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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. On-campus clinic
  2. Extensive community outreach
  3. Graduates apply for credentials from ASHA, Georgia PSC, and the state licensure board
  4. Program completion will allow you to become a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist
  5. Best for students who are interested in research and/or pursuing a PhD

Deadline to Apply

January 15th

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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Faculty and Curriculum

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 the "Short Session II." You will complete prerequisite courses by the end of the fall semester and continue in class-based instruction curriculum through the spring. You typically graduate in May of your second year in the program.

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

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.

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Admissions

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 MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders

For qualified students, we will begin accepting applications through CSDCAS on October 1st. The deadline for applications is 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.

In your CSDCAS application, students must complete all sections in Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting Information, and Program Materials.

Eligible applicants must fit one of the following three categories:

  1. You must have completed a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders, speech and hearing sciences, speech-language pathology, or equivalent by the end of the current academic year.
  2. If you have completed a bachelor's degree in another area, you MUST have also completed post-baccalaureate pre requisite coursework (judged by the program faculty to be adequate to provide knowledge and skills equivalent to those typically gained in a bachelor's degree program) by the end of the current academic year.
  3. Students who can provide reasonable evidence at the time of application that they will meet one of the previous two requirements prior to enrollment in graduate courses.

Returning Applicants

Completed application due:
January 15th

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