Communication Disorders - Master of Arts

Students entering the graduate program with an undergraduate major in Communication Disorders can expect to complete the program in two years and be awarded a Masters of Arts in Communication Disorders with a specialization in Speech-Language Pathology. The graduate program for students without a Communication Disorders background is generally one year longer because one year of leveling is required. Enrollment in graduate courses in Communication Disorders is limited to students who have been accepted into the graduate program in Communication Disorders. To complete this course of study, each student is expected to meet the program’s academic and clinical competency criteria which are aligned with the requirements of state and national certifying bodies for licensure and clinical certification. Details regarding certification are available from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and the New Mexico Regulations & Licensing Department.

The Master’s degree program in Speech-Language Pathology at New Mexico State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Admission requirements and procedures can be found on the program website.

Program Requirements

The traditional Master's degree plan requires a minimum of 53 graduate credit hours and the completion of at least 400 clinical hours.

Prefix Title Credits
SPHS 505Research Methods3
SPHS 523Assessment of Communication Disorders3
SPHS 525Pediatric Language and Disorders3
SPHS 542Articulation and Phonological Disorders3
SPHS 590Clinical Education1
SPHS 589Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology13
SPHS 535Aphasia & Cognitive Linguistic Disorders3
SPHS 586Voice Disorders/Head and Neck Anomalies3
SPHS 584Fluency Disorders3
SPHS 583Dysphagia3
SPHS 585Motor Speech Disorders3
SPHS 521Professional Issues and Multicultural Practices in Communication Disorders3
SPHS 640Externship in Communication Disorders6
Elective Course
SPHS 547Cognitive-Linguistic Communication Disorders3
or SPHS 545 Introduction to Augmentative and Alternatice Communication
or SPHS 591 Special Topics
Total Credits53

Bilingual Program

In  addition to the traditional program of study, students with proficiency in English and Spanish may pursue the bilingual program in Speech-Language Pathology, which requires the following additional coursework:

Prefix Title Credits
SPHS 541Advanced Spanish Morpho-Syntax for Education Professionals3
SPHS 548Best Practices in Bilingual/Multicultural Assessment for Practitioners3
Course offered through UNM online (SHS 359)3

Leveling Program

The graduate courses to be taken during the leveling year for students without a Communication Disorders undergraduate degree are as follows:

Prefix Title Credits
SPHS 504Speech and Language Disorders3
SPHS 507Audiology3
SPHS 501Phonetics3
SPHS 502Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Mechanisms3
SPHS 506Clinical Methods and Procedures3
SPHS 510Neural Bases of Communication Disorders3
SPHS 508Aural Rehabilitation3
SPHS 503Speech Science3
SPHS 509Language Acquisition3
Total Credits27