Master of Arts
Online + One 2-Week Summer Lab Session
An Innovative Online Master's Preparing Skilled Speech-Language Pathologists
The Speech-Language Pathology M.A. degree prepares students for entry-level employment as speech-language pathologists using a clinician-researcher model that provides a strong academic background and a foundation in evidence-based practice. It is offered in a primarily online format to meet the needs of non-traditional students with employment or family commitments that preclude participation in a traditional on-campus program. Students will visit our Greeley campus for one 2-week period during the first summer for laboratory experiences associated with coursework and academic advising. The program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) through September 2017.
This three-year master's degree program is offered by the Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences (ASLS) program of the College of Natural and Health Sciences in conjunction with the Graduate School through the Office of Extended Studies. We admit a cohort (group of students moving through the program together) of students for the Fall term of every even numbered year. The next cohort will begin Fall 2014.
Applicants to the program must either have earned an undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, or Communication Sciences/Disorders; or have completed a core of undergraduate prerequisite courses prior to beginning coursework for the degree program. Information on the application requirements and process can be accessed on the ASLS Graduate School Application Process page.
We encourage you to visit the Audiology and Speech Language Sciences Prospective Graduate Students page and the Graduate School’s Prospective Students page for more detailed information about the Speech-Language Pathology M.A. program, Graduate School requirements and the application process.
Contact the Academic Program Coordinator
Speech-Language Pathology MA—Academic Program Coordinator
Dr. Kathleen Fahey
Course of Study
This degree is offered in a primarily online format to meet the needs of non-traditional students with employment or family commitments that preclude participation in a traditional on-campus program. Students will visit our Greeley campus for 2 weeks during their first summer term for lab sessions and advisement.
The graduate curriculum provides the academic and clinical practicum components of the requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology awarded by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
In addition to the coursework, satisfactory performance on a culminating activity or activities approved by the program faculty, in accordance with Graduate School policy, satisfies the completion of a comprehensive examination required to complete the Master of Arts program.
Required Coursework—65 Credit Hours
- Content Courses (32 semester hours)
- Clinical Sequence (26 semester hours)
- Research Sequence (7 semester hours)
View a sample curriculum schedule for the online Speech-Language Pathology MA.
Supervision Requirements for Clinical Practicum Courses
Students must be supervised by an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist for the clinical portion of all assessment and treatment practicum courses in the Clinical Sequence. Please see the additional information about the supervision requirements for the clinical practicum.
Admission Requirements and Transfer Credit
The Graduate School currently requires a 3.0 minimum grade point average for admission to graduate programs. In addition, the program requires that students have completed an undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, or Communication Sciences/Disorders; or have completed a core of undergraduate prerequisite courses prior to beginning the program. More detailed information about the application requirements and process can be accessed on the ASLS Graduate School Application Process page.
Eligibility by State
UNC has secured approval from almost every state, as required by new federal regulations, so that students are eligible to apply to online programs at UNC. However we are unable to accept applications at this time for our online programs from students residing in a few select states because their requirements, particularly application fees, for such approval are prohibitive. Please verify your Eligibility by State before applying.
Note: All international students residing outside of the United States are eligible to apply to our online programs. Students attending online while residing outside of the United States do not need student visas for admission.
Applicable graduate credit may be applied towards this academic program. In order for credits to be accepted toward a degree they must be graduate level credits, be approved by the Academic Advisor, and have a grade of A or B. Once approved by the advisor, students must complete a Petition to Count Work in a Degree Program to have the credit approved by the Grad School. Master’s and specialist degree students must complete a minimum of 24 credits at the University of Northern Colorado. All work counted in a degree program must be within five years for a master’s degree and six years for a specialist degree. The time limit is calculated from the beginning of the first class transferred in and counted in the degree program.
Tuition, Financial Aid and Health Insurance
This program is offered through the UNC Office of Extended Studies, which means a flat per-credit tuition rate for all students in the program. There are no student fees. Certain courses may carry specific course fees for additional services and materials.
Tuition rates are set each academic year (which begin each Fall semester). Tuition for Fall 2014 will be determined in June 2014. For reference, the tuition rate for the 2013-14 school year for this program is $546 per credit hour.
Students who cannot pay for tuition alone are encouraged to apply for federal financial aid. Students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA priority filing date for each academic year (which begins each August) is March 1. Late submissions of the FAFSA are still accepted but may not be considered for the maximum amount of aid.
Master’s degree students require a minimum of 5 credits per academic term for financial aid eligibility. Full time enrollment is based on 9 credits.
To apply for federal financial aid assistance
Fill out the FAFSA form at www.fafsa.ed.gov/
Extended Studies degree seeking students may contact Aimee Rogers in Financial Aid for more specific help at (970) 351-2502 or visit UNC Financial Aid website.
Students can also find information in the Guide to Federal Student Aid at studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html
Student Health Insurance
The University of Northern Colorado offers a Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) to all degree-seeking students who enroll in courses on our main UNC Campus, an Extended Studies Center or Online.
Degree-seeking graduate students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours will automatically receive this benefit each term. SHIP premiums will appear on your semester bill. If you have comparable insurance coverage, and do not want to be charged for SHIP coverage, you must opt out of this plan each Fall via an online waiver process.
Please visit www.unco.edu/ship for more information about the insurance plan.
We admit a cohort (group of students moving through the program together) of students for the Fall term of every even numbered year. The next cohort will be admitted to the online Speech-Language Pathology M.A. program offered through the Office of Extended Studies in Fall 2014.
- Application Deadline: February 1 of each even numbered year (the February prior to the Fall start).
Information about the application requirements and process, as well as application forms, can be accessed on the ASLS Graduate School Application Process page.