Speech, Language, and Hearing Science MA
The Master of Arts in Speech Language and Hearing Science at Temple’s College of Public Health is a clinical professional degree that prepares students to become speech-language pathologists. Through rigorous clinical training, students learn to evaluate, diagnose and treat communication disorders. You will be exposed to a wide range of disorders and gain experience with ethnically diverse populations and individuals across the lifespan.
Speech-language pathology involves the study and treatment of a broad range of speech, language, social communication and cognitive-communication disorders. These may include developmental delays and disorders such as autism, apraxia of speech, dyslexia and stuttering. Graduates of the program are prepared to work as speech-language pathologists in a wide range of clinical sites, including hospitals, other inpatient and outpatient settings, private practices, rehabilitation centers, and schools.
Completing this program will make you eligible to apply for membership in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
What sets apart our Speech Language and Hearing Science MA?
- A high-profile program: Our program achieves consistent recognition as one of the premier programs of its kind, and our graduates have consistently gone on to significant careers throughout the U.S. and abroad.
- Extensive clinical placements: Our program has more than 80 clinical affiliate sites across the Philadelphia region. Students can also perform supervised clinical research in Temple’s Speech-Language-Hearing Center and other on-campus locations.
- Renowned faculty: Our faculty are recognized experts in aphasia, apraxia, child language processes and problems, effects of brain damage on language function, and voice use, among other research areas.
If you have a bachelor’s degree in Communications Sciences and Disorders, you will be able to graduate in two years by including two summer sessions. If you do not have a bachelor’s degree in Communications Sciences and Disorders, you may complete the degree in three years by including two summer sessions.
Many students choose to pursue the interests they develop in clinical and research experiences through a master’s thesis.
You can engage with peers and find leadership opportunities in student-led clubs and organizations at the College of Public Health.
- The Bilingual and Multicultural Speech-Language Club educates students about topics regarding multilingual and multicultural speech-language pathology through lectures from guest speakers, journal article discussions, and various activities that serve multilingual and multicultural populations.
- The Language and Linguistics Club promotes the scientific study of language, as well as assisting linguistic majors and other students to become more involved in, and more informed about, the field.
- The National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association provides students with opportunities to learn about the field of speech language and interact with fellow students and those currently in the profession. Speech Language and Hearing Science graduate students travel to the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s annual conference to engage with the professional community and present their clinical research findings.
The College of Public Health offers personalized advising services to students in each department. Master’s students can seek program support from
Graduate Program Director
Related Graduate Degrees
Students who are interested in pursuing a research-intensive doctoral degree may apply to the Communication Sciences and Disorders PhD program.