Dual Degree

Earn both a Master of Autism Studies and a Master of Science (M.S.) 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)
  • 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.
  • GRE scores (use code 6970). Only scores submitted to code 6970 will be considered.


  • 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

The application process is rolling admissions.

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 523: Multi-Cultural Populations: Communication Disorders Across Culture

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 521: Cleft Palate


SLP 585: Clinical Practicum—On Campus

SLP 509: Adult Language Disorders II

SLP 520: AAC

SLP 522: Dysphagia


SLP 525: Counseling 


SLP 586: Clinical practicum - Off campus

SLP 587: Advanced Clinical Practicum—Off Campus





To help students more accurately prepare their graduate school budgets, Saint Mary’s College has established a cohort priced tuition and fees plan that locks tuition and program fees for the duration of the program. Tuition rates will not increase from year to year as long as the student remains enrolled in the program or takes an approved leave of absence. If students leave the program and later return, they will pay the new tuition and program fee rate of the new cohort they are joining.

Cohort Entering Summer 2021

Tuition: $699 per credit hour

Program fees: $259 per credit hour

Credits required to graduate: 87.5

To apply for financial aid for the 2021-22 academic year, entering Dual Degree students must complete the 2020-21 FAFSA for the summer 2021 term and the 2021-22 FAFSA for the fall, spring and summer terms of the 2021-22 academic year.

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

Expense Living Off-Campus
Books & Supplies $2,000
Personal Expenses $3,500
Miscellaneous $30
Room & Board $13,020
Federal Loan Fee $315
Transportation $200

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 (M.S) program in speech language pathology at Saint Mary's College is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.