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Non-Speech-Language Pathology Background Degree Program

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

Frequent Questions and Answers


1. Q: What is the Non-SPLP Background Program?

A: The Non-Speech-Language Pathology Background 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 Science/Disorders. Students for the program are 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-SPLP Background 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 accelerated 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). This a list of all of the undergraduate courses to be successfully completed:

1013 (Introduction to Speech, Language, Hearing Disorders)
1052 (Speech and Language Acquisition)

2040 (Anatomy, Physiology for Speech)

2002 (Speech and Hearing Science)
4001 (Phonetics)
4004 (Multicultural Issues in Clinical Service Delivery)
4005 (Diagnosis of Communication Disorders)
4010 (Supervised Observation)
4028 (Articulation Disorders)

4033 (Language Pathology)
4035 (Clinical Procedures & Observations)
4077 (Audiology)
4090 (Neurophysiological Bases for Communication) 

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-SPLP Background Program per year?

A: One or two students are accepted per year (if slots are available). Non-SPLP Background 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. http://www.ulm.edu/financialaid/

In addition, a Non-SPLP Background Student is 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 an Accelerated 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 Program?

A: Non-SPLP Background 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. David Irwin, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, Professor and Program Director for Speech-Language Pathology and Director of the Autism Center at ULM, Sugar Hall 104, 700 University Avenue, Monroe, LA 71209-0321. He may be contacted at irwin@ulm.edu or 318.342.3190. Visit our website at www.ulm.edu/slp