College of Health and Human Services2014-2015

Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Clinical Speech-Language Pathology, Master of Science

This curriculum is designed to meet American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) standards for entry into professional practice. After completing these requirements, you are prepared to apply for ASHA's requirements for clinical certification.

This program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) on behalf of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).


What Can I Do with a Master of Science in Clinical Speech-Language Pathology?

As part of the allied health professions, Speech-Language Pathology represents one of the fastest growing fields in the country. Speech-Language Pathologists also have broad-based opportunities to make a difference across a wide range of clinical populations. In this program, you will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty who are ASHA-certified and who have extensive experience and specialized training in various practice areas of clinical speech-language pathology and audiology.

The clinical speech-language pathology program has a strong clinical emphasis which places a high premium on addressing the communicative and learning needs of culturally and linguistically diverse populations and includes a comprehensive, up-to-date array of academic coursework and clinical practica that mirror current needs in the field. Graduate students in this program have the opportunity to learn from clinical faculty members, who operate a full service speech,-language-hearing clinic.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:

See the American Speech-Lanugage-Hearing-Association (ASHA)

University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 63 - 66
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Research Individualized research may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
Additional Fees/Program Fees Required
Some online/blended coursework Required
Progression Plan Link View Program of Study


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
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    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy 

    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • GRE® revised General Test
    • Must also complete CSDCAS application
    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Prerequisites (completed prior to enrolling in the program)
    • Personal statement or essay 
    • IVP Fingerprint clearance card
    • List of courses taken in the field
Master's Requirements
  • *Students entering the program without SST 405 (Neurological Foundations of Speech, Language, and Hearing) or its equivalent, must take CSD 508 prior to enrolling in CSD 551 or CSD 552.

    You may complete this plan through one of the following tracks:

    • Full-time Track: If you have a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology, you will complete the plan requirements in consecutive semesters.
    • Full-time Leveler Track: If you have a bachelor's degree in another discipline, you will complete the plan requirements, including undergraduate pre-requisite courses, in consecutive semesters.
    • Summers-only Track: If you have a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology and are currently employed in the field, you will complete the degree requirements through summer course work, some online academic-year course work, two clinical practica at your work site, and one non-school/medical site in the fourth summer.
    All students must pass a comprehensive examination that is administered by the department.
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

  • Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $40 per credit hour has been approved for this program.

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