MA in Speech-Language Pathology
Students who have completed a BA in Communication Disorders prior to admission into the MA program are required to complete 48 credit hours of graduate course work, including 33 hours of academic courses and 15 hours of clinical practica. Thesis and nonthesis tracks are available to students as part of the 48 credits.
Students with a BA or BS in another field are required to complete 48 credit hours of graduate course work as well as a number of undergraduate pre-requisites that are required for national certification and state licensure. Depending on the number of pre-requisites needed, the MA program may require up to one additional year to complete.
All MA-level courses are taught by graduate faculty who hold doctoral degrees.
MA level students have access to research laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art computer-based systems for measurement and analysis of normal and impaired speech, language, hearing, voice, and swallowing processes.
The department participates in LSU’s Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics and the LSU Life Course and Aging Center; these programs provide MA students access to faculty who are conducting research in fields related to Communication Disorders.
Our on-campus clinic is supported by nine clinical instructors who hold national certification and state licensure in either speech-language pathology or audiology. Over 300 clients with communication disorders are served annually in our clinic. Our client base is culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse and includes families living in both rural and urban settings.
We have affiliate agreements with a broad range of off-campus sites for clinical training, providing students with experience in child and adult speech, language, voice, fluency, swallowing diagnostics, and treatments that occur in hospitals, schools, private practices, and various other settings.
We use a software program, called CALIPSO, to track each student’s ASHA competencies in clinic and class while in graduate school. Students in the program can check the status of their progress at any time during their training.
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