Speech-Language Pathology, Master of Arts

48 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus


The Master of Arts program in Speech-Language Pathology is designed to provide the academic and clinical education to prepare graduates to meet the existing and emerging demands of the profession. It is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and is deemed to be licensure-qualifying by the New York State Board of Professional Licensing of the New York State Education Department.

Unique Characteristics of the Program
This program offers graduate students the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skill areas to meet the requirements for ASHA Certification and New York State Licensure. Resources available to the student include the Computer Center and Health Education Resource Center. The SJU Speech and Hearing Center is located on Union Turnpike at 152nd Street. The Center serves as a training facility for students while offering diagnostic and therapeutic services to the community. The Center has a rich resource of tests, materials, and equipment to support the clinical practicum experience. A wide variety of outside facilities including rehabilitation centers, hospitals, schools, day care centers, and nursing homes provides additional externship opportunities whereby students can gain broad exposure to a variety of speech-language disorders in multidisciplinary settings. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in a global study experience in Guatemala.

See Student Outcome Data

Department Information

Nancy Colodny, Ed.D., CCC-SLP
Acting Chair

Peggy Jacobson, Ph.D.,  CCC-SLP
Graduate Program Director

Donna Geffner, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/AUD
Au.D. Program Director
Speech and Hearing Center Director

The Master's degree program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-language Pathology (CAA). For more information, please contact:

American Speech-Language Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard Rockville
Maryland, 28050-3289

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Applicants to the Masters of Arts (MA) in Speech-Language Pathology program must:

  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Submit three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Submit a 300-word written statement of career goals
  • Submit GRE scores
  • Have the following undergraduate pre-requisite coursework in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology:
    • CSD 1710- Phonetics
    • CSD 1720- Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech System
    • CSD 1730- Language Acquisition
    • CSD 1740- Introduction to Hearing Science
    • CSD 2750- Introduction to Audiology
    • CSD 2760- Speech-Language Pathology I: Language Disorders
    • CSD 2770- Speech-Language Pathology II: Speech Disorders
      21 credits

Please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Speech-Language Pathology major) for a description of the content of these pre-requisite courses.

You may complete these pre-requisites here at St. John’s or elsewhere. To take them at St John’s, you need to make an appointment with the Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and bring official copies of your transcripts indicating prior coursework.

Pre-requisite coursework (21 credits) should be completed before matriculating. In some cases, students may apply while enrolled in their final courses.
In addition, students must have:

  • 3 credits in Statistics
  • 3 credits in Biological Sciences
  • 3 credits in Physics or Chemistry
  • 6 credits in Social and Behavioral Sciences (e.g., Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology)

Students may complete these courses after being admitted to the program, if they have not been taken on the undergraduate level.
18 credits

Prior to beginning required supervised clinical hours at the University Clinics and external clinical placement sites, students will be required to undergo and successfully pass a Criminal Background Check, at a cost of approximately $100. For more information, please consult the current Graduate Bulletin.

Graduate Admission Information
Robert Medrano, Director
Office of Graduate Admission

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Career Outcomes

Student Outcomes

Praxis Exam Results: Method for reporting praxis exam rate data (ETS)

PeriodNo. of students taking examNo. of students passedPass rate
  3 Year

Completion Rates:

PeriodNo. completed program w/in time frameNo. completed later than time frameNo. not completingPercent Completing
   3 Year

Employment Rates: In the profession after graduation from the program

PeriodNo. of Graduates% Employed
 3 Year
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