The graduate program in speech-language pathology provides education and training to enable students to become skilled and caring professionals who will lead and serve in a diverse and changing world. The major purpose of this two-year (five semesters), full-time program is education and development of superior professionals for careers as speech-language pathologists. The master's program in speech-language pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Learn more about our accreditation and the complaint process.
The curriculum challenges pre-professionals academically, clinically, and personally. The program consists of academic coursework integrated with clinical training in the assessment and treatment of infants, children, and adults who have communication disorders. The program provides opportunities for students to acquire and demonstrate knowledge of the nature of speech, language, hearing, and communication disorders and differences, as well as prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication and swallowing disorders across the life span. The program also allows students to acquire and demonstrate knowledge in standards of ethical conduct, research principles in evidence-based clinical practice, and contemporary professional issues. See course descriptions.
Students must have completed an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology (or communication sciences and disorders). Students are also required to have a course in Professional and Technical Writing in SLP/A (or equivalent). Prospective students whose undergraduate major or degree is in a field other than speech-language pathology are required to complete the following prerequisite courses:
- Anatomy and Physiology: Speech and Voice
- Articulation and Phonology
- Clinical Audiology
- Hearing Science
- Professional and Technical Writing in SLP/A (offered by Loyola as an online course during the summer)
- Speech and Language Development
- Speech and Voice Science
- Survey of Communication Disorders
Note: Students must be able to submit proof of 25 observation hours signed by an ASHA certified supervisor prior to enrolling in the graduate program.
Please use the Prerequisite Worksheet to compare any coursework already taken. This can be submitted to and discussed with Ms. Emilie Aguilar, firstname.lastname@example.org.