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Distance Master of Science Program in Speech-Language Pathology   

Graduate SLP Program: Synchronous Distance Track

Now accepting applications for Fall 2016

A synchronous distance track of the graduate SLP program will begin in the Fall 2016 semester.  Applications for admissions are now being accepted, and will follow the standard procedure and deadlines see  See important details about our synchronous distance track requirements in the section below prior to applying to the program*

History and Synchronous Distance Track Description

The University of Wyoming Division of Communication Disorders has offered a distance master of science (MS) degree in speech-language pathology since January, 1988. The current distance program is a synchronous model that is offered through a combination of distance learning technology and on-campus courses/practicum. 

Distance students take two graduate courses per academic semester. They are embedded synchronously in the campus courses with web conferencing and other outreach instruction technology.  These courses are usually scheduled during the daytime and course meeting times may change each semester.   Distance students are required to attend or participate via web conferencing or other instructional technology in real time, when the course is offered.  Because of this, distance students must be able to adjust their schedules each semester to attend or participate in courses at their scheduled meeting times. 

Distance students come to campus for the first two summers of the program for clinical experiences, intensive coursework, and interactions with faculty and other distance students.** In the spring and early summer of the third year, distance students take two 12-week external clinical practica, one in an educational setting and one in a medical setting. Regular work duties are not considered educational experiences, so advance arrangements should be made as needed with employers to cover work and medical insurance. This externship requirement applies even if the student is employed as a speech-language pathologist. Students return to campus for oral comprehensive examinations in the spring semester following the completion (or near completion) of the first externship. These practica can often be arranged in sites local to the student, some exclusion apply as part of the Higher Education Act - State Authorization, see below, applicants from the states listed below will not be considered for the synchronous dist.***

Admission Prerequisites and Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in order to be considered for the program. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree outside of Communication Disorders must have completed a leveling program ,or at least the “perquisite” courses,  prior to applying to the graduate program.  For more detailed information please see leveling.   Applicants without the “prerequisite” undergraduate core coursework will not be considered for the program. 

Note too that if “required” courses have not been completed prior to beginning the program, students must find, complete, and submit documentation of successful completion of these courses in order to graduate from the program. UW currently does not offer these required undergraduate courses via distance education.  Again, please see leveling for a listing of “required” courses. 

Non-degree enrollment

There is no option for non-degree enrollment in the synchronous distance program.  You must be admitted to the synchronous distance track in order to take courses from the program.

More information

If after closely reviewing this information and the other Communication Disorders webpages more information on the Graduate SLP synchronous track is needed, please contact the distance coordinator, Teresa Garcia at

For more information about course registration and fees, contact the UW Outreach School.

* UW's synchronous distance program requires that: 

  1. students must attend courses via web-conferencing when courses are offered , including day-time, afternoon, and/or evening times (schedule varies by semester and course). 
  2. students must have excellent internet connectivity.  Use of an Ethernet cable is recommended. Connectivity issues are the equivalent of a class absence, and will result in poor outcomes for students. 
  3. students must have video-camera capability, and headset/earbuds with a microphone is recommended. Microphone usage will be required, students must  be able to speak and respond to instructors and classmates during the scheduled classes.

** Attendance on-campus in the first two summers is required for participation in the master's program. This CANNOT be completed in another location or a later summer. Students should consider financial, work, and personal obligations prior to applying to the distance program. Please note that for required on campus coursework and clinical coursework (SPPA 5030), students pay on-campus graduate tuition. If the student is from out of state, a non-resident rate will apply. 

***The implementation of the Higher Education Act - State Authorization has affected the admission of out-of-state students in distance leveling courses and the distance master's degree in speech-language pathology. At this time, the Division of Communication Disorders will not be admitting students into distance education or placing students in clinical practica in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, and South Carolina and Washington. UW is working on agreements to remove New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and South Carolina, and Washington from this list, but that will not occur in time for Fall, 2016 admits. Check back next spring for changes to this list. We have adopted this policy to comply with regulations in these states. Current distance students residing in these states will be allowed to complete their programs. 

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