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Master of Science In Speech Language Pathology

Program Coordinator: Sharon Antonucci, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathology Courses 
Communication Sciences & Disorders Department

Speech-Language-Hearing Center

Worcester State University offers a graduate program leading to a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. This program is designed to provide a high caliber academic and clinical program for the preparation of speech-language pathologists. The program prepares students for positions in public schools, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, speech and hearing clinics, special-care facilities, and private practice. The graduate program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Application forms may be obtained online at Admission is considered for the fall semester only. 

A monthly information session
 is held between August – May lead by the graduate program coordinator to answer any questions about the program or prerequisites.  Due to the large number of requests, we are not able to arrange individual meetings with prospective graduate students outside of these monthly sessions. You are welcome to bring your transcripts to the information session for review by the graduate program coordinator.

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS February 1 for the fall semester.

I. Admission Requirements:

A.   Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

B.   Candidates for admission are required to submit a completed authorized application form which is available online. Requirements and procedures for admission to Graduate Studies are specified on the application form. The applicant must comply with these requirements and procedures.

C.   Candidates must submit official transcripts from all undergraduate programs that were part of the bachelor’s degree and all programs where any prerequisite courses were taken, including Worcester State University.

D.   Candidates applying for admission must have taken or currently be enrolled in the following prerequisite courses at the time of application for the masters degree program:

·         Three (3) credit hours in biological sciences, specifically in human and / or animal biology*

·         Three (3) credit hours in physical sciences. Physical science may be either physics or chemistry. Courses covering physics and / or chemistry but not explicitly named as such may be used to fulfill the physical science requirement subject to graduate coodinator approval*

·         Three (3) credit hours in mathematics*

·         Three (3) credit hours in statistics*

·         Six (6) credit hours in the behavioral and/or social sciences* (a course in Developmental Psychology / Child Growth and Development must be included) 

·         Twelve (12) credit hours in basic human communication processes that include: anatomy of the speech & hearing mechanism, phonetics, normal development of speech and language, speech science, and hearing science**


* 12 of the required 18 credits must be completed at the time of application, and if accepted to the program the remaining credits must be completed by August 31. These courses must have been completed within the past 15 years.


** The majority (>50%) of coursework in basic human communication must be completed at the time of application, and if accepted to the program the remaining credits must be completed by May 31. These courses must have been complete within the past 7 years.

Biological science must be human and / or animal bilogy. Physical science may be either physics or chemistry, courses covering physics and / or chemistry but not explicitly named as such may be used to fulfill the physical science requirement subject to graduate coordinator approval.

E.   Applicants must submit scores from the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) and The TOEFL (if English is a second Language).

F.   Final candidates may be interviewed by department faculty/staff.

Students completing prerequisites at the time of application must provide evidence of enrollment. Prerequisites may be taken at WSU in the evening as a non-matriculated student or as a day student. Please contact the DGCE for enrollment information ( Day students must complete an “undergraduate non-degree” application. Deadline for day students to apply is:

Please contact the undergraduate admissions office for additional details.

II. General Requirements for Program Completion:

A.   The minimum requirement for a master’s degree in speech-language pathology is fifty-five (55) semester hours of credit.

B.   A maximum of six (6) graduate credits of “B” or above taken within two (2) years of the term of admission, at a CAA accredited institution, may be accepted toward the graduate degree.

C.   Courses are taught in the afternoon, late afternoon and evening. A maximum load is four courses per semester and takes at least two full years including summers to complete. A three course per semester load takes two and one-half years to complete. A two course per semester program would take at least three and one-half years. A grade point average of 3.0 is required to remain in the program and to earn the degree. Courses with a grade of C+ or below must be repeated.

D.   All work for the degree must be completed within a period of six years.

E.   The Dean of Graduate Studies reserves the right to periodically review the performance of graduate students in accordance with the academic standards of the Graduate Program and of Worcester State University.

III. Curriculum Requirements for a Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology

A.   Course Requirements:
CD 901  Introduction to Graduate and Clinical Skills
(summer) 2 credits
CD 920  Articulation & Phonological Disorders (fall) 3 credits
CD 921  Language Disorders in Children (fall) 3 credits
CD 922  Language Disorders in Adults (spring) 3 credits
CD 923  Fluency Disorders (fall) 3 credits
CD 924  Voice Disorders (summer) 3 credits
CD 925  Motor Speech Disorders (fall) 3 credits
CD 926  Reading and Writing Disabilities (summer) 2 credits
CD 927  Audiology (fall) 3 credits
CD 928  Aural Rehabilitation (spring) 3 credits
CD 929  Dysphagia (spring) 3 credits
CD 940  Evaluation & Diagnosis in Speech-Language
Pathology (spring) 3 credits
CD 946  Organization of S/L Programs in Schools
(summer) 1 credit
CD 947  Augmentative/Alternative Communication
(summer) 1 credit
CD 950  Cognitive Aspects of Communication
(summer) 2 credits
CD 980  Research in Communication Sciences & Disorders (spring) 3 credits
CD 987  Selected Topics in Communication Sciences & Disorders  – take two topics for one credit each (summer or spring) 2 credits
CD 990  Speech-Language-Hearing Practicum: College Clinic (spring, summer, fall) (A minimum of 2 semesters is required in the WSU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic) 3 credits each time
CD 991  Speech-Language-Hearing Practicum: Externships. (A minimum of 2 semesters is required in externships) 3 credits each time 

B.   Clinical Clock Hours: 
In addition to academic coursework, students are required to complete 25 hours of observation of clinical work and 375 live hours of participation in diagnostic/therapeutic work in three distinctly different clinical settings. Observation hours and 50 of the live hours may be transferred from the undergraduate level.

            C.  Written Comprehensive Examination: 
                 Students will be expected to submit a passing score from the
                 NESPA examination in Speech-Language Pathology and
                 complete a departmental comprehensive examination.

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