Speech, Language and Hearing Science MA

Explore the clinical study of speech pathology and hearing science, including the treatment of disorders across the lifespan, in the Speech Language and Hearing Science MA. You’ll train to work creatively and competently in clinical sites, including acute care and rehabilitation hospitals, early intervention agencies, schools, and skilled nursing facilities—specializing in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders.

Upon graduation, students commonly find employment as speech-language pathologists. Speech-language pathology is concerned with a broad scope of issues involving communication, including social communication difficulties and structural language impairments.

The master’s program offers a high quality, rigorous clinical component. You’ll gain a range of clinical experience in ethnically diverse populations with individuals ranging from infants to older adults. You’ll also be exposed to a wide range of disorders over the course of your field placements. Students perform fieldwork in a variety of settings in the surrounding urban community, including adult settings, pediatric and rehabilitation hospitals, and schools. Bilingual clinical opportunities are available for students who want to leverage their language skills.

The Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders has more than 80 clinical affiliate sites around the Delaware Valley. You can also perform supervised clinical research on campus. The Philadelphia Aphasia Community at Temple offers numerous hands-on clinical and research opportunities for students. It combines the expertise of speech-language pathology, therapeutic recreation and public health with the goal of enhancing communication skills and quality of life for people with aphasia. Among other activities, PACT organizes art groups, a choir and conversation groups to help build communication ability and reduce social isolation. Students may also get involved in SPEAK NOW, a summer camp for children and adolescents who stutter, to gain additional experience with speech pathology.

Many students choose to pursue the interests they develop in clinical and research experiences through a master’s thesis.

Classes and Curriculum

If you have a bachelor’s degree in Communications Sciences and Disorders, you will be able to graduate in two years, including two summer sessions. If you do not have a bachelor’s degree in Communications Sciences and Disorders, you’ll complete the degree in three years, including two summer sessions.

Core courses include

  • Foundations and Management in Adult Language Disorders,
  • Child Language Disorders,
  • Motor Speech Disorders and
  • Dysphagia.

In addition to core courses, you’ll take three elective credits and 15 to 20 clinical credits. For your culminating event, you may choose one of the following options.

Comprehensive examination: Take your exam during the final term.

Master’s thesis: This option is ideal for students who want to explore a research topic more deeply than is possible during a regular seminar or independent study.

See a full list of required courses for the Speech Language and Hearing Science MA

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Master of Arts program offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2017–2018 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $928.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,276.00 per credit


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