Earn both a Master of Autism Studies and a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology in three years. This dual degree program will prepare you to respond to the critical needs for understanding and responding meaningfully to autism and people with autism while shaping you into a strong clinical practitioner who works tirelessly to improve the lives of others. Respond to a critical need through an interdisciplinary education that strives to understand the lives of people with autism as well as the science of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the various forms of intervention that aspire to help people with autism and those who care for them. We will help ensure your success by giving you experiential learning opportunities to hone your skills through placements in a variety of settings, including schools, healthcare facilities, and early intervention programs. Our dedicated faculty provide you with the personal instruction you need to pursue your interests, develop research opportunities, and work closely with a mentor who understands your goals.
- All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders, or related field, from a regionally accredited college or university, or the international equivalent. Please review the prerequisite section below for the list of required courses necessary to apply. The most competitive candidates typically have maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA in undergraduate coursework.
- Submission of a completed CSDCAS application
- Official transcripts from every college or university attended (via CSDCAS)
- GRE scores (use code 6970). Only scores submitted to code 6970 will be considered.
- Three letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic and/or professional abilities, focusing particularly on the potential for your success
- Personal statement that addresses reasons for pursuing the dual degree, professional objectives, and how Saint Mary’s aligns with personal and professional goals. Please review the documents section for further information about the personal statement and to upload your statement
- A brief video interview. You are highly encouraged to complete the interview prior to submitting your application. You may request the link to the Kira Talent interview platform. If you have not completed the interview prior to submitting your application, you will receive an email with instructions regarding how to complete the video interview after you have submitted your application.
- Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
- Aural Rehabilitation
- Speech & Hearing Sciences
- Introduction to Audiology
- Language Development
- At least one course in the biological sciences, e.g., Introduction to Biology
- At least one course in the physical sciences, e.g., Introduction to Physics, Acoustics, etc.
- At least one course in the behavioral sciences, e.g., Developmental Psychology
Highly Recommended but Not Required Courses
- Introduction to Communicative Disorders
- Clinical Methods and Supervised Observation
Please allow enough time to complete your application so that it is verified by the deadline. The application deadline is January 15.
Dual Degree Course Sequence*
*Subject to Change
|Summer Year 1||Fall Year 1||Spring Year 1|
AUST 500: Gateway: Autistic Experiences
AUST 520: A Biopsychosocial Understanding of the Autism Spectrum
AUST 510: Autism and Humanity
AUST 530: Quantitative Methods in Autism Research
AUST 535: Autism Research Design & Methods
AUST 540: Approaches to Autism Intervention
AUST 580: Social Policies and Social Services for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum and Their Families
AUST 570: Autism and Education
AUST 550: Occupational Therapy and Autism
AUST 611: Autism and Ethics
|Summer Year 2||Fall Year 2||Spring Year 2|
|CSD 524: Communication in Autism Spectrum Disorder||
CSD 502: Assessment
CSD 503: Speech Sound Disorders
CSD 505: Early Childhood Language Disorders
CSD 512: Neurology for Speech-Language Pathologists
CSD 584: Clinical Practicum: Proseminar
CSD 506: Later Childhood Language Disorders
CSD 508: Adult Language Disorders
CSD 516: Motor Speech Disorders
CSD 585: Clinical Practicum—On Campus
|Summer Year 3||Fall Year 3||Spring Year 3|
CSD 514: Low Incidence Communication Disorders (Fluency & Voice)
CSD 515: Low Incidence Communication Disorders (AAC & Cleft Palate)
CSD 585: Clinical Practicum—On Campus
CSD 501: Aural Rehabilitation
CSD 509: Adult Language Disorders II
CSD 522: Dysphagia
CSD 525: Counseling
CSD 586: Clinical practicum - Off campus
CSD 587: Advanced Clinical Practicum—Off Campus
AUST 700: Capstone Project
The dual degree for the Master of Autism Studies and Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology, a cohort program, accepts students into a group which starts and moves through the program together. Program fees are integrated into the price of tuition for cohort programs. Tuition does not change as long as the student remains part of the cohort. If a student takes a leave of absence, the student pays the tuition charged to the new entering cohort. The tuition for the program is divided across each semester regardless of how many credits are taken by the student.
By completing the dual degree, students will save the cost equivalent to 9 credit hours when compared to completing each degree individually.
The cost per term will be released in late October.
The Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology Program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The masters program in speech language pathology at Saint Mary's College is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech Language Hearing Association. This is a “pre-accreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years. For detailed information about the CAA Candidacy Program please visit the CAA web page or contact:
Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology
American Speech Language Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard #310
Rockville, MD 20850800-498-2071