Do you want to work with children and adults who have communication disorders?

Our Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) program provides an academic and clinical professional education to prepare you as a clinician working in educational and medical settings.

We offer coursework leading to the Master of Arts or Master of Science degrees in Speech-Language Pathology and a Doctor of Audiology degree. In addition, completing required coursework, laboratory training and clinical practicum experiences qualify you for national certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and state licensure.

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.

Recent graduates are employed as:

  • Speech-language Pathologist
  • Pediatric Speech Therapist

Recent graduates are employed by:

  • Irving ISD
  • Wise Health System’s Decatur hospital surgical and intensive care units
  • KidsCare Therapy

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.


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 go to UNT's Eagle Scholarship Portal (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 here.



Scholarships & more

The Department of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology in UNT’s College of Health and Public Service offers scholarships to its students each year, including:

  • Bill and Billie K. Johnson Class of the Forties Scholarship
  • Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Scholarship
  • Dr. Sandra L. Terrell Scholarship

Your Advisor

Graduate students are advised by department faculty. Program coordinator Dr. Katsura Aoyama can help connect you with potential faculty advisors based on your unique interests.

Katsura Aoyama, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Speech-Language Pathology
Chilton 238E

Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology

The Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology strives to provide the finest professional education in both speech-language pathology and audiology while maintaining an excellent Arts and Sciences pre-professional undergraduate degree.

The Center offers state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders.
 UNT Speech & Hearing Bldg