Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communication Disorders

Speech-Language Pathology Concentration

The curriculum for the master's degree in communication disorders with a concentration in speech-language pathology is fully accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) Council on Academic Accreditation. It is designed to provide the academic and clinical preparation necessary for the provision of scientific, competent, and professional services by speech-language pathologists. The curriculum allows the student to meet the academic and clinical requirements for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP). In addition, students enrolled in the master's program in speech and language pathology should be eligible to apply to the Massachusetts Board of Education for licensure as a teacher of the speech, language, and hearing-impaired upon completion of their degree program. 

[Note: To be eligible to participate in an off-campus practicum in a public school in Massachusetts (a requirement for teacher licensure), students are required to take and achieve a passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills Test of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).]

All students must complete the required courses listed below. Students may be waived from one or more of the required courses only if comparable course work has been completed at another institution or previously at this institution. Under no circumstance, however, will a student be permitted to graduate with less than 30 graduate degree credits, as required by the Graduate School of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and/or the necessary distribution of academic course work and clinical practicum experiences to be eligible for certification in speech-language pathology. While all clinical practica must be taken for credit, no more than six credits of clinical practicum may be applied to the minimum 30 credits of graduate course work required for the awarding of the master's degree.

Many of our students are funded through a U.S. DOE personnel preparation grant designed to prepare professionals to work with children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). For more information on the personnel preparation grant, visit www.umass.edu/doegrants/.

Required Courses for Speech-Language Pathology Majors


Elective Courses


Clinical Experience Requirements


Undergraduate Prerequisites


Tuition and fees

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Program Statistics

Current program statistics can be found below:

SLP Program Statistics 2010-13