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1101 North Campbell Street
Room 107
915.747.7250
spchlang@utep.edu

The Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Texas at El Paso is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association.  Admissions to the graduate program are limited by the resources available.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent degree at an international institution, or through the Five-Year degree plan.
  2. Minimum of 21 semester hours of upper-division undergraduate courses related to communication disorders.
  3. Demonstration of academic achievement and potential as indicated by the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and upper level undergraduate and graduate coursework (a minimum GPA of 3.0 in upper-division preparatory SPLP undergraduate courses).
  4. Other evidence of background and experience that might be available.
  5. A 213/550 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for international applicants.

Admission is competitive. The number of students admitted each semester is dependent on available program resources.

NOTE: To engage in clinical practicums, which are a crucial element in the curriculum, students in Speech Language Pathology must pass a background check. Therefore, applicants accepted to Speech Language Pathology will be required to undergo and pass a background check prior to matriculation. Applicants will be responsible for the costs in obtaining a background check report.

MS Degree Requirements

Majors in Speech-Language Pathology must complete the following:

Comprehensive written project and oral examinations are required for students who choose not to write a thesis. Students who write a thesis are required to defend the thesis in an oral examination. Students who choose to write a thesis must enroll in SPLP 5398 and SPLP 5399.

Grade Criteria

  1. A D or F grade in any graduate course will result in immediate dismissal from the graduate program and no reconsideration of the student for readmission will be taken.
  2. No more than two (2) C grades will be permitted. A third C grade will lead to immediate dismissal from the graduate program and no reconsideration of the student for readmission will be taken. If a C grade is earned, it must be matched with an A grade in a course within the program’s required SPLP courses, and this must be accomplished the semester (fall/spring/summer) immediately following the semester the C was earned.
36 Semester credit hours of graduate academic coursework and five semesters of clinical practicum for completion of Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology:
Required Academic Courses: (36 hours)
SPLP 5320Res Design in Comm Disorders3
SPLP 5330Diff Diag of Comm Disorders3
SPLP 5359Fluency Disorders3
SPLP 5360Aphasia and Related Disorders3
SPLP 5362Lang Disorder/Sch. Aged Child3
SPLP 5363Phonatory Disorders of Voice3
SPLP 5364Motor Speech Disorders3
SPLP 5366Comm Disorders and Literacy3
SPLP 5370Dysphagia3
SPLP 5372Probs-Proj in Spch Lang Path3
SPLP 5377Treatment Efficacy/Comm Disord3
SPLP 5380Augmentative/Alternative Comm.3
Clinical Practicum Courses: (15 Credit Hours)
SPLP 5369Grad Prac SPLP Univ3
SPLP 5379Grad Prac in SPLP Schl Setting3
SPLP 5389Grad Pract in SPLP Hosp/Agen3
Elective Courses:
SPLP 4320Independent Study/SLP&A3
SPLP 5375Articulation/Phon. Disorders3
SPLP 5376Multicult/Multiling Issues3
SPLP 5398Thesis3
SPLP 5399Thesis3

Total Graduating Hours: 51 Credit Hours

 

Graduate electives may be taken in and outside the Program with advisor's approval.  With the thesis option, an oral defense is required.  With non-thesis option a capstone research paper and an oral comprehensive examination are required.

All coursework used to meet M.S. degree requirements (above) must be completed with one six-year period prior to the M.S. degree award.

The Graduate School
The University of Texas at El Paso
Academic Services Bldg
El Paso, TX 79968-0566
(915) 747-5491

Copies of the Graduate Studies Catalog are available for $1 on campus or $3.50 for a mailed copy.  For additional information on the academic program and expectations, contact the Graduate Advisor in Speech-Language Pathology,

Bess Sirmon-Taylor, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Graduate Advisor
Speech-Language Pathology Program
1101 N. Campbell
El Paso, TX 79902
(915) 747-7278
Email: bsfjordbak@utep.edu

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 48

Speech-Language Pathology (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
SPLP 5320Res Design in Comm Disorders3
SPLP 5330Diff Diag of Comm Disorders3
SPLP 5359Fluency Disorders3
SPLP 5360Aphasia and Related Disorders3
SPLP 5362Lang Disorder/Sch. Aged Child3
SPLP 5363Phonatory Disorders of Voice3
SPLP 5364Motor Speech Disorders3
SPLP 5366Comm Disorders and Literacy3
SPLP 5370Dysphagia3
SPLP 5372Probs-Proj in Spch Lang Path3
SPLP 5377Treatment Efficacy/Comm Disord3
SPLP 5380Augmentative/Alternative Comm.3
Elective Menu:
Select one of the following:3
Neural Bases of Spch and Lang
Advanced Audiology
Articulation/Phon. Disorders
Multicult/Multiling Issues
Practicum:
Select three semesters of the following:9
Grad Prac SPLP Univ
Grad Prac in SPLP Schl Setting
Grad Pract in SPLP Hosp/Agen
Thesis/Project Option:
Select one of the following options:
Written project with oral examinations
Thesis consisting of the following:
Thesis
and Thesis
Total Hours48

DIRECTOR: Dr. Anthony P. Salvatore

Assistant Professor

Jamie Desjardins
Contact Information: jdesjardins@utep.edu; 915-747-8724
Education: Ph D, Syracuse University

Patricia Lara
Contact Information: plara2@utep.edu; 915-747-7271
Education:  BA, University of Texas at El Paso; MS, University of Texas at El Paso; PhD, University of Texas at El Paso

Jamie L Desjardins
Contact Information: jdesjardins@utep.edu; 915-747-7250
Education:  BS, SUNY Cortland, NY; MS, Syracuse University; PhD, Syracuse University

Connie Summers
Contact Information: clsummers@utep.edu; 915-747-8226
Education:  BS, Bringham Young University; MS, Bringham Young University; PhD, University of Texas at Austin