Master of Speech Pathology

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

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. All students are required to complete the bridging course which is designed to enable students to develop foundation knowledge in Speech Pathology (including human bioscience (anatomy and physiology), linguistics (phonetics and grammar) and problem based learning) which will serve as a basis for their future studies in speech pathology. Some students may be eligible for exemptions from part of the bridging course based on previous studies. This four week intensive course commences in January 2021 and finishes in mid February 2021. You will be involved in 13 hours of direct contact (PBL, lectures and on line activities, quizzes) each week for four weeks and will also be required to complete at least 13 hours of self directed study.


To attain the Master of Speech Pathology, students will be required to complete 240 credit points in total consisting of: 240 credit points core subjects


  • First Year Subjects: Academic Integrity Module
  • Assessment and Intervention A
  • Assessment and Intervention in Speech Pathology Clinic
  • Assessment of Communication and Swallowing
  • Critical Implementation of the Evidence
  • Evidence in Practice in Speech Pathology
  • Introduction to Speech Pathology Practice

Standard entry requirements

  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Course specific requirements - WAM - Weighted Average Mark (WAM) 70% or above at entire Bachelor Degree level.
  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Course specific requirements - WAM - Weighted Average Mark (WAM) H2A in Honours year Additional Information regarding WAM and Early Conditional Offers
  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Undergraduate requirements - Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent).
  • International: IELTS - 7.5 < 7.0 - 7.5 IELTS (Academic) with no individual band less than 7.0.
  • Note: This course may be subject to alternative or extra entry requirements depending on your life circumstances and/or work experience. For the complete entry requirements, please search for your course on the La Trobe website:


The Master of Speech Pathology is conditionally accredited by Speech Pathology Australia (SPA). Graduates of the Master of Speech Pathology may be eligible to apply for certified practising membership with Speech Pathology Australia. Membership may have a

Study pathways

Students who are offered a place in this course but do not have a background in human biosciences (anatomy and physiology) and linguistics (phonetics and grammar) are strongly recommended to complete a bridging course starting in late January. Students who have a background in human biosciences and linguistics may apply for advanced standing in the bridging course.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Melbourne International: $90,000 No
  • Full-time : 2 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Melbourne.

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning. Fees correct Wednesday, Apr 27 2022

Further 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 23 January 2017 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.

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