Master of Arts

Western Michigan University's Master of Arts with an emphasis in speech-language pathology is a two-year post-baccalaureate professional degree. Its primary mission is preparation of professionals who have the knowledge, judgment, and problem solving skills necessary to provide high quality services and leadership in speech-language pathology. The goal is to enable graduates to work effectively in an ever changing world. As part of the degree program, students must successfully complete all academic and clinical practicum requirements for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Certificate of Clinical Competence. 

Admission requirements

In addition to the information listed below, please see the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology's admissions page for instructions and additional requirements for applying. Applicants to the Master of Arts with an emphasis in speech-language pathology must have:

  • At least one course or transcript credit in each of the following areas: life sciences, physical sciences, social or behavioral sciences and statistics.

  • At least six semester credit hours in behavioral or social sciences.

  • At least 15 semester credit hours, or the equivalent, of courses that provide information on basic human communication processes, including at least one course each in phonetics, speech and language development, and the science of speech and hearing.

  • At least 12 semester credit hours, or the equivalent, of coursework in speech, language, and hearing disorders.

  • GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study and in all undergraduate audiology and speech-language pathology coursework.

  • Competitive GRE scores.

Sample program

Off-campus practicum manual