The School of Communication offers graduate degree programs at the masters and doctoral level to provide training and experience in the following majors:
- Master of Arts with a major in Speech (with concentrations in Speech Communication or Theatre)
- Master of Arts with a major in Speech Pathology
- Doctor of Audiology with a major in Audiology
Graduate students in Speech, and Speech Pathology must demonstrate acceptable proficiency in research and writing. Such proficiency must be demonstrated in SPCH 500: Introduction To Research or in an approved research course. Speech courses numbered 500 and 400 level courses that are approved for graduate credit may be applied for credit toward the MA in Speech.
The Master of Arts in Speech-Pathology, and the Doctor of Audiology programs are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The purpose of accreditation is three-fold:
- to promote excellence in the preparation of graduates to enter the professions of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology through the development and implementation of standards of educational quality;
- to protect and inform the public by recognizing programs that meet or exceed the educational standards; and
- to encourage graduate programs to monitor and enhance the efficacy of their educational activities by means of continuous self-study and improvement.
Accreditation is limited to those graduate educational programs that prepare persons for entry into the professions.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Requirement.
Prior to consideration for admission to the Louisiana Tech University Master of Arts in Speech-Pathology program, or the Doctor of Audiology program, international student applicants for whom English is a second language must submit an original report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to the Department of Communication Disorders. Scores should be less than two years old and must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission to either graduate program:
- A score of 567 or higher on the paper-based version of the test (TOEFL), or
- A score of 87 or higher on the internet-based version of the test (TOEFLiBT).
- Formal Interview Requirement. As an additional condition for consideration of acceptance to a graduate program in the Department of Communication Disorders and prior to acceptance, an international applicant, for whom English is a second language, will be required to have a formal interview either on-site or via electronic means.
Master's Degree Programs