Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

The M.A. degree with a major in speech-language pathology is the entry-level degree that is required to practice as a speech-language pathologist. The master of arts with a major in speech-language pathology is designed to prepare students to meet ASHA certification requirements (Certificate of Clinical Competence) and Michigan state licensure requirements for entering clinical practice as a speech-language pathologist.

Information on careers in speech-language pathology is available from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


If you are interested in our master of arts program and do not currently hold an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders, please see our post-bachelor program for information on the prerequisites required for application to the M.A. program.



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The master's (M.A.) education program in speech-language pathology and the doctor of audiology (Au.D.) education program in audiology at Wayne State University are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

​Complaints related to standards for accreditation

A complaint related to accreditation standards for the M.A. and Au.D. programs may be submitted to the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) by any student, instructional staff member, speech-language pathologist, audiologist, and/or member of the public. 

For complete information on how to submit a standards-related complaint to the CAA, see Section XIII of the CAA Accreditation Manual (PDF).

Non-discrimination policy

Wayne State University (WSU) is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity in all of its operations, employment status, educational programs and related activities. As part of WSU, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders adheres to this same policy for faculty and students as well as for clients of the department's clinics. Students, faculty, staff and persons served in the department's clinics are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner—that is, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, citizenship or status as a covered veteran.

Career insights

This tool provides a broad overview of how major selection can lead to careers and is provided without any implied promise of employment. Some careers will require further education, skills, or competencies. Actual salaries may vary significantly between similar employers and could change by graduation, as could employment opportunities and job titles.