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Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

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The Master of Science program in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at UNM prepares students to become professional speech-language pathologists. Our learning objectives are designed to give students balanced preparation across the scope of practice in our field, so our graduates are well-prepared for the many employment opportunities that are available in this state and nationwide. 

The program is accredited in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology by the Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Blvd., Rockville, MD 20850-3289, telephone 301-296-5700 or 800-498-2071. The program is designed so that students can complete all academic and clinical credentialing requirements of ASHA and of the New Mexico Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Hearing Aid Dispensing Practices board.

The UNM program has a number of distinctive features:

  • special focus on multilingual and multicultural issues in service delivery and research
  • access to a diversity of clinical sites and populations
  • opportunities for students to be involved in faculty research

Broad Program Learning Goals for this Degree/Certificate Program

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s, Council on Academic Accreditation in speech-language pathology and audiology, accredits the University of New Mexico’s graduate program in speech-language pathology (SLP). 

By the completion of the graduate SLP program, graduate students are expected to:  

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills to effectively diagnose an individual with a communication and/or swallowing disorder.
  • Exhibit knowledge and skills to effectively formulate an intervention plan for an individual with a communication and/or swallowing disorder.
  • Develop knowledge and skills to effectively incorporate the principles of evidence-based practice (EBP) in clinical service delivery. 

For more information on the graduate SLP program, please download the following documents (in pdf format):

The following data may be of interest to our current and prospective graduate students:  

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program
(updated Feb. 8, 2018)

Expected year of graduation

# completed program within expected time frame

% completed within expected time frame

# completed program on extended time frame

% completed program on extended time frame

Total % completed program

2016-17

14

93%

1

6%

100%

2015-16

21

91%

2

9%

100%

2014-15

16

89%

2

11%

86%

 

Praxis Examination Pass Rates of Test Takers who identified as University of New Mexico graduates

Test Date

# taking exam

# passed exam

Pass rate of test takers

2016-17

25

25

100%

2015-16

19

19

100%

2014-15

23

22

97%

 

Employment Rates of Graduates within One Year of Graduation 

Year of Graduation

# of graduates

% of graduates employed in field

2016-17

19

100%

2015-16

21

95%

2014-15

19

100%

For information about speech-language pathology and audiology programs throughout the U.S., including further information about UNM’s SLP graduate program, go to:  http://www.asha.org/edfind/