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Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (4+2 year graduate program), MS


The Speech-Language Pathology program at DeSales aims to provide students an experiential learning curriculum utilizing the most advanced technologies.

Throughout your learning experience and after graduation:

  • you'll use your knowledge and skills to integrate scientific inquiry and evidence-based clinical reasoning into everyday practice, addressing the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders.
  • you'll be prepared to adapt and lead in the complex and dynamic healthcare environment of today and tomorrow through inter-professional collaborations.
  • you'll advance innovations in clinical practice through implementation science and cross-disciplinary efforts to improve the quality and delivery of services.

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Admissions Requirements

Admission into our MS SLP program is highly competitive. We welcome high caliber graduate students who want to make a positive impact in the field of communication science & disorders.

Decisions on placement are based on impressive academic achievement, but also on demonstrated quality performance in science and CS&D related courses, as well as motivation and professional potential, and strong interpersonal skills.

What You'll Need
To qualify for admission into the graduate program you must have submitted your application through CSDCAS (available as of July 15, 2021) and have completed, or be in the process of completing, all of the following items:

  • A minimum of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or, for international students, the equivalent degree from a foreign institution. 
  • Provide CSDCAS with official transcripts from all colleges attended and two (2) letters of recommendation.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) overall and in the sciences.
  • Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and submit official score report to CSDCAS using the DeSales University Program code 0540. Competitive scores on all three sections (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) with minimum average combined verbal and quantitative score for admitted students of 300.
  • 25 observation hours with an ASHA certified, licensed provider.
  • For applicants who completed their baccalaureate degree in a country where English is not the primary language, an official copy of the TOEFL exam must be provided to CSDCAS or directly to DeSales University. A minimum score of 100 is required for admission.

Pre-requisite Coursework 

  • Introduction to Biology or Biology I
  • Statistics
  • Introduction tp Psychology
  • A Chemistry or Physics course
  • Phonetics/Phonology
  • Audiology
  • Speech and Hearing Science
  • Introduction to Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • Language Development

Additional Information

  • Potentially qualified applicants will be granted a personal interview by invitation only, attempting to ascertain your awareness of the SLP role, motivation for pursuing a career as a speech-language pathologist, interpersonal and oral communication skills, compassion, problem-solving abilities, and dedication to serving individuals in vulnerable populations. 
  • The MS SLP Program at DeSales University is a full-time academic program.  The courses are completed in sequence as listed in the curriculum.
  • Applicants who are alumni of DeSales University will be granted interviews for admission if they meet the minimum requirements for admission, as outlined above.
  • The Admissions Committee takes into consideration an individual's experience working with and/or serving vulnerable or traditionally under-served populations when evaluating his or her application for admission. This is in keeping with DeSales University's mission of Christian Humanism and service to diverse populations.

Applications will begin to be accepted starting July 15, 2021, through CSDCAS, the Centralized Application Service for Communication Science and Disorders Programs.


  • Seminar in Professional Issues & Ethics
  • Assessments & Diagnostics
  • Dev Language Disorders I
  • Neurogenic Disorders of Language I
  • Research Methods in SLP
  • Voice & Resonance Disorders
  • Dev Language Disorders II
  • Neurogenic Disorders of Language II
  • Advanced Anatomy & Physiology (Gross Anatomy)
  • Fluency Disorders
  • AAC and Lab
  • Dysphagia
  • Counseling in SLP
  • Motor Speech Disorders
  • Pediatric Oral Motor Feeding & Craniofacial Disorders
  • Aural Rehabilitation
  • Medical SLP - Complex Cases
  • Capstone in Evidence-Based Practice
  • Clinical Practicums 1 - 6

Tuition & Fees

Program Costs 2022-2022

  • Tuition per term: $10,750
  • Professional fee each semester: $500 per term
  • Applications only accepted through CSDCAS: $0 for DeSales, CSDCAS fees as required
  • Graduation fee: $120
  • Returned check service: $30

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS SLP) Refund Amount

  • Withdrawal after 1st class: 80% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 2nd class: 65% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 3rd class: 50% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 4th class: 25% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 5th class: No refund
St. Francis DeSales Statue

St. Francis de Sales: The patron saint of hearing and the deaf

St. Francis de Sales serves as an inspiration for modern day speech-language pathologists. In 1605, he developed a system for communicating with a deaf and mute young man by using signs he formed with his hands and fingers, thereby anticipating the creation of sign language by several centuries.  His desire to connect with and understand this young man serves as a wonderful reminder for healthcare practitioners that we can enable healing by treating our patients with dignity. 

CAA Accreditation

The Master of Science (MS) education program in speech-language pathology at DeSales University is an Applicant for Candidacy 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.

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