| ACADEMICS | Graduate School | Graduate Programs | Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology
The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program at Worcester State University provides you with the academic knowledge and clinical skills to become an in-demand speech-language pathologist. With classes available in the late afternoons and evenings, our program is designed for working professionals like you. You can complete your degree on your schedule with the choice of a part-time, full-time, or accelerated pace.In small classes, you’ll build upon your knowledge of communication processes and disorders and learn best practices from faculty members who are active practitioners in the field—many of whom solicit student participation in their research and clinical programs. An integral component of our curriculum, fieldwork provides you with valuable, real-world experience and helps you establish important professional connections. During your minimum of 3 practicum experiences at our more than 75 placement sites throughout New England—one of which is at the WSU Speech-Language-Hearing Center—you’ll engage in more than 375 hours of hands-on client service.Graduates of our program are qualified to apply for the certificate of clinical competence (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Massachusetts state licensure, and teacher certification through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. They are sought after by employers in a variety of educational and health-care settings, including public schools, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, speech and hearing clinics, and private practice. In the past 5 years, our graduates have achieved a 100% employment rate.This program 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, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. It also is approved by the state DESE.
In addition to the WSU Graduate School's general admission requirements, applicants must meet the following criteria:
A. Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited (or its equivalent) college or university. B. Candidates for admission are required to submit a completed application 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. Submission of two (2) letters of recommendation is required. Submission of a third letter is optional, and all three may be submitted online. 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 college-level prerequisite courses at the time of application for the master’s degree program:
* 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.Three (3) credit hours in biological sciences** Biological Science must be human and/or animal biology.
* 12 of the required 21 credits must be completed at the time of application, and if accepted to the program the remaining credits must be completed by August 31. 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 Division of Graduate and Continuing Education for enrollment information. Day students must complete an “undergraduate non-degree” application. Please contact the undergraduate Admissions Office for additional details at 508-929-8040. E. Applicants must submit scores from the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) and the TOEFL (if the student’s academic background is not in English). F. Applicants must submit a completed copy of the Speech Language Pathology Application Cover Sheet with their application items.
Clinical Clock HoursIn 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. HIPAA training and certification for our students is provided by HIPAA EXAMS, Inc. Written Comprehensive ExaminationStudents will be expected to submit a passing score from the NESPA examination in Speech-Language Pathology and complete a departmental comprehensive examination. Graduate students may join the WSU chapter of National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Percentage of our graduate students who passed the PRAXIS examination in Speech-Language Pathology:
Overall pass rate on first attempt = 100%
Employment rate of our graduate students upon graduation:
Our program completion rates:
Our department is hosting information sessions for
prospective Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology applicants on the following Wednesdays: September 2October 7November 4December 2All
sessions will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Room 118 of the Ghosh Science and
Technology Center. If you are not a WSU student, please complete an online form to get a visitor parking pass emailed to you.