M.Ed. in Speech-Language Pathology

Thank you for your interest in our Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program; we think we have an excellent program. The program is administered under the College of Education at the University of West Georgia and is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

The graduate program prepares students for a professional career in the identification, assessment, and treatment of all communication disorders, including language, articulation, voice, resonance, fluency, and swallowing disorders. Successful completion of program and other professional requirements is designed to lead the applicant toward obtaining a Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) in Speech-Language Pathology, Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) certification, Georgia Licensure in Speech-Language Pathology, and ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).

Applicants with undergraduate majors other than SLP may be admitted to the program, but they must complete an undergraduate prerequisite course sequence before taking graduate level courses in SLP. The undergraduate prerequisites are taken while enrolled as a graduate student and these courses lengthen the time required for obtaining the Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology by approximately one year, for a total time of approximately three years of full-time enrollment required to obtain the master's degree. The program requires two years of full-time enrollment if undergraduate prerequisites were completed prior to enrolling in the master's program. Additionally, students who are seeking PSC certification to work in the K-12 educational system must complete required education courses while enrolled as a graduate student. These courses are added to the student's program of study and may lengthen the time for obtaining the Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology as well.

(Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for official program requirements.)


 The program currently seeks to admit approximately 20-25 fulltime students each fall semester, effective August, 2009.

Minimal Considerations for Program Admission:

  • 3.0 or better GPA
  • GRE Scores: 147 verbal & 147 quantitative & 3.5 Analytical (1000 combined: preferred; 800 GRE score minimum)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Writing Sample (The writing sample is required for only those who are chosen for an interview)
  • Interview - By Invitation Only

The University of West Georgia has restructured its operation of graduate education in order to better serve you. As of July 1st, the University has moved to a decentralized model for the administration of graduate education. Individual colleges will now personally handle all inquiries and procedures related to graduate programs.

For questions about  graduate education, please contact the Graduate Studies Associate in the College of Education's Department of Graduate Studies at 678-839-5430.