Choosing the Right Speech Pathology Program

With over 270 accredited speech pathology master’s programs in the United States, figuring out which programs may be right for you can be a challenge. For some, knowing that they can take on a class schedule that fits into their other obligations is a top priority. For others, having a program with a specific track, such as bilingualism, may help better prepare them for the work that they want to do. Speech pathology programs can be fairly competitive, and having an idea of the type of candidates that get accepted can also help you pick schools to apply to. To help you compare programs, we have evaluated all speech pathology master’s programs on the following:

 

Flexibility

Bilingual or Multicultural Emphasis

Minimum Accepted GPA

Number of Applications Received

 

Data was collected from ASHA EdFind on May 1st, 2019.


Best Speech Pathology Master’s Programs for Those Needing Flexibility

Are you looking for a little bit of extra flexibility when completing your master’s in speech pathology degree? There are many ways in which speech pathology programs give you options on how, when, and where you complete your degree so that you can choose a way that works best for you. These options are as follows:

  • Part time programs- Some slp master’s programs allow you to choose either a full or part time schedule. If you have other obligations during the week, a part time program may be easier to fit into your busy schedule. Note that in many of these programs the classes can be taken part time but practicum requirements may be full time.
  • Multiple start dates- There may be certain times of the year where easing into a master’s in speech pathology may be easier than others. Some programs have multiple start dates so that you can start your program at a time that works best for you.
  • Online programs- Some speech pathology master’s programs offer the option to complete classes completely online, meaning you can complete a program without having to live close by or sit in a specific classroom to complete your degree.

 

The following speech pathology master’s programs offer at least two of the following three features: a part time option, multiple program start dates each year, and the option of taking all classes online:

University Name Part Time Option? Program Start Times Online Option Score
Alabama A&M University Yes Spring, Fall No 2/3
Ball State University Yes Fall, Summer No 2/3
College of Saint Rose Yes Spring, Fall No 2/3
CUNY Lehman Yes Fall, Spring No 2/3
Emerson College Yes Fall, Winter Yes 3/3
Eastern Michigan University Yes Fall, Spring No 2/3
Eastern New Mexico University Yes Fall, Spring, Summer No 2/3
Florida State University Yes Fall Yes 2/3
Idaho State University Yes Fall Yes 2/3
LIU Brooklyn Yes Fall, Spring No 2/3
LIU Post Yes Fall, Spring No 2/3
New York University Yes Fall, Spring, Summer Yes 3/3
Northern Arizona University Yes Fall, Summer No 2/3
Nova Southeastern University No Fall, Spring, Summer Yes 2/3
Oklahoma State University Yes Fall, Summer No 2/3
Southeastern Louisiana University Yes Fall, Spring No 2/3
Tennessee State University Yes Fall, Spring Yes 3/3
Texas Woman’s University Yes Fall, Summer No 2/3
Truman State University Yes Fall, Spring No 2/3
University of Akron Yes Fall Yes 2/3
University of Kansas Yes Fall, Summer No 2/3
University of Montana Yes Fall Yes 2/3
University of Northern Colorado Yes Fall Yes 2/3
University of Rhode Island Yes Fall, Spring No 2/3
University of South Carolina Yes Fall, Summer No 2/3
University of Tennessee Health Science Center Yes Fall, Spring No 2/3
University of Texas at Dallas Yes Fall, Spring, Summer No 2/3
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire Yes Fall, Summer Yes 3/3
Western Kentucky University Yes Fall Yes 2/3


Top Speech Pathology Programs for Those Looking to Work in Diverse Communities

If you plan to be a speech pathologist in an area where many of your patients may be bilingual or diverse, a program with a bilingual or multicultural track may be for you. Bilingual speech pathology programs prepare students to understand the unique needs of bilingual patients. Multicultural SLP programs prepare professionals to understand how cultural aspects can influence patient needs.

The following institutions offer bilingual speech pathology programs, multicultural programs, or both:

University Bilingual or Multicultural Emphasis University Bilingual or Multicultural Emphasis
Abilene Christian University Bilingual Our Lady of the Lake University Both
Adelphi University Bilingual Portland State University Bilingual
Arizona State University Both Rush University Both
Baldwin Wallace University Multicultural Sacred Heart University Both
Chapman University Multicultural San Diego State University Both
College of Saint Rose Bilingual San Francisco State University Multicultural
CSU Fullerton Both San Jose State University Multicultural
CSU Long Beach Both Southern University and A&M College Both
CSU Los Angeles Both St. John’s University Bilingual
CUNY Brooklyn Bilingual Stockton University Bilingual
CUNY Lehman Both SUNY at Fredonia Multicultural
CUNY Queens Multicultural Teachers College, Columbia University Both
Elmhurst College Both Temple University Both
Florida International University Bilingual Texas Christian University Both
Gallaudet University Both Texas State University Bilingual
Harding University Multicultural The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Both
Hofstra University Both Touro College Multicultural
Howard University Both Universidad Ana G. Mendez – Recinto de Gurabo Both
Indiana University, Bloomington Bilingual University of Arizona Both
Inter American University of Puerto Rico Both University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/University of Arkansas at Little Rock Multicultural
Jackson State University Multicultural University of Central Florida Multicultural
Kean University of New Jersey Multicultural University of Colorado, Boulder Both
Kent State University Multicultural University of Delaware Both
LIU Brooklyn Both University of Hawaii at Manoa Multicultural
Louisiana State University – Health Science Center, New Orleans Multicultural University of Houston Both
Louisiana State University and A&M College Both University of Kansas Multicultural
Louisiana Technical University Multicultural University of Maryland, College Park Both
Marquette University Bilingual University of New Hampshire Multicultural
Marshall University Multicultural University of New Mexico Both
Mercy College Multicultural University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Multicultural
Midwestern University, Illinois Multicultural University of Oregon Bilingual
Nazareth College Bilingual University of Redlands Both
New Mexico State University Bilingual University of Rhode Island Multicultural
New York Medical College Multicultural University of Texas, Austin Both
New York University Both University of Texas, El Paso Both
North Carolina Central University Both University of the District of Columbia Multicultural
Northeastern State University Multicultural University of Virginia Both
Northeastern University Both Wayne State University Both
Northern Arizona University Both West Chester University Bilingual
Oklahoma State University Multicultural

 


Best Speech Pathology Programs to Apply to Based on Your GPA

When you are applying to a speech pathology program, it is important to have an understanding of whether other candidates in your GPA range have been accepted. You should focus your application efforts on schools that have accepted students with your GPA in the past.

According to ASHA Edfind, these are the minimum GPAs of students recently accepted to speech pathology programs:

University GPA Minimum University GPA Minimum University GPA Minimum
University of Pittsburgh 3.92 University of Wyoming 3.27 University of Central Missouri 3.03
Misericordia University 3.8 Southeastern Louisiana University 3.267 New Mexico State University 3.02
West Texas A & M University 3.7 Longwood University 3.26 University of Texas HSC San Antonio 3.02
CSU Los Angeles 3.68 University of Maine, Orono 3.25 University of Tulsa 3.02
Duquesne University 3.68 Western Illinois University 3.25 Central Michigan University 3.01
Brigham Young University 3.66 California University of Pennsylvania 3.24 Eastern New Mexico University 3.01
CSU Sacramento 3.64 Chapman University 3.24 Jackson State University 3.01
Kansas State University 3.63 Old Dominion University 3.24 Truman State University 3.01
Oklahoma State University 3.61 University of South Dakota 3.24 Abilene Christian University 3
University of Florida, Gainesville 3.61 University of Nebraska, Kearney 3.23 Biola University 3
Arkansas State University 3.6 Ithaca College 3.22 Clarion University of Pennsylvania 3
CSU Long Beach 3.6 Kent State University 3.22 Eastern Illinois University 3
CUNY Lehman 3.6 Tennessee State University 3.21 Hampton University 3
CUNY Queens 3.6 Our Lady of the Lake University 3.21 Inter American University of Puerto Rico 3
University of Iowa 3.6 Western Washington University 3.21 Lamar University 3
CSU Fullerton 3.59 Wichita State University 3.21 Marshall University 3
Southern Connecticut State University 3.58 Baylor University 3.2 Maryville University 3
Howard University 3.57 Nova Southeastern University – SLP Program 3.2 Michigan State University 3
San Diego State University 3.57 University of Akron 3.2 Murray State University 3
Towson University 3.55 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 3.2 Nazareth College 3
Ball State University 3.54 Emerson College 3.2 New York Medical College 3
Washington State University 3.54 Faulkner University 3.2 North Carolina Central University 3
Texas State University 3.53 Iona College 3.2 Northeastern University 3
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center 3.51 Kean University of New Jersey 3.2 Northern Arizona University 3
James Madison University 3.5 LIU Brooklyn 3.2 Rockhurst University 3
Western Kentucky University 3.5 Louisiana Technical University 3.2 Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions 3
Louisiana State University and A&M College 3.5 Mercy College 3.2 Southern Illinois University, Carbondale 3
Minnesota State University, Mankato 3.5 Sacred Heart University 3.2 Southern University and A&M College 3
Minnesota State University, Moorhead 3.5 Seton Hall University 3.2 St. Xavier University 3
Mississippi University for Women 3.5 Stockton University 3.2 Teachers College, Columbia University 3
Montclair State University 3.5 University of Central Arkansas 3.2 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 3
Texas Christian University 3.5 University of North Carolina, Greensboro 3.2 Universidad Ana G. Mendez – Recinto de Gurabo 3
Touro College 3.5 University of Utah 3.2 University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa 3
University of Nebraska, Omaha 3.5 Western Michigan University 3.2 University of North Texas 3
University of Puerto Rico, San Juan 3.5 Yeshiva University Katz School of SLP 3.2 University of Texas at Dallas 3
University of Southern Mississippi 3.5 Bowling Green State University 3.19 CUNY Brooklyn 2.99
William Paterson University of New Jersey 3.5 Cleveland State University 3.19 St. John’s University 2.99
Indiana State University 3.49 Salus University – SLP Program 3.19 University of Tennessee Health Science Center 2.99
Wayne State University 3.48 University of Wisconsin, Whitewater 3.19 SUNY at Buffalo 2.98
Illinois State University 3.47 Louisiana State University – Health Science Center, New Orleans 3.18 Buffalo State College 2.95
Case Western Reserve University 3.46 Rush University 3.18 University of Texas, El Paso 2.95
University of New Mexico 3.46 Temple University 3.18 University of Memphis 2.94
East Carolina University 3.45 University of Montana 3.18 University of New Hampshire 2.94
Vanderbilt University 3.45 Indiana University, Bloomington 3.17 University of Toledo 2.94
Stephen F. Austin State University 3.44 University of Louisville 3.17 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/University of Arkansas at Little Rock 2.93
University of Texas, Austin 3.44 Eastern Michigan University 3.16 St. Ambrose University 2.91
CSU East Bay 3.43 St. Cloud State University 3.16 West Virginia University 2.91
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville 3.42 Texas A&M University, Kingsville 3.16 CSU Chico 2.87
Texas Woman’s University 3.42 University of Northern Iowa 3.16 University of Central Oklahoma 2.83
University of Mississippi 3.42 Eastern Kentucky University 3.15 University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire 2.81
Arizona State University 3.41 Samford University 3.15 Adelphi University 2.8
College of Saint Rose 3.41 University of Massachusetts, Amherst 3.15 MGH Institute of Health Professions 2.8
East Stroudsburg University 3.4 University of Montevallo 3.14 University of Louisiana, Lafayette 2.8
Eastern Washington University 3.4 University of Redlands 3.14 University of Vermont 2.77
Florida Atlantic University 3.4 CSU San Marcos 3.13 University of North Dakota 2.75
Miami University 3.4 Hofstra University 3.12 Francis Marion University 2.7
Ohio State University 3.39 LIU Post 3.11 Florida State University 2.67
Marywood University 3.39 Marquette University 3.11 Auburn University 2.66
University of Nebraska, Lincoln 3.39 Ohio University 3.11 Syracuse University 2.65
University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign 3.38 University of South Florida 3.1 Pace University 2.63
Western Carolina University 3.368 CUNY Hunter 3.1 University of the District of Columbia 2.6
University of Washington 3.35 East Tennessee State University 3.1 University of Rhode Island 2.58
West Chester University 3.35 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 3.1 University of South Carolina 2.52
University of Maryland, College Park 3.34 Grand Valley State University 3.1 Portland State University 2.52
Worcester State University 3.34 Jacksonville University 3.1 George Washington University 2.35
Appalachian State University 3.33 Saint Louis University 3.1 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Unknown
Calvin College 3.33 South Carolina State University 3.1 San Jose State University Unknown
Florida International University 3.33 Southeast Missouri State University 3.1 New York University Unknown
SUNY at New Paltz 3.33 SUNY at Cortland 3.1 University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences – Austin TX Unknown
Elmhurst College 3.32 University of Central Florida 3.1 Boston University Unknown
Indiana University of Pennsylvania 3.32 University of Houston 3.1 Fort Hays State University Unknown
Northeastern State University 3.32 University of Kansas 3.1 San Francisco State University Unknown
Utah State University 3.31 SUNY at Plattsburgh 3.09 University of Minnesota, Duluth Unknown
Alabama A&M University 3.3 University of Connecticut 3.09 Andrews University Unknown
Fontbonne University 3.3 University of Missouri 3.09 Carlos Albizu University Unknown
Gallaudet University 3.3 Loyola University Maryland 3.08 CSU Fresno Unknown
Loma Linda University 3.3 Pacific University – SLP 3.08 CSU Northridge Unknown
University of Delaware 3.3 Purdue University 3.08 Georgia Southern University Unknown
University of Kentucky 3.3 Radford University 3.08 Georgia State University Unknown
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 3.3 Baldwin Wallace University 3.06 Governors State University Unknown
University of Virginia 3.3 Harding University 3.06 Louisiana State University – Health Sciences Center, Shreveport Unknown
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 3.3 Midwestern University, Illinois 3.06 Monmouth University Unknown
University of Wisconsin, River Falls 3.3 Molloy College 3.06 University of Cincinnati Unknown
University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point 3.3 SUNY at Fredonia 3.06 University of Georgia Unknown
Bridgewater State University 3.29 University of Colorado, Boulder 3.058 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Unknown
Missouri State University 3.29 University of Northern Colorado 3.05 University of Nevada, Reno Unknown
Idaho State University, Pocatello 3.28 California Baptist University 3.04 University of Oklahoma – Health Sciences Center Unknown
La Salle University 3.28 University of Arizona 3.04 University of South Alabama Unknown
Northern Illinois University 3.28 University of Hawaii at Manoa 3.04 University of West Georgia Unknown
University of Louisiana, Monroe 3.28 University of the Pacific – SLP Program 3.04 University of Wisconsin, Madison Unknown
University of Oregon 3.28 Midwestern University, Arizona 3.03 Valdosta State University Unknown
Minot State University 3.27 Northwestern University 3.03
Pennsylvania State University 3.27 Saint Mary’s College 3.03

 


Top Speech Pathology Master’s Programs by Popularity (Applications Submitted)

Some programs receive far more applications than others each year. If you are curious about speech pathology programs that receive the most interest, they are as follows:

University Applications Received University Applications Received University Applications Received
Nova Southeastern University – SLP Program 1824 University of North Carolina, Greensboro 262 Western Washington University 154
New York University 1554 College of Saint Rose 260 University of Rhode Island 153
University of Northern Colorado 888 University of Wisconsin, Whitewater 256 California Baptist University 152
University of Texas at Dallas 820 Southern Illinois University, Carbondale 256 University of Kentucky 151
Teachers College, Columbia University 687 CUNY Lehman 255 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/University of Arkansas at Little Rock 151
Adelphi University 589 University of Mississippi 254 Baldwin Wallace University 150
University of Central Florida 557 Molloy College 253 Wichita State University 148
San Diego State University 495 Texas Christian University 250 University of Nebraska, Lincoln 147
Idaho State University, Pocatello 477 University of Toledo 246 Duquesne University 146
La Salle University 476 Longwood University 243 University of Missouri 145
Hofstra University 476 Auburn University 243 Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions 145
University of Colorado, Boulder 475 Grand Valley State University 241 University of North Dakota 145
Boston University 467 Our Lady of the Lake University 240 Indiana State University 144
Emerson College 456 Saint Mary’s College 240 Murray State University 144
St. John’s University 454 Eastern Washington University 238 Southeast Missouri State University 143
University of South Florida 451 Ohio University 238 Stephen F. Austin State University 139
Mercy College 431 Old Dominion University 234 University of New Hampshire 138
Arizona State University 426 University of Central Arkansas 234 Kansas State University 137
Elmhurst College 423 New York Medical College 234 Truman State University 137
Minnesota State University, Mankato 421 Radford University 233 Maryville University 136
Midwestern University, Illinois 416 Misericordia University 231 Calvin College 135
University of Washington 409 Miami University 230 New Mexico State University 135
Florida State University 409 Central Michigan University 229 Ithaca College 134
CUNY Brooklyn 408 University of Iowa 228 Utah State University 133
Temple University 405 Kent State University 228 Iona College 130
CUNY Hunter 402 Lamar University 228 University of Nebraska, Omaha 127
Montclair State University 400 Abilene Christian University 226 Minnesota State University, Moorhead 126
LIU Post 400 Florida International University 225 University of Wyoming 124
MGH Institute of Health Professions 397 University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign 224 SUNY at Cortland 124
University of North Texas 396 University of Florida, Gainesville 223 Indiana University of Pennsylvania 123
Northwestern University 393 University of Houston 223 Alabama A&M University 123
Cleveland State University 391 Western Carolina University 220 University of Vermont 123
University of Memphis 390 University of Virginia 220 California University of Pennsylvania 121
Northern Arizona University 388 Indiana University, Bloomington 216 University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences – Austin TX 121
Florida Atlantic University 387 University of Massachusetts, Amherst 216 Oklahoma State University 120
Vanderbilt University 385 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 216 Arkansas State University 120
University of Redlands 380 Purdue University 216 Northeastern State University 119
Rush University 379 Illinois State University 215 St. Cloud State University 119
Baylor University 374 University of the Pacific – SLP Program 215 Minot State University 118
University of Tennessee Health Science Center 373 Southern Connecticut State University 214 CSU Sacramento 114
San Jose State University 372 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 212 University of South Dakota 113
Chapman University 364 Worcester State University 211 University of Louisiana, Monroe 112
George Washington University 364 Pennsylvania State University 211 West Texas A & M University 109
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 358 University of Northern Iowa 211 Case Western Reserve University 109
CSU Fullerton 350 Fontbonne University 210 University of New Mexico 106
Loyola University Maryland 350 University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point 210 SUNY at Fredonia 106
Appalachian State University 344 East Carolina University 209 University of Central Oklahoma 103
Kean University of New Jersey 342 CSU East Bay 206 Mississippi University for Women 100
West Chester University 341 Eastern Illinois University 206 Bridgewater State University 100
St. Xavier University 339 University of Utah 204 University of Maine, Orono 97
Salus University – SLP Program 338 Southern University and A&M College 204 Biola University 93
Eastern Michigan University 337 Syracuse University 204 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 93
CSU Long Beach 336 North Carolina Central University 203 Brigham Young University 92
Texas State University 336 Ball State University 200 Jackson State University 90
University of Akron 335 Louisiana State University – Health Science Center, New Orleans 200 University of Tulsa 80
Northeastern University 328 St. Ambrose University 199 SUNY at Plattsburgh 73
James Madison University 325 Howard University 198 Eastern Kentucky University 72
Stockton University 324 Texas A&M University, Kingsville 196 South Carolina State University 72
LIU Brooklyn 320 University of Louisiana, Lafayette 196 University of Nebraska, Kearney 71
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire 318 Saint Louis University 194 Gallaudet University 67
Western Michigan University 313 SUNY at Buffalo 194 Samford University 60
CSU Los Angeles 312 University of Maryland, College Park 192 Hampton University 59
Michigan State University 312 Northern Illinois University 192 Faulkner University 54
Tennessee State University 311 West Virginia University 192 University of Texas HSC San Antonio 52
Touro College 308 Washington State University 191 Francis Marion University 51
Rockhurst University 307 SUNY at New Paltz 190 University of the District of Columbia 48
CSU San Marcos 303 Eastern New Mexico University 190 University of Puerto Rico, San Juan 44
Towson University 300 University of Minnesota, Duluth 190 Universidad Ana G. Mendez – Recinto de Gurabo 43
Western Kentucky University 300 University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa 188 University of Texas, El Paso 37
William Paterson University of New Jersey 300 Yeshiva University Katz School of SLP 187 Marywood University 25
Bowling Green State University 299 Louisiana State University and A&M College 186 Inter American University of Puerto Rico 18
University of Pittsburgh 298 Marshall University 185 University of Montana Unknown
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 298 University of Connecticut 180 University of Central Missouri Unknown
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville 297 San Francisco State University 180 Andrews University Unknown
University of South Carolina 296 Clarion University of Pennsylvania 179 Carlos Albizu University Unknown
Portland State University 294 Nazareth College 178 CSU Fresno Unknown
Pacific University – SLP 291 Marquette University 177 CSU Northridge Unknown
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville 290 CSU Chico 177 Georgia Southern University Unknown
University of Delaware 290 University of Southern Mississippi 176 Georgia State University Unknown
Pace University 290 University of Wisconsin, River Falls 174 Governors State University Unknown
University of Texas, Austin 289 University of Kansas 171 Louisiana State University – Health Sciences Center, Shreveport Unknown
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center 287 Southeastern Louisiana University 170 Monmouth University Unknown
Ohio State University 287 Loma Linda University 169 University of Cincinnati Unknown
Sacred Heart University 287 Jacksonville University 169 University of Georgia Unknown
Wayne State University 284 East Stroudsburg University 164 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Unknown
CUNY Queens 283 Missouri State University 162 University of Nevada, Reno Unknown
Midwestern University, Arizona 283 Harding University 160 University of Oklahoma – Health Sciences Center Unknown
University of Arizona 282 Fort Hays State University 160 University of South Alabama Unknown
University of Oregon 270 Louisiana Technical University 159 University of West Georgia Unknown
East Tennessee State University 268 Buffalo State College 159 University of Wisconsin, Madison Unknown
University of Montevallo 267 University of Hawaii at Manoa 158 Valdosta State University Unknown
Seton Hall University 266 Western Illinois University 156
Texas Woman’s University 265 University of Louisville 155