Master’s Program

graduate students in class

The Department of Communicative Disorders offers a graduate program in speech pathology leading to the Master of Science (MS) degree.

Our program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Training and Coursework

The University of Alabama Master of Science degree program in speech-language pathology is designed to prepare speech-language pathologists to contribute to the prevention, assessment, and treatment of communicative disorders.

Through formal academic coursework, clinical experience, and exposure to research, students enrolled in the program acquire

  • knowledge of the literature in human communication sciences and disorders
  • skill in the administration and interpretation of speech, language, and hearing measures
  • the ability to apply therapy techniques
  • an appreciation of related behavior, physical and biological sciences
  • an awareness of, and an appreciation for, the multicultural nature of our society
  • insight into their own professional strengths and limitations

Students completing the requirements for the MS degree at The University of Alabama meet the academic and clinical practicum requirements for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology and for state licensure in Alabama.

The MS degree program provides the following:

  • a prescribed sequence of courses in human communication sciences and disorders and related disciplines
  • opportunities to observe, discuss and participate in the assessment and treatment of individuals of all ages with a wide range of communication disabilities at The University of Alabama Speech and Hearing Center and various off-campus facilities
  • experience in the assessment and treatment of individuals with speech, language, and hearing disorders
  • opportunities for research experiences which may include the writing of a thesis

Find detailed degree requirements, including course descriptions, in the UA Graduate Catalog.

More Information

Further information about our graduate program can be found at these links:

For questions, contact Dr. Angela Barber, director of graduate studies, at