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Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech Language Pathology

‘As an accredited program of the Council for Academic Accreditation through the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association we strive to support the goal of making effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all.’

— Cynthia R. O’Donoghue, Ph.D., professor and department head

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The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Speech Language Pathology 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 Applied Laboratory, 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 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and for health and education licensure in speech-language pathology by the commonwealth of Virginia


Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate programs received reaccreditation through June 30, 2026 from the Council on Academic Accreditation of ASHA! The Clinical Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) and the Speech-Language Pathology (M.S. SLP) Programs underwent accreditation review during the 2017-18 academic year. Both programs were in compliance with the CAA Standards and have received full reaccreditation for an 8 year period.

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