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MA IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY

Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and provide treatment for communication and swallowing functions and disorders. These services are provided to the following individuals:

  • across the entire age span from birth through adulthood;
  • from diverse language, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; and
  • who may have multiple disabilities.

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Speech-Language Pathology provides an academic and clinical foundation for professionals providing services to children and adults with communication impairments. It qualifies graduates for certification and licensure in the profession of speech-language pathology.

The mission of the Master of Arts program in Speech-Language Pathology is to provide best-practice education for individuals seeking academic and clinical preparation for the professional practice degree in speech-language pathology.

Please see our program accreditation statement at https://alliedhealth.ouhsc.edu/Prospective-Students/Academic-Programs/MA-in-Speech-Language-Pathology#13836164-accreditation

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Speech-language pathologists hold either a master's or doctoral degree, the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and where applicable, state licensure. They manage and supervise speech-language pathology programs, counsel individuals about normal and disordered communication, provide preventative, consultative, and referral services, and facilitate the development and maintenance of human communication and swallowing.

If you would like to explore speech-language pathology further, please view the following additional resources:

2022-2023 Application deadline

CAS+OUHSC Final Deadline: February 1

Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology (MA SLP) program at OUHSC has joined Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). Applicants must complete both the CSDCAS application and the OUHSC application. ALL official, sealed transcripts and scores must be sent to CSDCAS and entered through the CSDCAS online system. To be considered for admission to the master's program in Speech-Language Pathology, the applicant must: 

  1. Complete a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. If the baccalaureate degree is in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), then admitted students will follow a five-semester regular entry curriculum. If the baccalaureate degree is not in CSD, admitted students will follow a seven-semester lateral entry curriculum;
    1. It is recommended that applicants complete course work in 1) Biology, 2) Physics or Chemistry, 3) Behavioral or Social Science, and 4) Statistics either before beginning the graduate curriculum or during the first year of this professional degree program.  These courses support the successful completion of graduate coursework and are required for national certification as a speech-language pathologist.
  2. Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on the last 60 hours of coursework applied to the degree or a 3.0 GPA on graded graduate coursework of 12 or more hours. Courses taken during the spring 2020 semester may have a “P” for passing or “S” for satisfactory due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that the required 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours of coursework applied to the degree or 3.0 GPA on graded graduate coursework of 12 or more hours still applies. The College of Allied Health does not recognize academic forgiveness or reprieve policies. All attempts of a course are included in the calculation of GPAs;
  3. Submit official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended and non-refundable application fees;
  4. Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (the General Test) before the application deadline date. GRE scores must be no more than five years old at the time of application. The CSDCAS OUHSC institution code for the GRE is 3549
  5. Three evaluations (also called letters of recommendation) communicating the abilities of the applicant’s success in graduate school submitted through the CSDCAS application process; 
  6. Students for whom English is a second language must earn a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based) within two years prior to application on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The CSDCAS OUHSC institution code for the TOEFL is C122
  7. All international/Non-US Citizen applicants are required to have all transcripts/mark sheets from foreign institutions evaluated by World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE); and
  8. Submit a completed online OUHSC application and CSDCAS application, including all required materials. The application deadline is February 1 for Fall admission. All official, sealed transcripts, the CSDCAS application and fee must be received by the application deadline. Late transcripts may result in an automatic denial. 

Note: If you plan on applying to the program this year, submit an official, sealed transcript from every institution attended AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to CSDCAS to ensure that we receive the transcripts by the application deadline. Transcripts take time to process from one institution to another; therefore, order your transcripts ASAP! Once your fall grades have been posted, you can updated your CSDCAS application through the Academic Update process.

2022-2023 Application deadline

CAS+OUHSC final deadline: February 1

Applicants are required to complete application through CSDCAS and a supplemental application to the Graduate College through OUHSC. Your application will not be considered unless both applications are complete and application fees are paid. The application cycle for the CSDCAS is available to begin entering data as early as August 1. Learn more about CSDCAS on their website.

  • Start the CSDCAS application and write down your CSDCAS ID.
  • Start the OUHSC application, write down your OU application ID, and complete your OU application. Instructions on completing the OUHSC application can be found here.
  • Complete your CSDCAS application. The OU application ID is necessary to complete the CSDCAS application.
  • Completed applications will be reviewed immediately after the deadline.
  • Notification of Acceptance: An electronic letter of acceptance, alternate status, or denial to the program will be made in March. If notification is not received by May 1, please contact the department. Alternates will be selected for admission according to the ranking. Alternates may be admitted up to the first day of classes for the fall semester if all positions have not been filled. 
  • Students accepted for admission to the MA Speech-Language Pathology program are required to confirm their intention to enroll by paying a non-refundable deposit on enrollment. The deposit is applied toward tuition and fees during the first term.

All application materials are due Feb 1:

  • CSDCAS application (and fee), including a personal essay
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Official GRE scores (code 3549)
  • Three letters of evaluation/recommendation
  • OUHSC application (and fee)
  • All international/Non-US citizen applicants are required to have all transcripts from foreign institutions evaluated by World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
  • TOEFL score is required for applicants for whom English is a second language (CSDCAS code C122)

Students may expect additional costs that include, but are not limited to, a personal computer, textbooks, lab fees, insurance, and supplies. Students are required to assume financial responsibilities for expenses associated with clinical requirements. For financial aid information, contact the Financial Aid Office at (405) 271-2118.


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The Master of Arts (M.A.) education program in speech-language pathology (residential), at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center 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.

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology awarded the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Speech-Language Pathology Program accreditation for eight years beginning March 1, 2017 through February 28, 2025.

Year 1

Fall Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Phonological Disorders CSD 5313 3
Autism Spectrum Disorders CSD 5143 3
Language Assessment and Remediation of Preschool Children CSD 5483 3
Fluency* CSD 5463 3
Practicum CSD 5510 1
Seminar in Medical SLP CSD 5530 2


Spring Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Research Foundations CSD 5133 3
Voice Disorders** CSD 5543 3
Dysphagia CSD 5572 2
Adult Neurolinguistic Disorders CSD 5453 3
Language Assessment and Remediation of School-Age Children CSD 5473 3
Practicum CSD 5510 1


Summer Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Diagnostic and Instructional Procedures CSD 5523 3
Orofacial Anomalies CSD 5403 3
Practicum CSD 5510 1
Seminar - Forum CSD 5530 1


Year 2

Fall Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Practicum CSD 5510 6
Seminar - Forum CSD 5530 1
TBI/RHI CSD 5553 3

 

Spring Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Neuropathologies of Speech CSD 5423 3
Practicum CSD 5510 6
Seminar - Forum CSD 5530 1

 Last updated: August 3, 2021

 Curriculum Notes

*If a student has not had Fluency, they will take it this semester.
**If a student has not had Neuro Bases, they will take it this semester and take Voice Disorders in the last semester of coursework. 

Comprehensive Exam
Course Descriptions

Students who do not have a CSD background must complete an additional 28 hours of coursework. Click here to view courses.

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Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
College of Allied Health
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
1200 N Stonewall Avenue, Room 3091
Oklahoma City, OK  73117-1215

Jennifer Thompson Tetnowski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor
Speech-Language Pathology Section Coordinator
Phone: (405) 271-4214 Ext. 46078
Email Dr. Tetnowski

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