Emerson’s Online Master of Science in Communication Disorders
Emerson College has translated the evidence-based curriculum delivered in its ASHA-accredited, top 20-ranked1 on-campus program into an online format so students can earn a Master of Science in Communication Disorders from wherever they live. The Speech@Emerson online program is delivered through the College’s Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders and can be completed in as few as 20 months. Students become part of Emerson’s small, tight-knit community of aspiring practitioners who are dedicated to forming lasting relationships and supporting each other’s development as clinicians.
Speech@Emerson students are prepared to become speech-language pathology (SLP) generalists who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to creatively treat the entire range of communication and swallowing disorders. After obtaining certification and licensure in their state, graduates can pursue employment in any SLP setting, including schools, hospitals, and geriatric facilities.
Emerson College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The master’s in Communication Disorders education program in speech language pathology at Emerson College is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. This accreditation ensures that your program of study at Emerson will satisfy the academic and clinical requirements to pursue ASHA certification as a speech-language pathologist. State licensure varies based on where you wish to practice. You should check that state’s requirements to ensure Speech@Emerson will allow you to meet its standards to seek licensure.
Students in the online MS in Communication Disorders program learn the same curriculum as Emerson’s on-campus students. The curriculum prepares students to become generalist practitioners through an exploration of articulation, fluency, language, swallowing, and other key concepts in the field. Through intensive study of a range of communication disorders and a family-centered treatment approach, students learn to provide support to clients and their caregivers throughout the treatment process.
The faculty who teach in the online program are the same as those who teach on campus. Most Speech@Emerson instructors are currently practicing as SLPs, and full-time faculty have advanced degrees in their field. Emerson faculty view students as colleagues and collaborators and are deeply invested in each student’s success. Faculty are easily accessible and make time to get to know their students personally, providing the individual support each student needs to grow as a confident clinician.
To earn their master’s degree, Speech@Emerson students complete the following program elements:
- Weekly online classes: With an average size of 15 students, online class sessions enable students to interact with their professors and peers living across the country in a personalized, collaborative, discussion-based setting.
- Interactive coursework: The online program features a virtual campus where students complete individual and group assignments that support the concepts learned in class and in the field.
- Clinical placements and immersions: Students gain hands-on skills during two in-person visits to Emerson’s Boston campus during which they participate in academic and clinical experiences. They also participate in multiple clinical placements approved by Emerson faculty. Field placement specialists work with students to identify suitable placements where they can gain real-world experience in a range of settings treating clients with complex disorders.
The Speech@Emerson admissions committee accepts applications from those with all levels of experience in speech-language pathology. Applicants are not required to have an academic background in the field, but they must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. GRE scores are required for admission, but applicants who have already earned a graduate degree are eligible to waive this requirement. Applicants for whom English is a second language must also submit English language proficiency scores (TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or Pearson).
The online program offers multiple start dates per year so aspiring SLPs can start earning their degree when they are ready. Both full-time and part-time study options are available to fit students’ lifestyle needs. Students who need to take prerequisites may do so online as part of the Speech@Emerson program before starting graduate-level courses.
1. U.S. News & World Report, 2018