropriately documented supervision on the job, in cooperation with the MS-SLP program.

For those students employed full-time in non-speech related positions, it may be necessary to take a leave of absence from work, in order to earn the full 400 clock hours required. If that is not possible, graduation may be delayed to allow for completion of clock hours during the summer following completion of academic curriculum.

The Master of Science (MS) education program in speech-language pathology, distance education, at Auburn University at Montgomery is a Candidate for Accreditation 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, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Candidacy is a “preaccreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of 5 years.

Complaints against graduate programs accredited by The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association can be made by following the procedures and guidelines described in the Accreditation Handbook.

Complaints should be submitted to the following address:
Chair, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard, #310
Rockville, MD 28050

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Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth

“Excellent job opportunities in speech-language pathology are expected to grow by 25 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. As a result of the growth, approximately 40,500 speech-language pathology jobs will be available over the 10-year period.”

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Career/Job TitleEntry-Level Education RequirementsMedian Pay in Alabama
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)Bachelor’s degree$47,556
Speech-Language PathologistMaster’s degree$79,927

Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Available data represents job titles across industries and may not be specific to your job category.

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Official Degree Name

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology


Classes in this degree program are available in an Online format. Students in these courses will connect virtually to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tooks. Students will participate in an On-Site Orientation for two (2 weeks) and Comprehensive Finals will be given on-site. Be sure to check with your advisor if you have any questions regarding online studies.

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