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MS in Speech-Language Pathology

Give people a voice.

The Speech-Language Pathology degree at ACU is a nationally recognized program with competitive admission.

The mission of our program is to equip students with the knowledge and skills in speech-language pathology for ministry to individuals with communication disorders through a Christian world view. View our entire strategic plan here.

98% of students completing the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at ACU from 2014 through 2016 completed within the expected time frame for this degree.

98% of students taking the praxis exam from 2014 through 2016 passed the exam.

100% of students who graduated between 2014 and 2016 were employed within one year of graduation. View more student outcome data here. 

The master's education program in speech-language pathology at Abilene Christian University is accredited 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, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Want to be a part of this rewarding profession? Apply now or request more information.

Program Overview

Credit hours 52
Degree Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
Program length 2 years
Tracks/Concentrations N/A


You will take courses such as:

  • Language Disorders in Children
  • Motor Speech Disorders
  • Special Problems in Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Seminar in Speech Pathology: Professional Ethics
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Admission requirements:

  • Complete the online application through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) Use Institution Code 1778;
  • Pay the $50 application fee;
  • An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent;
  • A cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA;
  • A minimum GRE score of 288 (combined verbal and quantitative);
  • Three letters of recommendation; At least two of the recommendation letters must come from professionals in the field and relate to the applicant's potential academic success;
  • A two-page writing sample (prompt in the CSDCAS application);
  • A current résumé that includes information regarding: college education and activities to date, employment to date, and community/church involvement. High school activities should not be included;
  • A two-year commitment is required. All application materials must be received by the preceding Janurary 15 for the fall semester. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. When all the required materials are assembled, the application will be reviewed by the CSD faculty. A personal interview may be required. If an interview is requested, additional information as to the nature of the interview will be provided at that time.

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Admissions Committee makes holistic judgments based on the evaluation of an applicant’s ability and readiness for graduate work. In conjunction with the Graduate School, the committee may recommend conditional admission for an applicant who does not meet all admission criteria.

The faculty has adopted this list of essential skills and functions for students. These are mandatory for completion of the training program.

Follow these links for more information about our leveling program and international admissions. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, reach out to us at gradinfo@acu.edu.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.