Speech-language pathology

Undergraduate Program

The School of Speech and Hearing Sciences offers a bachelor of arts degree in speech-language pathology/audiology. The curriculum fulfills preprofessional requirements for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in these disciplines.

Undergraduates obtain an overview of speech production and perception, articulation, fluency, hearing, language and voice. Anatomy and physiology courses provide foundations for understanding normal and abnormal communication processes over the lifespan. Methods of prevention and treatment are also addressed in the curriculum.

A three-course American Sign Language option is available. Students also observe and may assist professionals in The Children's Center, The DuBard School and The Speech and Hearing Clinic.

Undergraduate advising

Undergraduate Speech and Hearing majors are advised in Student Services, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Room 220 Asbury Hall (601-266-5454).

Graduate Program

The master's of science degree in speech-language pathology is a five semester program. Master's of science students must complete 15 SHS courses with 4 semesters of on-campus clinical practicum and one semester of off-campus praticum. Students who complete the curriculum are eligible for state licensure and ASHA's CCC-SLP.

Students accepted on regular admission status enroll in 12 credit hours of course work during the fall, spring and summer terms. Lectures and seminars address normal and abnormal communication processes, assessment, treatment and prevention techniques over the lifespan. Topics include adult neurogenics, articulation, augmentative devices, dysphagia, fluency, language, motor speech disorders and multicultural language issues. The curriculum emphasizes writing skills and a knowledge and application of research techniques.

Initial on-campus practica are completed in The Children's Center, The DuBard School or The Speech and Hearing Clinic. Subsequent clinical experiences are obtained with Speech-Language Pathologists in the Laurel-Hattiesburg area. The off-campus coordinator arranges final-semester externships. Students must pass a comprehensive examination and the national examination in Speech-Language Pathology (Praxis II) toward the end of their program of studies.

Priority application deadline: February 1

Speech-language pathology graduate students are admitted full-time during the fall semester. The entire application process is online (click the APPLY link at the top of this page). Applicants should submit official transcripts* and GRE scores; letters of recommendation are not required. The online application includes assistantship requests. International applicants should apply to the Center for International Education. All materials should be on file well in advance of the February 1st priority deadline.

(*Official final transcripts are required to be on file in The Graduate School prior to the beginning of the student's second semester of study.)


A mandatory two day orientation is held for new graduate students each fall. Students meet school and program directors. Topics of discussion include academic honesty, clinical policies, code of ethics, complaint/conflict resolution, policies and procedures, HIPAA, KASA, off-campus assignments, scope of practice and standard (universal) precautions.


Students must pass a standardized examination in Speech-Language Pathology (the PRAXIS II) in order to qualify for national certification (the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Any number of states also require the PRAXIS for professional licensure. Students who wish to take the national examination are encouraged to do so during the final semester of the program.

ASHA Certification Standards in Speech-Language Pathology

Graduate adviser: Steven Cloud