Jun 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Speech Language Pathology, M.S.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers the Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology. This clinical program is designed to prepare individuals to practice as speech-language pathologists. We offer this degree through either a residential program or an online program.

M.S. in Speech Language Pathology (Clinical)

The master’s degree program in speech language pathology 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 Speech-Language and Audiology Clinics, 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 Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Virginia Department of Health Professions licensure in speech-language pathology, Applicants should have completed prerequisite undergraduate course work in communication sciences and disorders and/or related areas of study.

Admission Requirements (for residential and online programs)

JMU CSD Holistic Admissions Philosophy: We commit to the mission and vision of JMU’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, by adopting a holistic review process that fosters inclusive excellence and values the experiences and attributes that students from diverse backgrounds bring to our university. We welcome students who can think critically and who embody compassion, collaboration, adaptability, resilience and openness to feedback.

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree
  • Successful completion of required undergraduate prerequisite courses (see department website)
  • Completion of JMU graduate school application and an application through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS)


This program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please refer to the JMU Professional Licensure Program Status by Jurisdiction Index to determine if this JMU program meets the educational requirements specified by the associated licensing or certification agency in the state or territory in which you are located and other states and territories. Requirements vary by state and are subject to change. The information provided is current as of the review date indicated in the table.

M.S. in Speech Language Pathology Requirements (residential)

M.S. in Speech Language Pathology Requirements (online)

Students interested in the online program should consult https://csd.jmu.edu/online_ms/index.htm for more detailed information and the name of a contact person.