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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:
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.
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.
Applying to the UNT M.S. program includes two parts – application to the Toulouse Graduate School (Part 1, due December 15, 2019) and the submission of departmental application components (Part 2, due January 15, 2020). Refer to the following steps as you prepare to apply to our program at UNT.
Application Part 1 is open for submission now and must be completed by December 15, 2019, for the Fall 2020 admissions cycle. 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.
Step 1: Submit your application form (ApplyTexas)
Complete the UNT Graduate Application for Fall 2020 via the Toulouse Graduate School via ApplyTexas. Designate Speech-Language Pathology as your intended major field.
Step 2: Submit 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. This will provide you with ample time to retake the exam if you choose to do so, however, we do take your highest score into account. If you take the GRE multiple times, we will take your scores from when your combined subject scores were the highest. 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).
Step 3: 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.
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 should check their application status and a checklist of Departmental application components via the MyUNT Portal. 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.
Application Part 2 submission is open for submission now and must be completed by January 15, 2020, for the Fall 2020 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 three letters of recommendation, a clinical questions form, and a basic human coursework form. Please see below for links to these forms and submission instrctions.
Departmental Component #1: 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.
How to Submit Your Recommendations
1) Download this form for recommendations.
2) Each recommendation file should be saved as the standardized file name YourLastName_ YourUNTID#_YourRecommendersLastName (e.g. Smith_12345678_DrJones).
3) Please note the following information about this Adobe form:
4) Fill in your information in the Applicant Information section.
5) For each recommender, fill in as much of the recommender’s information as you can in the Evaluator Information section. Save the file to your computer as YourLastName_YourUNTIDnumber_YourRecommendersLastName (e.g. Smith_12347678_DrJones).
6) Provide the partially completed form to your recommender, who needs to complete the rest of the form and then submit to email@example.com. If your recommender is a Mac user, you should also provide them the information below.
If you are a Mac user, it is recommended that you not use the Mac desktop Adobe application to complete this evaluation form (as the Mac version of the application often introduces glitches into Adobe forms). It is ideal to use a PC with the desktop Adobe application, but if you cannot, there is a “workaround” using the Adobe extension on the Chrome browser instead. Follow the directions below for this:
Your recommender will receive an email confirming receipt of their recommendation the next business day after it is received. Applicants can check the status of their received/pending letters of recommendation on their MyUNT portal; your portal will typically be updated within 3 to 5 business days of receiving your recommendation.
Departmental Component #2: Clinical Questions Form
A completed Clinical Questions Form is required for all applicants. This form is designed to asses your clinical knowledge through responses to a series of prompts and questions.
How to Submit Your Clinical Questions Form
1) Download this form and save it to your computer, with the standardized file name YourLastName_ClinicalQuestions_YourUNTID# (e.g. Smith_ClinicalQuestions_12347678).
2) Please note the following information about this Adobe form:
3) Fill in your information in the Applicant Information section and provide complete answers to each of the clinical questions in the boxes provided.
4) After completing all parts of this form, go to https://aslp.hps.unt.edu/clinical-questions-upload to upload the form.
Applicants can check the status of their received/pending clinical questions forms on their MyUNT portal; your portal will typically be updated within 3 to 5 business days of receiving your form.
Departmental Component #3: Undergraduate/Leveling Coursework in Communication Sciences and Disorders Form
A completed Undergraduate/Leveling Coursework in Communication Sciences and Disorders Form is required for all applicants. This form compiles information on your previous coursework in ASHA-required subject areas. 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.
How to Submit Your CSD Coursework Form
1) Download this form and save it to your computer, with the standardized file name YourLastName_CSDcoursework_YourUNTID# (e.g. Smith_CSDcoursework_12347678).
2) Please note the following information about this Adobe form:
3) Fill in all fields (name, UNT ID#, college/university names, Bachelor’s degree granting institution, major(s), and in-field/out-of-field) requested at the beginning of the form.
4) For each academic content area, provide the requested course information that corresponds to that content area.
5) For each of the ten academic content areas on this form, one single course may cover the content. However, two lines are provided for each content area, in case the content for the specified area was covered across two different courses. Leave blank if no course was completed in a given content area.
6) For each non-UNT course listed, the verbatim catalog course description (found in the official catalog of the institution where you took the course) must be provided in the box indicated. Catalog course descriptions do not need to be provided for courses that were taken at UNT.
7) After completing all parts of this form, go to https://aslp.hps.unt.edu/undergraduate-leveling-coursework-csd-form-upload to upload the form.
Applicants can check the status of their received/pending coursework forms on their MyUNT portal; your portal will typically be updated within 3 to 5 business days of receiving your form.
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.