Speech-language pathology

Undergraduate Program

The Department 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 advisers*

A-D: Steve Cloud; E-H: Rachel Powell; I-L: C.G. Marx; M-P: Steve Oshrin; Q-T: Mary Schaub; U-Z: Lee Terrio
*assigned by student's last name

Graduate Program

The master's of arts and the master's of science degrees in speech-language pathology are five semester programs requiring approximately two years for completion. Master's of arts students complete 12 SHS courses, must demonstrate foreign language proficiency and complete 9 hours of thesis. This compares to master's of science students who complete 15 SHS courses; there are no foreign language or thesis requirements. Students who complete either curriculum are eligible for state licensure and ASHA's CCC-SLP.

Students accepted on regular admission status enroll in 13 credit hours of course work during fall and spring semesters and 10 credit hours during summers. Lectures and seminars address normal and abnormal communication processes, assessment, treatment and prevention techniques over the lifespan. Topics include aphasia, articulation, augmentative devices, dysphagia, fluency, language, motor speech disorders, multicultural issues and traumatic brain injury. 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 take a comprehensive exam (effective Fall, 2016) and the national examination in Speech-Language Pathology (Praxis II) towards the end of their program of studies.

Application deadline: February 1

Speech-language pathology graduate students are admitted full-time in summer or fall semesters. The entire application process is online (click the APPLY link at the top of this page). Applicants should submit either unofficial transcripts* (which applicants can upload themselves) or 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 deadline.

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


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


The master's of arts and the master's of science education programs in speech-language pathology at The University of Southern Mississippi are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800.498.2071 or 301.296.5700.

Graduate adviser: Steven Cloud