The program's rigorous curriculum addresses disorders across the lifespan. Students are required to participate in online academic coursework, as well as a total of five clinical practica. Students are required to complete a minimum of 375 clinical hours under the supervision of a speech-language pathologist, who is ASHA certified and holds licensure in the state in which they practice.

Students are expected to progress through the program as part of a cohort, following the posted program of study. Note the time requirements for the speech practica.

M.S. in S-LP Curriculum - Degree Requirements

In addition to CSD program requirements, students in the online program are required to:

  • Attend a two-day, face-to-face orientation on JMU’s Harrisonburg campus
  • Satisfactorily complete all graduate level coursework as outlined in the program of study with a minimum of 3.0 GPA.
  • Participate in a 6 week clinical placement on JMU’s Harrisonburg, VA campus
  • Participate in an additional 4 clinical placements under the supervision of a qualified SLP. Clinical placements will require a minimum of 3-4 days per week commitment for each semester long placement.
  • Students must be prepared to adjust their paid work schedule to meet the minimum clinical requirements.
  • Clinical placements are arranged and scheduled by the program. An Off-Campus Field Placement Coordinator works with each student to identify sites and secures the necessary contracts. Students may not complete placements in a state that is not a participating member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) or in a state where JMU is not authorized. Please visit and for more information.
  • In addition to the program requirements detailed in the Master’s Student Handbook, students will need to meet the requirements in the Essential Skills Document.

Technical Requirements

Learn more about software and hardware requirements for enrolled students.

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