Master of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (MSSLHS) Program Overview


MSSLHS Program

Experiential learning, education and training in a full range of evaluation and remediation techniques are integral parts of the curriculum. We aim to teach how to translate theory into practice. Additional areas of study within the SLHS Department are in the area of bilingual speech-language pathology and family-focused treatment.

All MSSLHS students seeking certification take a set of required courses that ensure competencies in a wide variety of professional areas, as required for the current Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology standards for certification. A total of 57-60 credit hours over five semesters is required for the completion of the MSSLHS. Additional hours may be required by the program in order to meet ASHA guidelines.

Beginning with the orientation for new graduate students held prior to the start of the Fall semester, each graduate student is advised on a regular basis by the Graduate Advisor, Graduate Coordinator and the clinical faculty working together. This mentoring team assists the student with course selection, registration for the following semesters, and helps to coordinate course work and clinical practicum experiences so that the student derives maximum benefit from his or her experience in the program.

A student handbook and clinical handbook for graduate students in SLHS is given to all new students.

Periodically, the Department Chair, Graduate Advisor and Graduate Program Coordinator meet with the entire group of MSSLHS students for question/answer and feedback sessions.

Students engage in elective coursework to enable them to investigate topics of special interest more deeply or to broaden their expertise. One area of specialization within the department is bilingualism via the bilingual/multicultural certificate. Other areas of specialization may be designed using elective options.

Admitted applicants to the MSSLHS program in Speech Language Pathology at UT Austin, must complete ALL prerequisite coursework and ASHA Certification Standards coursework (Standard IV-A) before the start of the program.

MSSLHS Prerequisites

Master’s programs for students not seeking certification are typically more focused on research and are individually tailored to meet students’ needs and interests. Typically student seeking non-certification options have interest in the following areas:

SPEECH AND HEARING SCIENCE: Students in speech and hearing science follow a broad, research-oriented program of study that is not designed to lead to professional certification.

AUDIOLOGY: All students in audiology complete the same set of core courses and basic clinical practicum. Students may choose from a set of electives based upon their specific interests. The program of study is not designed to lead to professional certification. Students who are interested in professional certification in audiology should consider the Doctor of Audiology.

The Graduate Program Coordinator can provide more information about such interests.

The Master of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (MSSLHS) education program in speech-language pathology (residential) at The University of Texas at Austin 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.

SLHS Graduate Office

Phone: (512) 471-2385