Master of Speech-Language Pathology



Whether you are drawn to working with the children or adults, we have a program that gives you the skills to improve the speech – and lives – of others.

At SAU, our two-year MSLP program allows you to complete your degree quickly without shortchanging the experience.

Our graduates work at Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, UnityPoint Health, Cicero (IL) School District, and many others.


Ambrose Advantages

  • Start Clinical Experience Your First Semester
  • Only Private University In Iowa Offering Graduate SLP
  • See the Sound/Visual Phonics Incorporated Into Your Education
  • Accredited Program With Quality & Caring Faculty

Darci Becker and Student with Brain Model

MSLP with child

MSLP Student and Adult Patient

Our MSLP students collaborate with other health care professionals, work closely with experienced faculty during clinic and research projects, and focus on improving lives. At SAU, you gain the confidence and freedom to grow as a practitioner in a high-demand field.

See our fact sheet on the MSLP program (pdf)


More Information about the MSLP Program

What will I learn?

Courses include diagnostics, research methods, early intervention, dysphagia, critical thinking, fluency disorders, voice and resonance disorders, clinical reasoning, and more.

You get clinical experience starting your first semester. Most of our first-year off-campus clinical placements are in child-client settings. However, there is a strong focus on adult clients and medical settings built into the program. During the second year, you complete two, 10-12 week internships which can be completed outside the Quad Cities area. 

You will complete a research project and participate in service learning. In recent years, the majority of service learning sites included adult clients. 

Graduates of our program will be eligible for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certification and other relevant state credentials.

What makes the SAU program unique?
What are alums of this program doing?
  • Bryan Bustos Camona '17 MSLP works at the Mississippi Bend Area Education Center in Bettendorf, Iowa.
  • Lauralai Histed '15 works in the Bronx as an SLP at St. Joseph's School for the Deaf.
  • Steven Miller '16 earned his master's in educational leadership at Cardinal Stritch University in Madison, Wisc., and currently works as an SLP in the Verona Area School District, Madison.
  • Kate Johansson '14 is an SLP for the Cicero (IL) School District.     
What will my degree cost?

At St. Ambrose, we realize a graduate education is a personal, professional, and financial commitment. That is one reason we "freeze" the tuition rate when you enter the MSLP program. The One Price Tuition Plan ensures your tuition costs are consistent across semesters, making financial planning easier.

For the cohort of students entering the MSLP Program in Fall 2019, the total tuition cost is $61,519. It includes tuition, course fees, liability insurance, technology fees, matriculation fee, and graduation application fees. You may encounter additional costs, which we've outlined below.

While the cost may seem daunting, graduate financial aid, assistantships, and scholarships are available to make your degree more affordable.

Give us a call or send an email and we'll answer anything else you might want to know.

Additional MSLP Costs

  • All housing and living-related expenses
  • Books and optional course supplies
  • Parking fees (approximately $60)
  • CPR certification (approximately $47)
  • Background checks required for clinical education (approximately $76)
  • Immunizations for clinical education
  • Travel and housing during clinical education
  • Graduation regalia (cap and gown)
  • National Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) membership fee (approximately $50)
  • $75 fee for online courses during second year of program ($25 per credit hour: 2 credits fall of Yr. 2, 1 credit spring of Yr. 2)
  • National exam registration fee (approximately $120)
  • Additional cost if student chooses to enroll in Clinic Study Abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador.
Degree Requirements

Curriculum Year 1

Fall

MSLP 700 Critical Thinking and Evidence-Based Practice, 2 credits
MSLP 711 Research Methods I, 1 credit
MSLP 720 Diagnostics, 3 credits
MSLP 750 Clinic Experience I, 2 credits
MSLP 751 Professional Issues I, 1 credit
MSLP 780 Acquired Disorders of Language and Cognition, 4 credits

Winter Intersession

MSLP 755 Early Intervention, 3 credits OR MSLP 825 Multicultural Clinic Abroad, 3 credits

Spring

MSLP 712 Research Methods II, 2 credits
MSLP 752 Professional Issues II, 1 credit
MSLP 756 School-Aged Language Disorders, 3 credits
MSLP 758 Multicultural Assessment and Intervention, 1 credit
MSLP 820 Clinical Experience II, 2 credits
MSLP 790 Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 2 credits
MSLP 850 Dysphagia, 3 credits

Summer (May) Intersession

MSLP 840 Fluency Disorders, 2 credits

Year 2

Summer (continued)

MSLP 730 Motor Speech Disorders, 3 credits
MSLP 753 Professional Issues III, 1 credit
MSLP 760 Voice and Resonance Disorders, 3 credits
MSLP 835 Clinical Experience III, 1 credit
MSLP 865 Graduate Research Project I, 1 credit

Fall

MSLP 870 Child Internship or MSLP 880 Adult Internship, 10-12 weeks, 8 credits each
MSLP 866 Graduate Research Project II, 1 credit
MSLP 875 Clinical Reasoning I, online, 1 credit

Spring

MSLP 870 Child Internship or MSLP 880 Adult Internship, 10-12 weeks, 8 credits each
MSLP 876 Clinical Reasoning II, 1 credit

Read course descriptions for MSLP online

Faculty and Staff

Elisa Huff, Professor and Program Director
Cory Kroeger, Administrative Assistant

Darci Becker, Assoc. Professor
Ann Cobb, Adjunct Instructor
Brian Foy, Clinical Instructor
Elisa Green, Clinical Asst. Professor
Stacie Greene, Clinical Director
Lori Jager, Clinical Instructor
Jeffrey Knox, Clinical Instructor
David Krupke, Clinical Asst. Professor
Rachael Suddarth, Assoc. Professor

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Elisa Huff, PhD, Program Director

Master of Speech-Language Pathology
Center for Communication and Social Development
1310 W. Pleasant St.
Davenport, IA 52804
563-333-3920
KroegerCoryA@sau.edu

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