Graduate Program Overview
To become a certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), it is necessary to earn a Master’s Degree, complete a Clinical Fellowship Year, and pass the Praxis II. Our master’s program is designed to fulfill the academic and practicum requirements for clinical certification established by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), as well as for licensure in most states.
Graduate Degree Requirements for a Masters of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders
- A minimum of 61 credit hours, including 46 hours of academic course work and 15 hours of graduate practicum. Academic course requirements include CSD: 505, 513, 521, 523, 526, 541, 557, 605, 613, 620, 622, 624, 625, 627, 642, and 690. Clinical course requirements are five semesters of clinical practicum (CSD 695).
- 400 clinical clock hours, including 25 observation hours and 375 hands-on hours. A minimum of 325 hours must be earned under the direction of the University of Mississippi CSD faculty and/or approved offsite supervisors. Under special arrangements, portions of practicum can be completed elsewhere.
- Graduate students must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average in the department to maintain enrollment, to qualify for graduation and to qualify for department financial aid consideration.
- Full-time students are expected to be enrolled in the program for 7 semesters over the course of two years, including summers. (Summer-II & August intersessions, Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring.)
Please refer to the (2019) Graduate Handbook for more information.