The IUP Master of Science (MS) degree program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
The MS curriculum combined with an undergraduate degree in communication disorders meets the academic and clinical requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA, Pennsylvania Licensure in Speech-Language Pathology, and Educational
Specialist Certification by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree in communication disorders must complete the necessary prerequisites before applying for graduate admission.
Admission Policy: The Graduate Admissions Committee will review applicants for admission who provide 1) GRE scores, 2) an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, 3) prerequisite coursework in speech-language pathology, 4) two letters
of recommendation, 5) a written response to the provided prompt, and 6) an interview with the program’s admissions committee. Applicants must also meet the program’s technical standards and professional dispositions.
Due to the competitive nature of graduate admissions, preference is given to applicants who have an undergraduate degree in communication disorders with a GPA of 3.6 or higher, Verbal and Quantitative GRE scores of 145 or higher and 3.5 or higher for
Writing, strong letters of recommendation from academic faculty in communication disorders, and excellent communication skills during the interview.
Essential undergraduate courses with a letter grade of “C” or below will not be accepted as prerequisites for graduate study and considered as a course deficiency. Documentation of 25 hours of supervised observation and state and federal clearances must
be completed prior to beginning the master's program.
In addition to the stated application requirements, applicants who are non-native English speakers must achieve a score at the ninetieth percentile or higher on oral and written subtests of the TOEFL. Observation hours and clinical practicum completed
in another country will be accepted only if they have been supervised by a speech-language pathologist who holds the appropriate certification from ASHA.
Candidates for the Master of Science degree must meet the academic and practicum requirements for the Certificate for Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. A total of 51 hours are
required for the degree.
In order to remain in good standing, students in the SPLP program must meet the following criteria:
Students who fail to meet these criteria will be placed on academic and/or clinical probation and will have a remediation plan to address deficiencies. The graduate faculty will review the status of each student on probation at the end of each semester
or on the timeline outlined in the remediation plan. A student who fails to obtain at least a 3.25 cumulative average by the end of the probationary semester will be dismissed from the program.
Prior to receiving their degree, students must pass the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology and provide evidence of the attempt to the graduate coordinator. The examination should be taken during the last semester of enrollment. If a student
does not attain a passing score prior to graduation, the student must pass comprehensive examination questions determined by areas of weakness on the National Examination.