Considering a Career in Speech-Language Pathology?

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Program (MS-SLP) at Jacksonville University is NOW AVAILABLE for those students planning careers as speech-language pathologists. We are developing professionals who are knowledgeable and skilled in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of speech, voice, swallowing, language, and cognitive disorders with emphasis on the practice of medical speech-language pathology. Under the direction of experienced faculty, students will gain the skills needed to assess and treat individuals with diverse needs. 
Speech-language pathologists can work in schools, hospitals and private health offices and diagnose, treat and prevent a variety of communication, speech, and language disorders. 

Students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a field that is not in communication sciences and disorders, speech-language pathology, or the equivalent, must complete pre-requisite 
co​urses before they begin graduate work in speech-language pathology regardless of the institution they attend for graduate school.
Jacksonville University offer the undergraduate pre-requisite courses in Communication Sciences and Disorders. These pre-requisite courses are required for students to meet the general course requirements prior to application to a MS-SLP program. View the Jacksonville University communication sciences and disorders​ prerequisite courses currently available. 

Admissions & Curriculum

The admissions process for the MS SLP program includes the use of a rubric. The rubric categories include a cumulative grade point average (CGPA), prerequisite coursework grade point average (GPA), letters of recommendation, content and writing style of the personal statement (essay), professional and personal experience related to the coursework and field, a combined GRE score for quantitative, verbal and writing components, and a prompted video submission. The review committee consists of five full time faculty members, all holding PhDs and decades of experience within the SLP field.
Applications to the MS SLP program are due by March 1, 2017 and first round letters of acceptance are scheduled to be released by April 15, 2017. 

View Admissions and Curriculum requirements for the MS SLP Program.

ASHA CCC-SLP Application Standards
A career as a Speech Language Pathologist involves working with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, ages, and ability levels, as well as handling confidential information. In an effort to ensure that the profession is made up of individuals of integrity, those applying for certification as an SLP must answer questions regarding their criminal background. A history of offenses may impact your ability to become certified in the future. For more details, download the 2014 CCC-SLP Application Standards PDF.
Additionally, as a student, it may inhibit your ability to complete the necessary practicum hours to graduate. All students accepted into Jacksonville University’s graduate Speech Language Pathology Program must have an unencumbered background check as a clinical requirement. Offenses listed on a background check may result in your offer of acceptance being rescinded.
Prerequisites at JU
Jacksonville University offers the required CSD prerequisites online for post-baccalaureate students who are interested in applying for the MS SLP program. Please contact Ms. Pamela Adrian, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions,​ to inquire about the prerequisites at
MS SLP program admissions
Click here to apply now --> MS SLP Application
For more information about regarding the graduate admission process to the MS SLP program, please contact Ms. Pamela Adrian at ​
PLEASE NOTE: There is no guarantee that the prerequisite coursework offered by Jacksonville University will transfer to other university curriculum requirements for future graduate school applicat​ion.
For information regarding admissions to Jacksonville University, visit the Office of Admissions home.
​Candidacy for Accreditation 
The Master of Science program in speech-language pathology at Jacksonville University is a Candidate for Accreditation 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, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Candidacy is a “pre-accreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of 5 years. The Association’s standards state that “If the graduate program of study is initiated and completed in a CAA-accredited program or in a program that held candidacy status for CAA accreditation, and if the program director or official designee verifies that all knowledge and skills required at the time of application have been met, approval of academic course work and practicum is automatic”.


Christine Sapienza, PhD   
Dean, Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences
Program Director, Communication Sciences and Disorders

​Ms. Brittany Copeland
Academic Advisor