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. 

Click on this link to view the leveling curriculum guide.

Click on this link to view the graduate curriculum guide.

Admission Requirements for Fall 2021

Perspective students will apply to the graduate school and master’s program via the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS). A complete application for consideration requires the following:
  • Official GRE Score*
    • Official GRE scores (WTAMU will utilize the writing score for the scoring rubric) uploaded in the CSDCAS portal. CSDCAS code is 2876.
  • A statement of purpose of no more than 500 words uploaded in the CSDCAS application*
  • 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
  • $55 application fee paid to the Graduate School if applying after July 31, 2021**

*This year, both the GRE and a statement of purpose are required for the master’s program in communication disorders application. The GRE is the preferred writing assessment for the program. The statement of purpose will not be considered initially unless GRE testing centers across the county are mandated to close.

**The Department of Communication Disorders and the Graduate School are aware of the challenges that the global COVID-19 pandemic has presented to students nationwide. The Graduate School at WTAMU is waiving the application fee for all applicants until January 1st, 2021.

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.

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.
  • 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


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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