The M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program (online) accepts students every 2 years. The next application cycle will open on September 15, 2024. Please check back at that time to register for Admissions Information Sessions.

The online Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.) 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.

The online Speech-Language Pathology program is aligned with JMU's residential program, including the same standards and expectations for graduation. The academic and clinical components 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 state of Virginia. Applicants should complete prerequisite undergraduate course work in speech-language pathology and/or related areas of study prior to admissions to the online program.

The objective of the program is to allow individuals, particularly "career changers" and non-traditional students, to pursue a career in speech-language pathology. Admitted students progress as part of a cohort, and follow the curriculum as outlined. Academic coursework is offered online. Students will enroll in 2-3 courses per semester, over a three year period. Clinical requirements are met in accordance with ASHA Guidelines for Clinical Certification:

Students admitted to the online program should be aware that they will need to adjust their personal and/or professional schedules to accommodate clinical placements. Full time employment while enrolled in clinical placements may not be possible in all circumstances.


Carol DuddingWelcome to the M.S. Speech-Language Pathology program for online students. This site is designed to assist you in your search for a quality, online master’s degree program to prepare you for the field of speech-language pathology.

The M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program (online) at James Madison University is:

  • Designed for the adult learner with career and family responsibilities
  • Structured to assure academic rigor
  • Accredited by ASHA CAA, as part of JMU’s master’s degree program
  • Meets the requirements for Virginia state licensure and ASHA’s Certification for Clinical Competence (CCC).

Please note that all successful students must meet the same academic and clinical requirements as our on-campus students, thus assuring a quality online learning experience.

We invite you to carefully explore this site for information about this Online program at James Madison University, the requirements of the program, and the admission process.

Information can also be obtained by attending a virtual open house or by emailing

We look forward to making the journey toward a master’s degree in speech-language pathology with you.

Carol C Dudding, Ph.D.
Program Director

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