The accelerated master's degree in speech-language pathology is designed to produce highly skilled clinicians seeking to enter the field. This program enables qualified students to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders and count 12 hours of 700-level or above course work in the major completed in Year 4 of study for both the Bachelor’s and M.A. Speech-Language Pathology degrees. The M.A. is completed in the fifth year or beyond.

An accelerated master's degree from KU will, in most circumstances, satisfy the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's certification standards for continuing on to the clinical fellowship year. A certificate of clinical competence in speech-language pathology is awarded upon completion of a successful clinical fellowship.

 

Careful course selection and steady progression through the undergraduate career is necessary to ensure all requirements for both degrees may be completed within the approximate 5-year time-frame. All prospective students should discuss their interest in admission to the Accelerated M.A. program with their SPLH advisor and faculty mentor no later than the student’s second year.

Prospective students are eligible to apply to the graduate program in Spring semester (Jan 15 deadline) of their third year. The following requirements must be met by this time:

  • Major and cumulative GPA of at least 3.00; 
  • On track to complete all requirements for a Bachelor's degree in SPLH from KU by the end of the Spring semester of the fourth year; 
  • The following courses must be complete at the time of application: SPLH 120, SPLH 261, SPLH 462, SPLH 463, SPLH 465, SPLH 466, SPLH 568, SPLH 571

Applicants must complete an Application for Graduate Study (http://graduate.ku.edu/ku-graduate-application) online following the typical procedures for MA SLP admissions. A full list of the required application materials can be found on the Eligibility and Requirements and How to Apply pages our of Department's website

Non-native speakers of English must meet English proficiency requirements as described here: http://graduate.ku.edu/english-proficiency-requirements.

Accelerated M.A. Degree Progression Requirements

Upon review of the Application for Admission, SPLH will notify the student of his or her eligibility to begin coursework in the program. Final acceptance to the graduate program will be contingent upon the following: 

•     Successful completion of all requirements for the bachelor’s degree;

•     Grades of B- or above in all SPLH graduate-level coursework taken in Year 4;

•     A cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all coursework completed in Years 1-4;

•     A GPA of 3.0 for all graduate coursework completed in Year 4. 

Please note that admission to the graduate program through the traditional process is highly competitive. Students applying to the Accelerated M.A. program will be reviewed with other students applying to the M.A. SLP program. Similar criteria will be used to select students for both programs. If a student is not admitted to the Accelerated M.A. program, they are encouraged to meet with their undergraduate advisor to discuss undergraduate activities to pursue in Year 4 to become more competitive and to re-apply to the M.A. SLP program through the traditional process in Year 4.

The course requirements for this accelerated program are fulfilled by a combination of graduate-level courses taken for both undergraduate and graduate credit in Year 4, and graduate credit courses taken in Year 5 (and beyond).  Numerous graduate-level courses are regularly offered that fulfill distribution requirements for both the Bachelor’s and M.A. degrees.

The student must be approved to begin coursework toward the Accelerated M.A. program prior to enrolling in any 700 level or above courses that are to count for both undergraduate and graduate credit.

During the Senior Year (Year 4), the student must take the following SPLH courses:

SPLH 860Evaluation of Speech and Language2
SPLH 862Clinical Processes1
SPLH 864Advanced Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology3
SPLH 888Multicultural Considerations in Speech-Language-Hearing I1
SPLH 700+ level basic electives, as defined by the MA SLP handbook4-5

These courses (11-12 credit hours) will count toward the master’s degree and the 120 hour requirement for the undergraduate degree.  

In addition to the 11-12 credit hours of graduate coursework taken during Year 4, students must complete an additional 34-39 credit hours of graduate study to obtain a total of 46-50 graduate credits. This will consist of 22-23 credits of basic electives, as defined by the MA SLP handbook, and 12-16 advanced electives, as defined by the MA SLP handbook. Thus, all requirements outlined in the MA SLP handbook must be met to confer the MA degree and be eligible for ASHA certification as a speech-language pathologist.

Comprehensive Examination

All candidates for the M.A. degree, including students enrolled in the Accelerated M.A. program, must maintain a portfolio of work, pass both formative and summative exams, and complete a research requirement (thesis or non-thesis option). Typically, the formative exam will occur in the summer between Year 4 and Year 5, and the summative exam will occur in the last semester of enrollment.

Progression Requirements

Given the accelerated nature of this program, each student’s progress will be closely monitored at various points during the program:

  1. Upon approval to begin coursework toward the Accelerated M.A. track, the student must meet with their assigned SPLH faculty mentor to plan the final year of undergraduate study (Year 4). Performance in graduate coursework during Year 4 must meet the academic standing and student performance expectations outlined in the MA SLP handbook or the consequences detailed in the handbook will be enacted (e.g., remediation plan created).
  2. In the final semester of undergraduate work and prior to being formally admitted, the student must meet with their assigned SPLH faculty mentor to review the student’s performance in SPLH courses.  The student must earn a grade of “B-” or better in these courses and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to be eligible for regular admission to the master’s degree. If these conditions are not met, then the following actions are possible.
    1. For grade(s) of C+ or C: Students may be admitted with monitoring by the Advising Committee;
    2. For grade(s) of C-, D, F: Students may be admitted with monitoring by the Advising Committee and will need to re-take the course(s) because grades below C cannot count towards graduate requirements;
    3. For a cumulative GPA below 3.0: Students may be admitted with provisional status with monitoring by the Advising Committee.
  3. During Year 5 (and beyond), performance must meet the academic standing and student performance expectations outlined in the MA SLP handbook or the consequences detailed in the handbook will be enacted (e.g., remediation plan created).
  4. If the baccalaureate degree is not completed at the end of Year 4, the student will not be permitted to enroll in courses for graduate credit toward the master’s degree until the baccalaureate degree has been conferred.
  5. Students should complete all requirements for the Accelerated M.A. within 1-1.5 years of receiving the bachelor’s degree.  If unforeseen circumstances prevent the timely completion of the master’s degree, the student must consult with their graduate advisor to develop an alternative plan for completion

Accelerated M.A. Sample Academic Plan.

Please consult with an advisor for an individual program plan. Students will apply to the Accelerated M.A. program during the spring semester of their third year. Please see the admissions tab of the catalog for further details. 

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHours 
ENGL 1013ENGL 1023 
MATH 1013PHSX 114-Quantitative Reasoning3 
1st Semester Language52nd Semester Language5 
First Year Seminar3SPLH 1204 
SPLH 2613  
 17 15 
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours 
3rd Semester Language34th Semester Language3 
Goal 2.2 Communication3SPLH 4633 
SPLH 4623SPLH 5663 
SPLH 4651SPLH 5651 
SPLH 4663SPLH 5714 
Goal 3 Soc Sci3Goal 3-Humanities and Arts3 
 16 17 
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHours 
SPLH 5684Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3 
Goal 4.1-U.S. Diversity3Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3 
SPLH 6203SPLH 6603 
SPLH 6723Goal 3 Natural Science3 
SPLH Research3Lab Science1 
 SPLH Research3 
 16 16 
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
MA Basic Elective-12MA Basic Elective-22SPLH 8641
SPLH 8881SPLH 8891MA Basic Elective-32
SPLH 8602SPLH 8643MA Basic Elective-42
Statistics3SPLH 8621 
UG Electives5UG Electives3 
 13 10 5
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
SPLH 8621SPLH 8665SPLH 8641
SPLH 8643MA Advanced Elective-12Research3
MA Basic Elective-52MA Advanced Elective-22 
MA Basic Elective-62MA Advanced Elective-32 
MA Basic Elective-72SPLH 8681 
MA Basic Elective-82  
SPLH 8681  
 13 12 4
Total Hours 154