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Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Communication disorders treated with a human touch.

speech student working with pediatric patient

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology provides students with the professional skills necessary to become powerful and compassionate advocates for people with communication disorders. Students are challenged academically, clinically, and personally through academic coursework integrated with clinical training and faculty mentorship.

Graduate ready for a successful and fulfilling career in the growing field of speech-language pathology, and develop a strong grasp of ethical conduct, research principles in an evidence-based clinical practice, and contemporary professional issues.

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Format: Full-time
  • Location: Baltimore, Maryland
  • Credits: 59-61
  • Delivery: In-person
  • Time to Completion: 2 years
  • Tuition Information

Program Format

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program is broken into distinct first and second-year experiences, with academic classes offered on Mondays and clinical experiences offered Tuesday through Friday.

Year One Experience

Gain hands-on clinical training beginning your very first semester. In the first year of study, students take academic classes and begin their clinical internship at the Loyola Clinical Center's Margaret A. McManus Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic located at Belvedere Square in Baltimore, Maryland. The clinic offers an array of speech-language and/or audiological services for individuals experiencing difficulty with their communication and/or hearing skills and provides services in individual and group settings to clients of all ages, infant-toddler through adult, with varying diagnoses in communication disorders. By working in our clinic, you have the opportunity to learn in an interdisciplinary setting, which includes speech-language pathology, audiology, psychology, and literacy. Students may also have additional internship experiences off-site with private and public community partners as well as opportunities to engage in telehealth.

Within the first 3 semesters, students are exposed to many of ASHA's Big-Nine areas:

  • Articulation
  • Fluency
  • Voice and Resonance
  • Hearing
  • Swallowing
  • Language
  • Cognition
  • Social Aspects of Communication
  • Communication Modalities

Year Two Experience

During your second year, receive real-world experience and master the clinical skills you need for postgraduate fellowship work. After successful completion of the first-year, students continue with academic classes and are placed in an off-campus externship setting with an experienced, ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. Students experience at least two different types of settings or client populations during their second year. 

Outcomes and Job Opportunities

Graduate ready to make an impact. Over 98 percent of students complete the program on-time and pass the Praxis within three years. Students graduate prepared for entry-level clinical work with 100 percent of graduates over a three-year average finding work in the field or continuing their education within one year of graduation.

From 2022-20232 the US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects significant future demand for Speech-Language Pathologists. The number of jobs in the field are expected to grow by 19%, adding over 40,000 jobs. Average pay for Speech-Language Pathologists is almost double the average pay of all other occupations.

Admission and How to Apply

For questions or inquiries regarding the program please request information below, email, or call 410-617-5020. Students interested in applying to this program are encouraged to begin the application early to ensure all materials and transcripts are received on time. More information about admission requirements may be on the admission page.

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The Master's of Science (M.S.) education program in Speech-Language Pathology (residential) at Loyola University Maryland 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.