Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
The graduate program at Murray State is a six-semester program. Students are admitted and then assigned to the summer start cohort or the fall start cohort. Graduate students participate in traditional lecture, seminar and demonstration courses as well as in performance of specified competencies required in the professional setting. Practicum is considered an integral part of graduate study. Graduate students participate in a wide variety of assessment and treatment experiences in the Murray State Speech and Hearing Clinic, hospitals, schools, rehabilitation, skilled nursing and other facilities holding affiliation agreements with the program. Full time students are required to enroll in clinical practicum each semester of their graduate enrollment. Graduate students may choose to complete a thesis track or non-thesis track. Students on the non-thesis track are required to complete comprehensive exams in their last semester.
Graduate study in speech-language pathology at Murray State University requires much more than an accumulation of academic and practicum hours. A graduate program requires significant commitment on the part of students and faculty. Graduate study is not merely a continuation of undergraduate work. At the graduate level, the student is expected to develop independent learning, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Graduate courses are aimed at directing the student's learning, exploration of the discipline‘s literature and development of the knowledge and clinical skills necessary for professional competence. Learning outcomes will be assessed across the program of studies to document the student's completion of entry level academic and clinical standards specified by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Graduate students studying speech-language pathology must also demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and ethical principles in meeting their responsibilities to their clients by adhering to the principles and rules in the practice of the Code of Ethics of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.