Part-time Summers Track

Why the Part-time Summer Track?

If you are a working professional and you want to keep your academic year speech-language pathology job while you pursue your degree, the Part-time Summers track was designed for you.

Spreading your course work over four summers instead of studying full-time during the academic year is a great, cost-effective way to earn your master’s degree.  You'll take 63-66 credits of graduate courses in this track.  The first three summers require being present on the Flagstaff campus.  The fourth summer involves a clinical rotation of your choice in any state.


To apply, you must have at the time of applying:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology (or its equivalent) or a Bachelor’s degree in an area other than Speech–Language Pathology.
  • Completed all of the prerequisite courses listed below.
  • An SLPA license (at a minimum) or its equivalent in your state.  You will need to provide this at the time of application.
  • A letter from your employer on letterhead that includes your job title and the hours worked per week. Employment of at least 20 hours/week as an SLPA or its equivalent is required.  
  • Have an available supervisor who is ASHA-certified. Actual supervision of at least 25% of your direct clinical contact hours is not required until after your third summer at which time you start your two clinical practica in your employment setting followed by an externship in a non-school/medical setting.  You will have to provide us with a copy of the supervisor's current ASHA membership card at the time of application. 

You have the following prerequisite courses completed preferably with a grade of B or better:

  • Phonetics
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Language
  • Language Development in Children
  • Audiology
  • Speech-Language Sciences
  • Hearing Science
  • Neurological Foundations of Speech, Language and Hearing (if not previously taken, this course will be integrated into your graduate course sequence)


You must have at least one 3-credit course in each of the following areas before applying.  Classes from the Communication Sciences & Disorders discipline cannot be used to meet these foundational requirements. 

  • Biological Sciences (cell biology, human anatomy & physiology, neuroanatomy & neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science). The introductory course for Biology majors (BIO 181 in Arizona universities) will meet this requirement.  Lab not required. Classes intended for non-majors (e.g., NAU’s BIO 100) or deemed too narrow in scope (e.g., NAU’s BIO 301) will not meet the Biological Sciences requirement.
  • Physical Sciences (recommended:  physics, chemistry) (accepted:  astronomy, archaeology, forestry, geology, earth or environmental science)
  • Statistics (Standalone statistics course; research methodology not accepted; Generally a course with the word "statistics" in the title from any department meets this requirement.
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology, public health)

Course Offerings

For more information about the courses you will be taking and when, see our course sequence.


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Ready to apply?

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