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Speech-Language Pathology, Master of Arts

54 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 graduates need to meet the profession’s existing and emerging demands. 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.

Please apply to St. John's University’s Master of Arts program in Speech-Language Pathology here. You may also submit an application with the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS)

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 have many opportunities to gain bilingual experience thanks to our location in the diverse, multicultural borough of Queens, NY. They may also apply for a Bilingual Extension as part of their M.A. program.

Students will also have the opportunity for a global study experience in Guatemala.

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The Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Speech-Language Pathology at St. John’s University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. The program is also deemed to be licensure-qualifying by the New York State Board of Professional Licensing of the New York State Education Department.

For more information about the program, please view the Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology Student Handbook.


It is the mission of St. John’s University’s M.A. Program in Speech-Language Pathology to cultivate excellent, well-rounded, and culturally competent speech-language/hearing professionals who are lifelong learners, who employ evidence-based practice, who are responsible practitioners, and who illustrate Vincentian principles of global and social justice

Department Faculty

Please see a list of our Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty.

Department Information

Nancy Colodny, Ed.D., CCC-SLP
[email protected]

Peggy Jacobson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Director, MA Speech-Language Pathology Program
[email protected]

Anne-Marie Maher, M.A., CCC-SLP
Director of Speech & Hearing Center
718 990-1916
[email protected]

Suzanne Miller, Ph.D.
Program Director in Audiology
[email protected]


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 (21 credits) 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

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.

Prior to matriculation in the program, 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
Office of Graduate Admission
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Student Outcome Data

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

Robert Azzara Scholarship

The Robert Azzara Scholarship is a graduate endowment available to students in the M.A. Speech-Language Pathology program. 

For more information, please see our Endowed Scholarships page.