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Division of Communication Disorders
1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3311
Health Sciences, 265
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-6427
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Distance Master of Science Program in Speech-Language Pathology   

No Distance Track admission for Fall, 2015

The distance track graduate program is undergoing restructuring. Applications are not being accepted during this process.  The new improved program will begin with the class of Fall, 2016.  Applications for admission to the Fall, 2016 class will follow the standard procedure and deadlines (see Some of the distance undergraduate leveling courses continue to be offered through this period.

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. 

The University of Wyoming Division of Communication Disorders has offered a distance master of science (MS) degree in speech-language pathology since January, 1988. This program is offered through a combination of distance learning technology and on-campus courses/practicum. The program was originally designed for Wyoming bachelor's level speech-language specialists employed in educational settings. However, this program has expanded to include students across the United States with degrees in fields other than communication disorders.

Generally, all requirements for the distance MS program can be completed in 3 - 3 1/2 years including two summer semesters on campus. On completion of this program, students must also pass the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology and complete their Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) in order to be eligible for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC/SLP) and the Wyoming License in Speech-Language Pathology.

Participation in this program requires admission to the University of Wyoming (UW) Graduate School. Recommendations for admission to the UW Graduate School are generated from the Division of Communication Disorders.

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 particpate 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 fall semester following their final externships and coursework. These practica can often be arranged in sites local to the student.

Individuals without a bachelor's degree in communication disorders must take a set of undergraduate core coursework before commencing the master's program.  For more information please see leveling.

Some graduate coursework can be taken prior to being admitted into the graduate program if the undergraduate prerequisites have been accomplished. For details on graduate credit hours allowed prior to graduate admission, see Graduate Programs

For more information about our distance master's program and leveling coursework, please contact the distance coordinator, Teresa Garcia at

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

* 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 non-Outreach coursework and clinical practica, students pay on-campus graduate tuition. If the student is from out of state, a non-resident rate will apply. 

* 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). 

  1. 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. 

  2. 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.

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