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MS Speech Language Pathology

Change People’s Lives: Pursue a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology

Explore the nature, diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders and prepare for a career as a speech language pathologist.

Through Bridgewater State University’s Master of Science in speech language pathology, prepare for a high-demand career helping children and adults improve their lives with better communication. Our master’s degree in speech language pathology helps you to work with individuals who have cognitive, physical and social disorders; language and hearing disorders; and traumatic brain injuries.

Housed in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, BSU’s speech language pathology graduate program balances both the academic and clinical coursework required to pursue national certification as well as state licensure. BSU’s master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders will set you up for success and help you to make a profound difference in the world.

MS Speech Language Pathology Program Highlights

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Gain hands-on experience without leaving campus

The BSU Speech-Language-Literacy Center is located on campus and provides both diagnostic and treatment services to residents of Southeastern Massachusetts.  As a master's candidate in speech-language pathology, you will gain experience working with clients across the lifespan who experience a range of communication disorders.  Supervision is provided by fully certified and licensed clinical educators in accordance with ASHA Standards.

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Learn from expert speech language pathologists

Faculty within BSU’s speech language pathology graduate program have extensive background as practitioners and educators. All faculty in the speech language pathology graduate program have worked in the field as speech language pathologists — individuals who are both clinical and research thought leaders.
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A degree that gets you in the field sooner

While degrees from some speech language pathology graduate schools take as long as four years, BSU’s master’s degree in speech language pathology is just five semesters long. If you have an undergraduate background in communication sciences and disorders, you can fast-track your career with a BSU master’s degree in speech language pathology.

Small classes produce big results

Our department’s master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders features small courses — never more than 20 students per class. BSU’s personalized learning experience allows you to work closely with MS speech language pathology faculty and connect with classmates on a deeper level throughout your speech language pathology graduate program.

An affordable master’s degree

Unlike other speech language pathology graduate schools, BSU’s master’s degree in speech language pathology has a lower cost than many other programs in the Northeast, and we offer scholarships and grants to help you finance your education. You will leave BSU’s speech language pathology master’s degree with a valuable degree that delivers a strong return on investment.

Pursue hands-on clinical opportunities in your MS speech language pathology program

Throughout any of your master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders program coursework, you will take part in two different clinical practicum experiences. As a speech language pathology graduate student, you will have the chance to pursue clinical experiences at medical centers, private practices and schools in southeastern Massachusetts and the greater Boston area.

Update to Admissions Requirements

All applications to our SLP program should be submitted through the CSDCAS system using the link below:

Apply through CSDCAS  

If you have questions regarding submitting an application, please contact CSDCAS support directly

Program of Study for MS Speech Language Pathology Graduate Students

The speech language pathology graduate program at BSU will help you gain a better understanding of anatomy, genetics, human and language development, linguistics, physiology and neuroanatomy. As a student in our speech language pathology graduate program, you will take coursework in:

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Fluency Disorders
  • Language Disorders in Children
  • Motor Speech Disorders
  • Voice Disorders

All speech language pathology master’s degree students pursue a capstone experience, which prepares them to evaluate, diagnose and treat a broad spectrum of disorders.

Admission Requirements and Program Details

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Program details from 2023-2024 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog

Graduate Program Chair: Dr. James Feeney

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Careers in MS Speech Language Pathology

As the U.S. population ages, speech language pathologists will continue to be in high demand. That’s why job prospects for master’s degree in speech language pathology students are so promising.

With a master’s degree in speech language pathology, you can expect to work in:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Physician’s offices
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Research laboratories

There is high demand for speech language pathologists, with


growth in jobs in the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Graduate Funding Opportunities

The College of Graduate Studies provides various opportunities for graduate students to receive funding while working towards their degrees. Appointments are competitive and are determined by undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages, pertinent experience, educational preparation and interviews. For information on assistantships, fellowships and conference funding awards, please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page.

The Speech-Language Pathology, MS program is eligible for unsubsidized student loans and applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For more specific questions, please visit the Financial Aid Office website or contact them directly at

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Bridgewater offers competitive tuition and fees for graduate students both in and out of state.

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