We provide you 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.

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.

If you have an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than Communication Disorders, you will need to take these prerequisites for entry into our M.A. 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

Sample SLP M.A. Sequence

(students entering fall semester)

Fall: 11 credits
DCOM 710 Professional Issues I
DCOM 734 Acquired Disorders of Language and Cognition
DCOM 736 Diagnostics
DCOM 787 Research Methods
DCOM 595 Clinical Practicum 1 credit

Spring: 13 credits
DCOM 534 Augmentative Alternative Communication
DCOM 537 Advanced Language Disorders
DCOM 711 Professional Issues II
DCOM 731 Fluency
DCOM 733 Neuromotor Speech Disorders
DCOM 595 Clinical Practicum 1 credit

Summer: 9 credits
DCOM 730 Central Auditory Processing Disorders - Session I
DCOM 732 Craniofacial Anomalies - Session III
DCOM 595 Clinical Practicum 3 credits

Fall: 11 credits
DCOM 533 Voice
DCOM 724 Advanced Communication Science
DCOM 737 Dysphagia
DCOM 595 Clinical Practicum 2 credits

Spring: 12 credits
Internship I

Summer: 12 credits
Internship II

Sample SLP M.A. Sequence

(students entering spring semester)

Spring: 11 credits
DCOM 534 Augmentative Alternative Communication
DCOM 710 Professional Issues I
DCOM 731 Fluency
DCOM 732 Neuromotor
DCOM 595 Clinical Practicum 1 credit

Summer: 12 credits
DCOM 730 Central Auditory Processing Disorders - Session I
DCOM 736 Diagnostics - Session II
DCOM 787 Theories and Methods of Graduate Study and Research - Session I
DCOM 595 Clinical Practicum 3 credits

Fall: 12 credits
DCOM 533 Voice
DCOM 724 Advanced Communication Science
DCOM 734 Acquired Disorders of Language and Cognition
DCOM 737 Dysphagia
DCOM 595 Clinical Practicum 1 credit

Spring: 9 credits
DCOM 711 Professional Issues II
DCOM 732 Craniofacial Anomalies
DCOM 537 Advanced Language Disorders
DCOM 595 Clinical Practicum 2 credits

Summer: 12 credits
Internship I

Fall: 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.