La Trobe University

Master of Speech Pathology


Semester starts
29 January, 2018 (Compulsory Bridging program)
2 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
37 600

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Career outcomes

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.

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

Annual tuition fee (A$)

37 600

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

Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Additional information

Applications are open throughout the year. Note also that the course requires full-time enrolment over four semesters (to complete the program within 2 years, international students must study full-time). The Bridging Course commences on 29 January 2018 and runs for 4 weeks. You must also complete a Supplementary Information Form [PDF 680KB]. Applicants must supply the following information as part of their application: CV, 250 word personal statement and a 250 word Problem Based Learning statement. The Problem Based Learning statement should outline what the applicant's understanding of Problem Based Learning and teaching methodology is, and any experience the applicant has had with this teaching methodology. Please note there is no separate PBL form that needs to be completed; just add your PBL statement to your application form as an additional page. Please provide certified copies of transcripts (whether complete or incomplete) which must include a grading scheme (results interpretation) page.

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:

CRICOS code: 073116F