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MS Speech Language Pathology

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The Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Department offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology degree. The graduate program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


Admission Requirements

Office of Graduate Studies admission requirements apply with the following additions:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an acceptably accredited college or university.

For full admission consideration:

An overall QPA for the baccalaureate degree of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a 2.75 to 2.99 overall QPA for the baccalaureate degree with a score of 150 for verbal reasoning, 141 for quantitative reasoning and 3.5 for analytical writing on the GRE. A full-admission status is required for graduate assistantship consideration.

For provisional admission consideration for those with less than a 3.0 overall QPA:

An applicant must have a minimum QPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. A provisionally admitted student must complete the first nine graduate credits by earning grades of B or higher in each course to continue in the program and receive a full-admission status. Provisions of the admission will be outlined in the admission letter.

International students must have a minimum total score of 89 on the TEOFL iBT with the following minimum section requirements:

  • Reading 18

  • Speaking 26

  • Listening 21

  • Writing 24

In addition to the above requirements, or minimum total of 573 on the paper-based test, all applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Writing proficiency as demonstrated by a one-page letter of intent.

  • Three faculty and/or professional recommendations; recommendation forms should document applicant's potential and/or effectiveness in specialization area and/or professional performance.

  • Twelve semester hours of credit in courses related to normal development and the sciences related to the use of speech, hearing, and language; three credits in speech pathology; three credits in language disorders; six credits in audiology, including three credits in aural rehabilitation; three credits in augmentative and alternative communication; 25 clinical observation hours; three credits in statistics; three credits in behavioral/social sciences; three credits in biological sciences; and three credits in physical sciences. Students may make up undergraduate deficiencies.


Degree Requirements


Upon acceptance into the program, students will be assigned to a departmental advisor. The student and his or her advisor will plan a program of study. This plan will be filed and maintained in the student's academic file. Students must meet with their academic advisor every semester to pre-register for courses.

An average grade of "B" (3.0/4.0) is required.

Graduate Courses.
Graduate courses are numbered in the 500s. Some courses open to undergraduates (400 numbers) may be taken for graduate credit by permission of the student's advisor. A maximum of six credits at the 400-level may be taken for graduate credit and applied toward a graduate degree. Please note that 400-level courses taken for undergraduate credit cannot be repeated for graduate credit.



Students enrolled in the Speech Language Pathology Graduate Program are required to undergo a physical examination at the university Health Center before completing any clinical assignments at an off-campus site. The physical examination must include a record of immunity to tetanus, rubeola (red measles), mumps, rubella, (German or three day measles) and varicella (chicken pox). It also must include proof of freedom from active tuberculosis. Additionally, students should show proof of immunity to Hepatitis B. Students who do not show proof of current immunizations will not be permitted to enroll in CSD 422/522: Externship.



  • The student must fulfill all general requirements for the degree and complete a minimum of 50 semester hours of credit for the degree.

  • The graduate student majoring in speech language pathology will complete a minimum of 38 credits in communication sciences and disorders courses, including CSD 500, 505, 510, 512, 513, 520, 525, 530, 535, 540, 550, 554, 589, and 592. Students also must complete 12 credits of CSD 522 externship.


Thesis Option:
Fifty-three semester hours, including six credits in CSD 590. After the completion of a satisfactory thesis, the candidate will be asked to make an oral defense of this thesis before a faculty committee.

Research Option:
Fifty semester hours, including three credits in CSD 590. This option does not require a thesis, but does require a research paper or project.

Fifty semester hours.


To complete the degree:

  • Clinical proficiency must be demonstrated.

  • Two externships in a clinic and/or public school are necessary to satisfactorily complete the clinic clock hours required for the degree. Students must have a cumulative QPA of 3.00, must be in good academic standing, and must be making satisfactory progress toward the degree to be permitted to enroll in the externship program.

  • Academic and clinical practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competency in Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association must be fulfilled.

  • Students who wish to obtain a Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate for Speech Language Impaired must obtain a master's degree in speech language pathology, must complete an externship in the public schools, and must complete CSD 554: Professional Practicum or have had a commensurate course. In addition, the student must pass all Praxis Series Tests required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Applications for these tests can be obtained at




The faculty and the university's Career Services assist graduates of the program in finding professional positions in public and private schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, research centers, health departments, clinical service centers, industry, or private practice. Graduates of the program have historically enjoyed excellent professional placement.



Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships and other forms of financial aid are available. Individuals who want to be considered for financial assistance should so indicate at the time of application.




Six-credit externships are available in a wide variety of environments to augment the classroom experiences and broaden clinical experiences. Students must complete two six-credit externships.



Physical Facilities

The academic component of the department is housed in the first floor of the Keeling Health Center. Facilities include classrooms, a speech science/anatomy and physiology lab, a microcomputer lab, a library which includes a large variety of videotape resources, a student study area, and departmental and faculty offices.

An independent Speech and Hearing Clinic is located on the ground floor of the Keeling Health Center and includes individual and group clinic rooms, a conference and seminar room, an audiological suite, a clinical instrumentation laboratory, a student study area, a reception area, videotaping facilities, and a 10-station closed circuit television system.