The Department of Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences offers a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS SLP). This graduate program prepares students to become credentialed speech-language pathologists (SLPs) who assess and treat individuals with a wide range of communication and swallowing disorders and differences across the lifespan. Students have the option to pursue a concentration in bilingual service delivery in addition to the standard graduate program.
The standard MS SLP program is 69 total credits (42 credits of didactic coursework + 27 credits of clinical practica). The MS SLP program plus the concentration in bilingual service provision is 75 total credits (48 credits of didactic coursework + 27 credits of clinical practica).
The Master of Science program in Speech-Language Pathology at Metropolitan State University of Denver is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. This is a “pre-accreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years.
MISSION AND GOALS
The mission of the MS SLP is to provide a diverse urban population with an inclusive graduate program committed to the interprofessional education and cultural responsiveness of students seeking clinical certification in speech-language pathology. Amidst changing landscapes in education and healthcare, our program encourages students to think critically and make informed decisions.
We prioritize values that reflect those of the university at large including a shared commitment to community, accessibility, diversity and respect. The goals of the MS SLP program are to:
- Offer an affordable and accessible pathway to a career in speech-language pathology.
- Implement comprehensive academic and clinical curriculum utilizing evidence-based practice.
- Educate clinical scientists who use research to make informed, ethical decisions.
- Apply faculty expertise across classroom, clinic, and community.
- Promote interprofessional education through institutional partnerships.
- Prioritize cultural responsiveness with option to pursue a concentration in bilingual service provision.
- Nurture lifelong learning with the goal of continuously improving clinical service provision.
More information on the MS SLP program, including our 2022 Strategic Plan can be found on the department’s website (https://www.msudenver.edu/speech-language-hearing-sciences/graduateprogram/).
Please check the SLHS Department’s website (https://www.msudenver.edu/speech-language-hearing-sciences/) for current application deadlines.
To apply for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, the following items must be submitted:
- University admission. Apply using MSU Denver’s graduate admissions application and submit associated application fee.
- Program admission. Apply through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) and submit associated application fee.
- Official transcripts: Students must submit official transcripts from each college or university attended (transcripts from MSU Denver are not required). Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the previous colleges/universities in a signed, sealed envelope. Institutions may also send official electronic transcripts to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Foreign transcripts require official English translation and professional course-by-course evaluation.
- Evidence of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
- Evidence of a cumulative GPA in prerequisite SLHS coursework greater than or equal to 3.0.
- Personal essay
- Three letters of recommendation (two of which must be from an academic reference).
Additional requirements may include:
- Writing sample
- In-person or virtual interview
- Students interested in the bilingual concentration will apply at the end of the fall semester in their first year. Students must demonstrate native or near-native proficiency with Spanish through standardized assessment of speaking and writing as well as conversational exchange with native Spanish speakers to be eligible for the concentration in bilingual service provision.
Only complete applications will be reviewed. Applicants will be notified via email of their application status. Applicants may be admitted, waitlisted or denied admission.
The following prerequisite coursework must be completed at the college-level in advance of program start in adherence to the Standards of the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
- Coursework in biological sciences
- Coursework in physical sciences (physics or chemistry)
- Coursework in social/behavioral sciences
- Coursework in statistics
An undergraduate major in Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences is not required. However, students must have completed the following prerequisite coursework with a grade of C or higher:
- Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
- Clinical Phonetics
- Diagnostic Audiology
- Language Acquisition and Development
- Language Disorders and Differences
- Neural Bases of Communication and its Disorders
- Principles of Assessment and Intervention
- Rehabilitative Audiology
- Speech Disorders and Differences
- Speech Science
Students who possess a bachelor’s degree in another field are encouraged to explore our Leveling Certificate in Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences. Completing coursework as a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee admission into the MS SLP program. Please visit the SLHS Department for more information (https://www.msudenver.edu/speech-language-hearing-sciences/).
As part of the application process, prospective students will be provided a list of essential functions with instructions to self-evaluate their abilities to perform the functions listed, with or without, accommodations. The essential functions checklist is designed to encourage students to self-reflect and advocate for their needs in order to succeed in the MS SLP program. Prospective students are encouraged to reach out to the Program Director with any concerns they might have regarding these essential functions.
International applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English by obtaining a baccalaureate degree from a university in which English is the primary language of instruction and is required for all evaluations (written and oral), or through TOEFL administration, with a minimum score of 20 in each section, and a total score minimum of 90.
Prior Learning Assessment
In general, no credit is given for prior learning experience derived from employment or other life experience.
Financial aid may be available for graduate students. Visit https://msudenver.edu/financialaid/graduate/ for more information.
Academic Standing Policies
All students accepted into the program must adhere with the following academic policies:
First-year students will be required to meet individually with their departmental advisor a minimum of twice a semester. Second-year students will be required to meet individually with their advisor once a semester.
Students are expected to complete the program in six semesters starting in the summer and graduating 23 months later at the end of spring semester. Students must follow the standard plan of study for all didactic coursework and clinical practicum experiences unless formal approval is granted by the Program Director.
All students are required to conduct a capstone project that follows a single-subject research design. Students define a clinical research question in the spring of their first year; data are collected in subsequent semesters and the project culminates with students delivering presentations at departmental colloquia. Alterations to the format of the capstone project require formal approval by the Program Director.
Students must complete the required didactic and clinical coursework while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.
No grade lower than a “B-” counts towards degree completion.
The Department follows a published process to address issues that may create obstacles to student success during any part of their graduate program. The policy and its procedures, including the use of an individualized, written Competency Attainment Plan can be found in the program handbook (https://www.msudenver.edu/speech-language-hearing-sciences/graduateprogram/graduatestudenthandbook/)
The MS SLP program will adhere to MSU Denver’s Student Code of Conduct and Academic Responsibilities including its statement on academic integrity as well as the principles of ethics described in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Code of Ethics. Violations of program policies for academic and clinical integrity will be addressed through a Student Performance Review in tandem with procedures established by MSU Denver’s Dean of Students. Results of the Student Performance Review may result in modifications to the student’s plan of study, removal from the clinical practicum with a failing grade, and/or dismissal from the program.
At the end of a student’s program of study, the Program Director and Director of Clinical Education will confirm that the student has successfully completed all academic and clinical requirements of the MS SLP program and has demonstrated the knowledge and skill outcomes consistent with published standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology.