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Master of Arts/Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

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Explore the expansive laboratories and research initiatives of the Department of Communication Science and Disorders:

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).

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SLP Ranking

Pitt's SLP program is currently ranked #3 in the nation based on the most recent surveys of Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News & World Report. No other SLP program in the state of Pennsylvania outranks the program provided by Pitt SHRS.

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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.

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Admission requirements for the SLP concentration include several Communication Science & Disorder prerequisite classes, a baccalaureate degree and with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all undergraduate coursework, among other criteria. 

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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. 

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Clinical Education

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.

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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.

  • #3
    Ranked SLP Program in the U.S.