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Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology On-Campus Program

This two-year program is designed to prepare students for entry-level activity as speech-language pathologists. The program is full time and has an emphasis on preparing students to be life-long learners with a strong foundation in evidence-based practice (EBP). Our program is constructed within a framework of the clinician-researcher model.

The curriculum supports the development of skills related to EBP in a sequence that provides students with hands-on learning opportunities in a clinical setting. Our well-designed public clinic allows students to hone their skills and learn about business practices of the profession. Throughout the curriculum, students gain experience formulating clinical questions, examining research, collecting data, evaluating outcomes, and presenting their findings in written and oral formats. Through their coursework and clinical training students develop critical thinking skills that will support them in the future.

In addition to on-campus clinical practica, students complete two internships. These internships are in public school settings and medical facilities. Students may complete these internships locally or away from the Northern Colorado area. Northern Colorado is a dynamic, growing region which houses a number of large, regional hospitals as well as many small, mid-sized rehabilitation and care facilities. These sites provide our students with many opportunities for learning. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of community-engaged learning opportunities. For more information on two of these programs, please click on these links: Greeley Treasure Chest ProgramProject L.I.F.E., Community Engagement during COVID-19

The Speech-Language Pathology M.A. is considered a full-time residential program. Admitted, enrolled applicants are expected to be available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.to allow time for class, clinics, community engagement, and other learning opportunities. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the expected time commitment, please contact the department (SLPGradApps@unco.edu). 

2021-2022 Open House Dates

We are holding several open house sessions in the fall of 2021 and spring of 2022 for interested applicants. During the open house, you'll meet with the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Kim Murza, and then have an opportunity to talk with current graduate students and tour our on-campus clinic. Those who are interested can stay for campus tours with our Graduate School Enrollment Coach following the open house. To RSVP to attend, please send an email to our SLP 2022 email with your name, date you'd like to attend and how many people will be attending with you. We will respond to your email with information about where to find our department. 

  • Friday October 8, 2021 1-3 pm MST
  • Friday November 5, 2021 1-3 pm MST
  • Friday January 14, 2022 1-3 pm MST
  • Friday April 1, 2022 1-3 pm MST

Virtual Open House Recordings 2020


Video Overview of the Program

Important information:  Please note the UNC Speech-Language Pathology graduate degrees (residential and distance education) meet or exceed all standards related to quality and outcomes.  Due to an oversight, the abbreviation of (MA) was inadvertently omitted in the statement of accreditation. Additionally, the word “reporting” was included on employment information. Nonetheless, the employment rate for graduates was 100%.  Due to these two non-substantive oversights, the CAA has determined that the program be placed on probation until the errors are resolved.  Promptly after notification, the errors were corrected, and a report was filed to remove the probationary status.  Unfortunately, the CAA will not act on the report until their meeting on May 19, 2022. 

During this time, the program remains fully accredited.

We look forward to having the probationary status removed in the near future.

Accreditation and Certification

The Master's of Arts (M.A.) education program in speech-language pathology (residential and distance education) at the University of Northern Colorado has been placed on probation by the:

Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
2200 Research Boulevard, #310
Rockville MD  20850
800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700

A program on probation is not currently in full compliance with the accreditation standards. Programs on probation remain accredited but must demonstrate compliance with the standards within one year.