Pitt offers a highly ranked program in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) through a Master of Arts/Master of Science degree in Communication Science and Disorders.
A speech-language pathologist identifies, helps prevent, diagnoses and treats a wide range of disorders affecting functions such as speech, language, hearing, communication, social interaction and swallowing. Our students actively participate in clinical fieldwork—serving patients from newborns to the elderly. Our graduates also enjoy excellent job opportunities and employment rates (see program outcomes).
Department Chair Named
The Department of Communication Science and Disorders is excited to announce the September arrival of our new chair, Bernard Rousseau, PhD, MMHC, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow. Rousseau is currently associate vice chair for Research in the Department of Otolaryngology, and chancellor faculty fellow and associate professor of Otolaryngology, Hearing and Speech Sciences, and Mechanical Engineering at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center. Learn more.
The two-year concentration in Speech-Language Pathology offers students 60 credits of classroom and clinical experience involving hands-on mentoring by faculty experts in various areas of Speech-Language Pathology.
Admission requirements for the SLP concentration include several Communication Science & Disorder prerequisite classes, a baccalaureate degree, GRE verbal & quantitative scores ideally in the 50th percentile, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all undergraduate coursework, among other criteria.
The SLP curriculum features coursework and clinical hours that lead students to obtain either a Master of Science or a Master of Arts. Students have the opportunity to work in research labs and complete a thesis.
The SLP clinical placements throughout the two-year program are completed in real-life community settings including hospitals, schools, private practices and early intervention settings.
This program housed within the Communication Science and Disorders (CSD) Department at the University of Pittsburgh is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.