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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 Worcester State University 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 (DESE). 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.
The Master of Science education program in speech-language pathology at Worcester State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
It also is approved by the state DESE.
In addition to the Worcester State University 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, by February 1. Candidates must also print a copy of the Speech-Language Pathology Application Cover Sheet and mail this to the Graduate Admissions Office. 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 2 letters of recommendation is required. Submission of a 3rd letter is optional, and all 3 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. Applicants should have official transcripts sent to themselves, and should mail these official transcripts, along with Speech-Language Pathology Application Cover Sheet, to the Graduate Admissions Office.
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 processes and audiology 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.
** 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. These courses must have been completed within the past 15 years.
Students completing prerequisites at the time of application must provide evidence of enrollment. Prerequisites may be taken at Worcester State 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. The Graduate Records Examination (GRE) is NOT required for applications submitted for 2022 acceptance. However, results of the TOEFL are still required if the student’s academic background is not in English.
F. As noted above, applicants must submit a completed copy of the Speech Language Pathology Application Cover Sheet.
G. If accepted into the program, you must be available from mid-May through mid-June for meetings and introductory course.
H. Please see the Graduate Catalog for information pertaining to the graduate calendar, grading policy, fees, non-discrimination policy, etc.
For more information regarding prerequisites and the MS-SLP program, please contact Professor Karow at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding the electronic application or to confirm receipt of materials, please contact Graduate Admissions, email@example.com.
* These courses are typically offered in both the Fall and Spring term. Learn more about registering for these classes.
** These courses are only offered in the spring term. Learn more about registering for these classes.
*** CD-230 may be completed during the first Fall semester upon entrance to the Graduate SLP Program at Worcester State.
Students interested in the Graduate SLP Program at Worcester State may enroll in the following courses through the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education (DGCE) at Worcester State. 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:
Note, some of these courses may have designated prerequisites, may have a required Accuplacer score (math placement score) and may not be offered every term.
12 of the above 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. These courses must have been completed within the past 15 years.
To learn more about registering for these classes, please contact our Division of Graduate and Continuing Education.
There are 3 tracks to the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program. Upon acceptance, students must select one of the following tracks. Length of each program is included in parenthesis. Note that length of time includes summers.
In 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.
Students will be expected to submit a passing score from the NESPA examination in Speech-Language Pathology and complete a departmental comprehensive examination.
Graduate students are strongly encouraged to join the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association. In addition, they may join the Worcester State chapter of National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Percentage of our graduate students who passed the Praxis examination in Speech-Language Pathology:
Note: Students choose their program of study, which can take 2 to 3.5 years to complete.
The strategic plan for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program incorporates the university's strategic plan. It comprises goals to help prepare students as they enter the field of speech-language pathology as well as connect their services with the community. Download the strategic plan for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program.
In accordance with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s 2014 Standards and Implementation Procedures for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, students in the Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology will:
To successfully complete the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) Program at Worcester State University, graduate students must be able to participate fully in academic and clinical work. In each of these areas, they must consistently demonstrate skills. As a result, the MS-SLP Program has created technical standards in the areas of Communication, Physical and Motor, Cognitive, and Emotional/Behavioral/Social to meet these requirements. Failure to demonstrate these skills may lead to remediation procedures or dismissal from the Program.
The Communication Sciences and Disorders Department is committed to equal access for all qualified program applicants. Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Worcester State University will provide students with documented disabilities reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids and academic adjustments. To provide safe and effective patient care, all students must be able to independently, with or without reasonable accommodation, demonstrate aptitude, abilities, and skills in four areas: Communication, Physical and Motor, Cognitive, and Emotional/Behavioral/Social.
While Worcester State University makes every effort to work with students with disabilities to accommodate their disability-related needs, it is not required to provide accommodations, aids, or adjustments that fundamentally alter or waive essential program requirements.
If you have any questions about the accommodations process at Worcester State University, you can contact Student Accessibility Services at 508-929-8733.
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Our department will be hosting virtual information sessions for prospective Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology applicants on the following dates:
2021 Info Session Dates
Please complete register your interest in attending one of the sessions, and a member of the department will contact you to confirm.
Dr. Colleen Karow, CCC-SLP
Graduate Program Coordinator
For information pertaining to an existing application, please call the Graduate School at 508-929-8127 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.