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Master of Speech and Language Pathology

  • Masters (Coursework)

The Master of Speech and Language Pathology (MSLP) is a graduate-entry professional qualification to practice as a speech language pathologist/therapist.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
2 years full-time
Course Code
Domestic Fees
$17,735 per year / $35,470 total
International Fees
$73,000 per year / $146,000 total

About this course

The Master of Speech and Language Pathology (MSLP) is a graduate-entry professional qualification to practice as a speech language pathologist/therapist. Students generally have a background in science, linguistics, engineering, psychology, education, or health sciences, and this programme provides an opportunity to enter the speech-language profession.

In the MSLP, students study the areas of clinical linguistics, evidence-based practice, introductory neuroscience, speech and language development and disorders across the lifespan, typical and atypical hearing, swallowing, fluency and voice, and professional practice.

This hands-on programme includes experiential clinical practice.

Entry requirements

  • Students wishing to enrol in the MSLP must have completed any bachelor's or master's degree (other than a degree specialising in speech and language therapy/pathology), with a minimum of a B Grade Point Average.
  • In addition you must have passed one course in both Biology/Anatomy and Physiology, and Statistics.
  • Where one or two prerequisites have not been met in prior study, students may take these courses in their first year of the MSLP.
  • Students for whom English is not their first language must provide proof of IELTS (Academic) scores of an average of at least 7.0, with no score lower than 6.5.

This programme is limited entry. See 'How to apply' below for details.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Speech and Language Pathology or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

Entry into the Master of Speech and Language Pathology is limited to a maximum of 20 students annually. Students must submit a separate application form to Te Kura Mahi a-Hirikapo | School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing by 1 October. Late enrolments will be considered if places are still available.

Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Study locations

Main Campus

Career pathways

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits, such as specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Useful information:

  • Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
  • Te Ropu Rapuara | UC Careers can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers, or find a job.
  • For research into career destinations by qualification, visit Te Pokai Tara | Universities New Zealand website.
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