Graduate Program

The Master of Science Degree Program for Speech Language Pathology in  Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kentucky is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. 

CAA is a semi-autonomous body within ASHA that is responsible for formulating standards for accreditation of entry-level professional preparation programs in speech-language pathology and audiology, evaluating programs, and granting accreditation to programs that have met the standards. There are six accreditation standards that must be met and a description of those standards is available here (

The Master’s Degree Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kentucky is designed so that students will be able to practice professionally as entry level speech-language pathologists upon completion of the program. Graduating students will be eligible to apply for the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association if all certification requirements are fulfilled satisfactorily. Students may also be eligible for Licensure in speech-language pathology in Kentucky and elsewhere in Speech Language Pathology.

Who Should Apply?

  1. Students with an undergraduate degree in communication disorders complete the master’s program in two academic years of full-time study (six semesters). The deadline for receipt of applications is January 15. If you have additional questions about admission to the graduate program, email us.
  2. Students with a bachelor’s degree in a non-communication disorders field can still apply to the graduate program as pre-requisite students.. The department accepts a limited number of pre-requisite applicants each year. Required documents for admission include all of the materials listed for the Master’s program, i.e., application, three letters of reference, GRE scores, and official transcript. Students must also apply to the UK Graduate School.  Prerequisite coursework must be completed before graduate-level courses are taken. Traditionally, applicants take these courses in their first year as graduate students once they have been accepted into the program. The pre-requisite program takes three academic years (eight semesters) to complete with the student taking the pre-requisite or “leveling” courses during the first academic year. Since our graduate program is competitive and we have a limited number of slots for admissions, students should have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. The deadline for receipt of applications is January 15. If you have additional questions about admission to the graduate program as a pre-requisite student, email us.

Completion of a graduate degree in speech-language pathology is required for national certification and state licensure, as well as for teaching certification in most states. Most graduate programs require 1 1/2 to 2 years of full-time study to complete. Participation in UK’s graduate program, or any other program around the state or country, is very competitive. Most programs will require a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 to be considered for admission.


The mission of the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to serve the citizens of Kentucky and beyond by preparing graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to provide quality clinical services and assume leadership roles; by serving the community and the professions through provision of evidence-based clinical services, continuing education, and exchange of information among practitioners in communication disorders; and by promoting, conducting, and supporting research that contributes to the understanding and management of persons with communication disorders.

How to Apply?

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How Are We Doing?

Program outcome data is available here.

Program Visit Information

If you are interested in visiting UK and touring our facilities for our graduate program, we have group visit dates scheduled this fall: Friday, October 19, 2018; Friday, November 9, 2018; and Monday, December 17, 2018.  Please email to sign up.

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