Master of Speech Pathology
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.
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Academic entry requirement
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 entry requirements 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.
English language requirement
IELTS (Academic) score of 7.5 with no individual band score less than 7.0; TOEFL Paper-based Test - A minimum score of 625 with a score of 6 or more in the Test of Written English; TOEFL Internet-based Test - A minimum score of 102 with a minimum for Speaking, Listening, Reading of 24, Writing of 27; or Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE) - A minimum grade of 76 with no communicative skill score less than 73 or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Pass Grade of A; or approved international equivalent.
Graduates practise in hospitals, community health centres, private practice, schools, rehabilitation centres and aged-care centres. Graduates can also work in areas such as health promotion and teaching, and consulting, in communication and presentation. Employment opportunities also exist in specialised centres helping people with a hearing impairment, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability.
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
Annual tuition fee (A$)
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
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:
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