A graduate degree aimed to help you answer your calling

We offer this degree for one reason: to help you become a highly qualified speech-language pathologist with the skills, compassion and motivation to make a difference in your community, wherever you choose to live. We do that through faith-based academic coursework and clinical placements designed to help you reach your career goals, while emphasizing life-long learning, and high moral and ethical competencies. When you graduate, you will be prepared to impact the lives of many people in truly meaningful ways.

Speech language pathology student working with a child at Special Equestrians

Our clinical program is distinct. You will have off-campus placements throughout your time in the program, as well as some on-campus clinical lab experiences with other professionals. More and more, health care is delivered by teams of professionals from the various specialties. We’ve structured our program around this type of inter-disciplinary collaboration so that your experience is broadened to include other professionals that you may work with during your career.

Application Process

Speech Language Pathology Admission

CSDCAS Application Opens: Aug. 2, 2018
Application Deadline: January 1, 2019
On-Campus Interviews: Feb. 25 - March 1, 2019 (tentative)
Entry Month: May 2019

Without Background, Speech Language Pathology Admission

CSDCAS Application Opens: Aug. 2, 2018
Application Deadline: January 1, 2019
On-Campus Interviews: Feb. 25 - March 1, 2019 (tentative)
Entry Month: August 2019

The steps below outline the application process for the Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology program. To apply, you are required to submit both an application through CSDCAS as well as the Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology Supplemental Form. The link to the Supplemental Form will be e-mailed when your application is submitted. Before starting these applications, we recommend that you complete the following checklist:

  • Obtain student copies of your college transcripts to assist you in completing the coursework section for the application.
  • Before you begin your application, please review the following CSDSCAS instructions: Before applying, Participating Programs and Instructions & FAQ.
  • Request official transcripts from each institution attended by using the transcript request form in CSDCAS. Complete the form, submit it to the registrar's office of each institution attended and instruct them to enclose the form with your official sealed transcript. Transcripts must be sent to the CSDCAS Transcript Department. CSDCAS accepts official transcripts sent directly from the registrar's office only. Please send transcripts as early as possible and no less than four to six weeks before the application deadline due to the time needed by CSDCAS to verify your application.
    Send transcripts to:

    CSDCAS Verification Department
    PO Box 9113
    Watertown, MA 02471

  • Pay the initial service fee of $100 when submitting the CSDCSAS application.
  • Obtain three letters of recommendation from 1) two current or previous professors; 2) supervisor and/or professional colleague. These letters of recommendation must be submitted through CSDCAS. The references should attest to the applicant's academic ability and potential.
  • Submit official GRE scores to CSDCAS 6967.
  • On campus interview. Information regarding the interview will be sent via e-mail when the application is received.

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For more information regarding the admission process, please contact:

Marian Carter, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Services

Admission Requirements

To be considered for the Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology program, you’ll need to meet the following criteria:

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in CSD/SLP OR related area (education, health sciences, psychology, family sciences, etc.)
  • Pre-requisite undergraduate courses from a regionally accredited college or university (ASHA CCC eligibility requirement):
    • Biological science (4 credit hours)
    • Physical science (must be chemistry or physics) (4 credit hours)
    • Statistics (math, psychology, health sciences) (3 credit hours)
    • Social/Behavioral Science (sociology, psychology, anthropology) (3 credit hours)
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum GPA of 3.25 on the last 60 hours of coursework
  • GRE: Preferred minimum combined score of 295
  • Three letters of reference submitted electronically. The three required recommendations should be from 1) two current or previous professors, 2) work supervisor and/or professional colleague.
  • On campus interview. Information regarding the interview will be sent via e-mail once the application is received.
  • Undergraduate CSD or major area – no grade in a “major” area less than C
  • Students who do not have a background in Communication Sciences and Disorders are encouraged to apply. The plan of study for non-background students is included below.
  • International applicants or American citizens who learned English as a second language must score at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer) or 80 (Internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). International applicants must also obtain a score of 27 or better on the iBT speaking subtest of the TOEFL or a 50 or better on the Test of Spoken English. For more information, please visit www.toefl.org. We cannot issue an I-20 for this program at this time.
  • Upon acceptance, a non-refundable fee of $500 is required to secure admission into the program. The fee is applied to the first semester's tuition.

Exceptions to any admission requirements will be handled on an individual basis.

Students and applicants with disabilities who seek accommodations must make a request by contacting the Section 504/Disability Access and Accommodation Coordinator, 205-726-4078 or disability@samford.edu

Admission Statistics

Graduating Class of 2017 Admissions Profile

  • Average GPA for admitted students: 3.6
  • Average GRE scores: 300
  • Number of applications received: 80
  • Number of students interviewed: 60
  • Number of students accepted: 20

Student Achievement and Outcome Data

Graduate Student Graduation and Employment Rate Data
Reporting Period # Completed within Expected Time Frame % Completed within Expected Time Frame Employment Rate in Profession
Fall 2018-Summer 2019 Data not yet available Data not yet available Data not yet available
Fall 2017-Summer 2018 14 100% 100%
Fall 2016-Summer 2017 17 94% 100%
MS-SLP Student PRAXIS Exam Data
Reporting Period # Taking PRAXIS Exam # Passed PRAXIS Exam % Passed PRAXIS Exam
Fall 2018-Summer 2019 Data Not Yet Available Data Not Yet Available Data Not Yet Available
Fall 2017-Summer 2018 17 17 100%
Fall 2016-Summer 2017 17 16 94%


Clinical Practicum Experiences

Students participate in a variety of experiences that help prepare them for careers in speech language pathology. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders maintains relationships with numerous clinical agencies in the Birmingham area as well as within the southeastern portion of the United States.

Plans of Study

The M.S. in speech language pathology program is designed to be completed in six semesters, including summers. All courses and clinical practicum experiences will be provided to allow students to progress to an on-time graduation. However, a modified individual program of study may be developed by the program director and the student to accommodate personal circumstances (e.g., medical emergency, physical and mental well-being issues, military deployment, missionary work, academic difficulty, family crisis, financial difficulty, and so forth). The modified program of study may involve withdrawal from one or more courses, part-time study or other accommodations, as appropriate. This will extend the program of study beyond the expected number of semesters.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and Fees
Expense Amount
M.S. in Speech Language Pathology, per credit each semester/term $813
Application fee CSDCAS $100
Campus life fee, per semester $25
Technology fee, per semester $175
ESS one-time fee $50

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*The master's program in speech language pathology at Samford University is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. This is a “pre-accreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years. 

For detailed information about the CAA Candidacy Program please visit the CAA web pages or contact: Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology; American Speech-Language Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, MD 20850; 800-498-2071.