MA in Speech-Language Pathology

We offer an accreditted, two-year MA program combining comprehensive academic coursework and stimulating clinical experience. 

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Join the next class of MA students in Fall 2023! Submit your application before January 15th. 

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MA Students (1st and 2nd year) 2021-2022

Grow Into Your Career

Being a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) is a rewarding career where you can help others communicate. Our ability to communicate is an essential part of who we are as humans. Difficulty with communication can significantly impact a person's quality of life, aside from any co-occuring medical conditions. Because communication is a complex process, from receiving to understsanding to producing a message, there are many ways that an SLP can play a critical role in the healtcare of their clients. Our program provides opportunities for students to find their passion through a comprehensive series of courses and hands-on clinical experiences. 

DID YOU KNOW?   We accept students with a variety of BA/BS degrees, including Communication Sciences and Disorders, Psychology, & Linguistics. 

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Course Work and Clinical Experiences

Our program is full-time, residential and is typically completed in two years (4 academic semesters and 1 summer semester) for students entering with all pre-requisites. A full curriculum of courses and clinical experiences prepare students for challenging and interesting careers in health care (acute and rehabilitation), community agencies, and school settings. 

Through academic coursework and clinical experiences leading to the MA degree, students will be prepared to pass the PRAXIS examination (required for certification from the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association). 

Academic Coursework

Students receive academic instruction in a variety of topics and areas to provide a foundation for their clinical work. A general course of study for the MA program is provided as a guide to help students in planning their courses each semester.

Clinical Experience

Our program houses the UB Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic, which serves as a training clinic for students and provides services to our local community.

  • Students gain experience working with clients across the lifespan and across speech, language, voice, swallowing, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). 

Additionally, externship placements are also provided during the Spring semester of a student's second year (dependent on competency level, clinic hours accrued, and availability of placements). Students typically receive two externship placements.

  • Each experience is a five day a week, full-time commitment for eight weeks (total of 16 weeks). Our clinic has several partnerships in the community providing interesting externships in hospitals, schools, agencies, and private practice settings. Students are supervised by ASHA certified professionals.
  • Externship placements are hands-on, real-world learning experiences that earn students course credits required for the MA degree. These are not paid experiences. 

Research Opportunities

Research opportunities are available to let you explore deeper topics of your interest and to develop your evidence-based practice skills in understanding and implementing research findings. Many of our academic faculty conduct research that seeks to improve clinical practice and patient outcomes. Their research labs cover topics across the lifespan, and across speech, language, and hearing. 

Students can elect to complete the thesis option during their MA program by carrying out an independent research project under the guidance of an academic faculty member.

Accreditation

The Master of Arts (M.A.) education program in Speech-Language Pathology (residental) at the University at Buffalo is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.  

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