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Improve the lives of those with communication and swallowing disorders

The speech-language pathology program at SFA prepares knowledgeable, caring professionals to properly diagnose and effectively treat persons with communication and swallowing disorders across their lifespan, thereby improving their quality of life. 

Since its creation in 1962, the program has hosted very strong, committed faculty and has produced competent professional speech-language pathologists. In 1992, the graduate program became fully accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The program embraces cultural and linguistic diversity and values educating the public. As a speech-language pathology student, you’ll recognize the program’s emphasis on evidence-based practice, critical thinking skills, interdisciplinary collaboration, ethical principles and continued professional development.

Your studies will prepare you for state licensure and national certification in speech-language pathology. You’ll perform on-site speech, language and hearing evaluations while working with all ages to assess, diagnose and treat various communication disorders. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with individuals in public schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, state schools or home health agencies.

A high-opportunity career field

As a speech-language pathology professional, your job outlook is very strong.

Speech-language pathology professionals choose from a large number of available positions. About half work in school settings. Other common environments include hospitals and private health facilities, nursing homes, clinics, rehabilitation settings and private practices.

Employers of our alumni indicated that our graduates exceed expectations in clinical preparation and come to the workplace with skills in some areas higher than those of graduates from other programs.

MS in Speech-Language Pathology

The master’s degree is the minimum requirement for independent professional practice in the field of speech-language pathology. To be awarded the degree, you must meet all academic and clinical practicum requirements of the Council for Clinical Certification of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. You also will need to obtain a Texas Speech-Language Pathology License to practice in Texas. 

The master’s degree plan requires two years of academic and clinical preparation, typically beginning the summer before your first fall semester and culminating with graduation in May.

Admission Data

The data has been taken from the 2020-2021 admission cycle: 

Total number of applicants: 216 
Average Overall GPA: 3.49 
Average Last 60 credit hours GPA: 3.70 
Total Number of Interviews Offered: 108
Total Number of Offers Accepted: 35 

Admission cycle statistics include both residential and distance applicants.

Qualified candidates will be contacted by a member of the graduate admission committee for an on-campus interview and tour.

Minimum Requirements


Tuesday, February 1, 2022

All application materials must be submitted and verified by the deadline.

Apply Texas

Stephen F. Austin State University currently utilizes ApplyTexas which is a centralized application service that services colleges and universities across the state of Texas.

Graduate School will begin July 5, 2022 be sure to select Summer when using ApplyTexas.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS)

The Speech-Language Pathology graduate program utilizes CSDCAS which is a service that allows applicants to use single online application and set of materials to apply to multiple participating graduate programs offering clinical education in speech-language pathology. The SFASU CSDCAS application will open for applicants on Friday, October 1, 2021. When applying for graduate school on CSDCAS you will need to select your designation as Residential (on-campus) or Distance (off-campus).

Distance Education


  • Employed as an SLP-Assistant in Texas.
  • Completed undergraduate coursework in communication sciences and disorders.
  • Access to high speed internet.
  • Employer Sponsorship Agreement
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • A minimum combined GRE of 288.* 

The coursework is not asynchronous, you must be able to attend all courses Livestream, via Zoom.

To Apply: You will apply using the same guidelines as if you were applying to the Master of Science residential program.

*Due to COVID-19, the GRE test has been waived for the 2020/21 admission cycle. 

The graduate distance education program in speech-language pathology accepts students on alternating years (beginning 2022).

Cohort 3: The application portal is open October 1, 2021 - February 1, 2022. Students enrolled in this cohort will begin their graduated program in July 2022.

Cohort 4: The application portal will be open for applications October 1, 2023 - February 1, 2024. Students enrolled in this cohort will begin their graduate program in July, 2024.

Program Coordinator:

Dr. Lydia Richardson
Office: 936.468.1255

Program Administrative Support:

Whitney Minix
Office: 936.468.7109


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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13019, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962