MEd in Communication Sciences and Disorders
The MEd in Communication Sciences and Disorders is an ASHA-accredited master’s degree program in speech-language pathology. Graduates of this program are prepared to serve as licensed and certified speech-language pathologists in clinical, medical, or school-based settings. Coursework, on-campus clinical practicum, community outreach activities, and off-campus clinical internships provide you the knowledge and skills you need to begin your career with confidence.
The MEd is a non-thesis master’s degree. If you are interested in incorporating research into your master’s program, explore our MA program . Whichever degree you select, you and your future clients will benefit from the program’s overall emphases on evidence-based practice, client-centered services for diverse families and communities, and lifelong professional growth, from your first supported clinical practicum to your final internship and beyond.
- Full-time, 2-year program prepares you to seek state and national credentials to practice speech-language pathology
- Specialized faculty help you develop research-based and theoretically sound knowledge and skills for prevention, assessment, and intervention
- Cohort model supports your development of the interpersonal and inter-professional skills that support all clients’ and families’ backgrounds, identities, and cultures
- Generalist focus emphasizes your well-rounded development as a future clinical professional
- Opportunities to add specialized training in dyslexia or in diversity, equity, and inclusion
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) education program in speech-language pathology and the Master of Arts (M.A.) education program in speech-language pathology at the University of Georgia are 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 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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The program holds simultaneous virtual and in-person Open Houses for prospective applicants in September, October, and early November each year. Refer to the Upcoming Events section for specific dates. Attendance at an Open House is not required for application or admission.
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Your master’s program will begin with two online summer courses. The remainder of your first year combines in-person coursework, on-campus clinical practicum, community-based clinical experiences, and telehealth clinical assignments. The second year includes additional coursework, but you will focus primarily on two full-time internships (one in the Fall semester and another in the Spring semester; one in a public-school setting and one in a medical, rehabilitation, or clinical setting).
As shown in the complete program of study , the curriculum includes all coursework and clinical practicum necessary for certification and licensure. You will complete over 400 clock hours in clinical practicum, exceeding ASHA’s requirements for certification. Required coursework addresses:
- diagnostic, clinical, and multicultural methods and issues
- diagnostic and clinical methods
- nature, prevention, assessment, and management of speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders
- professional and inter-professional issues, including collaboration with families and other providers and the application of research principles to clinical practice.
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 for six consecutive semesters. 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 .
We use a holistic application review process to identify applicants with the characteristics and achievement that are predictive of success as graduate students in our program and speech-language pathologists. The UGA CMSD master’s program does not require GRE scores.
Other details about our program and the application process are in the Frequently Asked Questions document .
Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia
As part of applying to the CMSD master’s program, you must complete an application to UGA’s Graduate School. Note the following specific instructions for your application to the UGA Graduate School.
- Our master’s program starts in Summer semester. UGA views Summer semester as part of the previous academic year. To start in Summer 2022, you must select 2021-2022 as the academic year to which you are applying when you start your UGA Graduate School application.
- You do not need to upload personal statements or request letters of recommendation when completing the UGA Graduate School application. If you have attended UGA previously, you do not need to upload your transcripts. If you have never attended UGA, you do need to upload your unofficial transcripts as part of your UGA Graduate School application. You will provide all necessary materials, and arrange for letters of recommendation/evaluations, through your CSDCAS 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 MEd 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 .
Complete CSDCAS common application
- Provide your transcripts, resume, and evaluations/letters of recommendation through CSDCAS.
- Complete the prerequisite coursework section in CSDCAS. Include grades for all completed classes. Include currently enrolled classes and classes you are registered for in Spring 2022.
- Upload your written response to the following prompt: Describe two aspects of your experiences or background that you think have prepared you well for graduate school and a career in speech-language pathology. (500 words)
Note: A general statement of purpose is not needed.
The deadline for your CSDCAS application is also January 15, 2022.
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Complete the Casper assessment through Altus Suite
Casper (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) is an online situational judgment test. It takes 60-90 minutes to complete. No studying is required for Casper, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure and complete a practice test at TakeAltus.com. The test can only be taken one time during an admission cycle.
Visit the Altus Suite website to create an account and register to take Casper for the US Professional Health Sciences test (CSP-10101). You will need to enter your CSDCAS ID when creating your account. The Altus Suite includes multiple assessments. We require only the Casper assessment.
Applicants must complete Casper by the final test date of January 6, 2022 to be considered for 2022 admissions. The following test dates/times are available (all times listed are Eastern Time):
- Sep 23, 2021, 8:00 p.m.
- Oct 14, 2021, 5:00 p.m.
- Oct 28, 2021, 5:00 p.m.
- Nov 16, 2021, 8:00 p.m.
- Dec 7, 2021, 5:00 p.m.
- Jan 6, 2022, 8:00 p.m.
Note: Casper scores are sent directly to UGA, so you do not need to upload your scores to CSDCAS.
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Deadline to Apply
- January 15
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Our faculty have clinical, research, and professional expertise within speech-language pathology and also have established inter-professional collaborations. Most of your courses and clinical practicum will be completed with our permanent full-time faculty.
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.
Our students have a range of opportunities available outside the classroom as well, from professional organizations, experiential learning, clubs and other non-academic experiences.
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