The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a Masters of Science (M.S.) in Speech Language Pathology, with an optional Emphasis in Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology. Graduate studies in speech-language pathology offer an exciting array of academic and clinical experiences that lead to eligibility for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence. A majority of the learning situations are in the Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic, a modern fully-equipped facility located on the TCU campus.The graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
For additional information on the graduate program, click on the following links:
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
Emphasis in Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology
The faculty and staff is very proud of the success of our COSD graduate students. The program completion rates are 100% for the last three years (2010 = 12 students, 2011 = 12 students, 2012 = 13 students). TCU graduates generally secure employment immediately upon graduation and 100% of our students have obtained employment after graduation for the last 3 years (2010 = 12 students, 2011 = 12 students, 2012 = 13 students). It is not unusual for students to have a job offer before they complete their program. Additionally, TCU enjoys the reputation of having an extremely high success rate for graduates taking the national examination for certification. The pass rates on the PRAXIS have been 100% for the last three years (2010 = 12 students, 2011 = 12 students, 2012 = 13 students).
The Application Process
As of Fall 2012 we seek to admit 15 students each year. Applicants to the graduate program should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale and Graduate Record Examination scores of no less than 287 (combined verbal and quantitative scores - equivalent to 800 using old GRE scoring system). Your application for admission will be evaluated once the following are received:
- completed application form,
- GRE test scores,
- letters of recommendation, and
- two official copies of all transcripts of your college/university work. Official transcripts bear the seal of the school you attended and are mailed by the registrar directly to the Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences Office of Graduate Studies.
Please ensure that all application materials are sent to the Dean’s office, as indicated in the application. Completed applications must be received by January 15th; applications completed after this date will not be considered. TCU charges an application fee of $60.
If you are applying to the Emphasis in Bilingual-Speech Language Pathology check the appropriate box on the application form. Once all your application materials have been received, you will be contacted by phone regarding your interest in the bilingual program.
Admissions Documents and Forms
Financial assistance is available to qualified students. The amount and type of these awards vary and are competitive. In most cases, students admitted into the program receive substantial financial aid in the form of graduate assistantships. These awards offer tuition remission and require up to eight hours per week of service to the program. For additional information concerning graduate study at TCU, please email Dr. Chris Watts or call (817) 257-7621.
Students are considered for acceptance to the graduate program upon completion of an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology or communication sciences and disorders, or upon completion of a bachelor's degree in a field outside of these majors (leveling students) and successful completion the following prerequisite courses: audiology, speech and hearing science, phonetics, speech sound disorders, anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing mechanisms, language development, language disorders in children, clinical methods, and aural rehabilitation. All students applying to the graduate program must have successfully completed a course in (1) statistics, (2) physical science, (3) biological science, and (4) social/behavioral science.
The Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders also fills the role of graduate coordinator, and serves as the major advisor for all graduate students. Students meet individually and in a group with the graduate coordinator at the beginning of the program and on a regular basis throughout the academic year. An individual program of study is developed with each student and filed before the start of coursework in the first semester of graduate study. Any changes in the program of study or enrollment must be approved by the graduate coordinator and recorded in the student’s file. For additional information on advising, please click here.