Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

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

The program prepares students for careers as speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in health care and educational settings. ACU enjoys a high success rate for graduates taking the national examination for certification, and a high employment rate for graduates completing the program. View our student outcome data here.

The Masters program in Speech-Language Pathology prepares students to meet the certification requirements, established by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association,  in order to practice as SLPs in the United States.  Speech-language pathologists are also required to be licensed to practice in the states in which they reside and work.   Educational requirements for licensure vary by state. To obtain information on how the ACU Speech Pathology program prepares you for licensure, click here.

This program is offered at the main campus in Abilene and the satellite/branch campus located in Addison, Texas. Abilene students attend classes at the Abilene campus and participate in clinical placements within the Abilene area. Dallas students attend classes at the Addison campus and participate in clinical experiences within the many communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. Both Abilene and Dallas students may have an opportunity to participate in clinical externships across the country in their summer and final clinical placements. Students are not required to travel between the two campuses. All students must apply through the CSDCAS portal and are encouraged to indicate a preference of campus during the application process.

Our faculty are dedicated to providing instruction and clinical education/supervision throughout the two-year program. Contact us to learn more about our bilingual track, unique mentorship program, and experienced faculty.

Interested in our MSLP Leveling program? If so, please do not fill out a CSDAS application. Instead, please fill out our regular graduate application here.

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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. 

Students who complete our program also have impressive post-graduation success rates. Learn more about our Student Outcome Data for our Abilene and Dallas campuses through the link below.

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 (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

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At ACU, you’ll receive a top notch education from faculty that have significant experience in the field and feel called to teaching and training speech pathologists. We believe that Speech-Language Pathology can be your profession and your ministry.

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Admission requirements:

  •  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 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. 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

Degree Details

Required Hours

Program length: 2 years

Credit hours: 52

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

Example Coursework

Language Disorders in Children

Motor Speech Disorders

Special Problems in Speech Pathology and Audiology


Communication Sciences and Disorders

Application Deadlines

Fall: February 1