Speech-Language Pathology, MS

  • Lauren Yates

    PROFESSORS WHO CARE ABOUT YOUR SUCCESS — “The professors in the speech-language pathology program are so passionate about the field and truly care about their students. I loved that all of the professors made it a priority to get to know the students. I felt that my education and success truly mattered to them,” said Lauren Yates, MS Speech-Language Pathology.

    Help People with Their Speech, Language, Voice, and Swallowing

    The clinically-oriented MS in Speech-Language Pathology at IUP provides basic training for all practice settings. We like to say our graduates are trained to work across the lifespan—working with neonatal patients, school-age children and adolescents, young and middle-aged adults, and seniors. You will learn the best practices to help them with their communication skills, the quality of their voice, their swallowing skills, their articulation, and more.

    In the last five years, half of our graduates accepted jobs in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and other healthcare-related facilities. Half of our graduates accepted jobs in intermediate units, schools, private pediatric clinics, and early intervention agencies.

    MS in Speech-Language Pathology

    In the MS in Speech-Language Pathology program at IUP, you will meet the requirements for:

    • The Certificate of Clinical Competence awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Council for Clinical Certification
    • Licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as other states
    • Pennsylvania Department of Education certification to provide speech-language pathology services in schools

    In addition, upon completion of our program, you will be able to:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of typical development as well as disorders of communication and swallowing.
    • Manage clinical cases by applying principles of prevention, assessment, intervention, and evidence-based practice, and by analyzing data to make appropriate clinical decisions.
    • Collaborate and communicate effectively with a diverse range of clients, families, supervisors, and other healthcare professionals both orally and in writing.
    • Understand and demonstrate professional and ethical conduct in clinical practice. 

    Why Choose IUP’s MS in Speech-Language Pathology

    • We are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. View information on our accreditation.
    • Our course sequence facilitates the transition from classroom to clinic. View our sequence of coursework and clinical experiences included in our two-year program.
    • In the last decade, we have maintained high rates of completion and on-time completion, as well as a 100 percent pass rate on the national exam and 100 percent employment rate within a year of graduation. View data from the last three years.
    • You will be part of a small, selective cohort of 22 students.
    • You will be supervised in our on-site Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic by the same faculty who teach your courses.
    • Students participate in our dedicated hospital simulation lab, where students interact with mannequins and live standardized patients (i.e., theater students) portraying realistic disorders to  interpret data in real time and get hands-on experience with hospital routines.
    • Typically, more than half of our students receive graduate assistantships for 10 to 20 hours per week. Those assistantships come with partial or full tuition remission and a stipend.
    • You have the option to leave campus and may be able to live at home while completing full-time internships.
    • You will have a large network of school, hospital, rehabilitation, and community agency placements to choose from for internships.
    • A master’s thesis is optional, depending on your career goals.

    Applying to the MS in Speech-Language Pathology Program

    • Find out what you need to know about applying to our program.
    • Indicate your interest in being considered for a graduate assistantship during the online application process.