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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 2014)

Fall 2014: 11 credits

DCOM 710 Professional Issues I
DCOM 734 Acquired Disorders of Language and Cognition
DCOM 736 Diagnostics
DCOM 787 Research Methods
DCOM 595 Clinic/Fieldwork 1 credit

Spring 2015: 13 credits

DCOM 737 Dysphagia
DCOM 711 Professional Issues II
DCOM 731 Fluency
DCOM 537 Advanced Language Disorders
DCOM 733 Neuromotor
Clinic Diagnostics and Screenings

Summer 2015: 12 credits

DCOM 730 Central Auditory Processing Disorders - May
DCOM 534 Augmentative Alternative Communication - May
DCOM 732 Craniofacial Anomalies - July
DCOM 595 Clinic/Fieldwork 3 credits

Fall 2015: 8 credits 

DCOM 533 Voice
DCOM 724 Advanced Communication Science
DCOM 595 Clinic/Fieldwork 2 credits

Spring 2016: 12 credits

Internship I

Summer 2016: 12 credits

Internship II



Sample SLP M.A. Sequence
(students entering spring semester 2015)

Spring 2015: 11 credits

DCOM 710 Professional Issues I
DCOM 731 Fluency
DCOM 732 Neuromotor
DCOM 787 Research Methods
DCOM 595 Clinic/Fieldwork 1 credit

Summer 2015: 9 credits

DCOM 730 534 Augmentative Alternative Communication - May
DCOM 736 Diagnostics - June
DCOM 595 Clinic/Fieldwork 3 credits

Fall 2015: 9 credits

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

Spring 2016: 12 credits

DCOM 737 Dysphagia
DCOM 711 Professional Issues II
DCOM 732 Craniofacial Anomalies
DCOM 537 Advanced Language Disorders
DCOM 595 Clinic/Fieldwork 2 credits

Summer 2016: 15 credits

DCOM 730 Central Auditory Processing Disorders - May
Internship I following CAPD (12 credits of internship)

Fall 2016: 12 credits

Internship II


Notes:
LEND trainees must take FAMP 540 sometime in their LEND year. 

Additional notes: Students who have not taken all of the UG prerequisites may find their program extended; overloads will be approved ONLY if necessary. Final on campus semester for fall 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.