Speech Language Pathology - Master of Science (M.S.)

Master of Science (M.S.) - Speech Language Pathology

College of Health

Degree Specific Credits:

  • Thesis Option: 71 total graduate credits (35 graduate program course credits, 30 practicum credits, and a minimum of 6 thesis credits; may require an additional semester).

  • Non-thesis Option: 65-68 total graduate credits (32-35 graduate program course credits, 30 practicum credits, and 3 capstone/portfolio project credits).

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0

Catalog Year: 2022-23

Notes/Description

  • Required Academic Coursework:

    • 35 credits of graduate program courses, a majority of which focus on developmental and acquired communication and swallowing disorders.

    • Either a graduate thesis (6 credits) or graduate non-thesis portfolio project (3 credits option).

    • Some students need to complete multiple undergraduate or Standard IV area requirements (not completed prior to graduate school) such as CSD 450 Introduction to Aural (Ear) Rehab in order to be eligible for ASHA certification or other Standard IV-A courses.

    Required Clinical Education Coursework and Credits

    Clinical education coursework includes (See Clinical Education website):

  • 30 credits of clinical practicum–includes specialty clinics and direct experiences across multiple settings (see clinical education coursework).

  • Working with children and adults with developmental/acquired/swallowing 3 practicum levels that develop clinical skill and competency across multiple sites.

  Graduate students have the opportunity to:

  • Work closely with ASHA-certified faculty/supervisors.

  • Engage in extensive experience and specialized training in various aspects of speech, language, literacy, swallowing, and hearing.

Program Delivery Options

   On-Campus Students

  • Follow a traditional classroom structure by attending courses face-to-face on the UM campus:

    • Practica are completed every semester throughout the graduate program and begin as a clinical practicum in the University of Montana's RiteCare Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic their first semester in the graduate program.

    • Subsequent off-campus practica (typically after the first two semesters of graduate school) take place in off-campus sites (and can be arranged throughout the state and country).

    • Will complete the degree in a minimum of 4 semesters and 1 summer term.

    • Part-time options are available.

   Distance Students

  • Participate synchronously in all academic courses with students on campus via web-broadcasting.

  • Begin clinical practicum at the University of Montana's RiteCare Clinic on the University of Montana campus in the summer term following two semesters of academic study.

  • Practica continue throughout the remainder of the graduate program in off-campus sites (and can be arranged throughout the state and country).

  • Are able to complete the program in a minimum of 4 semesters and 2 summer terms.

Summary

Course Requirement Credits

32-35

Practicum Credits

30

Thesis/Capstone

3-6

Total Hours

65-71


Courses Requirements

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

SLP 520

Speech Sound Disorders

3

SLP 530

Voice & Resonance Disorders

3

SLP 535

Motor Speech Disorders

3

SLP 540

Fluency Disorders

2

SLP 545

Social Communication Skills, Behavior, and Neurodiversity

2

SLP 546

Augmentative & Alternative Communication

1

SLP 550

Language Assessment and Intervention for Children Infants through Preschool

3

SLP 560

Dx /Tx School-Age Lang

3

SLP 565

Aphasia

3

SLP 566

Acquired Cognitive-Communication Disorders

3

SLP 570

Clinic Proc/Pro Pract I

1

SLP 571

Found Applied Clinic Srv/Lrn

3

SLP 575

Advanced Clinic Proc II

1

SLP 576

Advanced Applied Clinic II

12

SLP 591

Special Topics

1-6

SLP 600

Research Methods

3

SLP 640

Swallowing Disorders

3

SLP 675

Clinical Ext/ Adv Practicum

12

SLP 588

or SLP 599

MS Capstone Portfolio

or MS Thesis

3-6

SLP 599

Thesis

6

Total Hours

65-71

Minimum Required Grade: C