Training to become a speech pathologist is available from many major universities. A Master of Science degree program in communication sciences and disorders is designed to provide in-depth knowledge and skills in the areas required for a career in speech-language pathology.
Students graduating with a master's degree in communication sciences and disorders most often pursue careers in health care, medicine, research and education. Coursework includes classroom and clinical training, and at least one of the programs is available as a distance learning program at Texas Woman's University. Applicants to the Texas Woman's University program may work as a licensed assistant while they complete the requirements for the master's degree. Additionally, students in this program must maintain sponsorship from a certified organization while completing the program.
Candidates for the master's program at the University of Vermont must have a baccalaureate degree and a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination. They are also required to complete prerequisite coursework and submit two applications: the common application with the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Service and a University of Vermont Graduate College application.