It is typical for speech therapists, also known as speech-language pathologists, to complete a 4-year undergraduate degree and then earn a 3-year master's degree, with these time estimates being for full-time students. Aspiring speech therapists can usually earn their bachelor's degrees in another subject as long as they take appropriate speech therapy courses needed for master's program admission, mentions the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The speech therapy courses needed to enroll in a master's program vary but might cover audiology, language development, anatomy and linguistics, notes the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Master's degree programs are commonly in speech-language pathology and have a clinical experience component. Graduates need to pursue state licensure and meet any other state requirements to practice as speech therapists.