M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology


Dr. Brenda Seal, Program Director
Sorenson Language and Communication Center, Room 3201

The Master of Science Degree (MS) program in Speech-Language Pathology at Gallaudet University is accredited 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, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

This two-year (including one summer) program involves coursework and practicum experiences designed to provide a broad background in speech-language-hearing sciences. The program also provides a special emphasis on the communication needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.  

The SLP program involves combined course, lab, and clinical work in speech, language, and hearing. Like other nationally-accredited speech-language pathology programs in the United States, Gallaudet's SLP curriculum is dedicated to speech sciences, research methods, language acquisition, clinical procedures, assistive technology, and multicultural experiences. It also includes instruction in and supervised clinical experiences with persons who have speech sound disorders, voice disorders, swallowing disorders, fluency disorders, language disorders, and neurogenic communication disorders. Unlike other accredited graduate programs, however, Gallaudet's program requires courses in American Sign Language and competencies in working with children and adults who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. Observation and practicum opportunities in the Hearing and Speech Center on campus are complemented with training experiences at a variety of hospitals, clinics, public and private schools, private practices, early childhood programs, and other acute and long-term care facilities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  

Students accepted into the highly competitive SLP program also have opportunities to engage in research, not only through a dedicated master's thesis program, but also with faculty mentors in the Department's research labs and clinic. Opportunities are provided for conducting a master's thesis and for elective coursework in other departments or through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Admissions Procedures

Applicants for the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology must complete the application procedures and meet the requirements for graduate study at Gallaudet University. Visit the Graduate Admissions web site for more information and a checklist of application requirements. Detailed program information and course descriptions are also available under the 'Courses' and 'Requirements' tabs. 

First Date for Consideration of Application: February 15
Preferred Date for Completed Application: February 15

Program Specific Requirements

Three Letters of reference

Recommended Undergraduate Major

Speech-Language Pathology
Audiology or related discipline
Communication Sciences/Disorders

Prerequisite Coursework

Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in any of the above listed majors must demonstrate successful completion of required courses in anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing, phonetics, acoustics or speech-and-hearing sciences, and introduction to audiology. A biological science, physical science, social science, mathematical and statistical coursework are also required of applicants.