Speech-Language Pathology, Master of Arts

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


"Graduate Speech-Language Pathology students who participated in an intersession academic-service learning/global studies course inGuatemala with Dr. Nancy Colodny, CCC-SLP."

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

Unique Characteristics of the Program
This program offers graduate students an opportunity to select areas of study as well as to enroll in those courses necessary to meet requirements for ASHA Certification and State License. Resources available to the student include the Computer Center, and Health Education Resource Center. The Speech and Hearing Center, which is located on Union Turnpike at 152nd Street, serves as a training facility for students while providing diagnostic and remediation services to the community. The Center has a rich resource of tests, materials, and equipment to provide the needed practicum experiences. More than 100 outside facilities, including medical centers, hospitals, schools, day care centers, and nursing homes provide externships for students where they may gain a broad exposure, experience a multi-disciplinary environment, and obtain the supervised clinical hours necessary for certification with a varied diversified caseload across the age span.

See Student Outcome Data

Department Information

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

Donna Geffner, Ph.D.
Au.D. Program Director
Speech and Hearing Center Director

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

  • Have an undergraduate GPA in the major of at least 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

Description of the course content covered in the pre-requisites is available in our Undergraduate Bulletin (St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Speech-Language Pathology major).

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 transcripts of your earlier coursework.

You should have completed the pre-requisites (21 credits) above before matriculating, although you may apply while you are still enrolled in some of them.

In addition, you need to have:

  • 3 credits in Mathematics
  • 3 credits in Biological Sciences
  • 3 credits in Physical Sciences (e.g., Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Earth Sciences, and similar)
  • 6 credits in Social and Behavioral Sciences (e.g., Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology)
    15 credits

Some of the latter 15 credits may be completed after a student has been admitted in our graduate program although it is not recommended.  

Graduate Admission Information
Robert Medrano, Director
Office of Graduate Admission
(718) 990-2790


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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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