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Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

2024-25 Academic Catalog

NOTE: STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY: While the senior audit, student degree progress report in Arches, academic support resources, as well as academic guidance from faculty and advisors are all available to every student at no additional cost, these resources are provided for use in planning only. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain an accurate schedule at all times and pay for all tuition and fees associated with their registration in accordance with all published fees and deadlines. Students must report any printed schedule error to the Office of the Registrar within two semesters. The responsibility for understanding and meeting degree requirements rests entirely with the student.

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program seeks to develop in every student an appreciation of the importance of communication in a person's sense of being and self-worth and of the need to treat all individuals with dignity and respect. Students complete a rigorous program of study that includes coursework, clinical experiences, service learning, research, and opportunities for positions of ethical leadership and service in the community.

Students participate in departmental experiences that draw upon and further develop the habits of open-mindedness, reflective inquiry, critical thinking, and independence that are central to the liberal arts.

To prepare students who are eligible for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, academic and clinical faculty provide intentional and individualized teaching, mentoring, and advising that foster a firm knowledge base, an emerging clinical competence, strong written and oral communication skills, and respectful interactions. Through study in the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program, students improve the quality of life for others and through this service, lead committed lives. To see the course specific requirements visit the catalog page for the current year. 

Requirements for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology include:

I. Credits. At least 84 credits of graduate college work as defined by Augustana, subject to the following conditions:

A. Residency requirements:

1. At least 42 credits must be earned at Augustana College.
2. The last 8 credits applied to the degree must be earned at Augustana.

II. Grade-point Average. The final grade-point average must be at least 3.00:

A. for all Augustana coursework.

B. for all Augustana coursework in the MS-SLP program—graduate coursework that is counted in the grade point average includes all work that may count toward the degree such as required supporting courses taken outside the department and additional elective courses within the department that a student chooses to take beyond what is required.

III. Program. The program of at least 84 credits must be completed. MS-SLP requirements are given in the Courses and Programs of Study section of this catalog.

IV. Application for Graduation. The application form must be filed electronically with the Office of the Registrar by Friday of week 2 of spring semester. Students who complete their requirements between official conferral dates are not required to enroll during the term of graduation, but must be applied by all published deadlines to keep their program active for graduation. Degrees are conferred three times per year following fall semester, spring semester, and summer term. Graduation is not processed after J-term. Reminders of this process and deadlines are sent to graduate students annually in July prior to their second year. Restrictions for May graduation will be placed the prior September each year.


The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology (residential) at Augustana College is 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.