Speech-Language Pathology, MS
The Candidacy Statement
The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology (distance education) at The University of Scranton is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Candidacy is a “preaccreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of 5 years.
New to Campus Starting Fall 2023: 63-Credit, 2-year full-time M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology!
This new and highly anticipated graduate program will be offered in a blended learning environment combining synchronous remote academic coursework with experiential learning. As over 75% of the program will be conducted remotely, the program is designed to accommodate students from across the United States and beyond. Students may elect to complete an additional 10 credit hours to obtain a Healthcare Specialization in order to meet individual career goals.
For more information, please visit scranton.edu/slp.
To access and learn more about the CSDCAS application process, please visit the CSDCAS website.
Program Admission Requirements
To be eligible for admission to the Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology degree program, applicants are required to have a baccalaureate degree in the arts or sciences with an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
Required prerequisite coursework includes:
- Statistics (this must be a stand-alone course)
- Biological sciences
- Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology, Human Genetics or Veterinary Science
- Physical sciences
- Chemistry or Physics only
- Social/Behavioral sciences
- Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology or Public Health
Required foundational coursework (minimum of 18 credit hours from a university with accreditation from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)) includes:
- Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
- Speech and Language Development and Disorders
- Speech and Hearing Science
- Linguistics or Psycholinguistics
- Students must show evidence of a minimum of 25 hours in guided clinical observation in speech-language pathology and audiology prior to initiating graduate level coursework.
Students must also submit:
- Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
- One-page Statement of Interest in the Program/Profession
- Three (3) Letters of Recommendation, with at least two of the three letters from previous faculty instructors
- Review and acknowledge the Essential Functions in Speech-Language Pathology document
All materials pertaining to the application will be submitted through CSDCAS. Required elements of the CSDCAS application will include timed video and written responses. Applications must be verified by 11:59 PM ET on February 1st. Applications can only be verified once all payments, transcripts, and letters of evaluation have been received. To ensure your application is verified on time, try to complete your application at least four weeks before the deadline.
The Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology degree will be offered as a 2-year, full-time, graduate program of study. This 63- credit hour graduate degree program covers four semesters (two 7-week cycles per semester, for a total of 8 cycles in the program), and one summer session (8-weeks). The eight cycles of academic work will be provided in a synchronous remote learning environment with recordings available for students outside the Eastern time zone to participate asynchronously.
The coursework has been designed, so at the conclusion of the program, the student will demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including the appropriate biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases.
The 8-week summer session includes a residency field placement, and the two 14-week field placements are residential. The students also participate in five virtual clinical simulation courses infused throughout the curriculum.
Students will obtain clinical hours in-person, primarily in their place of residence.
A healthcare specialization is available for students who are interested in working in medical settings across the continuum of care and across the lifespan. This specialization is an additional 10 credit hours, covering two intersession sessions provided in a remote synchronous learning environment and one additional 10-week residency summer session for six credit hours.
For those who do choose to elect a healthcare specialization, they will engage in courses addressing advanced practices used in swallowing and swallowing disorders, as well as the management of speech and swallowing of patients post head and neck cancer.