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 58 credit hours, including 43 hours of academic course work and 15 hours of graduate practicum.
- 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 6 semesters over the course of two years, including summers.