Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.Ed.)

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  2. A minimum of 25 credit hours of undergraduate coursework in speech-language pathology that includes courses related to the normal development of speech, language, and hearing processes; courses related to disordered speech, language, and hearing; and courses related to the speech and hearing sciences. Students with an undergraduate degree in a different discipline may apply directly to the master’s program. In this situation, the student will be required to complete preparatory “make up” courses in our undergraduate program prior to beginning graduate coursework and clinical practica. The specific courses that will be needed will be determined by the Director of Graduate Studies once the student has been admitted to the program. For ASHA certification and NYS teacher certification, the following courses are also required. If they were not taken at the undergraduate level, they will be added to the graduate program:
    1. 3 credits in a biological science
    2. 3 credits in the physical sciences
    3. 3 credits in statistics
    4. 3 credits in the social and behavioral sciences
    5. SPF 202 Child Development and Education
    6. SPF 302 Educational Psychology: Elementary Education

    7. EXE 100 Nature and Needs of Individuals with Special Needs

  3. Three letters of recommendation that attest to the applicant’s potential as a graduate student. For students with an undergraduate major in speech-language pathology or communication sciences and disorders, two of the letters must come from faculty in the major. For students from other majors, two of the letters must come from faculty in the major.
  4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. All three scores will be evaluated.
  5. A writing sample.

Application Deadline

Applicants must apply by January 15 for fall admission. No applications are typically accepted for a summer or spring admission.

Application Procedures

The Speech-Language Pathology Department is currently participating in the Communication and Sciences Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). To apply to the graduate program in speech-language pathology students must submit application to the SUNY Buffalo State Graduate School and apply online using the CSDCAS application.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (38 credit hours) 1
SLP 501CLINICAL METHODS2
SLP 511NEURAL PROCESSES OF COMMUNICATION3
SLP 516DIAGNOSTIC PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURES2
SLP 518EXTENDED APPLICATIONS IN COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS1
SLP 541LANGUAGE DISORDERS: BIRTH TO AGE 53
SLP 580RESEARCH METHODS IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY2
SLP 605CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN CLINICAL INTERACTIONS: FAMILIES AND CULTURE2
SLP 606FLUENCY DISORDERS3
SLP 607DYSPHAGIA ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN2
SLP 608NEUROMOTOR SPEECH DISORDERS ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN3
SLP 609DISORDERS OF VOICE AND RESONANCE3
SLP 610EVALUATION AND TREATMENT OF PHONOLOGICAL DISORDERS3
SLP 621AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION3
SLP 622LANGUAGE DISORDERS OF SCHOOL-AGED INDIVIDUALS3
SLP 623ACQUIRED LANGUAGE DISORDERS3
SLP 625ADVANCED TOPICS AND ISSUES IN COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS 23
Practicum (19 credit hours) 1
SLP 505GRADUATE PRACTICUM IN AN EDUCATIONAL SETTING6
SLP 515CLINICAL PRACTICUM1-8
SLP 611EXTERNSHIP IN COMMUNICATION DISORDERS3-12
Master's Project or Master's Thesis (3-6 credit hours) 1
SLP 690MASTER'S PROJECT3-6
or SLP 695 MASTER'S THESIS
Comprehensive Examination (0 credit hours)
Students who elect to take the comprehension examination must enroll in SLP 6250
Total Credit Hours57-60