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Master of Speech and Language Therapy

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Two years full-time; up to six years part-time.
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Advance your clinical and research expertise

Develop your research and clinical expertise and become a specialist in your field of speech and language therapy.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Massey’s Master of Speech and Language Therapy provides qualified speech language therapists with opportunities for advanced clinical and theoretical study.

You’ll develop research skills that will prepare you to use and add to the knowledge base in speech and language therapy.

Relevant to your working life

This programme will give you expertise in core areas such as evidence-based practice and research methods. You can also follow your interests in specialist areas that reflect your individual passions and/or client caseloads. Postgraduate studies at Massey will reflect your current or desired work context.

Get support every step of the way

We tailor assignments and thesis topics to your interests, and pair you with an academic mentor who has expertise in your subject area. Your mentor will support and guide you through coursework and thesis completion.

Study your way

Our programme is very flexible, with options for studying full-time or part-time. You can also complete the programme through distance learning.

Our students live all over New Zealand and overseas. They tell us they find their studies interesting, inspiring and relevant.

Academic progression

If you have a Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy (Honours) degree or equivalent, with at least a B grade average, you are eligible to advance directly into the thesis component of the degree (Part B).

This programme provides a solid foundation for entry into a PhD in Speech and Language Therapy.

International students

Please note that successfully completing the MSLT does not ensure employment as a speech-language therapist in New Zealand. If you completed your undergraduate qualification outside of New Zealand, then you will need to have that qualification assessed and approved by the New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association (NZSTA) before you can enter the profession in New Zealand. It is your responsibility to organise this assessment if you would like to work in New Zealand.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to further your speech and language therapy career
  • Have a research topic you want to pursue
  • Wish to become a specialist in your area
Julia Wright
Master of Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and Language Therapist - Ministry of Education

“Doing my masters was a great opportunity for me to go back to the research and literature and really reflect on my practice…”

After working as a speech and language therapist for over 10 years in both New Zealand and abroad, I decided it was time for a new challenge and enrolled in a Master of Speech and Language Therapy at Massey.

Throughout my studies I went from a full-time therapist/part-time student, to a full-time mum/part-time student. As my degree was offered through Massey’s distance programme, this made it a lot easier to continue studying at my own pace throughout motherhood.

Doing my masters was a great opportunity for me to go back to the research and literature and really reflect on my practice. Although the degree got progressively harder, I was able to focus many of my assignments and research topic on areas that really interested and motivated me. This made the whole process even more worthwhile.

As a Speech and Language Therapist for the Ministry of Education I work with early childhood and school age children. Everyday is different and there’s never a dull moment. Being able to see improvements and make a difference in the everyday lives of my clients and their families is truly rewarding. This really is the career for me and I may even consider studying further in the future.

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