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Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology


​​​Program Overview

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MSLP) at Dar Al-Hekma University Program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required for competent clinical service delivery to children and adults in Arabic and English. The MSLP curriculum has been developed and reviewed by renowned scholars in the field from America and the West, and it is approved by the Saudi Ministry of Education. Instruction and clinical supervision are provided by Arabic and English-speaking professionals from Saudi Arabia and the United States certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

The MSLP program is both clinic and research based. ​​Related to that, a bachelor’s degree in speech language and hearing sciences is offered. There are also graduate scholarships that are offered to students to facilitate their academic journey.​

​Program Mission

The mission of the Master’s Degree Program of Speech-language Pathology is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required for competent clinical service delivery to children and adults in Arabic and English.​

Program Goals

  • Provide different theories and concepts relevant to the field of speech language pathology.
  • Equip students with professional skills of screening, assessing, diagnosing, intervention and counselling services and report writing.
  • Provide up-to-date technologies for evaluation and intervention in the field of speech language pathology.
  •  Provide a wide range of learning resources to foster students' understanding of scientific and clinical research and findings.
  • Enhance ethical knowledge and conduct in clinical practices through providing clinical experience with individuals with communication disorders and involvement in interprofessional service delivery.

Graduate Attributes:

  • Cognition: ​Students should have the basic cognitive functions such as language, understanding, synthesizing, memory, attention, visuospatial skills and, higher-level cognitive abilities.
  • Communication: Students should have the communicative abilities to demonstrate competencies, answer oral and written questions, present information in class or in conferences.
  • Professionalism: Students should consistently display respect for self and others, caring, fair, honest, prompt, abide by all the laws and regulations of the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties and by the DAH university codes of conduct.
  • Competencies: Students should demonstrate the following competencies: be knowledgeable, influencer, collaborator, critical thinker, problem-solver, and research-oriented.
  • Values:  Students should have the following values: be loyal, responsible, conscientious, giver, reliable, passionate, respectful, humble, and creative.
  • Attitudes: Students should demonstrate the following attitudes: be tolerant, positive, balanced, punctual, health-conscious, disciplined, flexible, resourceful, empathetic and confident​

Why choose this Master Program​ at Dar Al-Hekma University?

  • ​​Dar Al-Hekma MSLP graduates are nationally and internationally acknowledged and recognized leaders in academia, research institutions, government, professional and health care organizations such as the Saudi Society of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (SSSPA) ) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). ​
  • MSLP is the first and only graduate program in speech-language pathology in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region.
  • The MSLP curriculum has been developed and reviewed by American and western scholars who are renowned in the field​
  • The program is designed in a way to reflect the most current theories and research in the field of speech-language pathology through the five specialized clinical practicum courses that are offered, namely: General Practicum 1, Child Practicum, Adult Practicum, School Practicum, and Medical Practicum..
  • Faculty and clinical supervisors in the MSLP program are ASHA certified with varied specialties like adult neurogenic disorders, child language disorders, and swallowing disorders.
  • The MSLP program operates a speech and hearing clinic at the University, which facilitates learning in an experimental setting that mimics real life clinical experiences. The clinic serves members of the DAH community who seek speech, language and hearing services for children, adolescents and adults with various communication problems.

​​​Admission Requirements 


​​​​​ Programs​
​​Linguaskill Score​​
Required ​Bachelor
Pre-Requisite Program
​Other Admission Requirement
Master of Science in Speech-
Language Pathology ​
​​A Bachelor Degree in Speech-Language Pathology
or Speech, Language,​ and Hearing Science
or other related fields
Pass Interview
​For further details about admissions, click here 

​Learning Outcomes

​​On successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to: ​


  • Demonstrate a deep knowledge of concepts and theories related to the identification and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders.


  • Design treatment plans for patients/clients beginning with the evaluation and diagnosis of speech and language disabilities and throughout the whole scope of practice.
  • Apply basic principles and methods of data collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting to determine the presence or absence of communication disorders to devise and implement the right treatment plans.​
  • Utilize advanced techniques to evaluate and analyze data to make informed decisions about language, communication, and hearing disorders. ​


  • Employ ethical practices when working with individuals with communication disorders and their families, and while collaborating with other professionals in the field.
  • ​Demonstrate ethical knowledge and integrity in conducting scientific research.​

Plan of Study


​​​​​​​​​​Year One 
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring Semester – Summer

Course Code

Course Title


Course Code

Course Title


Course Code

Course Title


CSCD 6301Oral & Written
Language Disorder
3AURE 6301 Advanced Aural
3CSCD 6305 Voice Disorders 3
CSCD 6302Advanced Research
3CSCD 6201Medical Aspects of
2CSCD 6103Practicum III
– Adult Practicum
in Speech-Language
CSCD 6303Autism Spectrum
3CSCD 6304Phonological
CSCD 6101Practicum I 1CSCD 6102Practicum II – Child
Practicum in Speech-
Language Pathology
Total Credit Hours 10 Total Credit Hours 9 Total Credit Hours 4

​Year Two
Semester – Fall ​Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title


Course Code

Course Title


Course Code

Course Title


CSCD 6306​
Dysphagia​3CSCD 6309​
Motor Speech Disorders & Traumatic Brain Injury​ 3CSCD 6000​
Preparation for PRAXIS​
CSCD 6307​
Aphasia & Cognitive Disorder​
3CSCD 6202​
Fluency Disorders​ 2
​​CSCD 6310​
Clinical Research Project
3CSCD 6308​
Craniofacial Anomalies​​​ 3
CSCD 6104​
Practicum​ IV – School Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology​
1CSCD 6105​
Practicum V – Medical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology​
Total Credit Hours 10 Total Credit Hours 9 Total Credit Hours 0

Summer II (Optional)CSCD XXXX
Free Elective (Students may not be required to take this elective)​2
Elective Cluster
CSCD 6203Augmentative and Alternative Communication2
CSCD 6204Telehealth2
CSCD 6205Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders2
CSCD 6206Early Intervention
Total credit hours for graduation: 42

Career Prospects

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The program equips students with the necessary skills that qualify them for a variety of career paths/jobs in the market including, but not limited to:
  • Providing services to individuals of all ages with the full range of communication and swallowing disorders
  • Working in national and local agencies such as hospitals, clinics, public and private schools, as well as having their own clinics and private practices.
  • Helping prepare future professionals in colleges and universities and engaging in empirical research to further knowledge about communication processes and disorders, and develop new assessment and intervention methods.
  • GGraduates of MSLP are eligible, after the completion of a post-graduate clinical fellowship year and passing a praxis exam for ASHA’s Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), (which is a professional recognition of clinical competence). ​​
  • Key Facts

    Program Name

    Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

    Academic Degree


    Credit Hours


    Program Length

    2 Years

    Mode of study

    Full time / Part Time

    Dr. Mona Abdulaziz Indirgiri

    Director, Master of Speech Language Pathology Program

    PhD, Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading, UK, 2021

    MSc, Educational Studies, Wheelock College, USA, 2013

    MSc, Human Communication, The City University London, UK, 2003

    Bachelor of Applied Medical Sciences, Speech & Hearing, King Saud University, KSA, 1991

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