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If you are a speech-language pathologist with a master's degree, our EdS in Communication Sciences and Disorders allows you to upgrade your professional skills.

You will take courses and have independent study experiences in speech-language pathology and in other areas that suit your needs, such as literacy, school administration, and counseling. We require our applicants to have completed three years of post-master's-degree experience before entering the program.


  1. Tailor your coursework to reflect your interests and goals
  2. For SLPs with at least three years of professional experience following a master's degree
  3. Upgrade your certificate
  4. Funding available through the PIPs Project


This 30-semester-hour program is designed with your career goals in mind, using a flexible three-category framework.

  1. Required coursework in research methods and an applied project
  2. Courses in speech-language pathology
  3. One category satisfied from a variety of areas, such as:
  • Leadership, administration, or supervision
  • Special education
  • Literacy/reading, language education, or educational psychology
  • Autism or autism spectrum disorders

Coursework for the specialist degree may include regularly scheduled courses, independent study or directed reading, or an appropriate combination, as determined between you and your faculty advisor.

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Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.


Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

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Part 2: Apply to the EdS in Education (Communication Sciences and Disorders)

Admission procedures require:

  • A master's degree in speech-language pathology or a related field
  • At least three years working experience since the master's degree was awarded
  • Submission of all application materials

Initial Admission Requirements

While completing the Graduate School application, please be sure to attach the following required materials for Communication Sciences and Disorders:

  1. Official GRE scores
  2. Unofficial transcripts
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Statement of purpose
    A statement of your professional experience and career goals, not to exceed two single-spaced typed pages.
  5. Resume/CV


Potential students who are interested in participating in the PIPs Project, a joint effort between the Communication Sciences and Disorders program and the Special Education B-K program that provides interdisciplinary training to support young children with high intensity needs across a variety of settings, can apply for funding.

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Final Admission Requirements

Interviews: After completing the initial admission requirements (see above), the applicant will be contacted by the department with names of potential faculty members with whom they may interview. An interview is required and it is the applicant's responsibility to schedule interviews.

Admissions decisions will be based on the faculty's evaluation of undergraduate and graduate GPA, GRE (and TOEFL where relevant) scores, quality of essay, letters of recommendations, resumé, and interview(s).

The program faculty will review applications on an ongoing basis. Final acceptance into the program requires agreement by a faculty member to be the applicant's major professor.

Deadline to Apply

  • Refer to the UGA Graduate School deadlines

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Additional Resources

Please use our online form if you have any questions for the department. Please be as specific as possible so that we may quickly assist you.

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Meet Your Advisor

A close working relationship with your advisor is key as you progress through your program of study. Please note that most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Student Life

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