Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Admission Requirements

Please see the admissions section of this catalog for university admission requirements.  In addition to those general requirements, the Speech-Language Pathology Program requires the following (visit the Communication Sciences and Disorders website for details):

  1. A one-page personal letter of intent responding to the venue prompt
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional work
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (no minimum score required; applicants should have a competitive score)
  4. An official transcript from each university attended (sent to TWU Admissions Processing).

In addition, applicants for the distance venue must attend an Information Meeting prior to applying and submit additional materials with their application that are provided in these Information Meetings.

Please refer to the department's website for complete instructions on how to apply to each venue.

Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or better for the last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate work OR for their last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate work plus any post baccalaureate or graduate semester credit hours.

Before beginning the graduate SLP program, students must also have completed:

  1. An undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology or pre-master's leveling courses
  2. 25 hours of university directed observation (can be earned at TWU after acceptance to the SLP program through COMS 4303)
  3. Four classes for the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) prerequisite courses: one class in each of the following that is not a Communication Sciences course:

  • biological science
  • physics or chemistry
  • social/behavioral science
  • stand-alone course in statistics

Additional Program Requirements:

Immunizations:  Speech Language Pathology is a health care field. Each student must submit documentation that all required immunizations are current to Student Health Services at Texas Woman’s University after admittance and prior to attendance in any clinical experience.  Immunizations must remain current throughout enrollment. Students who are out of compliance will be unable to participate in required externships, clinical rotations or client interactions on campus which may result in a delay or halt of academic progression.

Background CheckA background check is required prior to any clinical experience and is provided by TWU upon entrance to the program.  Some externship sites require an additional background check which the student will complete at their expense. Instructions for completing this requirement are provided during clinic orientation. Non-clearance of a background check could result in a delay or halt of academic progression.

Drug ScreeningParticipation in some externship sites requires students to submit to drug screens. Drug screening is conducted via a designated third party and is done at the student's expense. Any student with a non-negative drug screen result or who refuses the test will be dismissed from the SLP master's program. 

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training (CPR):  Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association is required of all students in preparation for the requirements of clinical rotations.  This training is at the student's expense. Instructions for completing this requirement are provided after program admission.

Health InsuranceMany practicum sites require the student to have health insurance coverage.  Documentation must be provided to the clinical site.

Speech-Language Pathology Program Requirements for a Master’s Degree

  1. A minimum of 43 academic semester credit hours plus six successful semesters (18 semester credit hours) of clinical practicum (including opportunities in TWU clinics) are required for those seeking a graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Those individuals seeking a degree with an undergraduate major other than Communication Sciences may be required to take additional semester credit hours.
  2. All students must successfully complete a Comprehensive Exam for degree completion and graduation.

Speech-Language Pathology Program Retention Requirements

Students receiving a grade of C or lower in one graduate course must retake the course and earn a grade of B or better in order to successfully complete the master’s program. Students must not receive more than one C (or lower) in graduate coursework. Students receiving two C grades or lower, in the same or different courses/practica, will be dismissed from the program. Students must also maintain professional and academic integrity at all times and must abide by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), university, college, and department codes of ethics/conduct and policies and procedures while in the program.

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Program of Study (61-62 semester credit hours)

Required Academic Courses
COMS 5003Research in Communication Sciences3
COMS 5011Ethics and Clinical Procedures1
COMS 5012Aural Habilitation2
COMS 5521Contemporary Issues in Communication Disorders1
COMS 5211Counseling in a Cross-Cultural Society1
COMS 5232Language Disorders in Preschool Children2
COMS 5333Assessment and Diagnosis of Communication Disorders3
COMS 5353Adult Dysphagia3
COMS 5421Pediatric Motor Speech Disorders1
COMS 5423Augmentative and Alternative Communication3
COMS 5452Pediatric Dysphagia2
COMS 5483Neuronal Pathways of Communication3
COMS 5523Speech and Hearing Science3
COMS 5542Fluency Disorders2
COMS 5553Speech Sound Disorders3
COMS 5583Seminar in Neurological Disorders3
COMS 5603Language Disorders in School-Age Children3
COMS 5722Voice and Resonance Disorders2
Required Clinical Practicum
COMS 5413Clinical Practicum (to be taken 6 times)18
Electives
Select 2-3 semester credit hours from the following:2-3
Family-Centered Early Education for Children Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: Relevance to Communication Disorders
Advanced Neurological Disorders
Total SCHs61-62

Example SLP Plan of Study – On-Campus Venue (Fall start)

First Year
FallTCCNSCHs
COMS 5483Neuronal Pathways of Communication 3
COMS 5603Language Disorders in School-Age Children 3
COMS 5333Assessment and Diagnosis of Communication Disorders 3
COMS 5011Ethics and Clinical Procedures 1
COMS 5413Clinical Practicum 3
 SCHs 13
SpringTCCN
COMS 5583Seminar in Neurological Disorders 3
COMS 5553Speech Sound Disorders 3
COMS 5353Adult Dysphagia 3
COMS 5443Clinical Externship 3
 SCHs 12
SummerTCCN
(Students choose from academic course options during each summer semester based on their interests; this is an example only.) 
COMS 5452Pediatric Dysphagia 2
COMS 5012Aural Habilitation 2
COMS 5682 (elective) (required for Stroke center practicum)Advanced Neurological Disorders 2
COMS 5443Clinical Externship 3
 SCHs 9
Second Year
FallTCCN
COMS 5003Research in Communication Sciences 3
COMS 5523Speech and Hearing Science 3
COMS 5423Augmentative and Alternative Communication 3
COMS 5413Clinical Practicum 3
 SCHs 12
SpringTCCN
COMS 5521Contemporary Issues in Communication Disorders 1
COMS 5542Fluency Disorders 2
COMS 5722Voice and Resonance Disorders 2
COMS 5421Pediatric Motor Speech Disorders 1
COMS 5443Clinical Externship 3
 SCHs 9
SummerTCCN
(Students choose from academic course options during each summer semester based on their interests; this is an example only.) 
COMPREHENSIVE EXAMS 
COMS 5211Counseling in a Cross-Cultural Society 1
COMS 5232Language Disorders in Preschool Children 2
COMS 5473Advanced Clinical Externship 3
 SCHs 6
 Total SCHs:  61

Example SLP Plan of Study – Distance Venue (Summer start)

First Year
Summer 1TCCNSCHs
COMS 5333Assessment and Diagnosis of Communication Disorders 3
COMS 5553Speech Sound Disorders 3
COMS 5011Ethics and Clinical Procedures 1
COMS 5222 (elective)Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: Relevance to Communication Disorders 2
 SCHs 9
Fall 1TCCN
COMS 5603Language Disorders in School-Age Children 3
COMS 5483Neuronal Pathways of Communication 3
COMS 5443Clinical Externship 3
 SCHs 9
Spring 1TCCN
COMS 5583Seminar in Neurological Disorders 3
COMS 5353Adult Dysphagia 3
COMS 5443Clinical Externship 3
 SCHs 9
Second Year
Summer 2TCCN
COMS 5211Counseling in a Cross-Cultural Society 1
COMS 5542Fluency Disorders 2
COMS 5232Language Disorders in Preschool Children 2
COMS 5443Clinical Externship 3
 SCHs 8
Fall 2TCCN
COMS 5523Speech and Hearing Science 3
COMS 5421Pediatric Motor Speech Disorders 1
COMS 5012Aural Habilitation 2
COMS 5443Clinical Externship 3
 SCHs 9
Spring 2TCCN
COMPREHENSIVE EXAMS 
COMS 5003Research in Communication Sciences 3
COMS 5423Augmentative and Alternative Communication 3
COMS 5443Clinical Externship 3
 SCHs 9
Third Year
Summer 3TCCN
COMS 5521Contemporary Issues in Communication Disorders 1
COMS 5722Voice and Resonance Disorders 2
COMS 5452Pediatric Dysphagia 2
COMS 5473Advanced Clinical Externship 3
 SCHs 8
 Total SCHs:  61