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Speech Language Pathology (SPLA)   

Program Title and Classification

Speech Language Pathology

Graduate Degree Program

College: Behavioral and Social Sciences


The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences provides the opportunity for advanced graduate study in the communication sciences and disorders. At the M.A. level, a clinical degree with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology is offered. Students have the option of pursuing a Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Emphasis track as part of their M.A. degree.

The department also offers two additional degree programs. A clinical doctorate in Audiology is offered, leading either to an Au.D. degree or a combined Au.D./Ph.D. Applicants should see CAUD and use this code when applying for admission to study. Second, at the doctoral level, the Ph.D. in Hearing and Speech Sciences is offered, with concentrations in Hearing, Speech or Language. Students applying to the Ph.D. program can opt to receive an MA in Speech-Language Pathology en route to the final degree. Applicants should see HESP and use this code when applying for admission to study either for the Ph.D. program alone or for the combined M.A. and Ph.D. Students who wish to pursue the MA degree and Ph.D. successively should still apply to the MA program via the degree code SPLA.

Admission to the M.A. program is on a very competitive basis. Each year, the Department receives approximately 250-300 applications for 25 anticipated spaces in the M.A. program in Speech-Language Pathology. Successful M.A. applicants typically have earned at least a 3.5 undergraduate GPA (with 3.7-3.8 being the average), and have strong GRE scores and letters of recommendation. In addition to the Graduate School requirements, the Department requires applicants to furnish scores on the Graduate Record Examination. Admission to the M.A. and CAUD programs is solely confined to fall matriculation. All students must finish their prerequisite classes before matriculating in the fall. Prospective applicants should note that decisions on admissions are made in early March. Early application is encouraged. The program typically takes 2 years of study (5 semesters, including the intervening summer). Only full-time students are admitted.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website: 

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
5 Jan
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
5 Jan

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

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

HESP 610: Language Disorders in Adults (2 credits) HESP 611: Cognitive Disorders in Adults (2 credits)
HESP 612: Fluency Disorders (2 credits) HESP 620: Speech Production Disorders Across the Lifespan (3 credits)
HESP 616: Language Disorders in the Pre-school Age (2 credits) HESP 624: Voice Disorders (2 credits)
HESP 625: Dysphagia (2 credits) HESP 626: Language disorders in school-aged children and adolescents (2 credits)
HESP 702: Diagnostic Procedures in Speech-Language Pathology (2 credits) HESP 639F: Special Topics in Hearing and Speech Sciences (2 credits)
HESP 627: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (2 credits) HESP 602: Advanced Seminar in Neurological Bases of Communication (2 credits)


Thesis option:

Students take 3 credits of electives and 6 credits of HESP 799: Master's Thesis Research.

Non-thesis option:

Students take 7 credits of electives and 2 credits of HESP 638: Candidacy Paper.


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.


Facilities and Special Resources

The Department’s facilities include (1) the Hearing and Speech Clinic at UMCP: this clinic serves as the initial practicum site for all students pursuing clinical training. Ten speech and language diagnostic and therapy rooms are integrated with observation areas. The Clinic also includes multiple audiological test suites equipped for diagnostic testing, a complete hearing aid dispensary, a group rehabilitation room, and state-of-the-art equipment for behavioral and electrophysiological diagnostic testing, as well as hearing aid selection and fitting; students in the SPLA program will receive experience in the audiology clinic as well as the speech clinic. (2) an on-site language pre-school (LEAP, the Language-Learning Early Advantage Program), also equipped for observation. Most students will receive clinical experience through the preschool in addition to that through the HESP clinic. (3) numerous modern research laboratories equipped to support research in the areas of: acoustic phonetics, psychoacoustics, infant and adult speech perception, neuropsychology, aphasia, language and language development, voice, fluency and electrophysiology. All of the clinical and research facilities are potentially available for the conduct of student-directed research projects, or for student participation in faculty-initiated research projects. Additional research and clinical facilities are available in the Washington and Baltimore metropolitan areas. The Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine and the libraries of various medical schools in the Washington-Baltimore area supplement the University’s extensive libraries at College Park. The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences participates in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences graduate program (see NACS), the Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing Training Grant, and the Maryland Language Center, and has ties to the Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL); these connections afford students the opportunity to work with faculty in other departments at the University of Maryland, College Park, or at UMB.

Financial Assistance

A limited number of graduate assistantships and fellowships are available through the Department. Assistantships that carry teaching, research or clinical responsibilities are awarded on a competitive basis. The Department also recommends outstanding students for Graduate School Fellowships; many of these fellowships have early deadlines for recommendations, so students are encouraged to submit their applications to the department early to ensure full consideration for funding. Students may also seek assistantships elsewhere on campus (such as through the Dean’s office or through other departments) or fellowships sponsored by private foundations (e.g., American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation).

Contact Statement

Additional information about the M.A. and Ph.D. programs may be obtained by contacting Dr. Sandra Gordon-Salant, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Studies, or Dr. Yasmeen Faroqi-Shah, Director of the M.A. program, or by e-mailing the program at; extensive information about the Department’s programs, its faculty, research and facilities may be found at our web site:



Director of Graduate Studies: Sandra Gordon-Salant, PhD Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences

0100 LeFrak Hall

College Park

MD, 20740

Telephone: 301-405-4214

Fax: 301-314-2023


Associated Information


speech language pathology, speech therapy, rehabilitation, clinic


Clinical Audiology (CAUD)

Hearing and Speech Sciences (HESP)

Second Language Acquisition (SLMA)

Second Language Acquisition (SLPH)

Special Education (EDSP)