Dual Degree

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.

Application Requirements

  • 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 complete your video interview through 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
  • Introduction to Audiology
  • Language Development
  • Phonetics
  • Speech & Hearing Sciences
  • Statistics
  • At least one course in the behavioral sciences, e.g., Developmental Psychology
  • 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.

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
SLP 524: Communication in Autism Spectrum Disorder

SLP 502: Assessment


SLP 503: Speech Sound Disorders


SLP 505: Early Childhood Language Disorders


SLP 512: Neurology for Speech-Language Pathologists


SLP 584: Clinical Practicum: Proseminar

SLP 506: Later Childhood Language Disorders


SLP 508: Adult Language Disorders


SLP 516: Motor Speech Disorders


SLP 585: Clinical Practicum—On Campus

Summer Year 3 Fall Year 3 Spring Year 3

SLP 517: Fluency Disorders


SLP 518: Voice Disorders


SLP 520: AAC


SLP 521: Cleft Palate


SLP 585: Clinical Practicum—On Campus

SLP 509: Adult Language Disorders II


SLP 522: Dysphagia


SLP 525: Counseling 


SLP 586: Clinical practicum - Off campus

SLP 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 cohort entering Summer 2019 will be charged $9,124 per term. The program will typically take 9 terms to complete.

Additional Expenses for the First Year of the Program (Summer, Fall, and Spring Terms):

Expense Living Off-Campus
Books & Supplies $1,050
Personal Expenses $1,400
Miscellaneous $30
Room & Board $13,000
Federal Loan Fee $436
Transportation $2,500

Miscellaneous expenses in year one include costs associated with background checks. You can expect to pay these costs in the first semester of the program.

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