2017-2018 Graduate Course Catalog 
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2017-2018 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Speech-Language Pathology, MS

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Karen A. Doherty, Ph.D.
621 Skytop Road, Suite 1200


Phone: 315-443-9637
Email: csd@syr.edu


Academic: Karen Doherty, Kimberly Lamparelli, Soren Lowell, Linda Milosky, Joseph Pellegrino, Jonathan Preston, Ellyn Riley, Victoria Tumanova and Kathy Vander Werff; Clinical:  Megan Leece, Anita Lightburn, Meghan Lister, Sue Ellen Maxfield, Ramani Voleti, Tara Jones; Adjunct instructors for specialty areas: Bonnie Hulslander, Eileen Marrinan, Carolyn Tamayo, Will Sullivan and Lauren Westby.
Emeritus Professors: Raymond Colton, Mary Louise Edwards and Janet Ford

Program Description:

The M.S. program in speech-language pathology is a nationally ranked, accredited program with a long history of excellence. While pursuing a speech-language pathology degree, students have the opportunity to work with researchers in state-of-the-art laboratories and to learn from certified speech-language pathologists whose expertise cover all areas of speech and language across the life span.  In addition, the location of the University provides students opportunities to gain clinical experience in diagnosis and treatment with a wide variety of clinical populations.  The M.S. program provides both substantive knowledge and practical experience through a carefully selected sequence of academic study, clinical practice, and research training. Students are prepared for a professional career in diagnosis and management of individuals with speech and language disorders.

Students in speech-language pathology participate in a wide range of diagnostic and therapy experiences under the direct supervision of clinical faculty. After obtaining a minimum of 75 hours of on-campus clinical practicum in the department’s Gebbie Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic (50 hour minimum for students who bring in 25 clock hours from their undergraduate program), students are assigned two off-site clinical experiences. These externship placements provide students with experience working in the field under the supervision of a certified speech-language pathologist. Placements include public schools, preschool programs, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, private clinics, and special education programs.

Completion of the master’s program provides students with the academic and practicum qualifications for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and for New York State licensure in speech-language pathology. Graduates may also fulfill the requirements for New York State teacher certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities.


The master of science program in speech-language pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.


Admission occurs once per year for fall entry. Applicants must complete a common application by January 1 for fall admission consideration.  See our website for links to the online applications: http://csd.syr.edu/admissions_info/How-To-Apply.html

Applicants are required to submit GRE scores, undergraduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation.  Although the minimum GPA is 3.0, a 3.4 or higher is recommended to be competitive.  The minimum GRE scores for consideration are: Verbal=145, Quantitative=146, and Writing=3.5.  Additionally, international students must score a minimum of 105 on the TOEFL exam.

Degree requirements:

The typical master’s degree program for a student with a background in communication disorders ranges from 46 to 53 credits and requires a minimum of four semesters and one summer. Students with undergraduate majors other than communication disorders need additional coursework. During the final semester, all students must pass a comprehensive examination or complete a master’s thesis. In order to comply with ASHA standards, all students will need to take or show evidence of having taken coursework in math, science, social science, basic human communication processes, and speech/language disorders. If a student has not taken any of these courses as an undergraduate and needs to take them as part of the graduate program, then it may add to the length of the student’s program.

A student must graduate with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Students with an academic GPA of less than 2.6 at the end of the first semester in the degree program, or an academic or clinic GPA of less than 3.0 at the end of the first academic year, may be asked to leave the program.

Financial Support:

All applicants are considered for departmental graduate scholarships and assistantships during the admissions process.


The CSD academic department and Gebbie Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic are located at 621 Skytop Road on South Campus.

Transfer Credit:

Students may petition to transfer up to 12 graduate credits from another university into the Master of Science program.

Part-time Study:

Part time study is not available in the Master of Science program.

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