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The Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology combines academic coursework and practical experience to prepare students to evaluate, treat, and conduct research with persons with communication and swallowing disorders in any professional setting.

The program in speech-language pathology takes two years of full time study and the curriculum covers the knowledge and skills outlined by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) required for certification as a speech-language pathologist, licensure from the Oklahoma Board of Examiners

in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and certification for working in the public schools. Additionally, successful graduates are prepared to apply for doctoral study in speech-language pathology and toassume leadership positions in professional organizations.

The University of Tulsa’s Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology is rated as one of the best programs in the U.S. by “The University of Tulsa SLP master’s program combines excellent Praxis exam pass rates with strong on-time completion rates and a 100 percent employment rate among graduates to make it an excellent choice for students in the heartland.”

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Program Objectives

Students who complete the master’s program in speech-language pathology will demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including the appropriate biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental and linguistic and cultural bases. The applicant must have demonstrated the ability to integrate information pertaining to normal and abnormal human development across the life span.
  2. Knowledge of communication and swallowing disorders and differences, including the appropriate etiologies, characteristics, anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental and linguistic and cultural correlates in the following areas:
    -voice and resonance, including respiration and phonation
    -receptive and expressive language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, prelinguistic communication and paralinguistic communication) in speaking, listening, reading writing
    -hearing, including the impact on speech and language
    -swallowing (oral, pharyngeal, esophageal and related functions, including oral function for feeding, orofacial myology)
    -cognitive aspects of communication (attention, memory, sequencing, problem-solving and executive functioning)
    -social aspects of communication (including challenging behavior, ineffective social skills and lack of communication opportunities)
    -augmentative and alternative communication modalities
  3. For each of the areas specified above, the applicant must have demonstrated current knowledge of the principles and methods of prevention, assessment and intervention for people with communication and swallowing disorders, including consideration of anatomical/physiological, psychological, developmental and linguistic and cultural correlates.
  4. The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of standards of ethical conduct.
  5. The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of processes used in research and of the integration of research principles into evidence-based clinical practice.
  6. The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of contemporary professional issues.
  7. The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of entry level and advanced certifications, licensure and other relevant professional credentials, as well as local, state and national regulations and policies relevant to professional practice.
  8. The applicant must have demonstrated skills in oral and written or other forms of communication sufficient for entry into professional practice.
  9. The following skills outcomes:
    1. Evaluation
      a. Conduct screening and prevention procedures (including prevention activities).
      b. Collect case history information and integrate information from clients/patients, family, caregivers, teachers and relevant others, including other professionals.
      c. Select and administer appropriate evaluation procedures, such as behavioral observations, nonstandardized and standardized tests and instrumental procedures.
      d. Adapt evaluation procedures to meet client/patient needs.
      e. Interpret, integrate and synthesize all information to develop diagnoses and make appropriate recommendations for intervention.
      f. Complete administrative and reporting functions necessary to support evaluation.
      g. Refer clients/patients for appropriate services.
    2. Intervention
      a. Develop setting-appropriate intervention plans with measurable and achievable goals that meet clients’/patients’ needs. Collaborate with clients/patients and relevant others in the planning process.
      b. Implement intervention plans (involve clients/patients and relevant others in the intervention process).
      c. Select or develop and use appropriate materials and instrumentation for prevention and intervention.
      d. Measure and evaluate clients’/patients’ performance and progress.
      e. Modify intervention plans, strategies, materials or instrumentation as appropriate to meet the needs of clients/patients.
      f. Complete administrative and reporting functions necessary to support intervention.
      g. Identify and refer clients/patients for services as appropriate.
    3. Interaction and Personal Qualities
      a. Communicate effectively, recognizing the needs, values, preferred mode of communication and cultural/linguistic background of the client/patient, family, caregivers and relevant others.
      b. Collaborate with other professionals in case management.
      c. Provide counseling regarding communication and swallowing disorders to clients/patients, family, caregivers and relevant others.
      d. Adhere to the ASHA Code of Ethics and behave professionally.
Degree Options

Speech Language Pathology, M.S.

Prepare students to evaluate, treat, and conduct research with persons with communication and swallowing disorders in any professional setting.


The Master of Science education program in speech-language pathology at The University of Tulsa is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Graduate Research Opportunities

Master’s students in speech-language pathology are required to write a graduate research paper or thesis. Opportunities to work with faculty members on research projects in their areas of expertise are available as well as opportunities to present at local, state, and national conferences. The instrumentation and equipment within the department is often used for data acquisition.

The University of Tulsa supports undergraduate and graduate research with grants, an annual research colloquium, and some travel funds for presentation. Current research topics in the department include voice changes in women based on hormonal changes, patient satisfaction with the TU Cleft Palate team, perspectives of various groups on the importance of bilingual language development, effects of mild traumatic brain injury on student athlete’s academic performance, and listener’s perspectives of female speech samples.

Graduate Admission

Prospective graduate students apply for admission through the Graduate School. Entering classes generally have 15-20 students. Financial aid, scholarships and graduate assistantships may be available to qualified students. For further information, contact the graduate school at the following email address:

Specific admission requirements to the master’s program in speech-language pathology include the following:

  • A baccalaureate from an accredited university
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.5 in communication disorders courses
  • An official copy of scores from the GRE General test submitted to the Graduate School
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two academic references)
  • Personal statement (part of the application for the Graduate School*)

Students who do not meet these minimum requirements may be considered for provisional or probationary admissions at the discretion of the graduate program adviser and faculty of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Students lacking a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology must complete undergraduate leveling courses in the discipline before being considered for admission to the graduate program. Contact for information about leveling courses.

*Please outline in general terms your reasons, goals and other considerations relevant to your undertaking graduate studies. (Length is generally several paragraphs, though there isn’t a limit to the document.)