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Master of Speech-Language Pathology

 

Requirements

To be considered for admittance to the Master of Speech-Language Pathology, you must meet the following requirements:

  • An overall GPA of 2.85 or higher at the time of application, as verified by CSDCAS, and at the time of enrollment in the program.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher in courses directly related to the study of communication sciences and disorders at the time of application and at the time of enrollment in the program.
  • GRE scores are not required for admission to St. Ambrose University's Master of Speech-Language Pathology program
  • The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences.  Documentation of meeting this requirement (transcripts submitted to CSDCAS):
    • At least one course in Biology with a grade of B or higher
    • At least one course in Physics or Chemistry with a grade of B or higher
    • At least one course in Statistics with a grade of B or higher
    • At least one course in Social/Behavioral sciences with a grade of B or higher
      *A grade of a B minus or lower, or a passing grade in a course taken pass/fail, does not count towards meeting any of these general education requirements. 
  • Completion of pre-professional courses prior to enrollment in the SAU MSLP Program
    • Phonetics
    • Articulation and Phonological Disorders
    • Anatomy, and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms
    • Speech and Hearing Science
    • Language Development
    • Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation

    *Note that general education courses and pre-professional courses do not need to be completed when you apply. However, applicants must have a plan in place for completing them before fall enrollment in the SAU - MSLP program. The CSDCAS application provides a section for entering planned or in-progress coursework. You should include any classes you are planning to take but have not currently taken in the section of planned courses.

  • The Centralized Application Service was created to provide a convenient process for prospective students to apply to multiple schools using a single Web-based application. https://portal.csdcas.org/. This portal is generally made available in September or October. This is the only way to apply to the SAU graduate speech-language pathology program; you do not need to apply separately to St. Ambrose.

  • Documentation of 25 hours of observation.  *Note that applicants do not submit this at the time of application, and you are not required to submit it through CSDCAS. Documentation must be received before fall enrollment from applicants who receive offers of admission to our program.

  • Three letters of recommendation, submitted electronically through CSDCAS.
  • Official transcripts must be submitted through CSDCAS.

Interview process:

Once applicants are considered eligible for interviews after review of their completed files, they will be notified of available interview dates and invited by the MSLP Program's Admissions Committee to schedule an on-campus interview. Interview dates for Fall 2017 are TBD. Typically we have one Saturday in February and one Saturday in March. *There is the possibility of a remote interview for applicants outside of a six-hour driving distance.

A typical interview day involves participation in the following activities: an interview with a group of faculty and current students and/or alumni; a tour of our facility; question and answer session with our Clinical Director and Program Director; and opportunities to talk informally with current students/alumni. Students will also be asked to provide a writing sample in response to a prompt. Interview and writing sample responses will be evaluated using rubrics established for this purpose. Prospective students' application, interviews, and writing samples are evaluated using rubrics that were developed by the MSLP Program.  The MSLP Admissions Committee makes admission recommendations to the Program Director, who notifies each applicant in writing of the admission decision.

Pre-Professional Courses

Students wishing to enroll in the Master of Speech-Language Pathology program should take the following courses, offered at St. Ambrose:

MSLP 400 - Phonetics (3 credits)

  • Offered: May 2018
  • Course Description: Persons interested in pursuing a graduate degree in speech-language pathology will obtain fundamental knowledge and skills related to use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). The IPA is utilized by speech-language pathologists to transcribe speech samples of persons with normal speech, persons with delayed or disordered speech, and persons with accents and dialects. Students will also learn the acoustical, anatomical, and physiological characteristics of speech sounds, with focus on the speech sounds of American English.
  • Prerequisite: consent of instructor

MSLP 420 - Articulation and Phonological Disorders (3 credits)

  • Offered: Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Summer 2020, Fall 2020
  • Course Description: Persons interested in pursuing a graduate degree in speech-language pathology will learn specific information relating to the theories and principles of the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of speech production disorders. Special emphasis will be placed on developing clinical skills in formal assessment, report writing, interpretation of test results, planning and implementing treatment, as well as critically reviewing literature related to differential diagnosis and treatment efficacy in speech sound disorders.
  • Prerequisite: MSLP 400 Phonetics and consent of instructor.          

MSLP 410 - Neurology, Anatomy, and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms (3 credits)

  • Offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2018, Fall 2019, Summer 2020
  • Course Description: Persons interested in pursuing a graduate degree in speech-language pathology will obtain fundamental knowledge and skills related to the structure and function of the speech production and perception mechanisms. This fundamental knowledge will allow students to have a basis for comparison of normal speakers to individuals with structurally based communicative disorders.  Furthermore, information provided in this course will facilitate the students' comprehension of terms and concepts that will be presented in more detail in graduate speech-language pathology coursework.
  • Prerequisite: consent of instructor

MSLP 430 - Speech and Hearing Science (3 credits)

  • Offered: May 2017, May 2019
  • Course Description: Persons interested in pursuing a graduate degree in speech-language pathology will explore the foundation of the profession. Speech and hearing sciences explores how humans produce and perceive speech. The study of speech and hearing encompasses an array of interrelated scientific disciplines, including mathematics, physics, psychology, biology that study normal hearing, speech, and language development, speech acoustics, speech physiology and perception, the nature of language, and cultural aspects of human communication. This information will allow students to establish a strong base of knowledge pertaining to normal speech and hearing processes so they can make appropriate comparisons when diagnosing and treating persons with communication disorders.
  • Prerequisites: consent of instructor.

MSLP 450 - Language Development and Disorders

  • Offered: Summer 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2019, Spring 2020
  • Course Description: Persons interested in pursuing a graduate degree in speech-language pathology will receive an introduction to the normal acquisition of language, including the components of language, the physical, social, and cognitive bases for language, theories of language development, how language evolves from infancy through adulthood, as well as cultural influences on language development. In addition, students will receive an overview of the assessment and treatment of child language disorders. Special emphasis will be placed on developing clinical skills in formal assessment, report writing, interpretation of test results, planning and implementing treatment, as well as critically reviewing literature related to treatment efficacy.
  • Prerequisites: consent of instructor          

MSLP 440 - Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation

  • Offered: Spring 2017, Summer 2017
  • Course Description: Persons interested in pursuing a graduate degree in speech-language pathology will develop an appreciation of the role audiology plays in improving the quality of life for persons across the lifespan; an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanism, a familiarity with tests used to determine the extent and/or etiology of hearing loss, as well as specific information relating to screening of hearing, types of hearing loss and the rehabilitation and habilitation of   persons with hearing loss.
  • Prerequisites: consent of instructor and MSLP 430 Speech and Hearing Science.