The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree program in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) requires a two-year commitment (including summers) and a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit. In addition, students must meet all academic and clinical requirements specified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology.

For admission to the Master's degree program in SLP, students are required to submit an application to the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). See our Apply to Professional Programs page for specific details on the application process.

Admission to the Master of Arts program in SLP only occurs once per calendar year. The deadline for all verified application materials is February 1, 2021 for the 2021 admissions class.

We strongly encourage students who have degrees in other areas to apply to the program. There are undergraduate courses in other subjects that are required in order to complete the M.A. program. In the CSDCAS portal, this coursework is listed as "prerequisites", but these courses are not required for admission. If you have not met these requirements 500 Internal Server Error

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program. You may want to consider completing this coursework prior to your first semester of graduate school. For more information about non-CSD coursework visit our Non-CSD Coursework page or ASHA.

Typically, students with non-CSD backgrounds will begin their program in the Summer term and students with a background in CSD will begin in the Fall term. There are two courses offered in the Summer term for incoming students:

  • AUSP 7006, Language Development (online only)
  • AUSP 7502, Intro to Phonetic Transcription (2nd Part of Summer term)

For more information about Summer term classes for incoming students and typical course sequences visit our SLP Additional Information page.

We have no set thresholds for GRE or GPA scores. For applicants who take the GRE more than once, we consider the highest set of scores. The average GRE scores for students most recently accepted in the program were 306 (verbal: 155, quantitative: 151, writing: 4) and the average GPA score (all four years of the undergraduate degree) was 3.77 (4 point scale). For more information about our program statistics locate the University of Memphis listing on ASHA's EdFind.

Summer Classes for Incoming M.A. Students

There are two courses offered in the Summer term for incoming students:

  • AUSP 7006, Language Development (online only)
  • AUSP 7502, Intro to Phonetic Transcription (2nd Part of Summer term)

If you meet any of the following criteria you will need to take AUSP 7006 in the summer of the year you are admitted:

  • You have never taken a Child Language Development Course
  • You have taken a Child Language Development Course and earned a C+ or lower grade

Incoming students with a B- or higher on their Child Language Development course will complete an online assessment on key topics covered in Child Language Development. Students who do not earn a score of at least 80% on the assessment will be required to take the online course in the Summer semester. Students will be able to retake the assessment multiple times. Students who have never taken a Child Language Development course are not eligible to take the quiz.

Introduction to Transcription will be offered in the 2nd half of the summer semester. Students should consult their advisors upon admission to the program to determine if they need to take this course.

Apply Now to our SLP Program

If you have specific questions about the application process, contact:


For additional information about our Master's degree program, contact:

Naomi Eichorn, PhD


For the time being, the COVID 19 pandemic is limiting our ability to give in person tours for the School. We encourage prospective students to view our virtual tour and connect with us on Facebook or Twitter to learn more about events and programs happening in the School and Clinic. We can answer your questions via email as well.