Graduate Certificate in Pre-Professional Speech Language Pathology

Complete the leveling courses required for application to master’s programs in speech language pathology with the online Graduate Certificate in Pre-Professional Speech Language Pathology.

This certificate is designed for students who finished a bachelor’s degree in another area and are now interested in pursuing graduate work in speech-language pathology.  It is well suited to professionals who are seeking to change careers, recent graduates, and other potential students. Completion of the certificate will prepare you to apply to most master’s degree programs in speech language pathology, including the University of Georgia’s master’s program.  

The certificate requires seven online courses totaling 18 semester hours of graduate-level coursework. Students may complete all seven courses, or they may enroll only in those courses that are required to gain entrance into the master’s program of their choice.


The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia.

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones and printer may be required.
  • High Speed Internet Access.

Pre-Professional Speech Language Pathology Program Cost

Tuition & Fees

Online Tuition $629 per credit hour 18 credit hours $11,322 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 2 semesters $1,194 USD
Total Program Cost     $12,516 USD

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.Tuition and fees are subject to change. Tuition is the same regardless of residency. Current tuition and fees are available on the Bursar’s Office website. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $366 in that semester.

Other Costs

Additional costs may include:

  • Textbooks
  • Exam proctoring fees
  • Technology upgrades

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section).


Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required to Earn Certificate: 18

Maximum Hours Transferable into Program: N/A

Pre-Professional Speech Language Pathology Admissions Requirements:

Students applying to The University of Georgia for the Online Certificate in Pre-Professional Speech Language Pathology must be accepted by the Graduate School. To be considered for admission to the this program, students meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from any institution accredited by the proper regional accrediting association
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.80

Students applying to the graduate school for non-degree status are not required to take entrance exams or to submit test scores and letters of recommendation.

Non-Degree Application Checklist

  1. UGA Graduate School Application – Submit to the Graduate School online.  Application fee applies.
  2. Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
  3. Statement of Intent – Submit in the Non-Degree Statement of Intent section of your application with the Graduate School. A succinct statement of intent should clarify the candidate’s relevant background, interests, and goals, and indicate their intent for the Online Certificate in Pre-Professional Speech Language Pathology in their statement.
  4. Test Scores – International applicants who did not earn their undergraduate degree at an English speaking school must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Application Deadlines

*Note: If you have missed a deadline, please contact us using the inquiry form at the bottom of this page.  We are continually reviewing applications for enrollment.

Domestic Applicants

  • Fall:  July 1
  • Summer: April 1

International Applicants

  • Fall:  April 15
  • Summer: February 15

Registration deadlines vary per semester. The UGA Office of the Registrar website provides up-to-date information on registration dates. 

Pre-Professional Speech Language Pathology Program Curriculum

Program Structure

The certificate requires the following seven fully online courses, with no electives or other options, totaling 18 semester hours of required graduate level coursework. Classes available in any one semester will vary, and will be determined through program advisement.


CMSD 6110E: Anatomy & Physiology of Speech and Hearing (3 hrs)

CMSD 6120E: Phonetics for Speech Language Pathology (2 hrs)

CMSD 6130E: Speech and Hearing Science (3 hrs)

CMSD 6140E: Language Development (3 hrs)

CMSD 6150E: Speech and Language Disorders (3 hrs)

CMSD 6160E: Audiology Assessment and Rehabilitation (3 hrs)

CMSD 6170E: Professional Issues for SLP (1 hr)

Students intending to pursue ASHA certification, state licensure, or state teacher certification/credentialing in speech-language pathology may need to complete courses other than those required for this certificate, depending on their own previous educational background.

Contact Information

Contact the online Speech Language Pathology Certificate Coordinator for answers to any additional questions you may have.

Email us using the request for information form or call 1 (706) 948-2607