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The MS in Speech-Language Pathology is designed for individuals with a bachelor's degree with a concentration in communication sciences and disorders or a related field and who have completed the prerequisite coursework in communication sciences and disorders. Our program provides students with the academic and clinical coursework required for pursuing national certification and state licensure as a speech-language pathologist. You will work with people with social, cognitive and physical disorders; language, hearing and swallowing disorders; traumatic brain injuries, autism and more – and you will have a profound impact on their ability to communicate and their overall quality of life. 


    • Full-time program is completed in 5 semesters.
    • Courses taught by faculty with extensive backgrounds as practitioners and educators.
    • Small classes facilitate a more personalized learning experience.
    • A wide range of clinical practicum placement opportunities in southeastern Massachusetts and the greater Boston area.
    • Affordable tuition, providing significant value and ensuring return on investment as you advance in your career.
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Graduate Program Chair:

Dr. Sandra Ciocci:

Accreditation Status

The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in Speech-Language Pathology at Bridgewater State University has been granted initial accreditation for a 5 year period 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, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. 


Graduate Program Feedback

Feedback to Graduate Program Chair

Provide feedback about the program to Graduate Program Chair Dr. Sandra Ciocci. Contact administrative assistant Stephanie Mortarelli at (508) 531-1452 or

Feedback to Bridgewater State University

Provide feedback about the program to Bridgewater State University via Dr. Lisa Krissoff Boehm, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. Contact administrative assistant Lauren Lamothe at (508) 531-2809 or

Feedback to the Council on Academic Accreditation

To submit a complaint against the graduate education program, visit the Council on Academic Accreditation, Accreditation Handbook and refer to "Part 3 - Policies and Procedures" and "Section XIII. Complaints." Download the "Complaint Form" from the "Links to Related Forms" section.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Bridgewater State University Communication Sciences and Disorders Department and the Speech-Language-Literacy Center are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination of students, faculty, staff, and clients on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, marital/parental status, national/ethnic origin, genetic information, or citizenship.

Application Deadline 
January 15 - For Fall admission only

Admissions Requirements 

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
    • If your official transcript does not include your major GPA, please upload an unofficial transcript or DegreeWorks audit that does. If neither of these have your major GPA, you can use our GPA calculator to calculate and upload it.
  • Minimum GPA - 3.0 overall GPA
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three appropriate letters of recommendation (two must be academic)
  • Personal Statement - Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.
  • Personal Interview
  • GRE - Preferred minimum overall score of 300 (preferred minimum verbal score of 150; preferred minimum quantitative score of 150; preferred analytic writing score of 3.5-5.0)
  • Completion of prerequisite coursework -
    • A minimum grade of “B-" in each of the below areas and should be noted on the required prerequisite form. ASHA approved guided observation should be noted on the Observation Verification Form
      • Anatomy of Speech, Language and Hearing, Speech & Hearing Science, Language Acquisition & Development, Phonetics, 25 hours of ASHA approved guided observation, Introduction to Audiology, Aural Rehabilitation, Neurological Bases of Speech, Language and Hearing, Linguistics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics, Statistics, Social or Behavioral Science 


Required Courses: (52 credits)

COMD 549 - Dysphagia and Feeding
COMD 550 - Voice Disorders
COMD 551 - Language Disorders in Children - 0-5
COMD 553 - Language Disorders in Children - K-12
COMD 554 - Speech Sound Disorders in Children
COMD 555 - Motor Speech Disorders
COMD 556 - Cognitive-Communicative Disorders
COMD557 - Fluency Disorders
COMD 558 - Aphasia
COMD 561 - Augmentative and Alternative Communication
COMD 581 - Clinical Practicum - Initial
COMD 582 - Clinical Practicum - Advanced
COMD 590 - Research Methods & Evidence-Based Practice in CSD
COMD 595 - Assessment and Diagnosis in Speech-Language Pathology
COMD 598 - Capstone Experience in Speech-Language Pathology

Elective Courses: (3 credits)
Complete one of the following:
COMD 560 - Special Topics in CSD
SPED 551 - Autism
SPED 518 - Reading Strategies in Special Education
READ 540 - Early Childhood Instruction
READ 547 - Teaching English Learners to Read and Write

Total Minimum Credits: 55

***For the most up-to-date information regarding course descriptions, please visit our University Catalog.

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

Speech-Language Pathology Program 

Student Achievement Data

Program Completion Rates


Number Completing on Time 

Number Completing Later Than on Time

Number Not Completing

Percent Completing Program in the Expected Time Frame 

Academic Year
13 0 0 100%


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Praxis Examination Pass Rates*


# Taking Exam

# Passing Exam First Attempt

Pass Rate (%)

Academic Year
10/13 reporting delay due to COVID-19 10/13 passed first try 77%


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*based upon program data 

Employment Rates of Graduates


# of Graduates Employed in Profession

# Graduates Not Employed in Profession

% of All Graduates Employed in Profession

Academic Year
10/13 employment delay due to COVID 19 0 77%


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