An Online Master's Degree Preparing Skilled Speech-Language Pathologists

The Speech-Language Pathology Master of Arts – Online Program prepares you for entry-level employment as a speech-language pathologist using a clinician-researcher model that provides a strong academic background and a foundation in evidence-based practice. It is offered in a primarily online format to meet the needs of non-traditional students with employment or family commitments that preclude participation in a traditional on-campus program.

You will visit our Greeley campus for one 2-week period during the third semester in the summer for laboratory experiences associated with coursework and academic advising. The program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) through September 2025.

This three-year master's degree program is offered by the Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences (ASLS) program of the College of Natural and Health Sciences, delivered online with the support of UNC Extended Campus. You will progress through the program as part of a cohort (group of students moving through the program together).

Eligibility for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence

This Master of Arts program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) through September 2025, and by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).

  • Students who complete this program, complete the clinical fellowship and pass the Praxis exam are eligible to apply for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  • Graduates can also qualify for licensure from the Colorado Department of Education. Eight weeks of internship in public schools are required to be eligible for licensure from the Colorado Department of Education. Each state has specific rules for licensure, so if you plan to practice out of state please check with that state's requirements to ensure that this program will fit your needs.

Career opportunities include positions in schools, hospitals and rehabilitation centers; practice in association with a range of physicians including otolaryngology, neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and pediatrics; and private practice.

Visit the ASLS Website

The department of Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences hosts additional program information, including program outcomes data and an FAQ list.

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This degree is offered in a primarily online format to meet the needs of non-traditional students with employment or family commitments that preclude participation in a traditional on-campus program. Students will visit our Greeley campus for 2 weeks during their first summer term for lab sessions and advisement.

The graduate curriculum provides the academic and clinical practicum components of the requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology awarded by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

In addition to the coursework, satisfactory performance on a culminating activity or activities approved by the program faculty, in accordance with Graduate School policy, satisfies the completion of a comprehensive examination required to complete the Master of Arts program.


Required Coursework (63-75 Credit Hours)

Graduation from this program requires a minimum of 63 credit hours. Your clinical practicum needs, course choices and internship hours may result in additional credit hours.

To see a typical list of courses per term, visit an example Current Program Students page.

See an example full-program course schedule.


Culminating Activity

Satisfactory performance on culminating activity/activities approved by program faculty, in accordance with Graduate School policy, satisfies the completion of the comprehensive exam and is required to complete the MA Program.


For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

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