Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.)

The areas of professional practice for speech-language pathologists are rapidly expanding, as are the types of clients they are expected to serve. Our master’s program in speech-language pathology will equip you with broad clinical experience as well as academic instruction so you are well-positioned to enter the workforce.

Curriculum Overview

You will complete at least 53 credits of coursework in across the scope of practice of speech-language pathology, with courses in core content areas such as phonological disorders, dysphagia, aphasia, stuttering, and augmentative and alternative communication. Our program is full-time for 5 semesters, and degree requirements must be completed within two years of matriculation. If you decide to complete a thesis, this may require at least one semester of additional study and at least five additional credits to complete the degree (58 total). 

Your classroom study includes courses such as:

  • Adult Dysarthria
  • Pediatric Motor Speech Disorders (elective)
  • Cultural Competence in Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Practice
  • Acquired Cognitive Communication Disorders
  • Medical Topics in Speech-Language Pathology (elective)
  • Language Disorders in Children Ages 3 to 21

You will also work directly with clients starting in your first semester on campus. As a result, you will be well prepared for your final semester, which consists of two full-time externships, when you will experience the rigors and responsibilities of professional work. 

The program concludes with a comprehensive examination that is structured similarly to the national Praxis exam.

Please see catalog information for more details: M.S. in SLP


You will have access to the following state-of-the art facilities during your time as a graduate student:

  • Six digitally equipped therapy rooms with adjoining observation rooms;
  • A digitally equipped diagnostic room;
  • An assistive technology and alternative communication lab;
  • A student preparatory workroom;
  • An extensive materials room that includes the latest diagnostic and treatment materials; and
  • An audiology sound booth with an adjoining control room.

Program Outcomes

A student in a blue shirt and white sweater is seated at a table with a client heling them with a score sheet. The client is making tally marks on the score sheet related to the game they are playing.

After you complete all of the required graduate coursework and clinical practica, you will be eligible to begin a clinical fellowship (CF). Upon successful completion of the CF, you will be eligible for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology (CCC-SLP) and licensure as a speech-language pathologist in New York State.

Ithaca College graduates enjoy excellent career prospects. Our recent graduates are currently employed in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, public schools, private schools, and private practices throughout the United States and Canada.

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Ready to apply?

Ithaca College participates in the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). Apply to IC's master’s program(s) in speech-language pathology via the CSDCAS application. To learn more about CSDCAS, please visit CSDCAS Help.

If you are not ready to apply but would like more information about the program or be notified when future enrollment cycles open, please complete our graduate interest form


Dr. Carly Jo Hosbach-Cannon, Assistant Professor and Graduate Chair
Ithaca College
301 Smiddy Hall
953 Danby Road • Ithaca, NY 14850