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Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS)

Technologically advanced facilities paired with a dynamic curriculum with built-in experiential learning and practical application makes the DeSales Speech Language Pathology (SLP) program unique.

Our university’s patron saint, St. Francis de Sales, was also the patron saint of hearing and the deaf. His work is an inspiration for modern day speech-language pathologists, and our SLP program imbues his spirit of care and compassion for others.

An Always In-Demand Career

Speech pathology consistently ranks near the top in surveys of meaningful careers. The work is fulfilling and the need for speech pathologists continues to increase much faster than average with growth expected at 25% nationally through 2029.

Speech-language pathologists are in demand as integral members of care teams with educators, physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other healthcare workers — they examine, diagnose, and treat patients across a range of disorders in a variety of school and healthcare settings.

Program Information

The DeSales Difference

  • State-of-the-art Simulation Center
  • Human gross anatomy laboratory
  • University Speech Clinic
  • Interprofessional focus with students in our nationally recognized nursing, physical therapy, and physician assistant science programs
  • Specialty focus including medical SLP, bilingual/multicultural, health policy, health communications, leadership & administration

Advanced Pathways to the MS SLP for Undergraduates

In addition to the traditional master's program pathway for new graduate students, DeSales also provides program planning at the undergraduate level with our Communication Sciences and Disorders 3+2 year and 4+2 year options that can culminate with an MS SLP.

Advanced Labs & Facilities

The Gambet Center

Our newest 77,000 square foot academic building has some of the most exciting and cutting-edge technology available in healthcare education. The facility features:

  • simulation labs
  • the area's only gross anatomy lab
  • a standardized patient lab

The Center is a showcase of green architecture featuring environmentally advanced design consistent with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards of the U.S. Green Building Council.

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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.

CAA Accreditation Candidate

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Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology