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  • Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology*

    A graduate degree aimed to help you answer your calling

    We offer this degree for one reason: to help you become a highly qualified speech-language pathologist with the skills, compassion and motivation to make a difference in your community, wherever you choose to live. We do that through faith-based academic coursework and clinical placements designed to help you reach your career goals, while emphasizing life-long learning, high moral and ethical competencies. When you graduate, you will be prepared to impact people’s lives in truly meaningful ways.

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    Our clinical program is distinct. You’ll have off-campus placements throughout your time in the program, as well as some on-campus clinical experiences with other professionals. More and more, health care is delivered by teams of professionals from the various specialties. We’ve structured our program around this type of inter-disciplinary collaboration so that your experience is broadened to include other professionals that you may work with during your career.

    Admission Requirements+

    To be considered for the Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology program, you’ll need to meet the following criteria:

    • Undergraduate degree in CSD/SLP OR related area (education, health sciences, psychology, family sciences, etc.)
    • Pre-requisite undergraduate courses (ASHA CCC eligibility requirement):
      • Biological science (4 credit hours)
      • Physical science (must be chemistry or physics) (4 credit hours)
      • Statistics (math, psychology, health sciences) (3 credit hours)
      • Social/Behavioral Science (sociology, psychology, anthropology) (3 credit hours)
    • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Minimum GPA of 3.25 on the last 60 hours of coursework
    • GRE –Minimum score of 300
      • Verbal = 160
      • Quantitative = 140
      • Analytical Writing Assessment = 4
      • The Miller Analogy Test (MAT) is not accepted
    • Three letters of reference submitted electronically. The three required recommendations should be from 1) current or previous professor, 2) work supervisor and 3) professional colleague.
    • Video submission no greater than 5 minutes. Students will be sent a list of questions in preparation for the video submission.
    • Undergraduate CSD or major area – no grade in a “major” area less than C
    • International applicants or American citizens who learned English as a second language must score at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer) or 80 (Internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). International applicants must also obtain a score of 27 or better on the iBT speaking subtest of the TOEFL or a 50 or better on the Test of Spoken English. For more information, please visit www.toefl.org.
    Exceptions to any admission requirements will be handled on an individual basis.

    Students and applicants with disabilities who seek accommodations must make a request by contacting the Section 504/Disability Access and Accommodation Coordinator, Anne Sherman, Director of Disability Resources, 205-726-4078 or disability@samford.edu

    Plan of Study+


    As students graduate from our program, outcome data will be published regarding:

    • Graduation/Completion Rate
    • PRAXIS Examination Results
    • Employment Rate

    Clinical Practicum Experiences+

    Students participate in a variety of experiences that help prepare them for careers in speech language pathology. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders maintains relationships with numerous clinical agencies in the Birmingham area.

    *Students will not be admitted into the Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology program until Candidacy status is awarded by CAA.