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Prepare for a career as a speech-language pathologist in a school, hospital, private practice, outpatient, or other clinical setting. The MA in Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders provides you with knowledge and skills in prevention, assessment, intervention, and mentored research. MA students also complete a master's thesis. The program is a pathway for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Program Highlights

  1. Program completion will allow you to become a licensed and ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist
  2. Comprehensive academic, clinical, and community outreach experiences
  3. Graduates apply for credentials from ASHA, Georgia PSC, and the state licensure board
  4. Pre-admission activities available through the Peers and Professionals Project
  5. Completing a master's thesis provides you with mentored research experience

Accreditation Information

The master of education and the master of arts programs in speech-language pathology at The University of Georgia are accredited by:

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 2200 Research Boulevard #310 Rockville, Maryland 20850 Tel: 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700

The programs are also approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC):

Individuals certified in Speech and Language Pathology are in-field to serve as a Speech and Language Pathologist in grades P-12 and to provide related educational support or direct intervention for all students in grades P-12 whose Individual Education Program (IEP) indicates instructional needs in the area of Speech and Language Pathology.

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Open Houses

The program conducts Open Houses for prospective applicants in September, October, and November each year. Attendance at an Open House is not required for application or admission.

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Our program trains you to be an evidence-based, client-centered, outcomes-focused speech-language pathologist. The program integrates coursework, on-campus clinical practicum, and off-campus "mini-internship" options. Your experience culminates with two full-time internship placements: one in a medical setting and one in a public school. As an MA student, you will also conduct original research for a master's thesis.

The MA in Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders includes coursework across the lifespan in:

  • Diagnostics, clinical methods, and research design in speech-language pathology
  • Speech sound disorders, fluency, voice, and resonance
  • Language and literacy assessment and intervention
  • Dysphagia
  • Acquired speech, language, and cognitive disorders
  • Multicultural issues
  • Augmentative and alternative communication

Your clinical practicum will require a minimum of 403 hours total, including 25 hours of observation plus 378 hours of supervised clinical practicum, for graduation. This exceeds the ASHA requirement of 400 clock hours. You may be required to take college-level courses in addition to the required graduate courses to satisfy state and ASHA standards. We strongly encourage you to complete these courses prior to beginning graduate school.

The program begins in July during UGA's "Short Session II." Courses and clinical practicum experiences use a cohort model and are required every semester. You typically graduate in May of your second year in the program.

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



You are eligible to apply to the CMSD/SLP master's program if you have completed a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders, speech and hearing sciences, speech-language pathology, or the equivalent, or if you are on track to complete such a degree by the end of the current academic year. If your bachelor's degree was in another area, you are eligible to apply if you have completed the prerequisite coursework and other experiences described in our Frequently Asked Questions document.

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.

Because our master's program starts in Summer semester, if your intended start date is Summer 2021, you will need to select 2020-2021 as the academic year to which you are applying, when you start your UGA Graduate School application. Your UGA Graduate School application must be submitted by January 15, for consideration for summer admission to the CMSD program.

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Part 2: Apply to the MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders

In addition to applying to the UGA Graduate School, you must apply to the CMSD master's program using the CSDCAS common application. The CSDCAS application opens on October 1st. The deadline for your CSDCAS application is also January 15th.

Note: The GRE is required for this program. The Designated Institution Code for UGA CSDCAS is 2434. Please send your scores to this code, not the ETS UGA GRE Graduate School.

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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.

Meet Your Advisor

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

Student Life

As a student, you will participate in a cohort model that connects you with the same group of students as you progress together through the program. This model, along with our ideal class sizes, allows you to build a network of colleagues and to acquire skills and relationships that will support your career.

This is a full-time, on-campus program that engages you in classwork or in a clinical setting with a variety of clients. As an MA student, you will work closely with other graduate students and your thesis advisor.

See for yourself how much UGA College of Education has to offer! Schedule a tour of campus to learn more about the UGA student experience.

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Faculty and Staff

Sandie Bass-Ringdahl

  • Clinical Associate Professor

Jennifer A. Brown

  • Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator
  • Associate Professor

Alisa Norris Fountain

  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Clinical Education Coordinator

Holly S. Kaplan

  • Clinical Professor

Hannah Krimm

  • Assistant Professor
  • Assistant Professor

Anne K. Marcotte

  • Professor and CMSD Program Director
  • Professor and CMSD Program Director

Rebecca Shisler Marshall

  • Associate Professor

Alison Morrison

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Audiology Clinic Coordinator

Laura Nichols

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Katy H. O'Brien

  • Assistant Professor
  • Assistant Professor

Terry Jean (T.J.) Ragan

  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Director

Nina Santus

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Clinical Assistant Professor