Speech-Language Pathology

College

  • Center City Campus
  • College of Rehabilitation Sciences

Degree Earned

  • Master of Science

Program Length
2 years

Program Type

  • On Campus

Entry Term
Fall

Admissions Information

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) is a graduate degree program for students with either a Bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology/communication sciences and disorders or those bachelor's prepared at a regionally accredited institution.

Our department partners with the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). Applications to this program are sent to and processed by CSDCAS.

We communicate with applicants via email, so please provide a valid email address and adjust your email settings to allow mail from Jefferson.edu.

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Application Deadlines

Application Open Date: July 15, 2021
Application Deadline: Rolling Admission to February 1, 2022

To be considered complete and eligible for review, a CSDCAS application must be verified and all applicable documents must be submitted in the directed manner and received by the program deadline date.

Prerequisites

Students must complete their Bachelor’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution before the start date of the program. A minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and in prerequisite coursework are required.

All prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution with a grade of a “C“ or above to fulfill the requirement. The majority of prerequisite courses should be completed at the time of application, and all math and sciences prerequisite courses are required to be completed within seven years of application.

Course Type

Semester Credits Required

Introduction to Communication Disorders

3

Language Development

3

Phonetics

3

Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech and Swallowing Mechanism *

3

Speech and Hearing Science

3

Introduction to Audiology

3

* Lab is not required

In addition, the Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) requires that you have all of the following courses for certification:

Course Type

Semester Credits Required

Biological Science *

3

Physical Science **

3

Statistics

3

Social Science ***

3

* Any human-based biology course. A lab is not required.
** Must be chemistry or physics. A lab is not required.
*** Psychology, Sociology, or Anthropology

Thomas Jefferson University’s Speech-Language Pathology Department requires students observe licensed speech-language pathologists who hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence for a minimum of 25 hours in at least two different settings. Jefferson does not have a specific form required to log observation hours; please complete the observation hours section of CSDCAS to document your observation hours.  

To be admitted to the MS-SLP program, you must also meet the following requirements:

  • Agree to adhere to ASHA’s Code of Ethics, including ASHA’s rules regarding nondiscrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, disability, culture, language, or dialect.
  • Attest that you possess the essential functions required to practice speech-language pathology, as outlined in the Essential Functions Document.

Application Requirements

Create an account in CSDCAS through the CSDCAS portal and follow the directions to complete the application.

Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities you have attended to CSDCAS using the Transcript Request Form. Send official transcripts to CSDCAS at:

CSDCAS
PO Box 9120
Watertown, MA 02471

If your coursework was completed outside of the United States, you must submit a course-by-course evaluation from one of the following international evaluation agencies:

Include your CV or resume on the CSDCAS application in the "Extracurricular Activities, Honors, Work Experience and Licenses" section.

Students can submit official GRE scores directly to CSDCAS.

Complete the essay found on the CSDCAS application. Your personal essay should address how your personal, educational and professional background will help you to achieve your goals in Speech-Language Pathology.

Three letters of recommendation are required to complete your application. One academic letter of recommendation is required. The other two letters of recommendation can be from a volunteer or professional supervisor or manager, or additional academic references.

Letters from family, friends, or co-workers will not be accepted.

Submit documentation of all volunteer or work experience in CSDCAS, include experiences both within and outside of healthcare.

Other Requirements

To be admitted to the Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Sciences Speech- Language Pathology program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Agree to adhere to ASHA’s Code of Ethics, including ASHA’s rules regarding nondiscrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, disability, culture, language, or dialect.
  • Attest that you possess the essential functions required to practice speech-language pathology, as outlined in the Essential Functions Document (PDF).

Please see our additional information for applying as an International Student.