The Master of Arts program in Speech-Language Pathology (MA-SLP) at the University of Florida offers students a comprehensive learning experience – one that combines active classroom-based learning with an assortment of innovative “hands on” learning opportunities at the many clinical sites available on or near the University of Florida campus. Graduates of our program can expect to develop the knowledge and skills that are needed to deliver evidence-based clinical services to a wide range of populations in a variety of clinical settings. The MA-SLP program is primarily oriented toward developing students’ clinical competence; however, our students also have access to a range of opportunities for developing skills in basic and applied research. Students who elect to enter the “thesis track” of the MA-SLP program conduct original research in laboratory and real-world settings under the mentorship of faculty who are widely recognized for their research contributions.
Our Department operates two primary clinics:
- UF Health Speech and Hearing Center at Shands Hospital
- UF Health Rehab for Kids at Magnolia Parke
Our Department is also affiliated with a range of other UF sites, most of which are on campus. Students can gain clinical experience at the following locations:
- UF Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration
- UF Craniofacial Center and Craniofacial Camp
- UF Department of Otolaryngology
- UF Department of Pediatrics
- UF Health – Shands Rehab Hospital
- Baby Gator Child Development and Research Center
Other local sites that welcome our Master’s students include:
- Alachua County Public Schools
- Malcolm Randall Veterans Administration Medical Center (just across from UF’s Health Science Center)
- Tacachale Developmental Disability Center
- An assortment of local private practices; and other medical, rehabilitative, and educational facilities within and just outside Gainesville.
In these settings, our students are mentored by licensed and certified speech-language pathologists (including our professors) who are highly experienced in the areas of assessment, prevention, and treatment. We strive to help our students develop a comprehensive, well-balanced foundation for successful clinical careers in speech-language pathology – ones that encompasses communication differences, developmental and acquired communication disorders, and swallowing disorders in both pediatric and adult cases.
The MA-SLP program at the University of Florida typically takes five semesters to complete. Some of our specialized clinical courses contain only a handful of students, and our primary academic classes usually have enrollments of 25 to 30 students. This means that students can expect ready access to both professors and clinical instructors. Students can elect to pursue either a thesis- or a non-thesis track. During the fifth (and final) semester, the program culminates with completion of either a clinical externship (non-thesis track) or defense of the Master’s thesis (thesis track). Many of our students complete their clinical externships at sites beyond the Gainesville area. In recent years our students have ventured to schools, hospitals, and clinics in places such as Atlanta, Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami, Tampa, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Diego, to name a few!
For more information about the program, check out these links:
- For information about graduate admissions, click here.
- For information about our program completion rates, praxis pass rates, and employment rates for graduates, click here.
- For information about research opportunities as a Master’s student, including our innovative Go FAR program, click here.