Kansas Speech Pathology Master’s Programs 

For those who want to work as a speech language pathologist, one of the first steps is getting the right education. Whether you want to study and work in a different state or are looking for programs close to home, it can be helpful to understand application and licensure requirements. There are a number of speech pathology master’s programs in Kansas that meet professional certification requirements. 

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Online MS: Pursue SLP Certification. Study FT/PT

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  • Prepares you to pursue certification as an SLP generalist
  • In-person clinical placements at faculty-approved partner sites
  • As few as 20 months to complete


Want to Become an SLP? Earn an MS Online at NYU

NYU Steinhardt’s online master of science program in Communicative Sciences and Disorders prepares aspiring speech-language pathologists with a comprehensive professional education.

  • Prepares students to pursue SLP licensure 
  • Accredited by ASHA’s Council on Academic Accreditation 
  • As few as six terms to complete 
  • Full-time and part-time plans of study


Find the Best Kansas Speech Pathology Program for You

Each state has its own requirements for registering or licensing speech language pathologists. The SLP license requirements in Kansas include a master’s degree in speech pathology. If you’re considering attending an SLP program in Kansas, this guide may help you learn more about speech therapy master’s degrees offered at four universities in the state. Only you can decide if a particular master’s in speech pathology program in Kansas is right for you. 

Master’s in speech therapy programs are accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and its accrediting body, the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA)

In addition to a accredited master’s program, other Kansas SLP requirements include:

  • 400 hours supervised clinical practicum
  • 325 of those hours must be at the graduate level in a relevant area
  • 9 months supervised postgraduate professional experience
  • Passing a National Teachers Exam Specialty Area test

Applicants who complete the education and clinical practicum, but not the supervised postgraduate professional experience or the exam or both, can apply for a 12-month temporary license that can be renewed one time. The information regarding state licensure requirements was collected from ASHA’s website in October 2021. Please be advised that laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time, so always check with your state for the most up-to-date information.

As you research Kansas speech therapy programs, here are a few things you may want to consider.

  • Curriculum: While the program is geared to help you become a speech pathologist, you may have a specific interest area. If you’re thinking about specializing in bilingual speech therapy, for example, you’ll want to check whether that area is covered in the curriculum.
  • Admissions requirements: Check your educational history and experience against the SLP program’s minimum requirements, such as GPA, coursework and letters of recommendation.
  • Program length: See if programs offer flexibility with a part-time program.
  • Cost: Research loans, scholarships and grants can assist with the cost of an SLP program in Kansas.

On-Campus and Online Speech Pathology Programs in Kansas

The following are speech therapy or speech pathology master’s degree programs in Kansas offered by institutions accredited by ASHA.

There are a variety of in-person and online options as well as part-time and full-time offerings. These programs help prepare students for clinical work in a variety of settings, including schools and health care organizations.

Fort Hays State University

Fort Hays State University offers a CAA-accredited, on-campus Master of Science in speech language pathology that offers a high career placement rate for graduates.  Students participate in external clinic experiences at schools, health care facilities and community organizations in northwest Kansas, including the Herndon Clinic. The program encourages students to become members of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) that supports a number of community and professional outreach opportunities. 

  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1
  • Start Dates: Fall
  • GPA Minimum: 2.5
  • Credit Hours: 52
  • Average Program Length: Five semesters

Kansas State University

Kansas State University in Manhattan offers a comprehensive CAA-accredited SLP master’s degree with two start dates for the full-time, on-campus experience. The program is designed to prepare students to earn the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Students complete four semesters of supervised practicum at the K-State Speech and Hearing Center, a state-of-the-art facility designed for providing clinical services to the community and laboratories for student and faculty research in communication and swallowing. Then students complete two 12-week externships, one focused on children and one focused on adults. 

  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 and Oct. 1
  • Start Dates: Fall and Spring
  • GPA Minimum: 3.0
  • Credit Hours: 30-36
  • Average Program Length: Six semesters

University of Kansas

The University of Kansas offers a CAA-accredited campus-based master’s degree in speech language pathology that involves coursework at both the KU Lawrence campus and the KU Medical Center campus. Clinical experience is available at several clinics, including the Hartley Family Center for Childhood Hearing and the Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. Students with undergraduate degrees in other fields may need to complete undergraduate prerequisite coursework. A part-time schedule is available.

  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15
  • Start Dates: Fall
  • GPA Minimum: 3.0
  • Credit Hours: 46
  • Average Program Length: Five semesters

Wichita State University

At Wichita State University, the CAA-accredited master’s in speech language pathology prepares students to practice as an SLP in all clinical settings. Students participate in clinical practicum working in the WSU Evelyn Hendren Cassat Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic before completing at least two off-campus practicum experiences in medical and educational settings. Sufficient clinical hours will satisfy the requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP). Prerequisite coursework includes auditory development and disorders, applied phonetics and introduction to clinical processes.

  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1
  • Start Dates: Fall
  • GPA Minimum: 3.0
  • Credit Hours: 58
  • Average Program Length: Five to six semesters

Last updated January 2022