Communication Sciences and Disorders

Saint Louis University’s master’s program in communication sciences and disorders will prepare you to be a speech-language pathologist who is culturally competent and provides clinical services that are both evidence-based and compassionate.

About the Program

The master of arts in communication sciences and disorders is a two-year graduate program with a target class size of 20 students. Over the past three years, the program’s graduation rate is 97 percent, while the the Praxis pass rate and the employment rate of the graduating class is 100 percent.

Clinical Practicum Sites

A major strength of SLU’s M.A. in communication sciences disorders is the wide variety of clinical practicum experiences available to you as a graduate student. The department has strong working relationships with hospitals, schools, rehabilitation facilities and community clinics in St. Louis.

Students will experience at least three separate off-campus clinical placements, often obtaining 50 clock hours or more at each site. During their last semester, students are ready for a full-time internship, consisting of placements in both medical and educational settings. SLU students typically obtain considerably more than the minimum clock hours required by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and are well-prepared to begin their professional careers.

Program Highlights

SLU’s master’s in communication sciences and disorders offers a wide variety of available student clinical opportunities in medical and educational settings. The program has outstanding student program completion, Praxis and employment statistics.

Curriculum and Program Details

The program is six semesters, including two summers. Students begin in the summer.  All graduate students must complete 46 credit hours, including a required clinical practicum each term. Research students will also complete a thesis for six credits. View the curriculum.

Students must enroll in five terms (semester or summer) of zero-credit clinical practicum during their study. Additionally, six credits of off-campus clinical practice are completed during the last semester of study, typically involving three credits of student teaching and three credits of clinical internship.

Other required courses include:

  • Experimental Design
  • Phonological Development and Disorders
  • Assessment/Management of Social Communication Disorders
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Language
  • Fluency Disorders
  • Dysphagia
  • Voice Disorders
  • Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalie
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders in Adults
  • Motor Speech Disorders
  • Professional Issues in Speech - Language Pathology
  • Cognitive Communication Disorders
Graduates from SLU’s communication sciences and disorders program have gone on to careers at public and private schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, home health agencies, clinics, private practices and universities. Speech-language pathology is rated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as one of the fastest growing professions in the country — it’s predicted to grow 21 percent by 2024. The median annual salary for a speech-language pathologist in 2014 was $75,000.
Scholarships and Financial Aid

Many of our graduate students receive tuition scholarships and graduate assistantships stipends. You will be eligible to apply for these opportunities after being admitted into the M.A. in communication sciences and disorders program.  

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in communication science and disorders or have successfully completed the prerequisite courses in the field.

Individuals with a bachelor's degree in a different discipline are not eligible for admission into the graduate program until completion of the undergraduate prerequisite courses. They may be eligible for admission into the communication sciences and disorders leveling program.

Students must meet clinical practicum eligibility requirements for participation in the required clinical practicum.

You’ll need the following items to apply:

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
GRE – General scores
Three letters of recommendation
Professional goal statement
Video response to two interview questions
Visit (encouraged)


Requirements for International Students

Assistantship Application Deadline

Students who want to be considered for an assistantship must submit their application by Feb. 1.

Review Process

The department admissions committee will begin the review of the applications after the Feb. 1 deadline. Each application and supporting materials are comprehensively reviewed for admission consideration.

Students who are offered admission to the program will receive an assistantship application at the time of their acceptance notification.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders adheres to the national deadline of April 15 to extend offers of admission to applicants as set forth by American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Council of Graduate Schools.


Accredited by CAA

The master’s program with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in speech-language pathology at Saint Louis University is accredited 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.

To learn more about student achievement data, like program outcomes and employment rates, view the program packet.