Speech Language Pathology Master of Science (MS)

Be a Voice for Others with a Speech-Language Pathology Degree

Serve Children and Adults with Communication Disorders

The SLP program is designed to provide students with a variety of academic course work and clinical practicum experiences, according to the standards set forth by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), to prepare them, from a family-centered perspective, for professional careers serving children and adults who have communication disorders. The faculty of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is dedicated to providing students with a quality education and opportunities to integrate theory and research into clinical practice.

Degree Tracks

Five-year Program

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Master of Science (M.S.) Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

This program allows students to earn both a bachelor's and a master's degree by designing an academic and clinical curriculum sequence that extends across five years.

This five-year program provides a rigorous, intensive curriculum sequence tailored to students who are focused on their educational achievements and who are goal oriented. Students who do not meet the academic requirements to transition to the professional (graduate) phase of the program will complete only the pre-professional (undergraduate) phase and earn a bachelor of science degree at the end of their fourth year.

Two-Year (Five Semesters) Master's Program

Master of Science (M.S.) Degree in Speech-Language Pathology  

This two-year graduate-level program is offered to qualified individuals with a bachelor's degree. There is limited availability for admission to this program. Students with an out-of-field undergraduate degree can be provisionally admitted to the master’s program, however, they must successfully complete a year of CSD pre-requisite (undergraduate level) coursework prior to starting the two-year graduate level program.

The graduate program provides a structured sequence of rigorous academic courses and clinical practicum experiences that prepare students for entry-level practice in the field of speech-language pathology. Individuals with such a background and earned graduate degree often pursue careers in various work settings such as schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and private practice.

  • Become a certified speech-language pathologist
  • Help people with communication difficulties
  • Work in private practice and institutional settings

Top Employers

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • School Districts
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities

Top Career Paths

  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Speech Therapist

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Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation
  • GRE Required - external applicants only

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Program Requirements

Submit a well-developed essay that responds to the following questions. Elaboration of responses, cohesive writing style, and writing mechanics (e.g. spelling, grammar, punctuation) will be considered when reviewing the essay portion of the application. The final essay response should be no more than 500 words total, double-spaced in 12 pt. font.

  • What are your academic and professional goals?
  • How and why do you feel the Communication Sciences & Disorders Department at Marywood University can help you to achieve these goals?

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Centralized Learning Space for CSD Students
The Communication Sciences and Disorders program is organized around a contiguous space in the McGowan Center in the northern section of campus, just steps away from the University student center and main dining facility.

Computer Labs
Students have access to two computer labs in the McGowan Center and additional labs across campus for general academic purposes. A secure computer area is located in the student preparation room for clinical use. In this secure CSD area there is a printer available and this space also houses AAC devices and IPads.

All CSD faculty members' offices, as well as the department support staff, are centrally located adjacent to the program's classroom and clinical spaces in the McGowan Center.

Speech Science Lab
This lab contains the Kay Elemetrics Speech Lab including VisiPitch and Nasometer programs.

Speech/Language & Audiology Clinics
The Speech/Language & Audiology Clinics offer therapeutic and diagnostic speech, language, and hearing services for children and adults within the community.

Student Personal Space
Communication Sciences and Disorders students have their own clinical preparation room. The graduate students have space for private storage within the clinic area for personal and clinic belongings.

Technology-Ready Classrooms
These traditional learning spaces are equipped with state of the art audio/video systems and flexible learning environments.

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McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies

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Map & Directions

The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, located on the corner of University and North Washington Avenues, contains classrooms and related clinical/professional space for Communication Sciences and Disorders, Psychology and Counseling, Education, and Business students. Market Marywood is also located here.

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Speech/Language and Audiology Clinics

Map & Directions

The Marywood Speech/Language and Audiology Clinics are housed in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, which is centrally located in the McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies. The clinics currently feature six therapy rooms, two diagnostic rooms, a play group/child language group room, two-way windows and video monitoring capabilities, a Speech Science Lab, a Clinical Preparation Room, a Hearing Aid Evaluation and Aural Rehabilitation Room, and an Audiology Suite.

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McGowan Center Computer Labs

Map & Directions

McGowan Center Computer Labs are located in Rooms 1052, 1056, and 1057. Color printers are available. You can also find Assistive Technology such as Inspiration, Kurzweil, and WriteOutLoud.

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McGowan Center Classrooms

Map & Directions

The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, located on the corner of University and North Washington Avenues, contains classrooms and related clinical/professional space for Communication Sciences and Disorders, Psychology and Counseling, Education, and Business students.

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80+ opportunities for you to find the right fit with 50+ undergraduate degrees and 30+ graduate and certificate courses.

From #DayOne, Marywood is here for you each step of the way. For currently enrolled students visit the Speech Language Pathology Student Resources Website for academic tips, forms, and more to guide you on your academic journey.

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ASHA Certification

Students will be certified for entry into the profession as determined by American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) after they have earned MS in Speech-Language Pathology, passed the national exam, and completed a clinical fellowship.

State Licensure

In addition to national certification, each individual will also need to pursue licensure in the state of their choice. Students graduating from Marywood University will have completed all course and clinical work needed to obtain a license from Pennsylvania. If an individual chooses to apply for licensure in another state, that individual will need to contact the State Licensure Board in that state for information on requirements for licensing in that state.

Teacher Certification

All graduates have the opportunity to pursue teacher certification, with additional requirements (course work and approval from the education department).

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