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Master of Science (M.S.) Degree

The primary goal of the master's degree program in speech-language pathology is to develop competent, professional practitioners who are prepared to work with other disciplines, make contributions to the field of speech-language pathology, and who are well-grounded in diagnostic and therapeutic skills.  Knowledge of and participation in research is strongly encouraged.

The length of the program may vary depending on the undergraduate background of the student, but the master's degree in speech-language pathology is available with a thesis or non-thesis option.  In addition, enrollment in clinical practicum each semester is required in order to achieve a total of 400 clinical clock hours. Our program is a traditional, campus-based experience. On average, a graduate cohort ranges between 18 - 27 full-time students. 

Click on this link to view the leveling curriculum guide.

Click on this link to view the graduate curriculum guide.

Admission Requirements for the WTAMU Communication Disorders' Graduate Progam

Perspective students are asked to complete the following steps:
2. Pay the CSDCAS application fee
3. Submit the CSDCAS application for WTAMU
4. Further details will be emailed from the WTAMU Graduate School
5. Pay the WTAMU Graduate School fee using the emailed fee link 


A complete application for consideration requires the following:

  • Official GRE Score
    • Official GRE scores can be sent using the CSDCAS code 2876 or directly to WTAMU using code 6938 from ETS.
    • WTAMU will utilize the writing score (1 - 6 for the scoring rubric).
  • 3 letters of professional recommendation uploaded in the CSDCAS application
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions uploaded in the CSDCAS application
  • Texas residency and related questions answered in the CSDCAS application
  • $135 CSDCAS application fee; $55 application fee paid to the WTAMU Graduate School.

The application deadline is January 15th (must have completed application and all materials uploaded). Late materials will not be reviewed, so allow for mailing time. An applicant must have a 3.2 minimum GPA. Note: GPA is calculated from the last 60 hours of Communication Disorder and Related coursework completed (to include, but not limited to sign language, chemistry/physics and statistics). If you are currently leveling, your last 60 hours will be considered. Official transcripts are required, and your GPA will be calculated upon receipt of all transcripts. Interviews may be used for the admission process; however, not all applicants will be interviewed. Interviews will be determined based on the admissions rubric.

Applications cannot be processed until all requirements are met. 

The Department of Communication Disorders admissions policy is that we do not refuse admissions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, veteran's status, or against qualified disabled persons except as provided by law. 

Ongoing Program Requirements

  • Documentation required within the first two weeks of classes:
    • Documented copy of liability insurance.
    • Evidence of a current CPR card.
  • Immunizations:
    • Required—tuberculosis.
    • Strongly recommended—rubella (women only) and hepatitis B.
    • Regarding COVID-19 vaccine: at this time, WTAMU is not requiring this vaccination for acceptance to the program. Lack of vaccination, however, can impact possibilities for clinical practicum.
  • Courses with grades of "C," "D," "F," "I" (incomplete), "IP" or "X" (drop or withdrawal) cannot be used to satisfy requirements for the graduate degree.
  • Certified background check

Completion/Graduation Requirements    

  • Take the Praxis specialty area exam. (ASHA examination; 162 or better is passing.)
  • Students must demonstrate mastery of all learning outcomes that are part of the Knowledge and Skills Acquisition (KASA). The KASA learning outcomes are incorporated into and listed on the syllabi of each graduate course in communication disorders. This requirement helps meet standards of the Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  • Pass comprehensive exams  (Click on this link to see the Graduate Academic Handbook


For more about the profession of speech-language pathology, visit


Thesis and Non-Thesis Options

The master of science degree in communication disorders includes two options.

Thesis Option *

  • CD 6305, 6315, 6320, 6325, 6330, 6335, 6340, 6370, 6375, 6380, 6410, 6450
  • CD 6301, 6302 (thesis).
  • CD 6398, 6399, 6699 (to satisfy 400 clinical clock hours).

Non-Thesis Option *

  • CD 6305, 6315, 6320, 6325, 6330, 6335, 6340, 6370, 6375, 6380, 6410, 6450
  • CD 6398, 6399, 6699 (to satisfy 400 clinical clock hours).

*Additional hours may be required to meet ASHA requirements.

Click on this link to read the graduate course descriptions.

Click on this link to view the Communication Disorder's grievance procedures