Speech Language Pathology, Master of Arts (M.A.)

Thesis or Non-thesis option: 35 credits in addition to Practical Experience

The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences offers the Master of Arts degree with major emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology with either the thesis or the non-thesis option. The Master's degree is required by national credentialing standards for individuals intending to practice as speech pathologists in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, hearing and speech centers or in other clinical settings. Academic course work, which includes a minimum of 35 credits, is supplemented by additional credit registrations in supervised clinical practica in the University Speech and Hearing Clinic and in selected outside clinical facilities so that the graduate will meet the academic and practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (C.C.C.) issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and be eligible for licensure in the State of Maryland and other jurisdictions. The Master's degree program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation, the national accrediting agency which oversees graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. A full description of the Master's degree program is available at our web site, listed below.

Students have the option of pursuing a Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Emphasis track as part of their M.A. degree.

Course Title Credits
Required courses:
HESP610Language Disorders in Adults2
HESP601Foundations of Scientific Inquiry1
HESP611Cognitive Disorders in Adults2
HESP612Fluency Disorders2
HESP620Speech Production Disorders Across the Lifespan3
HESP616Language Disorders in the Pre-school Age2
HESP624Voice Disorders2
HESP625Dysphagia2
HESP626Language disorders in school-aged children and adolescents2
HESP702Diagnostic Procedures in Speech-Language Pathology2
HESP639Special Topics in Hearing and Speech Sciences (HESP639F - Special Topics in Hearing and Speech Sciences)2
HESP627Augmentative and Alternative Communication2
HESP602Advanced Seminar in Neurological Bases of Communication2
Thesis or Non-Thesis Requirements
Select one of the following options:9
Thesis:
Select 3 credits of electives
Master's Thesis Research
Non-Thesis:
Select 7 credits of electives
Research Practicum
Total Credits35