The Master of Science Degree (MS) education 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.

The five-semester SLP program involves combined course, lab, and clinical work in speech, language, hearing, and swallowing. Like other American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's 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 ASHA-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.


  • Completed application form. See Application Instructions to learn how.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $75.
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a four-point scale) in all previous undergraduate and graduate study. (Occasionally, applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be admitted conditionally upon the recommendation of the department.)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate study, including evidence of having received a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. (Those applying during their final undergraduate year will be required to submit a final transcript after completion of their bachelor's degree and before enrolling in their first semester of graduate study.) See Application Guidelines and FAQ for more information.
  • Official transcripts of all graduate study. See Application Guidelines and FAQ for more information.
  • Goals statement. See Application Guidelines for more information.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • TOEFL is required from all international applicants from non-English speaking countries. (Use 5240 for the ETS institutional code)

Additional Program Requirements

  • Complete the Academic Summary Form, as accurately as possible. Be sure to include courses that you plan to take, as well as the ones you have completed and those that are in progress. Your transcript(s) will not be reviewed without the completed summary form.

Prerequisite Coursework

Students must complete the following prerequisite coursework prior to entry into the program. They are not required prior to applying, but need to be completed before matriculation.

  • Anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing
  • Language Development
  • Phonetics
  • Speech science or acoustics
  • Introduction to audiology
  • In addition students must have completed the following:
  • A biology course
  • A physical science course (i.e. physics or chemistry)
  • Two social science courses (e.g. psychology, anthropology, human development)
  • A statistics course

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VaRysa Williams and American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation

Congratulations to first-year SLP student VaRysa Williams for her November 2017 ASHFoundation award of $5000 as a scholarship recipient. VaRysa's award was announced at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's annual conference in Los Angeles on November 10. We are very proud of this distinction!

Picture of ASHA group 2017

Dr. Seal is surrounded by second-year graduate students Sammi King and Karen Girton, Marlene Medina, Carolyn Michner, and 2017 graduate Marysabel Meija at the 2017 ASHA Conference. Sammi, Marlene, Carolyn, and Marysabel had poster presentations of their masters thesis research with SLP faculty.

Picture from Graduate Newsletter about Kali Cika

Second-year graduate student, Kali Cika, was awarded a Students Preparing for Academic-Research Career (SPARC) Scholarship from ASHA in May 2017. We are so proud of Kali's acknowledgment as a researcher.

2017 Trilingual SLP Graduates Enter School Systems

Marysabel Meija, fluent in Spanish, English, and ASL, took a Clinical Fellowship with EBS Healthcare in Miami, Florida. Her work at a K-8 Center is with children from both general and special education programs, including two self-contained classrooms with students with autism spectrum disorder, and she has students who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. She also reported working with lots of African-American and Latino students, including many middle school students who are bilingual.

Thanks to Marysabel for agreeing to let us showcase her video resume:

Yconne Segismundo, fluent in Tagalog, English, and ASL, took a Clinical Fellowship in Beltsville, Maryland at Beltsville Academic Center. Yconne wrote this in August:

I am nervous and excited about starting my CF. But, I look forward to applying what I learned at Gallaudet and learning more about the profession. Because of the journal that you asked us to write during our last semester, I am thinking of writing one for my CF (probably, an online journal/blog). I was looking at my journal the other day and it definitely made me smile :).

Thanks to Yconne for agreeing to let us showcase her video resume:

2017 Grad Eric Klein landed a volunteer stint with Ingo Titze

As Eric wrote in a July email (thanks for giving permission to post it here, Eric):

I'm volunteering with Ingo Titze, King of Vocology, and Dr J's former teacher at U Iowa, at his National Center for Voice and Speech in SLC -- entering and organizing a bunch of data and sound files from voice research studies they've completed but haven't yet analyzed or published. Kinda fun :)

I'll be starting after Labor Day as the only SLP at a SNF in Orem, ... 120 beds ...around 50% capacity; half short term, half long term residents; lots of cog, language, and swallowing. And they're looking forward to starting a Parkinson's program here - which is nice because I got LSVT certified last month:) The rehab team seems to be really neat, enthusiastic, and excited to cotreat. And I've heard really great things about the DOR. The SLP who just left ... previously there for 4 years, has nothing but positive things to say about the job, staff, and residents, and will be serving as my CF mentor. And she's invited me to join her community orchestra once a week, too. ;)

SLP Class of 2017
Interprofessional Research Team: Brenda Nicodemus, Ph.D., Interpreting and Translation Department; Brenda Seal, Ph.D., and Sanyu Jaiswal, Ph.D., surround Eric Klein, M.S. (2017) from SLP, HSLS Department, following his successful "walk-you-through my research, not a defense" of Examining the Acoustic Prosodic Features of ASL-to-English Interpreting.

2016 SLP Graduates' Praxis Scores are above national average:

SEP-2015 to JUL-2016 ASHA - Certification; National Average: 176.57;
Gallaudet University SLP Average: 180.71

SLP Class of 2016
Thanks go to Janette Ozoa for this picture
from the 2015 SLP Hooding Day Celebration.