Considering a Career in Speech-Language Pathology?

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Program (MS-SLP) at Jacksonville University is 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. 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 courses before they begin graduate work in speech-language pathology regardless of the institution they attend for graduate school.

Jacksonville University offers 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.

Jacksonville University has also partnered with Sant'anna Institute to offer Pathways to Speech Language Pathology: a prerequisite program required for application and admission into a SLP Master of Science. Coursework is completed online, with a culminating field and study experience in Sorrento, Italy.

 

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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. A prompted video submission may also be requested. The review committee consists of five full time faculty members, all holding PhDs and decades of experience within the SLP field.

Admission to the School of Applied Health Sciences  (SAHS) is selective and limited to those students who have demonstrated potential for successfully completing the program. An admission decision is based on evaluation of an applicant’s previous coursework and their grades earned*, a written personal statement, a professional resume, individual experience within the field, and three letters of recommendation. Where applicable, official GRE scores and a personal interview are also utilized in final evaluation for admission. 

* An applicant with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university whose cumulative GPA is less than 3.0 but higher than 2.75 is required to submit his/her official GRE scores reflecting a total score of  290 on the GRE exam.

If you decide to apply, please have official transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions at Jacksonville University. JU requires applicants to send transcripts from every college/university attended, even if the course resulted in a drop, withdrawal, failure or if the course was transferred to another school. For information on how to send your transcripts to JU, please visit the Registrar's JU transcript instructions site.

International Applicants must meet all Jacksonville University International Student Admission Criteria as outlined in the JU Catalog, including English Proficiency including TOFL (minimum score of 650 for paper, 280 for computer, and 114 if Internet based) or IELTS requirement of 8.0 if the applicant's primary language is not English.

Title IX: Jacksonville University does not discrimiate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or age in its programs and activies. The following person(s) has/have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimation policies:

James Williams, Director Human Resources    904-256-7025
Kristie S. Gover, Ed.D., Chief Student Affairs Officer/Title IX Coordinator   904-256-7067

Applications to the MS SLP program are due by February 15, 2019.

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Additional Information

For more information about regarding the graduate admission process to the MS SLP program, please contact Ms. Pamela Adrian at padrian@ju.edu. ​

For information regarding admissions to Jacksonville University, visit the Office of Admissions. 

Note on transfer credits

Students of the MS SLP program may transfer in a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate academic credit from a comparable regionally accredited academic institution. The credit must be in courses similar in content and rigor to Jacksonville University’s Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Program, and the grade must be at least a “B”.

To be eligible for transfer credit the student must submit a transcript, course syllabus, and catalog description of the course to the Program Director of the MS SLP program. The Program Director and Academic Advisor will review the provided information and compare it with the Jacksonville University course for its equivalence in content and credit hours. Once the decision has been made, the student will be notified by email and letter of whether or not the course has been accepted. If the course(s) is/are deemed equivalent, a letter from the Program Director that indicates that the transfer credit is allowed will be sent to the Jacksonville University Registrar and placed in the student’s file. 

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 on-campus 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 padrian@ju.edu.

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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.

Accreditation

The Master of Science program in speech-language pathology at Jacksonville 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.

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​​​Contact Us

Judith M. Wingate, PhD, CCC-SLP

Department Chair and Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Email address  jwingat2@ju.edu

Cheryl Bergman, PhD

Interim Dean, Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences

Email address  cbergma@ju.edu