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The M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology prepares students for the field of speech-language pathology. It is a two-year, full-time program (five semesters). The program is designed to provide a broad spectrum of academic and practicum experiences necessary for the education of specialists who deal with disorders of human communication and swallowing.

Clinical practical experiences are available in a wide range of professional settings including the JMU Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Clinics, various hospital and rehabilitation programs, and the public schools. The academic and clinical components of the program are consistent with the requirements for certification in speech-language pathology of the Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and for health and education licensures in speech-language pathology by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Students applying for admission to the M.S. program in Speech-Language Pathology should be aware that some of the clinical placement sites will require a current criminal records check.

Graduate Assistantships (GAs) are available on a competitive basis to full-time graduate students. These awards are funded from a variety of sources, including the university, endowments, organizations and service groups such as Scottish Rite and Lion’s Club, and external grant funding from both public and private sources. No additional application is required.  

For questions regarding the CSD program, please email For questions regarding the admissions process, please contact The Graduate School or CSDCAS as appropriate.


The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology offered at James Madison University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation 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 meets requirements for relevant Virginia licensure.

 CAA Accredited SLP

Complaint Statement: Any student, instructional staff member, speech-language pathologist, audiologist, and/or member of the public may submit a complaint about any CAA accredited program or program in candidacy status. All complaints must be signed and in writing to the Chair, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Additional information is available at:

Directions to the Program:

The Communication Science and Disorders Program is located on the first floor of the Health and Behavioral Studies Building which is located at 235 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Harrisonburg, VA 22807. Metered parking may be available in the Grace Street Parking Garage located immediately adjacent to the Health and Behavioral Studies Building.

Directions to HBS

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