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Non-Speech-Language Pathology Background Degree Program

For the Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology Degree


Frequent Questions and Answers (FAQs)


1.  Q:  What is the Non-Speech-Language Pathology Degree Program?

A:  The Non-Speech-Language Pathology Degree Program for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology is designed for individuals who do not have an undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology/Communication Disorders.  Students for the program must complete all requirements for the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology degree.  Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.  The specific discipline can be in a variety of areas, but should include a major related to human behavior (psychology, sociology, health studies, etc).  However, students from business, biology, and linguistics have been admitted.


2.  Q:  How many courses does the student take in the Non-Speech-Language Pathology Degree Program?

A:  If admitted, a student must take a total of 37 hours of Undergraduate courses in Speech-Language Pathology at ULM.  In addition, a student may have to take additional courses in sciences, social/behavioral sciences, and statistics (depending upon the undergraduate degree). This takes approximately 1.5 years to complete the UG courses.  Towards the beginning of the second year, the student begins to take Graduate only courses for a total 37 hours (plus clinical practicum for 15 hours).  The total length of the program is three (3) years of full-time study (no part-time).  At the end of the three years, a student who successfully completes the program will be eligible for membership and certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  For further requirements consult www.asha.org


3.  Q:  What are the admission requirements?

A:  All applicants must meet the minimum requirements for regular admission to the M.S. in SPLP.  A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required with a GRE (General) of 290.  Admission is selective and competitive, therefore, students typically have to exceed these minimum requirements to be admitted (i.e., a 3.5 cumulative GPA and a GRE score of 300).  Please consult the Speech-Language Pathology website at the following:  http://www.ulm.edu/slp/index.html for the M.S. in SPLP Application Packet.  See the “Student Resources” heading on the left of the page.  Please explore all aspects of the program while at the website.  In addition, students must meet minimal standards established the Graduate School at ULM.  Go the following link for more information http://www.ulm.edu/gradschool/ms_splp.html  Note that GRE scores cannot be over two years old. 


4.  Q:  How many students are typically admitted to the Non-Speech-Language Pathology Degree Program per year?

A:  One or two students are accepted per year (if slots are available).  Non-SPLP Degree program students are only admitted for the Fall semester.  The deadline for applications (including all materials in the application packet and the Graduate School is February 1st ).  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. 


5.  Q:  Are courses offered online? 

A:  No, none of the Undergraduate or Graduate courses are offered online in Speech-Language Pathology. 


6.  Q:  Is financial assistance available?

A:  Financial Aid is available through the Financial Aid Office at ULM.



In addition, a Non-SPLP Degree Program student may be eligible to apply for a Graduate Assistantship with the University.  Graduate Assistantships are available from a variety of programs on campus.  The SPLP program does not offer a Graduate Assistantship to a Non-SPLP Degree program student during the first 1.5 years of taking the Undergraduate pre-requisites.  However, if available, and recommended by the student’s academic advisor, a student may be employed as a GA with other programs.  The requirements include working 20 hours per week.  The tuition is waived for each semester a student (resident or non-resident) plus a monthly stipend to assist with expenses.  For further information about a GA, please go to the following http://www.ulm.edu/gradschool/assist_workstudy.html


7.  Q:  How do I apply to the Non-SPLP Background Degree Program?

A:  Accelerated students are only admitted for the fall semester.  The application deadline for ALL materials to be received by the SPLP Program Director and the ULM Graduate School is February 1st.  Students need to go the SPLP homepage and see “Student Resources” on the left. Click the link for “M.S. Application Packet” and download and print all materials.  It is important to carefully review the “Checklists” for the Speech-Language Pathology program and the ULM Graduate School.  Other materials and requirements are available for review at this site.  Go to www.ulm.edu/slp  for more information. 


8.  Q:  Where do I go for more information?

A:  Contact Dr. Linda Bryan, Interim Program Director for Speech-Language Pathology, Sugar Hall 104, 700 University Avenue, Monroe, LA 71209-0321.  She may be contacted at lbryan@ulm.edu or 318.342.3190. 


9.  Courses Required for the Non-SPLP Background Degree Program

Undergraduate Courses Required:
•  SPLP 1013 - Introduction to Speech/Language/Hearing Disorders   
•  SPLP 1052 - Speech and Language Acquisition  
•  SPLP 2002 - Speech and Language Science  
•  SPLP 2020 - Beginning Sign Language  
•  SPLP 2040 - Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Processes  
•  SPLP 4001 - Phonetics  
•  SPLP 4004 - Multicultural Issues in Clinical Service Delivery  
•  SPLP 4005 - Diagnosis of Communication  

•  SPLP 4010 - Supervised Clinical Observation  
•  SPLP 4028 - Articulation Disorders  
•  SPLP 4033 - Language Pathology  
•  SPLP 4035 - Clinical Procedures and Observations  
•  SPLP 4077 - Audiology  
•  SPLP 4090 - Neurophysiological Bases for Communications

Graduate Courses Required:
•  SPLP 5005 - Research in Speech-Language Pathology  
•  SPLP 5020 - Seminar in Articulation  
•  SPLP 5025 - Current Topics in Stuttering Research and Remediation  
•  SPLP 5028 - Seminar in Communicative Language Disorders in Children  
•  SPLP 5030 - Seminar in Speech/Language Pathology: Diagnostics  
•  SPLP 5042 - Seminar in Voice Disorders  
•  SPLP 5050 - Neurological Disorders I-Introduction and Identification  
•  SPLP 5052 - Neurological Disorders II-Evaluation and Management  
•  SPLP 5060 - Seminar in Augmentative/Alternative Communication for Persons with Severe Expressive Disorders  
•  SPLP 5061 - Seminar in Oropharyngeal Involvement  
•  SPLP 5070 - Seminar in the Profession  
•  SPLP 5076 - Practicum—Site I  
•  SPLP 5077 - Audiology Issues for the Speech-Language Pathologist  
•  SPLP 5081 - Internship-School Site  
•  SPLP 5086 - Internship-Medical/Rehabilitation Site  
•  SPLP 5091 - Research Project