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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.

Program Highlights

  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

Deadline to Apply

Refer to the UGA Graduate School deadlines

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Faculty and Curriculum

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.

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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Meet Your Advisor

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Student Life

You will work closely with a faculty advisor to plan late-afternoon or evening meetings for independent studies, to select evening or summer courses, and to design an applied project related to your interests.

Most students continue working full-time while completing the EdS degree.

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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia


  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate School
  2. Test scores (depending on your program)
  3. Unofficial transcripts (native language and English for international applicants)
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Part 2: Apply to this program


In addition to the Graduate School application, students must also submit an application to the department. Please upload the following items into the departmental application:

  1. Statement of purpose: A statement of your professional experience and career goals, not to exceed two single-spaced typed pages
  2. Resumé/vita

The program faculty may request additional materials from applicants. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  2. Statement of purpose (short essay)
  3. Official transcripts
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