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.

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.

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Accreditation

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.

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.

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

Called to minister

Be a part of something bigger with us here at ACU. 

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 recommendation letters must come from professionals in the field and relate to the applicant's potential academic success;
  • A 500-750 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 January 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.

Degree Details


Required Hours

Credit hours: 52

Current tuition per credit hour: $1,105

Program length: 2 years


Example Coursework

Language Disorders in Children

Motor Speech Disorders

Special Problems in Speech Pathology and Audiology


Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders


Application Deadlines

Fall: January 15