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Accelerated 5-Year Master's Program

This program is designed for highly motivated students to complete undergraduate and graduate study and obtain a Master of Science degree within five years.

Entering students must have a 3.5 or better G.P.A. and maintain this average throughout their matriculation. High school seniors, speech-language pathology minors and eligible undergraduates in their freshman or sophomore years may apply. The usual undergraduate elective courses are replaced by pre-professional courses in speech-language pathology.

This is a new program that was approved by the Board of Trustees in January 2015 to begin in the Fall 2016.

The traditional course of study in speech-language pathology takes two to three years after the undergraduate degree and requires an additional CFY experience for one year for a total of 7 to 8 years, depending upon the undergraduate major. Contrastively, students admitted to the accelerated program will complete all requirements to enter the workplace as independent practitioners in 6 years, including the Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY). Both the traditional and the accelerated program in speech-language pathology are maintained in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. 

The accelerated program is designed for highly motivated students who are beginning their university careers. A minimum grade point average of 3.5 is required for admission and continuation in the program as compared to a minimum of 3.2 for the traditional M. S. program. Incoming students will begin at the pre-professional level (undergraduate) and must complete basic science courses offered in the College of Arts and Sciences and prerequisite courses in speech-language pathology offered in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders within the first three years of the accelerated program. Students who maintain the 3.5 GPA into the third year will be automatically admitted into the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology. 

The graduate curriculum, to be completed in the fourth and fifth years, will include completion of the 400 clinical clock hours required to earn their clinical certification. At the end of the five years, students will be graduated with the Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Students who choose to opt out of the accelerated program will be given the opportunity to choose a different course of study within the University or another graduate school. All students will be closely monitored and advised throughout their matriculation. Advising will be available through the School of Communications during the first three years and from CSD faculty during the last two years of the program. The accelerated 5-year Master’s program is organized as follows:

A. University Core (28 credits)
The university-wide undergraduate core curriculum includes courses in English composition; African-American studies; mathematics; social sciences; natural sciences; foreign language; speech and physical education. 

B. School of Communications Requirements (20 credits)
School of Communications common courses include SOC Orientation; Introduction to Communications; psychology, social science, biology, physical science, linguistics and statistics. 

C. Speech-Language Pathology Pre-professional Courses (37 credits)
These courses are offered in the Department and include Phonetics; Introduction to Fluency & Voice Disorders; Introduction to Articulation & Language Disorders, Teaching Methods; Tests & Measurement; Anatomy & Physiology/Lab, Speech & Hearing Science; Language Development; Bases of Audiology; Aural Rehabilitation and Clinical Practicum I and II.

 D. Minor (9-12 credits)
Students select a minor such as psychology to complement the speech-language pathology focus. E. Graduate Courses (59-60 credits) During the fourth and fifth years, students follow the Master’s curriculum as listed above.

Jay R. Lucker, Ed.D., Professor, Director of Five-Year Accelerated Program, 202-806-4836 or