Master of Science in
Speech-
Language Pathology

With more than 40 million people in the U.S. impacted by some type of communication disorder, the demand is great for compassionate, skilled Christian professionals who are equipped to serve their needs. ACU’s Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology is a nationally recognized two-year professional program with competitive admission and exceptional outcomes.

With more than 40 million people in the U.S. impacted by some type of communication disorder, the demand is great for compassionate, skilled Christian professionals who are equipped to serve their needs. ACU’s Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology is a nationally recognized two-year professional program with competitive admission and exceptional outcomes.

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What You Can Expect

Our faculty is dedicated to helping you meet your academic goals within a distinctly Christ-centered environment. The rigorous coursework and clinical experience will prepare you to become a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. Multilingual students may increase their marketability by participating in the Bilingual Emphasis Program within the degree. With our graduates experiencing a 100% employment rate within a year of graduation, you’ll find no better place to earn your master’s degree.

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology education program in speech-language pathology at Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

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Campus Choices: Abilene or Dallas

 

The degree is offered at the main campus in Abilene and at the branch campus in Addison, Texas, in the Dallas metropolitan area.

  • Abilene students attend classes in a traditional campus setting and participate in clinical placements within the Abilene area, which includes an on-campus clinic.
  • Dallas students attend classes at the Addison campus and participate in clinical experiences within the many communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area.
  • Students are not required to travel between campuses.

Campus preference is indicated in the CSDCAS application process.

No undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders? All students who begin a program of graduate study must have completed leveling coursework at an accredited university. ACU offers this coursework in a traditional, face-to-face format at the Abilene campus. Learn more about our leveling program.

Program Structure

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

These are the important details you will need to keep in mind as you prepare your application and degree plan.

Required Hours

Required hours: 52
2021/2022 tuition per credit hour: $1,105

Program length: 5 semesters

Example Coursework

Motor Speech Disorders/AAC
Dysphagia (Swallowing)
Speech Sound Disorders
Diagnostic/Therapeutic Theory
Aphasia

Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Application Deadlines

Fall start: Feb. 1

Student Opportunities

As a graduate student in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders:

  • You will be part of a small cohort of 23 to 30 students.
  • You will receive one-on-one mentoring from faculty mentors who are themselves experienced clinicians who view the field as a ministry, not just a job.
  • You will be immersed in a collaborative atmosphere that encourages teamwork.
  • Our state-of-the-art on-campus clinic provides a real-world environment as you learn to diagnose and treat a variety of communication disorders.
  • You will experience up to five clinical practicums with two modeling full-time employment in clinical placements across the country during your summer and final semester placements.
  • You will have the opportunity to receive specialized training to become a bilingual speech-language pathologist.
  • You will graduate from a program that demonstrates exceptional student outcomes.
  • You will be known and individually prayed for by the faculty and staff.

Career and Outcomes

As a graduate of ACU’s master’s program, you will be prepared to meet the certification requirements established by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to practice as a speech language pathologist in the United States. SLPs also must be licensed to practice in the states in which they reside and work. Our program prepares you for licensure in all 50 states.   

ACU enjoys a high success rate for graduates taking the national examination for certification, and a 100% employment rate for graduates completing the program over the last three years. View our student outcome data here.

  • A bachelors degree in CSD or completion of a leveling program prior to beginning the graduate program;
  • Complete the online application through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS);
  • Pay the $65 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 GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • A minimum GRE score of 288 (combined verbal and quantitative). Use Institution Code 1778;
  • Three letters of recommendation; At least two of the recommendations must come from professors/faculty in the field and relate to the applicant’s potential academic success. Applicants who have worked in a full-time capacity may utilize their supervisor for one of these recommendations;
  • A 300-500 word personal essay (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 February 1 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 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. Please note: International students can apply to the Abilene campus only and are not considered for admission to the Dallas campus. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, reach out to us at gradinfo@acu.edu.


Accreditation

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology education program in speech-language pathology at Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

ACU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ACU.