Part-time Summers-Only Track

Why Part-time Summers-Only?

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-only 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 is at medical setting 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.
    • If accepted, you will have to provide us with a copy of your license/certificate.
  • Employment of at least 20 hours/week as an SLPA or its equivalent.
    • If accepted, you will have to provide us with a copy of your employment contract.
  • 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.
    • If accepted, you will have to provide us with a copy of the supervisor’s current ASHA membership card. 

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 (human anatomy & physiology, neuroanatomy & neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science)
  • 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.

Specific information about these courses can be found in NAU’s course catalog.

Ready to apply?

Visit our admissions page.