Master of Science Degree Program in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP)

About Our Program

Pursuing a graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of North Texas prepares you to work effectively with people who have communication disorders. Our program offers coursework leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Speech-Language Pathology. In addition, completing required course work, laboratory training, and clinical practicum experiences qualifies you for national certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CCC-SLP) and satisfies the requirements for Texas state licensure in speech-language pathology. You can find additional information about careers in speech-language pathology, on our Careers page.

You can gain valuable research experience by working with our faculty members on various projects. You’ll have access to laboratories for research, clinical treatment rooms, a clinic library, a student workroom, and a computer lab. Faculty research areas include:

  • Aphasia
  • Articulation
  • Auditory evoked potential
  • Auditory rehabilitation
  • Correlates of tinnitus
  • Effects of bilingualism and motivation on language behaviors, learning, and therapeutic outcomes
  • Hearing technology
  • Motor speech disorders
  • Speech perception

For more information on our faculty research areas and clinical specialties, please see our individual faculty pages

UNT’s clinically focused M.S. program offers outstanding hands-on experience to prepare you for work as a practitioner. Along with the on-campus practicum at the UNT Speech and Hearing Center, offsite practicum opportunities are available at more than 100 sites in the region. Sites include hospitals, nursing homes, rehab centers and public schools administering hearing screenings and raising hearing loss awareness. All practicum requirements are closely monitored by a clinical supervisor. Clinical competencies are reviewed each semester with the clinical supervisor. Academic knowledge and clinical competency are also studied through formative and summative assessments at different stages of the programs.

Our students have a 100 percent pass rate on the AHSA Praxis Exam and more than 90% of graduates are employed in the field of Speech-Language Pathology within one year of graduation. For more details on our student outcomes, see our program statistics page

 


The Masters of Science education program in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of North Texas 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, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301- 296-5700.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the UNT M.S. SLP program take to complete?

The Masters of Science program can typically be completed in 5 academic terms (i.e. Fall 1, Spring 1, Summer, Fall 2, Spring 2) if all CSD coursework prerequisites have been met prior to admission.

Is there an online option for the UNT M.S. SLP program?

UNT's clinically focused program is a traditional face-to-face program, and we do not offer online coursework at this time. 

Can I arrange a visit/tour of the program?

Tours of the department and its clinical facilities are available for applicants to the Master’s Degree Program in Speech-Language Pathology. Department tours are led by current UNT ASLP graduate students. Tours are offered during the year depending on availability and are by appointment only. Please send an e-mail if you wish to make an appointment for a departmental tour. Applicants may also arrange for a UNT campus tour through the UNT Campus Tours Office.

What assistantship, scholarship, or other funding opportunities are available in the UNT M.S. SLP program?

All applicants to the UNT Master's Program in Speech-Language Pathology who submit each required component of their graduate application by the stated application deadline are automatically considered for competitive departmental assistantship awards.  An assistantship application is necessary to be hired for a competitive departmental assistantship award.  The department will invite individual applicants to apply on an as-needed basis. 

All applicants are advised to submit UNT's General Scholarship Application (more information can be found here) to be considered for a variety of competitive scholarships offered by the university and the department. All applicants are also strongly advised to work with their undergraduate advisor to identify sources of extramural scholarship, loan, and grant support for which the applicant can apply, prior to the start of graduate school.  Many of these extramural funding mechanisms have application deadlines well in advance of the anticipated date of fall matriculation into the graduate program.  

Who can apply to the UNT M.S. SLP program?

Individuals from any undergraduate field of study may apply to the Master of Science Degree Program in Speech-Language Pathology. However, applicants whose Bachelor's Degree is in a field outside Communication Sciences and Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology must complete prerequisite coursework. See Leveling / Out-of-Field Information for details.

Are there minimum GRE or GPA requirements for applicants to the UNT M.S. SLP program?

Our Admissions Committee evaluates applicants holistically, considering all aspects of an applicant's profile in making the best admissions decisions for our incoming cohort. As such, there is no set minimum for application data such as GPA or GRE. The UNT M.S. SLP program is a competitive admissions program and you can find more information on the applicant profile of admitted classes on our program statistics page. 

How do I apply to the UNT M.S. SLP Program?

Admission to the Master’s Degree Program in Speech-Language Pathology is one time per year in the Fall. All application materials must be received on or before the application deadline date to be considered. Incomplete application portfolios are not reviewed by the admissions committee. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all elements of the application have been received by UNT. Applicants can check their application status and a checklist of departmental application components via the MyUNT Portal. Detailed information for the upcoming/current admissions cycle can be found below. 

 


Fall 2021 Admissions Information

Applying to the UNT M.S. program includes two parts – application to the Toulouse Graduate School (Part 1, due December 15, 2020) and the submission of departmental application components (Part 2, due January 15, 2021). Refer to the following steps as you prepare to apply to our program at UNT.


 

Application Part 1 (Toulouse Graduate School application) 

Application Part 1 is open for submission now and must be completed by December 15, 2020, for the Fall 2021 admissions cycle. 

Step 1: Submit your application form (ApplyTexas)

Complete the UNT Graduate Application for Fall 2021 via the Toulouse Graduate School via ApplyTexas. Designate Speech-Language Pathology as your intended major field. 

When your ApplyTexas application is complete and submitted, you will receive communication from the UNT Toulouse Graduate School indicating that your application has been received and providing you with your UNT ID number (not the same as your application number from ApplyTexas), as well as instructions for setting up access to your MyUNT Portal. Please note that this process typically takes 1 to 2 business days after submission of your application. If you submitted your application via ApplyTexas more than 2 business days ago and have not received this information, please contact the Toulouse Graduate School at (940) 565-2383 or GraduateSchool@unt.edu for assistance.

    Step 2: Submit official transcripts

    Please arrange for all official transcripts from all universities attended (both undergraduate and graduate transcripts, including community college transcripts) to be sent directly to:

    Toulouse Graduate School
    University of North Texas
    1155 Union Circle # 305459
    Denton, TX 76203-5017

    Please do not send transcripts directly to the Department. They must be received by the Graduate School for proper processing.

    When all of the application materials listed above are received, you will receive communication from the UNT Toulouse Graduate School indicating that this portion of your application is complete and that your application has been forwarded to the Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Department for review. More information about submitting transcripts can be found on the Toulouse Graduate School's website here. Additional questions about this process should be directed to the Toulouse Graduate School at (940) 565-2383 or GraduateSchool@unt.edu

    Please note that international applicants may have additional requirements beyond what is listed here. Additional important information for international applicants can be found on the Toulouse Graduate School website here.

    The materials required for this Part 1 of your application should be received on or before the December 15, 2020, deadline in order to ensure your consideration for the Fall 2021 admissions cycle.

       

      Application Part 2 (departmental application components)

      Application Part 2 submission is open for submission now and must be completed by January 15, 2021, for the Fall 2021 admissions cycle. You must wait until you have completed your application through ApplyTexas and have received a UNT ID number to submit the departmental components. Our department requires the submission of GRE Scores, three letters of recommendation, a clinical questions form, and (only for applicants without a CSD undergraduate degree) a basic human coursework form. Please see below for submission instructions for each of these items. 

      Departmental Component #1: Graduate Record Examination (General Test) scores

      All applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) — Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing subtests — and to report all their GRE scores to UNT--Denton (ETS Code 6481). We recommend you begin taking the GRE during the summer before you intend to apply, as this will provide you with ample time to retake the exam if you choose to do so. If you take the GRE multiple times, your highest scores will be considered in your application. We consider any scores above the 50th percentile to be competitive. Percentile ranks and their corresponding numeric scores can be located on the ETS website (www.ets.org). 

      • Applicants who took the GRE within five years of the time of their application do not need to re-take the GRE for application to UNT.  Because ETS maintains score reports up to five years after the time of testing, the applicant should contact ETS to request that score reports be sent to UNT. 
      • Applicants who took the GRE over five years before the time of their application will be unable to request that ETS submit their scores to UNT.  Applicants who took the GRE more than five years ago and who have the original hard copy ETS score reports in their possession may submit these scores for consideration by taking the original hard copy ETS score report, in person, to the Toulouse Graduate School.  Those applicants who took the GRE more than five years ago but who do not have the original hard copy ETS score report in their possession will be required to re-take the GRE and to submit the new GRE scores to Toulouse Graduate School as part of their application.  

      Departmental Component #2: Letters of Recommendation

      Three letters of recommendation are required for all applicants. It is preferred that these recommendations be written and sent by individuals who are familiar with your academic background and who can attest to your aptitude for challenging graduate-level academic work, or by speech-language pathologists who have supervised you in a clinical environment. The number of recommendations from individuals outside of academia (e.g. employers, community leaders) should be kept to a minimum, and they may be weighted differently based on their relevance to academic-specific information.

      Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by the recommender, to UNT M.S. SLP Recommendation submission link. Please note that your recommender will need your full name and UNT ID number in order to submit the recommendation. Be sure that you provide that information, along with the submission link, to your recommenders.

      Departmental Component #3: Clinical Questions Form

      A completed Clinical Questions Form is required for all applicants. This form is designed to assess your clinical knowledge through responses to a series of prompts. The three prompts that applicants are required to respond to are:

      • Discuss the importance of using evidence-based practice when working as a licensed speech-language pathologist.
      • Define clinical problem solving and explain its significance in our field.
      • Describe the importance of clinical documentation.

      Please note that your responses to the Clinical Questions prompt should be both complete and concise. Prompt responses have a 5,000 character limit per question; text beyond this limit will not be submitted. Go to this link to submit your responses.

      Departmental Component #4: Undergraduate/Leveling Coursework in Communication Sciences and Disorders Form

      A completed Undergraduate/Leveling Coursework in Communication Sciences and Disorders Form is required for only for applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. This form compiles information on the required leveling courses that you have taken or are currently enrolled in. You will be required to provide the course prefix, course number, course name, and the full, verbatim catalog course description (found in the official catalog of the institution where you took the course) for each non-UNT course that you listed on the form. If you need further information on the CSD leveling coursework required for application to the UNT M.S. SLP program, please see https://aslp.hps.unt.edu/leveling.

      Within one week of being notified that Part 1 of your application was complete, if you do not have an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, you should have received an email from aslp@unt.edu with this form (and instructions to return it to the same email). If Part 1 of your application has been complete for more than one week and you have not received this form, please contact aslp@unt.edu for assistance.

      The materials required for this Part 2 of your application should be received on or before the January 15, 2021, deadline in order to ensure your consideration for the Fall 2021 admissions cycle.

       

      All departmental application materials must be received on or before the January 15, 2021 application deadline date to be considered. Incomplete application portfolios are not reviewed by the admissions committee. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all elements of the application have been received by UNT. Applicants should check their application status and Tasks list of required Departmental application components via the MyUNT Portal. The Tasks list will typically be updated within 1 to 3 business days of receiving your materials. More information about submitting transcripts and GRE scores can be found on the Toulouse Graduate School's website here. Additional questions about this process should be directed to the Toulouse Graduate School at (940) 565-2383 or GraduateSchool@unt.edu

       

      For any additional admissions and application related questions, please click here to send an email. Please allow 5 business days for a reply when classes are in session. Replies may take longer between academic terms. We appreciate your patience.