Master of Speech Pathology

VU course code: HMST | Level of study: Postgraduate
2 years full time
In person

Fee type for this course: Full fee

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Become a speech pathologist and begin a rewarding career helping people learn to communicate more effectively, with the Master of Speech Pathology from Victoria University.

Speech pathologists – also known as speech therapists – work with people who have language, communication or swallowing difficulties. They play a crucial role in society, treating physical and social conditions related to speech, language and swallowing, and providing advice and support to carers, educators, families and communities.

By studying our masters degree, you will graduate well prepared for real-world speech pathology practice.

You will gain expertise in assessing and treating communication and swallowing disorders. Through supervised professional practice in education, health or community settings, you will acquire practical work-based experience needed to confidently begin your career.

The course has been designed to meet the accreditation standards of Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) and is currently in the qualifying phase of accreditation. VU will seek accreditation of the award prior to the first cohort of students graduating in line with the SPA accreditation process for new courses. Subject to its accreditation, successful graduates will be eligible for membership of Speech Pathology Australia, enabling them to practise in Australia.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

For PhD applicants, we offer a related ‘Integrated PhD’ which allows you to establish relevant skills before beginning your research.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Fees & scholarships

University fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer (including our generous scholarship program).

10% discount for alumni

If you’ve previously completed a qualification with us, and you’re paying full fees for this course, you may be eligible for a 10% discount.

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With a masters qualification, you’ll be prepared for work in the rapidly growing speech pathology field.

Speech pathologists are in increasing demand for work in the following fields:

  • government and non-government organisations
  • education
  • health
  • disability
  • welfare
  • community-based organisations
  • health promotion
  • policy development
  • academic teaching and research
  • private practice in speech pathology (also known as speech therapy).

Speech pathologists can also work with professional voice users such as auctioneers, teachers, actors and singers, coaching them on how to use their voices safely.

Salaries & job prospects

Visit Jobs and Skills Australia to see the average salary and job growth rates for a speech pathologists.