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Residential M.A.

Our M.A. Program in Speech-Language Pathology is a two-year, postbaccalaureate program consisting of coursework and on-site clinical practica, followed by two semesters of full-time, external internship placements.

Clinical experiences at the USD Scottish Rite Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic, the Sioux Falls Scottish Rite Children's Clinic, and our affiliates include comprehensive diagnostic and rehabilitative speech and language services with individuals aged infant through elderly.

We provide students with the scientific and clinical knowledge and skills needed for the practice of speech-language pathology in an environment that values teaching and clinical excellence and mentorship. 

If you have an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than Communication Disorders, you will need to take these prerequisites for entry into our MA in SLP program: 

DCOM 131
Introduction to Communication Disorders
DCOM 211
Phonetics
DCOM 212
Language Development
DCOM 221
Intro to Audiology
DCOM 224
Speech Science
DCOM 421 Hearing Science
  Biological Science, Physical Science, Mathematics

For more information, view our Required Courses from our Graduate Catalog and Program Requirements and Deadlines from the Graduate School.

Sample SLP M.A. Sequence
(students entering fall semester 2013)

Fall 2013: 11 credits

DCOM 710 Professional Issues I
*DCOM 734 Acquired Disorders of Language and Cognition
DCOM 736 Diagnostics
DCOM 787 Research Methods
Clinic/Fieldwork 1 credit

Spring 2014: 13 credits

*DCOM 534 Augmentative Alternative Communication
DCOM 537 Advanced Language Disorders
DCOM 711 Professional Issues II
DCOM 732 Craniofacial Anomalies
DCOM 733 Neuromotor Speech Disorders
Clinic Diagnostics and Screenings

Summer 2014: 12 credits

DCOM 737 Dysphagia - May
DCOM 730 Central Auditory Processing Disorders – June
*DCOM 731 Fluency Disorders – July
Clinic/Fieldwork 3 credits

Fall 2014: 8 credits 

DCOM 533 Voice Disorders
DCOM 724 Advanced Communication Science
Clinic/Fieldwork 2 credits

Spring 2015: 12 credits

Internship I

Summer 2015: 12 credits

Internship II



Sample SLP M.A. Sequence
(students entering spring semester 2014)

Spring 2014: 11 credits

*DCOM 534 Augmentative Alternative Communication
DCOM 710 Professional Issues I
DCOM 731 Fluency Disorders
DCOM 732 Neuromotor Speech Disorders
Clinic/Fieldwork – 1 credit 

Summer 2014: 9 credits

DCOM 730 Central Auditory Processing Disorders - June
*DCOM 736 Diagnostics – June
DCOM 595 Clinic/Fieldwork 3 credits

Fall 2014: 12 credits

DCOM 533 Voice Disorders
DCOM 724 Advanced Communication Science
DCOM 734 Acquired Disorders of Language and Cognition
*DCOM 787 Research Methods
Clinic Diagnostics and Screenings

Spring 2015: 9 credits

DCOM 537 Advanced Language Disorders
DCOM 711 Professional Issues II
DCOM 732 Craniofacial Anomalies
Clinic/Fieldwork – 2 credits

Summer 2015: 12 credits

DCOM 737 Dysphagia - May
Internship I (immediately following Dysphagia)

Fall 2015: 12 credits

Internship


Notes:
LEND trainees must take FAMP 540 sometime in their LEND year.  These sequences assume that the following courses were completed at the undergraduate level pursuant to USD BA/BS requirements in DCOM: DCOM 423 Aural Rehabilitation; DCOM 432 Disorders of Phonology/Articulation; and DCOM 435 Language Disorders in Children. Students who did not complete one or more of these courses (or their equivalent) at the undergraduate level will be required to take them at the graduate level, which may extend their programs of study. Overloads will be approved ONLY if necessary due to significant extenuating circumstances, and must be approved by the Department Chair. Summer offerings alternate over a three-year cycle, depending on the distance rotation. Therefore, although number of courses taken per semester and sequencing of foundation courses remain the same from year to year, specific semester schedules will change for students entering in subsequent years.  

Additional Notes:  Final semester for all students totals 8 credits; some students may need to sign up for an additional credit (e.g., of clinic) so as to meet the 9 required for GA and some medical insurances, etc.

Courses with an asterisk (*) will be offered via distance at the same time.