Master of Arts (MA)

We offer a two-year post-baccalaureate program combining comprehensive academic coursework and stimulating clinical practicum. Students entering with undergraduate degrees in speech and hearing sciences typically complete the master’s degree in four semesters and one summer semester.   

MA students.

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. 

Course Work and Clinical Experiences

Our program typically consists of 4 academic semesters and 1 summer semester. A full curriculum of courses and clinical experiences are available to prepare students for challenging and interesting careers in health care (both acute and rehabilitation settings), community agencies, and school settings. 

Students participate in didactic coursework and in-house clinical experiences. 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. 

Our program houses a state-of-the-art University clinic staffed by clinical faculty, and complemented by our renowned academic faculty, with diverse expertise working with children and adults in the areas of

  • early intervention
  • articulation
  • language
  • aural rehabilitation
  • central auditory processing
  • pervasive developmental disorders such as autism and Asperger’s Syndrome
  • fluency
  • voice disorders
  • neurogenic disorders

Completion of the master’s degree requires a passing score on the PRAXIS examination (required for certification from the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association). 

MA Curriculum Plan

A general course of study for the entire MA program. It is intended as a guide to help students in planning their course of study each semester.

Research Opportunities

Research opportunities are available. Many of our academic faculty conduct research that seeks to improve clinical practice and patient outcomes. Learning more about the research process will strengthen your understanding and use of research as you develop your evidence-based practice skills. 

Students interested in a research experience work with department faculty in a variety of basic and applied including

  • augmentative communication
  • acoustics
  • speech perception
  • voice production
  • motor speech disorders
  • child language
  • adult language 

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 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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