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Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.)

About the Program

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.

Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
American Speech-Language Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071.

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.

Program Goals

  1. Upon graduation, students will acquire academic knowledge and develop clinical skills pertaining to the scientific study of human communication processes.
  2. Upon graduation, students will understand the evidence-base for the profession and be able to provide evidence-based practice.
  3. Upon graduation, students will demonstrate the dispositions essential to provide entry-level services to diverse clienteles.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology of speech mechanisms (Goal 1)
  • Students will develop and implement evaluations plans that are appropriate for individual clients (Goal 1)
  • Students will develop and implement treatment plan that are appropriate for individual clients, specific populations and diverse clienteles (Goals 1 and 3)
  • Students will be able to demonstrate how to write clinical reports and treatment plans (Goal 1)
  • Students will understand and follow the ASHA Code of Ethics in all clinical experiences (Goal 3)
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of basic concepts and principles of research design (Goal 2)
  • Students will apply evidence-based knowledge to assessment and interventions in clinical settings (Goal 2)

Visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's website for their certification standards.

Admission to the Graduate Program

The Thiel College Master of Science in speech-language pathology program strives to prepare graduates to provide quality entry-level speech language services to a diverse clientele. This intensive, accelerated masters program will provide you with the knowledge and skills through challenging academic experiences and simultaneous clinical education to thrive as a practicing speech-language pathology in fourteen months. You will become part of a healthcare team sooner and accelerate your career faster!

Requirement Candidates with Thiel B.S. in CSD Thiel students without B.S. in CSD Candidates from outside Thiel
Minimum GPA The program requires a minimum of a 3.0 GPA overall in the bachelor’s degree program and a 3.3 in the last thirty credits The program requires a minimum of a 3.0 GPA overall in the bachelor’s degree program and a 3.3 in the last thirty credits The program requires a minimum of a 3.0 GPA overall in the bachelor’s degree program and a 3.3 in the last thirty credits
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Not Required Students who earned B.S. degrees at other institutions would be required to submit GRE scores Students who earned B.S. degrees at other institutions would be required to submit GRE scores
Letters of Recommendation Not Required 3 Letters Required 3 Letters Required
Personal Statement/Interviews Required Required Required

Note: While not an essential requirement, the program’s initial design is for students who have completed a Bachelor of Science in CSD. Students without an undergraduate CSD major, but who have completed prerequisite courses in CSD will be evaluated for admission on a case by case basis. In the future, we plan to provide coursework to supplement and prepare students with academic backgrounds in fields other than Communication and Speech Disorders. The initial plan would require prospective candidates without an undergraduate B.S. in CSD to complete preparatory undergraduate coursework in CSD to ensure readiness for an accelerated M.S. program.

For International Students: In addition to the requirements above, for international students who wish to be admitted to the program from outside of Thiel College, a score of 95 IBT on the TOEFL exam will be required to ensure fluency to thrive in the program.

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Financial Aid Information

For summer 2020 and Academic Year 2020-2021, Thiel students continuing into this program will be charged at the regular undergraduate rate and are eligible to receive substantial scholarships. Students from other institutions will have a tuition rate of $911 per credit hour and may be eligible for scholarships.

For summer 2021 and Academic Year 2021-2022, Thiel students continuing into this program will be charged at the regular undergraduate rate and are eligible to receive substantial scholarships. Students from other institutions will have a tuition rate of $938 per credit hour and may be eligible for scholarships.

Graduate Coursework

The curriculum is designed to ensure that graduates have the disciplinary knowledge and skills, clinical preparation and dispositions to provide entry-level services to diverse clienteles and to meet the needs of their community. The specific coursework focuses on particular communication/swallowing disorders, how to diagnose and treat them and the non-medical needs of clients in diverse communities. Students will be given the opportunity to complete a minimum of 400 supervised clinical practice hours over the course of four full-time semesters with a clinical experience embedded in each semester.

It is designed to provide both the scientific and cultural foundations of human communication, disorders and differences. It is also designed to apply practice through clinical practicum experiences. The sequencing of the coursework builds foundational knowledge, dispositions and clinical practice through courses that focus on speech and communication/swallowing disorders, more specific courses that focus on particular speech communication disorders in specific populations (adults or children) while blending seminar coursework and clinical coursework for an integrated experience. Through the varied experiences students will be prepared to enter the workforce as speech-language pathologists immediately upon program completion.

Experiential Learning

As a student you will have the opportunity to observe in our on-campus clinic from day one and each semester in the program. In the spring semester and the second summer you will take a six credit externship in a school setting and in a medical setting to provide you with the experience across the scope and continuum of the speech-language profession.

Externship Placements

The program has developed relationships with a vast array of partners, schools districts, medical facilities and long-term care facilities, to give you the experiences you need in the locations that are convenient to you. While most partnerships are in northwestern/western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, should you want to explore an externship location outside the region, you should consult the Clinical Director and the Program Director.

Student Services & Advising

Providing personalized attention to students is a hallmark of Thiel College. Upon matriculation each student is assigned an academic advisor who will meet with the student to develop an academic plan based upon the student’s preparation and career interests.

Professional Credentialing

The program will prepare you for licensure and educational credentialing in the state of Pennsylvania.  The program director can assist you with requirements and applications outside of Pennsylvania.