Loyola University Maryland

Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Communication Disorders Treated with a Human Touch.

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology provides students with the professional skills necessary to become powerful and compassionate advocates for people with communication disorders.

Graduates of the program emerge with a strong grasp of ethical conduct, research principles in an evidence-based clinical practice, and contemporary professional issues—the essential prerequisites for a successful and fulfilling career in the field of speech-language pathology.

Program Overview

  •  3 Year Graduate Employment Rate: 100%
  •  ASHA Accredited
  •  3 Year On-time Graduation Rate: 98.03%
  •  Format: Full-time, 2-year cohort
  •  3 Year Praxis Pass Rate: 98.6%
  •  Clinical Hours: 400, including 25 observation hours

Program Format

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology is designed as a full-time, two-year, five-semester cohort program. The program challenges students academically, clinically, and personally through academic coursework integrated with clinical training and faculty mentorship. The program is broken into distinct first and second-year experiences, with academic classes offered on Mondays and clinical experiences offered Tuesday through Friday.

Year One Experience

During the first year of study, students take academic classes and typically begin their clinical internship in one of the Loyola Clinical Centers under the supervision of expert faculty and practicing clinicians. The Loyola Clinical Centers consist of the Margaret A. McManus Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic located at Belvedere Square in Baltimore, Maryland and the Speech and Language Center located in Columbia, Maryland. Each center offers an array of speech-language and/or audiological services for individuals experiencing difficulty with their communication and/or hearing skills. The clinics provide services in individual and group settings to clients of all ages, infant-toddler through adult, with varying diagnoses in communication disorders. The Loyola Clinical Centers also provide students with the opportunity to work and learn in an interdisciplinary setting, which includes speech-language pathology, audiology, psychology, and literacy. Students may also have additional internship experiences off-site with private and public community partners as well as opportunities to engage in telehealth.

Year Two Experience

After successful completion of the first-year, students continue with academic classes and are placed in an off-campus externship setting with an experienced, ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. Students experience at least two different types of settings or client populations during their second year.  The goal of the externship program is to provide a variety of real-world experiences where students integrate academic and clinical teaching and achieve mastery of clinical skills necessary for postgraduate work experience as a clinical fellow.

Outcomes and Job Opportunities

Over 98 percent of students complete the program on-time and pass the praxis within three years. Students graduate prepared for entry-level clinical work with 100 percent of graduates over a three-year average finding work in the field or continuing their education within one year of graduation.

From 2018 - 2028 the US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects significant future demand for Speech-Language Pathologists. The number of jobs in the field expected to grow by 27%, adding over 41,000 jobs. Average pay for Speech-Language Pathologists is almost double the average pay of all other occupations.

Admission and How to Apply

For questions or inquiries regarding the program please request information below, email graduate@loyola.edu, or call 410-617-5020. Students interested in applying to this program are encouraged to begin the application early to ensure all materials and transcripts are received on time. More information about admission requirements may be on the admission page.

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Dr. Caesar
Faculty

Lena Caesar, Ed.D., Ph.D.

Lena Cesar, Ed.D., Ph.D., believes in challenging her students to become global-minded citizens

Speech-Language Pathology
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