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Communication Sciences and Disorders

At Thiel College, we are committed to helping our students achieve lives of meaning and purpose. We are excited to launch the first graduate degree program in Thiel College’s history with the new master’s in speech-language pathology! The communication sciences and disorders undergraduate major at Thiel College serves the higher education needs of pre-professionals as they advance their career and reach toward their personal enrichment goals. This interdisciplinary curriculum prepares students to compete for admission to graduate school and prepare for a career in the profession!

Graduates with a communication sciences and disorders degree have gone on to pursue rewarding careers as speech and language pathologists, audiologists, teachers and clinical assistants.

The curriculum is designed for students to complete their undergraduate studies and immediately begin the fifteen month speech-language pathology program!

Graduate Degree

The master of science degree program in speech-language pathology at Thiel College 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. This is a “pre-accreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years.

The program is designed to accompany our Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Upon completion of your undergraduate studies, you will immediately begin the fifteen month masters program!

For questions, please contact Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders & Program Director for Speech Language Pathology Dr. Mary Beth Mason.

Bachelor's Degree

Communication sciences and disorders (CSD) is a field dedicated to the science behind how we communicate and swallow. Those involved in the field seek to lessen the impact of speech, language, hearing and swallowing disorders on a person's life, across the lifespan.

The Thiel College CSD program provides an important first step in preparing students for successful entry into graduate school. As undergraduates, students receive thorough grounding in the biological, psychological, physical and linguistic bases of communication through completion of both basic liberal arts core requirements and specialized courses in the CSD program. Furthermore, guided clinical experiences during the undergraduate program foster the clinical skills that students will need for clinical practica in their graduate program.

Earn a B.S. and M.S. in five years!

Take the fast-lane to becoming a Speech Language Pathologist by enrolling at Thiel College as an undergraduate. The Bachelors of Science in communication sciences and disorders prepares you for immediate entry into the graduate program.  Graduate from Thiel in four years and immediately start the masters program and graduate with a Master of Science in speech language pathology in fourteen months! Successful undergraduates who earn at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and at least a 3.3 GPA in the last thirty credits in their undergraduate program, their academic record will speak for itself and they will not need to submit Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores for acceptance into the Masters of Science program! The five year program is designed to provide a seamless transition from college into graduate school!

The Thiel College MS-SLP program has been awarded candidate status from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). That means we can start accepting students into our five-year program allowing you to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in communication sciences and disorders and a Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology. You can apply for program admission as an incoming first-year student. If you are accepted into the five-year program as an incoming first-year, you will have a guaranteed spot in the graduate program immediately following undergraduate degree completion as long as you remain in good academic and personal standing at Thiel College.

Application Process:

  • Apply to Thiel College and indicate interest in five-Year CSD/SLP Program.
  • Once officially accepted to Thiel College, email Dr. Mason your personal statement/letter of intent. The personal statement/letter of intent should address the following: The Thiel College MS-SLP program expects students to be professional, inquisitive and empathetic. What other qualities will you bring to the program that will help you prepare to be a competent clinician? 
  • Once you submit your personal statement, Dr. Mason will contact you to schedule an interview.

Five-Year Program:

Admission to the MS-SLP program is contingent upon successful completion of your BS-CSD at Thiel College. During the BS-CSD program, you must maintain a 3.0 grade point average with no more than two Cs in the credits required for the BS-CSD, an exemplary disciplinary record, and an overall academic/personal profile consistent with the profile you represented in your original application to Thiel College.

For the MS-SLP program, you will be awarded a graduate assistantship which includes 55% tuition remission in exchange for providing 300 hours of service to the program during your graduate studies. You will receive a separate letter with detailed award and financial aid information.