La Trobe University

Master of Speech Pathology


Start dates
29 January, 2018 (Compulsory Bridging program) 2018
2 years full-time
Fees and costs
$37,600 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

Speech pathologists assess, diagnose, treat and provide management and advocacy services to people with communication or swallowing disorders.

People with communication disorders may have difficulties in speech, language, voice, fluency, reading and spelling.

For more information, please visit out Frequently Asked Questions.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent). Successful applicants are required to have at least a 75% (or equivalent) Weighted Average Mark (WAM) in the last two years of their bachelor's degree or H2A in their honours year qualification.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Career outcomes

Graduates can practise in hospitals, community health centres, private practice, schools, rehabilitation centres and aged care centres. Graduates may also work in health promotion, teaching and consultancy, and in specialised centres helping people with hearing impairment, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability.

Professional recognition

The Master of Speech Pathology is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia (SPA). Graduates of the Master of Speech Pathology may apply for membership with the SPA. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and costs

Course fees

$37,600 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

Additional costs

A National Police Check (or equivalent) A$16. Bridging course (Foundations in Communication Science): A$400*. Students should allow approximately A$300* per year for purchase of academic and clinical materials. *Costs listed are 2016 fees and are indicative only.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

How to apply for a postgraduate coursework degree

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Additional information

Each intake of students includes a certain proportion of positions that are reserved for international and La Trobe University students. All students are expected to undertake a four-week bridging course starting on 29 January 2018 at the Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus. In addition, all applicants are required to provide the Supplementary Application Form from the How to Apply section below, which includes: a personal statement (250 words), CV, and 250-500 word problem-based learning (PBL) statement outlining their method of learning and their understanding of the PBL approach. Please provide certified copies of transcripts (whether complete or incomplete) which must include a grading scheme (results interpretation) page. There are no Commonwealth Supported Places available for this course.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: