The Best Accredited SLP Master’s Programs for 2018

Think of  your master’s program as the foundation for your entire career. It’s the gateway to meeting your pre-professional experience requirements and it qualifies you to take the Praxis exam required for state licensure and the CCC-SLP. And if you plan to work in the schools, even all this is just a step to the additional licensing you’re going to need.

There’s a lot to accomplish before you can call yourself a speech-language pathologist and tag those credentials on at the end of your name… and it all starts with your master’s.

Everybody knows you need to choose a program that’s been accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA), the accrediting arm of ASHA. You can be sure any program that’s earned that CAA stamp of approval meets ASHA’s exacting standards.

But we’ve been talking to prospective SLP grad students at that critical stage when they start seriously considering their options and what we’ve discovered is that they want to know more before making a decision – quite a bit more.

Today’s savvy grad students understand that an advanced degree is an investment in the future, and they’re doing their due diligence to make sure it’s a sound one. If only you could find everything you need in one place to make a meaningful side-by-side comparison of all these CAA-accredited programs – things like Praxis exam pass rates and employment rates among graduates, program completion rates, info on the kinds of practicums the program offers… and, of course, cost.

The good news is that CAA requires schools to post student achievement data… and the better news is that SpeechPathologyGraduatePrograms.org has collated this data and put it all in one place. But what we did with that data is the interesting part…

How We Made Our Assessment

We looked at the 240+ accredited programs that made student outcome data available and…

  • Identified Praxis exam pass rates, on-time completion rates and employment rates posted on each school’s website
  • Found the average annual tuition cost for graduate programs at each school by looking at the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics
  • Developed a formula for grading these programs, giving weight to both student outcomes and comparative cost

We went to great lengths to make sure we made a fair and accurate assessment of every program we looked at…

Cost and affordability – We started by finding the average yearly tuition for schools offering SLP grad programs in each state, looking at the cost of public and private schools separately. This means that our cost assessment is always based on a comparison of tuition rates for either public or private schools within a given state, not just some arbitrary review of which school offers the lowest cost program. This ensured we made an apples to apples comparison. We also gave a nod to schools that offer the same rate to both in-state and out-of-state students, something we feel is worth considering as more and more grad students shop for programs from throughout the U.S.

On our 100-point scoring scale, cost and affordability represents 30 possible points.

Student achievement – Praxis exam pass rates, on-time completion rates, and employment rates speak for themselves and represent the most concrete metric available for assessing the quality of a program. CAA requires schools to post student outcomes for the three most recent years – so we made our assessment based on the 3-year average for each of the student achievement categories: percentage of students graduating on time … percentage of graduates that pass the Praxis exam …. percentage of those that go on to land jobs immediately afterward.

Student achievement is worth a total of 70 points on our 100-point scoring scale, with 30 possible points for Praxis exam pass rates, 30 possible points for employment rates and 10 possible points for on-time completion.

Want to know more about our scoring system, take a look at this.

We identified more than 100 programs that scored 80 points (B-) or better, and we think they deserve some recognition. So here you have it, our 2018 list of the best accredited master’s programs in SLP and Communication Sciences and Disorders available in the U.S.

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Marywood University
Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Department
Scranton, PA
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 70/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 100 – A+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 20
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $10,715

Marywood’s tuition is among the most attractive of any school on our list, which is all the more impressive considering the pedigree of this private university. Marywood is also an excellent choice for continuity in education. Sure, you can enter the master’s program as a regular grad student, but the school also offers the MS in SLP as part of a combined 5-year program that includes a 3-year pre-professional track in which undergrads first earn a bachelor’s degree before transitioning to the graduate program. As a student entering as an undergrad, you would stay with the same cohort for the entire program, something that would allow you to forge strong bonds that could last throughout your career. Add to that the fact that Marywood earns perfect marks for student achievement and it’s clear this school earns an easy A+.

 

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Vanderbilt University
School of Medicine
Nashville, TN
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 70/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 100 – A+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 24
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $44,934

As one of the premier private research universities in the country, Vanderbilt doesn’t really need much of an introduction. Vanderbilt’s SLP master’s program is a hidden gem in the heart of the Nashville institution that shouldn’t be overlooked. In addition to superlative student achievement statistics, some of the great strengths of the Vanderbilt program are the variety of clinical training venues available to graduate students. The Vanderbilt hospital system has specialized venues for otolaryngology and pediatric treatment as well as the usual array of healthcare programs, any of which can support clinical or research externships. This gives students a wide selection of specialty training opportunities, which are further extended by dedicated training tracks and elective courses for career focuses in areas like autism or feeding and swallowing disorders.

 

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Calvin College
Speech Pathology and Audiology Department
Grand Rapids, MI
Website

Master of Arts in Speech Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 97.5 – A

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 99%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 28
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $34,344

This Christian school takes instruction in the healing arts seriously. Their pass, completion, and graduate employment rates all come out near the top of the stack, leaving them with a high A rating in our scoring system. But although their academic programs are strong, Calvin College’s real strengths lie in their students. As a liberal arts college, Calvin provides a breadth of experience and education that is second to none. The school has a particularly strong chapter of the National Student Speech, Language, and Hearing Association and strong ties with veteran’s programs and other off-site facilities that offer SLP externships. Participation in off-campus programs is strongly encouraged, such as assisting with the IDIS W11 Adoption and Foster Care program for Chinese children. Students of this program travel to China to both learn and assist with special needs children, a type of practical experience in both life and SLP that few other programs can match.

 

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Duquesne University
Rangos School of Health Sciences
Pittsburgh, PA
Website

Master of Arts in Speech Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 97.5 – A

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 96%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 24
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $22,212

Duquesne offers a five-year accelerated program that guarantees both a bachelor and master’s degree in SLP, offering the advantages of a fast-track with a stable cohort and instructors, but that’s only one reason to consider this private Catholic University. The school gets an A grade for high Praxis pass rates, high post-graduation employment rates, and solid on-time completion rates, all at a very affordable price for a respected private institution. The Rangos School of Health Sciences is one of the newest colleges at this nearly 150-year-old university and has state-of-the art research labs and facilities. The Speech Perception/Production & Innovative Technology Lab, for example, allows students and faculty to work on advanced software to complete coursework and clinical work, including a number of tools for designing custom therapy materials.

 

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Minot State University
Department of Communications Disorders
Minot, ND
Website

Master of Science in Communications Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 97.5 – A

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 96.3%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 22
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $8,240

If you’re surprised to see a public school this high on the list, you’ll be even more astounded when you learn where it is—in Minot, North Dakota, out in the middle of the wide, empty plains of the Midwest. And it’s not even the largest school in North Dakota! But up there on the frozen tundra lives a superlative program in communications disorders, one of the largest in the Midwest, that turns out a highly-recruited pool of graduates each year and boasts a completion rate of better than 96 percent. The program places students in externships throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has a 100 percent employment rate for graduates largely because most interns are offered full-time positions upon completion. MSU has the only Vocal Function Laboratory in the region and students score well above average on the Praxis exam. All of this comes at just over $8,000 a year in tuition and fees, a drop in the bucket compared to many of the private schools on our list.

 

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Northeastern University
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD)
Boston, MA
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 97.5 – A

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 98.3%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 43
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $22,913

Northeastern is a private research university that has a strong tradition of practice-oriented education. The SLP Graduate Program, as part of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, emphasizes teamwork and interdisciplinary approaches to providing communication disorders therapies. The on-campus Speech, Language, and Hearing Center in the Behrakis Health Sciences Center offers state-of-the-art assistive technology and software for providing diagnostic, therapeutic, and clinical services. This active, hands-on approach, taught by internationally recognized researchers in one of the foremost centers for the study of communication disorders on the East Coast, is a key element to the program’s effectiveness. The school manages a 100 percent pass and job placement rates for graduates despite turning out cohorts of more than 40 students a year, double what many other programs handle.

 

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University of Redlands
Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Department
Redlands, CA
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 97.5 – A

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 98.3%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 22
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $20,272

This quiet, non-profit university located outside San Bernardino includes a gem of a speech-language pathology master’s program that gets an A rating on our ranking system. Affordable tuition combined with 100 percent Praxis exam and post-graduation employment rates make Redlands a solid choice for anyone looking for warm, collaborative educational opportunities in SLP. A regular speaker series keeps students and staff alike abreast of the latest developments in the field. In addition to the common accreditation from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, the program also meets requirements set down by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for Speech-Language Pathology Services.

 

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University of Tulsa
Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Department
Tulsa, OK
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 97.5 – A

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 98%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 17
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $22,720

The University of Tulsa SLP master’s program combines excellent Praxis exam pass rates with strong on-time completion and a 100 percent graduate employment rate to make it an excellent choice for students in the heartland. As a private research university, TU has a strong reputation for involving both graduates and undergraduates in research efforts, meaning that you will be exposed to cutting-edge exploration of SLP issues and therapies. Admission to the school is highly competitive and with good reason—it’s known for a high percentage of very successful students, with multiple awards of Fulbright, Rhodes, and Marshall scholarships among the student body in recent years.

 

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St. Ambrose University
Center for Communication and Social Development
Davenport, IA
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 97.5 – A

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 98.7%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 25
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $16,300 

St. Ambrose is serious about getting students involved in hands-on clinical work as soon as possible. First-year students can expect to be out in the field dealing with real-world speech pathology issues at the university-run Rite Care Clinic, or at the Rock Island School District, where graduate students are paired with SLPs in three local schools. A number of other local opportunities are also available, ensuring that you get a full view of what it’s like to work professionally in SLP right from the start. The experience pays off—St. Ambrose students enjoy a 100 percent pass rate on the national standard Praxis exam and a 100% employment rate after graduation. The program continues this commitment with an option to study abroad in Ecuador, in an exchange with the University of Cuenca, bringing additional cultural experience together with hands-on practice for a more well-rounded education.

 

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Saint Xavier University
Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Department
Chicago, IL
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 97.5 – A

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 95%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 37
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $15,550

Saint Xavier is a private, Roman Catholic university with a strong focus on academic rigor. It’s also an institution with a strong commitment to diversity, with one of the most diverse student bodies in the already diverse Chicago area, a factor that allows students from all backgrounds more opportunities to engagement with and understand the cultural and linguistic factors that can effect the diagnosis and delivery of therapies for SLP issues. For hands-on clinical experience, the university partners with more than 250 schools, hospitals, and rehabilitation facilities in the Chicago area, where students practice under the supervision of ASHA-certified instructors and providers.

 

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Emerson College
Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Department
Boston, MA
Website

Master of Science in Communication Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 65/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 95 – A

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 94.5%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 41
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $30,648

You can get a sense of just how dedicated Emerson College is to the art and science of speech and language when you consider that it was established in 1880 expressly as a school of oratory. The school has been focused on speech and language disorders for almost as long—the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2015. It’s no surprise, then, that the school awarded 41 master’s degrees in 2016, almost twice that of the average program, and still had a 100 percent Praxis exam pass rate and has a record for finding every single one of its graduates a professional position in SLP. That sort of consistent, deep expertise and experience marks Emerson’s program as one of the best in the nation.

 

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Case Western Reserve University
Department of Psychological Sciences
Cleveland, OH
Website

Master of Arts in Communication Sciences

Student Achievement Score: 65/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 95 – A

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 96%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 9
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $42,610

Case Western is a highly respected private university with a long history of cranking out Nobel laureates… 17 have graduated from or taught at the school since 1907, 8 of them in medicine. As part of that proud tradition, the communication sciences program focuses on turning out highly competent clinician researchers with integrity, high ethical standards, and ongoing intellectual curiosity. The school’s chapter of the National Student Speech, Language, and Hearing Association has achieved Bronze Status with that organization by working inside and outside the program to bring awareness to communication disorder issues. Co-located at the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center, the communication science graduate program has first-hand access to real-world cases, tools, and techniques.

 

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Our Lady of the Lake University
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
San Antonio, TX
Website

Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 65/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 95 – A

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 92.3%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 25
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $16,206

For a small private university, Our Lady of the Lake has a big SLP program! The new Elizabeth Carrow-Woolfolk and Robert M. Woolfolk School of Communication Sciences and Disorders graduated 25 students in 2016, with a nearly 95 percent on-time completion rate. That number is even more impressive when considering that every single one of those students both passed the national standard Praxis exam and found professional positions in the field after graduation. Our Lady’s program also distinguishes itself by offering a bilingual SLP option, providing the knowledge and clinical skills required to offer assessment and intervention in both Spanish and English. This includes options for Spanish-language clinical practicum and extra specialty coursework.

 

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Fontbonne University
Communication Disorders and Deaf Education Department
Saint Louis, MO
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 92.5 – A

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 98%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 96%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 30
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $12,978

Founded as a Catholic women’s university in 1923, Fontbonne has gone co-ed and all-in on communication disorder education. Through the on-site, free, non-profit Eardley Family Clinic for Speech, Language, and Hearing, students have an opportunity to work with a broad spectrum of patients from around the St. Louis area with an equally broad spectrum of communication disorders. Students enjoy a focus on real-world clinical experience at Fontbonne through a program lead by internationally-recognized instructors. In fact, Dr. Susan Lenihan, professor and director of the university’s deaf education program, recently won the prestigious Branica Maxon Award for EHDI Excellence. The university has ties with more than 100 excellent externship facilities in the area that offer a range of focuses in different SLP practices. Two unique educational tracks are available through the program, for practice with deaf children and for working with adults with neurogenic communication disorders.

 

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Abilene Christian University
Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Department
Abilene, TX
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 92.5 – A

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 99%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 99%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 23
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $19,980

ACU offers their master’s degree in SLP both at the Abilene campus and its satellite campus in Addison, near Dallas. The program is nationally recognized and you can expect clinical placements in Abilene or the Dallas/Fort Worth area. As a private Christian school, ACU does not neglect the spiritual tradition as it applies to therapy and healthcare, while also taking full advantage of modern technology. In 2008, the university was the first in the country to announce that it was providing free tablets to incoming students. The CSD department is also in the process of maximizing services available through its on-campus clinic, something that’s likely to offer you even more opportunities to regularly interact with patients in an actual clinic.

 

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Gallaudet University
Department of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences
Washington, DC
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 92.5 – A

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 96%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 96%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 15
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $17,626 

From its founding in 1864, Gallaudet has been focused on the needs of the deaf and blind, so much so that even today it remains officially bilingual in ASL (American Sign Language) and English in all instructional programs. Establishing a strong program in SLP was a natural outgrowth for serving this population. Uniquely, Gallaudet was established as a private university by Congressional charter, and remains closely aligned with the Department of Education and Congress today—each graduate’s diploma is signed by the current president of the United States. Although it has a small student body, with fewer than 500 active post-graduates, and granted just 15 SLP master’s in 2016, entry is highly competitive. Gallaudet may be the only university in the country that requires SLP graduates to take courses in ASL and establish proficiency in working with deaf or hard-of-hearing adults and children.

 

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Loyola University Maryland
Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
Columbia, MD
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 92.5 – A

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 97.3%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 99%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 50
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $15,900

Loyola University turned out a whopping 50 SLP master’s graduates in 2016, a number that’s even more astounding when you consider the 100 percent Praxis examination pass rate they enjoyed and the fact that 99 percent of them found professional positions in the field after graduation. A private Jesuit school with all the academic rigor that implies, Loyola focuses on a holistic educational experience designed to foster personal, experiential and academic growth. That focus includes faculty mentorship for SLP students, providing individualized attention even in a large program.

 

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Mercy College
School of Health and Natural Sciences
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Website

Master of Science in Communication Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 92.5 – A

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 95%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 98%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 45
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $15,776

Mercy is a private, non-sectarian research university settled on sixty scenic acres alongside the Hudson River in Dobbs Ferry, New York. It offers a surprisingly affordable option with excellent outcomes for SLP master’s students—a 100 percent Praxis Exam pass rate, and completion and job placement rates over 95 percent make it a solid investment. Although the program is a large one, with 45 students graduating in 2016, each student has a faculty advisor that ensures they get individual attention during the program. More than 150 facilities offer externship opportunities to SLP students at Mercy and you may have other opportunities outside the classroom, including volunteer trips to Thailand, Peru, and Columbia with the non-profit Healing the Children foundation to work with kids with orofacial clefts who otherwise might never receive professional SLP services.

 

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Minnesota State University – Mankato
Department of Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Services
Mankato, MN
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 92.5 – A

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 98.3%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 98.3%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 23
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $7,563

MSU – Mankato is the flagship school in the Minnesota public university system and dominates the small town 75 miles outside of Minneapolis. If you’re looking for a place in Minnesota to hunker down and focus on your studies, MSU – Mankato is the place for you. It’s certainly one of the most affordable schools on our list, with annual tuition and fees of less than $8,000. Nonetheless, it’s a solid academic choice, with Praxis pass  and on-time completion rates of better than 98 percent. It’s also a good investment if you’re looking for a degree that will definitely get you a good job after graduation—100 percent of Mankato’s SLP graduates are placed in jobs they love.

 

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Molloy College
Communication Sciences and Disorders Department (CSD)
Rockville Centre, NY
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 92.5 – A

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 97%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 96%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 26
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $20,120

This small, private college on New York’s Long Island has been expanding its facilities lately, which gives you the opportunity to study in a small cohort in absolutely top-notch labs and classrooms. With a high student retention rate and solid value for the tuition, folks who go to Molloy tend to stick with it. Graduates from Molloy not only enjoy a 100 percent job placement rate, but they also rank highly among income earners after graduation—a study by Georgetown University put Molloy at #17 in the nation for highly paid graduates. The SLP program is about more than just money, however. You’ll also have the opportunity to travel on medical missions to places like Jamaica to assist instructors in providing SLP services to patients who might otherwise never receive therapy.

 

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Nazareth College
Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Department
Rochester, NY
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 92.5 – A

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 99.2%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 97.9%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 46
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $21,330

Nazareth recently opened the York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute, doubling on-campus clinic space and increasing research opportunities for graduate students in SLP and other healthcare programs. Students have the opportunity to perform hands-on diagnostic and therapy work in such specialized venues as the Audiology/Auditory Processing Diagnostic Clinic, Neurogenic Communication and Cognition Clinic, Kids Club, Language and Literacy Clinic, and the Speech and Language Clinic. The school also offers specialized interdisciplinary programs in autism and deafness if you plan to enter either of those sub-specialties after graduation. These opportunities are complemented by a regular overseas program that sends students to Ethiopia to work with deaf children and young adults.

 

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Rockhurst University
Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Department
Kansas City, MO
Website

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 92.5 – A

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 97%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 96%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 33
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $15,520

Rockhurst is a private Jesuit university that follow the precepts of instructing students not only in their chosen degree program, but in the general aspects of leadership and service. Ninety-seven percent of students participate in community service activities while at Rockhurst, and as an SLP graduate student, your opportunities will largely come in the form of community-based practicum programs that deliver real-world training. The school partners with more than 125 clinical sites to offer this experience throughout the community and in any number of specialty areas, including rehabilitation, acute care, speech disorders clinics, and skilled nursing facilities.

 

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Seton Hall University
Department of Speech Language Pathology
South Orange, NJ
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 92.5 – A

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 98.5%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 99.3%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 43
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $21,722

Founded in 1856, today Seton Hall is the oldest diocesan university in the United States. With that long history comes a large and distinguished SLP master’s program, graduating 43 students in 2016 at a nearly 100 percent on-time completion rate. The program’s job placement rate is also a sterling 100 percent and the university’s name on your diploma will carry a lot of weight with hiring committees. But it’s more than just reputation. The university has a broad array of specialized research laboratories where students hone their skills under the supervision of world-class researchers and instructors. Located in a dense culturally and ethnically diverse region, you will gain broader experience confronting a greater variety of challenges here than most schools can offer.

 

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Worcester State University
Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Department
Worcester, MA
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 92.5 – A

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 86.7%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 26
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $5,364 

Worcester is a public university in a working-class city that emphasizes the practicality of its program for graduate students facing the pragmatic challenges of the real world. Classes are scheduled in the afternoons and evenings to accommodate students working their way through school, and allow flexible scheduling at a part-time, full-time, or accelerated pace; whatever is best for your schedule. The price tag is also easy to swallow, coming in at just over $5,000 a year in tuition and fees. But these efforts to make life easier for working students don’t impact the quality of the education you get in Worcester. The school enjoys 100 percent pass rates on the national Praxis exam and a 100 percent job placement rate for graduates.

 

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Pacific University
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Forest Grove, OR
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 92.5 – A

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 95%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 97%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 35
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $30,634

Pacific University’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders takes full advantage of its location in the greater Portland area, maintaining many community partnerships to provide SLP grad students here with ample opportunities to experience the best in clinical training along with amazing networking opportunities. We’re also impressed with its close faculty mentoring and its professional SLP clinical supervisors who ensure that students here always have the support they need to succeed. The 100% Praxis exam pass rate among graduates speaks for itself.

 

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Arkansas State University
Communication Disorders Department
Jonesboro, AR
Website

Master of Communication Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 70/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 90 – A-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 26
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $5,918

Arkansas State gets top marks across the board for Praxis exam pass rates, on-time program completion, and job placement rates among graduates—100 percent in all categories. Although the university doesn’t get a high score in our affordability ranking, with tuition slightly above average for the state, it’s still very affordable compared to most of the other top-ranked schools on our list. Graduates rave about their experiences in the program, including the in-depth, hands-on practical training at the on-campus A-State Speech and Hearing Center, which offers free diagnostic and therapy services to local patients with speaking and swallowing issues.

 

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Harding University
Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Department
Searcy, AR
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 60/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 90 – A-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 94%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 98%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 18
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $16,178

Harding has provided education in communication sciences and disorders since 1953 and the experience shows in their program today. The department’s secret to success is in stressing direct contact between faculty and students, keeping graduate class sizes small and encouraging direct discussion of professional issues. Harding is a private conservative Christian school that also emphasizes charity and good works and Christian living as a part of the curriculum. Faith and learning are integrated, and this carries over to the overseas opportunity open to Harding grad students, known as the Harding in Zambia path. HIZ participants spend time in Africa working with children with HIV/AIDS who have complex swallowing or speech difficulties associated with the disease.

 

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James Madison University
Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Department
Harrisonburg, VA
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 70/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 90 – A-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 41
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $10,752

If you’re looking for a top-notch education in the heard of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, look no further… James Madison University’s gorgeous and rapidly expanding campus is a lovely place to learn your profession. With 100 percent job placement, on-time completion and Praxis exam pass rates, it’s also a very effective program. Turning out more than 40 students a year, the JMU makes every effort to assist every first-year graduate student, automatically assessing them for placement in graduate assistantships, positions that provide tuition assistance that helps make up for the universities above-average tuition rates.

 

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Louisiana Technical University
Department of Communication Disorders
Ruston, LA
Website

Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 70/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 90 – A-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 26
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $9,076

Louisiana Tech enjoys uniformly terrific scores for on-time completions, graduate job placement, and Praxis exam pass rates… 100 percent all the way around. Although it is slightly more expensive than the average program in Louisiana, the Louisiana Tech program offers comprehensive training in SLP diagnosis and therapy across the spectrum of specializations and patient populations. The Louisiana Tech Speech and Hearing Center provides opportunities for hands-on experience working in a clinical setting with many of those populations, but the university also partners with external clinics and facilities ranging from general practice hospitals to public schools to pediatric therapy clinics.

 

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Marquette University
College of Health Sciences
Milwaukee, WI
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 60/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 90 – A-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 93.33%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 29
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $19,350

Marquette University immediately caught our attention because it is one of just a few universities to offer a bilingual English-Spanish specialization in their MS in Speech-Language Pathology program. We also love their dozens of clinical practicum affiliations, including the Center for Blind and Visually Impaired Children, the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Condell Medical Center, and Lake Forest Hospital, just to name a few.

 

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North Carolina Central University
Department of Allied Professions
Durham, NC
Website

Master of Science in Communications Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 70/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 90 – A-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 33
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $7,124 (in-state), $19,824 (out-of-state)

In addition to receiving a top score among our list of top SLP graduate programs, we love North Carolina Central University because it’s home to a fully accredited clinic: the NCCU Speech and Hearing Clinic. Graduate students here enjoy a variety of clinical practicums through the NCCU Speech and Hearing Clinic, such as the Assistive Technology for Infants and Preschoolers Program, the Augmentative and Alternative Communication Assessment and Consultation Clinic, and the Bilingual Clinic.

 

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University of New Hampshire
College of Health and Human Services
Durham, NH
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 70/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 90 – A-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 1
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $15,920 (in-state), $29,210 (out-of-state)

We love the University of New Hampshire’s MS rigorous Speech-Language Pathology program, which includes clinical work in year one, followed by opportunities to participate in the school’s on-campus diagnostic clinic and two externships at two different settings during year two. The university partners with area organizations that offer healthcare, early intervention, and educational externships in New Hampshire, Maine, and northern Massachusetts.

 

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University of North Carolina – Greensboro
School of Health and Human Sciences
Greensboro, NC
Website

Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 70/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 90 – A-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 26
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $7,753 (in-state), $21,202 (out-of-state)

The University of North Carolina – Greensboro received a top score among our list of SLP master’s programs for its Praxis exam pass rate, on-time completion rate, and employment rate, among others, and it’s no wonder: they’ve been preparing speech-language pathologists for almost 50 years. The university has also received the distinction of being named one of the top 30 speech-language pathology graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report. We’re also impressed by this program’s nationally and internationally recognized faulty, diverse clinic populations, and on-campus clinic.

 

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University of South Alabama
Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology
Mobile, AL
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 70/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 90 – A-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 20
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $7,326 (in-state), $14,652 (out-of-state)

In addition to earning a 90th percentile score among our preferred SLP programs, the University of South Alabama’s SLP master’s degree offers students loads of clinical practicum experiences, both at its on-campus Speech and Hearing Clinic and through its many affiliate clinics, schools, hospitals, and rehab centers. 100% student achievement scores across the board speak to the quality of this affordable program.

 

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University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Stevens Point, WI
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 70/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 90 – A-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 33
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $9,152 (in-state), $18,556 (out-of-state)

The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point’s SLP graduate program nails it when it comes to student achievement: 100% across the board for Praxis exam pass rates, on-time completion and job placement for graduates. It also receives high marks from students because of its innovative speech, language, and hearing clinical training facility. The university also has affiliations with many off-campus sites, including private practices, early intervention programs, and skilled nursing facilities, among others.

 

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Utah State University
College of Education and Human Services
Logan, UT
Website

Master of Arts or Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 70/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 90 – A-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 29
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $6,277 (in-state), $19,586 (out-of-state)

The Utah State University Speech-Language Hearing Center provides master’s students with ample opportunities to gain valuable clinical experience working with children and adults in the community. Research opportunities are also widely available at Utah State, thanks to its School-Age Language Lab, the Language and Aphasia Neuro-Rehabilitation Lab, and the Speech and Auditory Perception Lab, among others.

 

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Southeast Missouri State University
Department of Communications Disorders
Cape Girardeau, MO
Website

Master of Arts in Communication Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 70/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 90 – A-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 17
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $7,408 (in-state), $12,868 (out-of-state)

Southeast Missouri State University may be a large university, but it keeps its SLP grad program small to ensure students here receive the support and mentorship they need to excel when entering professional practice. We’re also impressed with the Department’s commitment to the best in clinical resources. Recent upgrades to the state-of-the-art on-site clinic include a remote video observation system, digital recording, and an updated student work area. Plus, the new Center for Speech and Hearing includes no less than ten treatment rooms, a diagnostic room with observation area, two classrooms, and a voice treatment room.

 

B+

Bloomsburg University
Bloomsburg, PA
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 87.5 – B+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 98.8%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 29
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $14,165 (in-state), $19,973 (out-of-state)

The MS in Speech-Language Pathology program through Bloomsburg University has held ASHA accreditation for more than 25 years and has recently gained approval through 2020. There are a variety of courses offered through this program that allow students to focus their grad program on particular areas like Voice Disorders, Craniofacial Disorders, and Motor Speech Disorders. Students rave about their Clinical Instrumentation in Speech Pathology course, which provides students with hands-on experience with videostroboscopy and nasometry.

 

B+

California State University – Long Beach
College of Health and Human Services
Long Beach, CA
Website

Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 87.5 – B+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 98.7%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 29
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $7,726 (in-state), $16,654 (out-of-state)

California State University’s MA in Speech-Language Pathology program impressed us with the fact that 100 percent of graduates passed the Praxis exam for the last five years running, and because every one of the graduates that completed the program in the past six years have gone on to jobs they love immediately after graduating. And did we mention the affordable tuition rates for in-state students? Students here all study under the guidance of ASHA-certified and state licensed instructors and get to put their skills to work on campus at the CSULB Speech-Language Clinic, which provides comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services to children and adults in the community.

 

B+

Chapman University
Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
Irvine, CA
Website

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 57.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 87.5 – B+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 97.7%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 98.9%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 99%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 30
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $27,266

We love the convenience that Chapman University’s MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders program offers working grad students with its late afternoon and evening classes. We’re also big fans of the fact that the program offers school-based and medically-related conditions emphasis options. The clinical training sessions offered here combine the two emphasis areas at no additional cost. Just some of the sites include the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center, the Brain Injury Treatment Program, and the Head Injury Program at Coastline Community College.

 

B+

East Carolina University
College of Allied Health Sciences
Greenville, NC
Website

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 87.5 – B+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 97.3%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 45
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $7,288 (in-state), $20,179 (out-of-state)

There’s so much to love about East Carolina University’s MS in Communication Sciences & Disorders. The program is offered as both an on-campus program and as a distance education program for adult learners and those who are geographically bound. It’s also available with either a clinical and nonclinical track. We’re also impressed with the ECU Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic, a community-based clinic where graduate students can work alongside faculty to provide diagnosis and therapy for adults and children with communication disorders. Add to that the fact that on-campus students here can apply for graduate assistantships, and you have one great program.

 

B+

East Stroudsburg University
Communication Sciences and Disorders
East Stroudsburg, PA
Website

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 87.5 – B+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 96%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 25
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $14,142 (in-state), $19,950 (out-of-state)

As a student of East Stroudsburg, you’ll enjoy access to the Speech & Hearing Center and placements at medical facilities and schools, both locally and across several states in the region. In fact, the school has affiliation agreements with more than 70 facilities in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Maryland. You’ll also be part of an established program that’s been producing first rate speech-language pathologists for more than 50 years.

 

B+

Eastern Illinois University
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Charleston, IL
Website

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 87.5 – B+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 97.5%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 32
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $9,705 (in-state), $19,425 (out-of-state)

Eastern Illinois University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders enjoys a reputation for being home to a time-tested grad program in speech-language pathology. In fact, for more than a decade, 100 percent of the graduates from the MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders program have found employment within three months of graduation. Plus, it’s also offered as a hybrid/online program, providing students with work and family obligations the best in flexibility.

 

B+

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Department of Communication Disorders, Special Education, and Disability Services
Indiana, PA
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 87.5 – B+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 95.3%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 23
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $14,515 (in-state), $20,323 (out-of-state)

We are big fans of Indiana University’s MS in SLP program because it offers the best in clinical experiences for students, something we’re sure must contribute to the 100% Praxis exam pass rate and 100% employment rate among graduates. In fact, all students here are supervised and mentored by faculty members right on-site in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic. We also love the fact that more than half of the students receive graduate assistantships, which includes partial or full tuition remission and a stipend.

 

B+

Loma Linda University
School of Allied Health Professions
Loma Linda, CA
Website

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 57.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 87.5 – B+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 99%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 96.8%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 95.7%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 30
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $28,112

Loma Linda University’s MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders program includes scheduling designed for working grad students: summer study during the first year, with graduate courses taught in the late afternoon/early evening. In the second year, students complete their school and medical clinical placements. We also really love the Clinic Bootcamp offered here, a unique program designed to prepare students to hit the ground running in their clinical practicums.

 

B+

Marshall University
Department of Communication Disorders
Huntington, WV
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 87.5 – B+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 97.3%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 20
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $7,420 (in-state), $17,910 (out-of-state)

Marshall University’s MS In Speech-Language Pathology is among our top picks for a number of reasons: A 100% employment and Praxis exam pass rate among graduates, a very respectable showing for on-time completion, and the unmatched hands-on learning experiences students participate in through the Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center, where graduate students work alongside faculty members to provide screenings, evaluations, and treatment sessions for both children and adults.

 

B+

Minnesota State University – Moorhead
Department of Speech Language Hearing Sciences
Moorhead, MN
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 87.5 – B+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 99%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 23
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $7,216 (in-state), $13,696 (out-of-state)

There are loads of reasons why Minnesota State University made our list of top schools offering speech-language pathology graduate programs. For starters, students here have access to special clinics, including the Auditory Processing Clinic and the Regional Assistive Technology Center. If that weren’t enough, the Department of Speech Language Hearing Sciences also maintains more than 33 clinical practicum affiliations in the community and helps foster a wide array of volunteer opportunities where students can gain experience while providing the community with much needed SLP services.

 

B+

Mississippi University for Women
Department of Speech Language Pathology
Columbus, MS
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 87.5 – B+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 95%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 11
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $6,065 (in-state), $16,634 (out-of-state)

The MS in Speech-Language Pathology program through Mississippi University for Women enjoys an enviable student-to-teacher ratio of just 14:1 and a very affordable tuition rate for in-state students. Not to mention that 100% of students have historically passed the Praxis exam on their first attempt and landed a job they love within three months of graduating. Plus, it’s been ranked as a top Southern public master’s university by U.S. News & World Report. What’s not to love?

 

B+

Ohio University
School of Rehabilitation and Communication Studies
Athens, OH
Website

Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 87.5 – B+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 98.7%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 22
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $9,510 (in-state), $17,502 (out-of-state)

There are plenty of reasons to love Ohio University’s MA in Speech-Language Pathology: its state-of-the-art facilities; it’s wide array of clinical experiences; and the many mentored research experiences available here are just a few. We also love its nationwide network of more than 250 clinical externship sites available to SLP grad students here.

 

B+

Portland State University
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences: Speech & Hearing Sciences
Portland, OR
Website

MS or MA in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 87.5 – B+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 98%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 49
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $14,565 (in-state), $22,053 (out-of-state)

Students of the MS or MA in Speech-Language Pathology at PSU enjoy ample research opportunities, both on-campus and with partner departments and institutions in the greater Portland area. Just some of the clinical partners of this program include the VA Medical Center where students get to work with former and active service members and the Oregon Health Sciences University.

 

B+

Southern Connecticut State University
School of Health and Human Services
New Haven, CT
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 87.5 – B+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 99%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 40
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $11,219 (in-state), $22,824 (out-of-state)

Southern Connecticut State University’s MS in Speech-Language Pathology not only offers a strong academic program (as is evident in the fact that graduates enjoy a 100% employment rate and Praxis exam pass rate), but the decided focus on clinical experiences here offer the best in hands-on training. Students here have access to the department’s three on-campus clinical programs, including the Center for Communication Disorders, the Access Network, and the Southern Connecticut Audiology Services. Plenty of off-campus experiences round out the clinical component of this school’s grad program.

 

B+

Touro College
School of Health Sciences
Brooklyn, NY
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 57.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 87.5 – B+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 98%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 49
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $17,200

We love Touro College’s MS in Speech-Language Pathology for many reasons, including the bountiful clinical experiences offered here. Much of the clinical experiences here are completed through the Speech and Hearing Center, which provides a wide array of services to all populations in underserved communities. Add to that their 100 percent Praxis exam pass rate and 100 percent employment rate for program graduates, and it’s easy to see why Touro College made our list of the top speech-language pathology programs.

 

B+

Towson University
Department of Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology & Deaf Studies
Towson, MD
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 87.5 – B+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 97.7%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 44
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $9,054 (in-state), $16,362 (out-of-state)

We’re big fans of Towson University for a lot of reasons. First, we always love to see a 100 percent Praxis exam pass rate and employment rate among recent grads, and Towson has that covered. We’re also really impressed with their faculty, 90 percent of whom hold PhDs in their area of specialization. We also love the fact that faculty members here regularly engage with graduate students on their research activities and accompany them to national conferences. Towson has a lot to offer its SLP grad students, and in turn, graduates completing the program have a lot to offer patients and clients when they enter the field as licensed SLPs.

 

B+

University of Maine – Orono
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Orono, ME
Website

Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 87.5 – B+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 96%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 17
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $8,666 (in-state), $25,640 (out-of-state)

Just one of the reasons we love the University of Maine at Orono is because it takes a community minded approach to teaching SLP. The CSD department’s Speech, Language, and Hearing Center offers both on-campus and outreach services to children and adults in the community. Add to that a perfect record for Praxis exam pass rates and employment among recent graduates, and it’s clear this program has it all. Plus, the in-state tuition rates here can’t be beat.

 

B+

University of Memphis
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Memphis, TN
Website

Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 87.5 – B+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 96.2%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 20
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $10,463 (in-state), $19,247 (out-of-state)

We think the University of Memphis is great, and that bears out in the solid B+ it earned thanks to stellar student outcomes. But don’t just take our word for it – U of M has consistently earned recognition for its speech-language pathology programs through U.S. News and World Report. The Memphis Speech and Hearing Center has also earned a reputation for providing top-notch services. And this is also where all SLP graduate students at U of M begin their mentored clinical experience. Students here go on to gain faculty-guided experience through clinical sites in and around Memphis.

 

B+

University of Montana
Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Missoula, MT
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 87.5 – B+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 99%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 11
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $5,893 (in-state), $20,500 (out-of-state)

We love the University of Montana’s MS in Speech-Language Pathology program because of its flexibility: it’s offered with either a thesis or non-thesis track, and is available as an on-campus or online program. On-campus students follow traditional scheduling and enjoy all the benefits of a close-knit campus community, including a clinical practicum right on-site at the University’s RiteCare Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic. Distance education students take all their courses through a web-based platform, and visit the campus only for the hands on clinical training and mentoring portion of the program.

 

B+

University of Nevada – Reno
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
Reno, NV
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 87.5 – B+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 96.7%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 26
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $5,287 (in-state), $19,197 (out-of-state)

The University of Nevada – Reno is a solid choice for a graduate degree in speech-language pathology in the Western U.S. As if a 100% Praxis exam pass rate and 100% employment rate among graduates isn’t impressive enough, the program also offers unprecedented opportunities to gain experience through faculty-supervised clinical externships at affiliated sites, including rehabilitation centers, early intervention programs, public schools, and VA hospital. In-state tuition here is incredibly affordable, making this program accessible to most.

 

B+

West Texas A&M University
Department of Communication Disorders
Canyon, TX
Website

Master of Science in Communications Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 57.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 87.5 – B+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 97.7%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 96.3%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 96%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 28
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $6,349 (in-state), $7,028 (out-of-state)

We love how West Texas A&M’s MS in Communications Disorders program caters to different types of learning styles. Students of this program can choose between a thesis or non-thesis option, and the university’s Speech and Hearing Clinic provides graduate students with all the opportunities they could ever hope for when it comes to gaining pre-professional experience and mentorship. Add to that the fact that the program is very affordable to both in-state and out-of-state students and you have a winning combination that works for any eager SLP grad student in the country.

 

B+

Western Michigan University
Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Kalamazoo, MI
Website

Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 87.5 – B+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 95.6%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 31
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $14,235 (in-state), $29,118 (out-of-state)

The Charles Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic is just one of the reasons why we love Western Michigan University’s MA in Speech-Language Pathology program. Students of this program have a unique opportunity to work as clinicians, providing much needed SLP services to people from the local community with diverse speech, language and swallowing disorders. If that wasn’t enough, students here also have the opportunity to gain clinical experience through the Children’s Trauma Assessment Center also located on the WMU campus in Kalamazoo.

 

B+

University of Northern Colorado
Audiology and Speech-Language Science Department
Greeley, Colorado
Website

Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 67.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 87.5 – B+

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 97%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 23
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $11,444 (In-State); $20,738 (Out-of-State)

The University of Northern Colorado’s flexible SLP program offers busy students the option to choose between a primarily online format or a full-time on-campus pathway. In both instances, professors present curriculum that emphasizes evidence-based practice. The program also places students in internships at public schools and medical facilities to bring classroom and lab-based training into the real world.

 

B

University of Vermont
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Burlington, VT
Website

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 65/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 85 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 90.5%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 15
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $17,012 (in-state), $40,076 (out-of-state)

The University of Vermont easily earns a spot on our list of the top SLP graduate programs in the nation for a number of reasons. Not least among these is the fact that it has a super-low 16:1 student to teacher ratio that gives students a unique level of access to their instructors, and the School’s Eleanor M. Luse Center for Communication: Speech, Language, and Hearing, serves as an active community clinic that doubles as a primary practice site for first-year graduate students.

 

B

University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Whitewater, WI
Website

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 65/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 85 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 93%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 12
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $8,915 (in-state), $18,414 (out-of-state)

The University of Wisconsin – Whitewater’s MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders offers the kind of graduate program experience the most ambitious students love. This is clear in the fact that 100% of recent graduates passed the Praxis exam first try and all went on to land jobs within just a few months of graduating. We love the fact that affiliated clinical practicum opportunities are available at a variety of rural and urban sites providing students an opportunity to work with a diverse group of patient populations out in the community, as well as on-site through the UW-Whitewater Center for Communicative Disorders.

 

B

Ball State University
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
Muncie, IN
Website

Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 65/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 85 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 96.7%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 52
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $9,048 (in-state), $21,360 (out-of-state)

Ball State University is impressive, to say the least. There’s plenty of reasons why Ball State made our list of schools offering top SLP grad programs—the 100% employment rate among SLP program graduates and 100% on-time program completion rate didn’t hurt. But there’s also their BSU Speech-Language clinic, which sees, on average, 120 clients each year. It’s there that SLP grad students can take what they learned in the classroom and apply it in a real-world setting. Add to that an affordable in-state tuition rate, and no less than four assistantships awarded each year, and you have the perfect program for Indiana-based SLP grad students.

 

B

College of Saint Rose
Albany, NY
Website

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 55/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 85 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 97%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 93%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 96.6%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 78
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $15,196

Support at the College of Saint Rose is all part of the package, with faculty mentoring, program meetings through the Communication Sciences & Disorders Department, and active participation in the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association. We’re also big fans of the on-campus Pauline K. Winkler Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, which affords students loads of opportunities to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom in a hands-on environment. Add to that the fact that the school offers the same affordable tuition rates to both in-state and out-of-state students and you have a program that attracts SLP grad students from around the world.

 

B

CUNY – Queens College
Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders
Flushing, NY
Website

Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 65/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 85 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 96%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 16
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $10,652 (in-state), $19,242 (out-of-state)

A highly individualized approach is standard at CUNY – Queens College. Students of the MA in SLP program enjoy small classroom sizes and an amazing faculty that always seems to find the time to provide one-on-one clinical mentorship. We’re big fans of the fact that students in the close-knit CUNY community learn and study together, participating in weekly clinical seminars that provide opportunities to engage and discuss contemporary issues related to speech-language pathology. It’s no wonder 100% of SLP grad students at CUNY – Queens College complete the program on time and go on to ace the Praxis exam.

 

B

New York Medical College
School of Health Sciences and Practice
Valhalla, NY
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 65/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 85 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 98.7%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 34
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $26,771

If you’re looking for a truly immersive educational experience in an academic health center environment, New York Medical College is the place for you. The SLP program here draws from the school’s medically oriented education and training, offering many medical resources to provide students here with a truly exceptional grad program, complete with state-of-the-art clinical and technological tools. Add to that 100% on-time completion rates and employment rates among graduates and very respectable Praxis exam pass rates and you have the total package.

 

B

University of Akron
School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Akron, OH
Website

Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 65/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 85 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 99%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 53
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $9,136 (in-state), $14,642 (out-of-state)

The University of Akron understands that not all SLP grad students are in a position to attend class full time on-campus, which is why they offer both a traditional on-campus grad program and a collaborative, distance-learning program. If you’re a working professional, or applying from out of state, the eight-semester, part-time online program is for you. Both the on-campus and online programs offer lots of student support, which is evidenced by the 100 percent on-time program completion rate and near-perfect employment rate among recent graduates.

 

B

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, John A. Burns School of Medicine
Honolulu, HI
Website

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 65/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 85 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 92%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 10
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $16,168 (in-state), $37,648 (out-of-state)

Complete your MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s and you’ll be part of a history of excellence. The Department is housed within the highly esteemed John A. Burns School of Medicine, which has served as a top-tier educational institution and research facility since 1965. Graduates of the John A. Burns School of Medicine provide much of the medical care in Hawaii, and graduates of the MS in CSD are no exception. The 100% Praxis exam pass rate and 100% employment rate among recent graduates speaks to the quality of the program the demand for skilled SLPs in the local community and beyond.

 

B

University of Puerto Rico San Juan
School of Health Professions
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 55/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 85 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 97.3%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 78.7%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 13
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $7,999 (in-state), $9,434 (out-of-state)

If you live in Puerto Rico and want to earn your master’s degree in speech-language pathology, consider yourself lucky. The University of Puerto Rico – San Juan is a leading education and research facility with national acclaim. The university boasts a forty-year tradition of producing high-quality-graduates who work for the Department of Health, Education, and Family Services, nonprofit organizations, private institutions, universities, and in private practice. Its reputation as a leader in the training of health professionals is backed by a staff of more than 70 full-time instructors and state-of-the-art facilities.

 

B

University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Edinburg, TX
Website

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 65/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 85 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 96.7%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 22
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $6,608 (in-state), $13,952 (out-of-state)

There’s no shortage of opportunities to hone your skills as a grad student of the MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders program at the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley thanks to the UTRGV Speech and Hearing Center, a services-learning laboratory where grad students work closely with clinical supervisors to provide services to the public. We love that as an on-campus practicum facility, grad students here enjoy plenty of opportunities to take what they learned in the classroom and apply it in a real-world setting. Clearly, this has something to do with the fact that 100% of graduates complete the program on time and all go on to pass the Praxis exam.

 

B

Western Washington University
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Bellingham, WA
Website

Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 65/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 85 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 90.6%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 21
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $10,503 (in-state), $31,290 (out-of-state)

Western Washington University provides SLP grad students with the resources and real-world training opportunities they need to succeed in professional practice. If the 100% Praxis exam pass rate isn’t proof enough, the fact that all SLP program graduates go on to find positions they love immediately after graduation surely is. We love the state-of-the-art classrooms and teaching labs found here, as well as the support and guidance provided by graduate advisors. Clinical experiences here are plentiful, thanks to the university’s on-site clinic and the many opportunities students have in the surrounding community, including with the Head Start program, the St. Francis Adult Rehabilitation Center, and the Whatcom Center for Early Learning.

 

B

SUNY at Buffalo
Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences
Buffalo, NY
Website

Master of Arts in Communicative Disorders and Sciences

Student Achievement Score: 65/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 85 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 94.3%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 14
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $11,581 (in-state), $22,921 (out-of-state)

SUNY at Buffalo’s master’s degree in communicative disorders and sciences has a track history of student success, and the proof is in the numbers—specifically, a 100 percent employment rate and 100 percent on-time completion rate. We’re also impressed with the university clinic that is staffed with a clinical faculty boasting expertise in a wide variety of areas, including early intervention, pervasive developmental disorders, articulation, and language, among others.

 

B

St. Cloud State University
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
St. Cloud, MN
Website

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 85 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 87.7%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 9
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $8,256 (in-state), $12,084 (out-of-state)

St. Cloud State University’s Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic is just one of the reasons why students of the MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders program enjoy superb clinical experiences. The Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic is a community clinic with diagnostic and therapy services for children and adults. Graduate students here provide assessments and therapy to more than 150 clients each year.

 

B

Louisiana State University and A&M College
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Website

Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score:  62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 82.5 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 97%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 98%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 26
  • Estimated Tuition Per Academic Year: $9,132

At LSU, SLP grad students get an unrivaled learning experience through flipped classrooms, simulated learning, interprofessional clinics, and will soon also get first hand exposure to telepractice. Students here learn to work with eye-tracking equipment, video stroboscopy, and state of the art augmentative and alternative communication devices. In fact, just last year the department invested $82,000 to update it’s ACC equipment. LSU grad students routinely present original research at state and national conferences and have a track record for taking home awards and scholarships. This program has it all.

 

B

Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
Department of Applied Health
Edwardsville, IL
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 82.5 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 99%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 96.7%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 26
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $7,954 (in-state), $12,798 (out-of-state)

Southern Illinois University is committed to the success of its SLP grad students. The 100 percent Praxis exam pass rate and near-perfect on-time program completion rate and employment rates among recent graduates backs this up. Clinical experience is serious business here, and students are afforded access to a top-notch clinical practice environment though the on-site Speech-Language-Hearing Center. Students here enjoy a fully immersive clinical learning experience in facilities that includes no less than eight fully equipped treatment rooms and an observation suite.

 

B

Appalachian State University
Beaver College of Health Sciences
Boone, NC
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 82.5 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 99.3%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 96.3%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 54
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $7,721 (in-state), $20,890 (out-of-state)

If you love the opportunities and resources that only a large university can offer, consider Appalachian State University, home to the Beaver College of Health Sciences, which boasts more than 15 laboratories for simulated research and applied laboratory training, more than 150 esteemed faculty members, and a new health sciences building that features innovative classrooms and state-of-the art laboratories. We also love the affordable, in-state tuition and the university’s long history of on-time completion and post-graduate employment rates among SLP grads.

 

B

Bowling Green State University
College of Health and Human Services
Bowling Green, OH
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 82.5 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 97.8%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 97.8%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 28
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $9,397 (in-state), $15,049 (out-of-state)

Bowling Green State University College of Health and Human Services is the place SLP grad students head when they want the best resources and the best student outcomes. A 100 percent Praxis exam pass rate and a near-perfect on-time completion rate and employment rate indicates a strong program that produces leaders in the field of speech-language pathology. The College’s state-of-the-art facilities support student learning, while close faculty mentoring produces an environment of support.

 

B

California State University – Chico
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Chico, CA
Website

Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 82.5 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 97.33%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 95.3%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 24
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $8,306 (in-state), $17,234 (out-of-state)

California State University – Chico is part of the massive, 24-campus University of California system. We appreciate that while the large university environment ensures the best in student support services and facilities, the small Chico setting ensures exceptional, one-on-one faculty mentoring. Plus, many of the program’s faculty have varied research interests and clinical expertise, which ensures that students here receive the best in both classroom education and clinical training. The 100% employment rate among recent MA-CSD program grads speaks to the quality of the program here in Chico.

 

B

California State University – Fresno
Department of Communicative Sciences and Deaf Studies
Fresno, CA
Website

Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 82.5 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 98.3%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 99%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 36
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $7,579 (in-state), $16,507 (out-of-state)

California State University – Fresno is part of the larger University of California system, so students here enjoy the many benefits that come with attending a large, big-name university, while still enjoying the kind of individualized instruction and mentorship that can only come from a community-based campus like the one found here in Fresno. We’re also fans of their well-equipped speech and hearing clinic and the Anna Michelson Memorial Instructional Media Center, where students enjoy access to everything from top-notch clinical equipment to professional journals.

 

B

California State University – Los Angeles
Department of Communication Disorders
Los Angeles, CA
Website

Master of Arts in Communicative Disorders, Speech Language, or Audiology

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 82.5 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 96.3%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 98.3%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 24
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $7,649 (in-state), $16,577 (out-of-state)

No list of top SLP grad programs would be complete without mentioning California State University’s Department of Communication Disorders in Los Angeles. Students here enjoy a prime Los Angeles setting, which affords them access to countless clinical sites, including hospitals, nursing homes, private practice, and public and private schools. We appreciate that while the university is large, the Department of Communication Disorders here is close-knit enough to produce just 24 graduates a year. This smaller atmosphere allows students to receive one-on-one classroom and clinical interactions with faculty members and clinical mentors, something that surely contributes to the 100% Praxis exam pass rate among recent graduates.

 

B

CUNY Hunter College
Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
New York, NY
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 82.5 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 97.3%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 98.7%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 18
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $10,438 (in-state), $19,028 (out-of-state)

As a student of CUNY – Hunter College’s SLP master’s degree program, you’ll have access to the best of the best: an affordable in-state tuition rate, state-of-the-art facilities, and access to the vibrant New York metropolitan community where you’ll have no shortage of opportunities to gain real-world clinical experience. This school boasts an on-campus clinical training site for grad students to hone their classroom theory, small classroom sizes, and close faculty mentorship—all of which support student success, as is evident in the 100% Praxis exam pass rate among graduates.

 

B

Eastern Kentucky University
Department of Communications Disorders
Richmond, KY
Website

Master of Arts in Education in Communication Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 82.5 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 98.7%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 98.7%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 27
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $9,750 (in-state), $15,690 (out-of-state)

As a student of Eastern Kentucky University’s MA in Education in Communication Disorders, you’ll enjoy small class sizes and affordable in-state tuition, all with the confidence that comes with knowing that 100% of recent grads found jobs they love immediately after completing the program. We also love the top-notch clinical experiences you’ll enjoy here, thanks to the university’s Speech-Language, hearing Clinic, which provides services to more than 100 clients each year.

 

B

Eastern Washington University
College of Health Science and Public Health
Spokane, WA
Website

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 82.5 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 95.7%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 98.7%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 20
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $11,794 (in-state), $26,279 (out-of-state)

Students of Eastern Washington University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers their MS in CSD through a program that turns out graduates that consistently ace the Praxis exam, boasting a 100% pass rate among recent grads. A prime downtown Spokane location means easy access to a wealth of clinical experiences, and because the program is offered as part of a joint venture with the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Washington State University, students here enjoy top-notch facilities, faculty, and resources.

 

B

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Edinboro, PA
Website

Master of Arts in Speech-Language and Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 82.5 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 98%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 95%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 20
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $11,184 (in-state), $15,540 (out-of-state)

What’s not to love about Edinboro University’s MA in Speech-Language Pathology program? A 100% Praxis exam pass rate and a 95 percent employment rate among its recent graduates, for starters. Add to that small class sizes and affordable tuition rates for both in-state and out-of-state residents, and it’s easy to see why Edinboro’s SLP program has earned a solid reputation for being high quality program that delivers results.

 

B

Fort Hays State University
Communication Sciences & Disorders Department
Hays, Kansas
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 82.5 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 97%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate:96.7%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 20
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $4,055 (In-State); $10,333 (Out-of-State) 

Fort Hays State University’s master’s program in SLP consistently surpasses the accreditation standards for student outcome data, earning it high marks and a solid standing on our list of the top programs in the U.S. This campus-based program provides everything you need to earn your CCC-SLP and state licensure through the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability, all in a program that is super-affordable to in-state students and very reasonable for students from out of state who might be considering studying in Kansas.

 

B

Kent State University
Speech Pathology & Audiology Department
Kent, Ohio
Website

Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 82.5 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 96%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate:97.1%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 34
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $11,090 (In-State); $19,362 (Out-of-State)

The Master of Arts offered at Kent State University is a great option for Ohio students interested in a program that focuses on teaching through immersive hands-on training experiences. Clinical practical experiences take place both right here on-campus, as well as off-campus at local clinics in and around Kent. That’s right, externship opportunities that will have you working with pediatric and adult population groups are embedded in the program. This no doubt can be attributed to the fact that all graduates find great jobs shortly after completing the program.

 

B

Old Dominican University
Communication Disorders & Special Education Department
Norfolk, Virginia
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 82.5 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate:86.1%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 33
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $11,480 (In-State); $28,292 (Out-of-State)

The SLP graduate program at Old Dominion University keeps students sharp and engaged through diverse learning methods that include supervised on-campus and off-campus practicum experiences, evidence-based case study projects, and written comprehension exams. And naturally, the program is all about preparing students to succeed in becoming certified through ASHA upon graduation, with graduating classes consistently boasting a 100% Praxis exam pass rate.

 

B

Rush University
Communication Disorders & Sciences Department
Chicago, Illinois
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 82.5 – B  

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 96%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 76%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 28
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $33,435

Rush University’s master’s program in SLP offers students the choice of either a thesis or non-these track, catering to different types of students with different learning styles. The program includes clinical experiences that give attention to intervention procedures and structured observations of assessment to complement the top-tier classroom-based instruction.

 

B

St. John’s University
Communication Sciences & Disorders Department
Queens, New York
Website

Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 52.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 30/30

Total Overall Score = 82.5 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 98%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 98.7%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 93.7%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 45
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $16,228

In addition to covering your bases by giving you everything you need for ASHA certification and state licensure in New York, St. John’s master’s in SLP helps foster a global perspective on communication disorders with an exciting study abroad opportunity in Guatemala and an open invitation to apply for a Bilingual Extension Certificate (BEC). Add to that conventional training in the school’s Speech and Hearing Center and you have a program that offers it all.

 

B

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Communication Sciences & Disorders Department
River Falls, Wisconsin
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 82.5 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 98.3%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 98.3%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 19
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $9,036 (In-State); $18,166 (Out-of-State)

The Communication Sciences & Disorders Department at UW at River Falls earns bragging rights for turning out graduating classes that consistently boast a 100% Praxis exam pass rate. This might have something to do with the diverse training experiences students get here. If UWRF’s on-site Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic wasn’t enough, students also interact with the SLP community through clinical externships that span 31 medical/rehabilitation sites and 24 public school settings. To prepare students for careers in diverse environments, externships are provided in suburban, urban, and rural locations.

 

B

University of Wyoming
Communication Disorders Division
Laramie, Wyoming
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 65/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 85 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 85%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 24
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $5,673 (In-State); $14,313 (Out-of-State)

The SLP program at University of Wyoming is all about learning by doing, introducing students to the local SLP professional community through clinical rotations in nearby Cheyenne, Laramie and the surrounding areas. Clinical externships in medical and educational settings act as the perfect complement to the stellar classroom instruction students receive here. Students here greatly benefit from collaborative and independent research projects. Maybe all this is the reason why 100% of students graduate on time and all graduates land great jobs shortly after completing the program.

 

B

Western Illinois University
Communication Sciences & Disorders Department
Macomb, Illinois
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 82.5 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 88%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 20
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $11,325 (In-State); $15,209 (Out-of-State)

Western Illinois University’s SLP master program springboards students into successful careers with a focus on rigorous clinical training, full-time off-campus internships, advanced coursework, and practical exercises at the WIU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. Using small class sizes, the SLP staff ensures students are well-prepared for state licensure and ASHA certification. As if a100% Praxis exam pass rate among recent grads isn’t impressive enough, 100% of grads also go on to land jobs they love shortly after graduating.

 

B

William Paterson University of New Jersey
Communication Disorders & Sciences Department
Wayne, New Jersey
Website

Master of Science in Communication Disorders & Sciences

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 82.5 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 98.3%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 99%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 24
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $12,384 (In-State); $19,242 (Out-of-State)

This SLP instruction plan at William Paterson University is complemented with plenty of research seminars, externship rotations, and trips to the school’s on-campus Speech and Hearing Clinic. Graduates Typically enter into the job market already holding their CCC-SLP, New Jersey State license, and speech-language certification from the NJ DOE. Maybe that has something to do with the fact that 100% of graduates transition to great jobs as soon at they complete the program.

 

B

Southeastern Louisiana University
Department of Health and Human Sciences
Hammond, LA
Website

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 62.5/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 82.5 – B

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 95%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 95.5%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 24
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $8,369 (in-state), $20,846 (out-of-state)

If you want a school that will provide you with a great education and plenty of resources, consider Southeastern Louisiana University, which boasts everything from a university-based Speech-Language Hearing Clinic to plenty of contractual agreements with regional schools, hospitals, private practices, and rehabilitation centers for exciting field experiences. Add to that an award-winning professional student organization that is sure to enrich any student’s graduate experience and you have all the makings for one of the best SLP programs in the nation.

 

B-

University of the District of Columbia
Education, Health, & Social Work Division
Washington, DC
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 60/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 80 – B-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 98%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 91%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 16
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $9,158 (In-State); $16,808 (Out-of-State)

University of DC’s master’s in SLP puts a decided emphasis on improving the quality of life for patients with speech disorders, looking at the sociocultural and sociolinguistic implications of speech therapy interventions. This program further distinguishes itself by offering a route to specialization in either school-based or medical speech pathology.

 

B-

East Tennessee State University
Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Department
Johnson City, Tennessee
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 60/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 80 – B-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 78%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 27
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $9,268 (In-State); $16,636 (Out-of-State)

With several on-site research facilities including its Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development, East Tennessee State University makes hands-on learning a central part of its SLP program. And it’s an effective approach as is evident in the fact that 100% of grads ace the Praxis exam and all go on to great jobs shortly after graduating. Students are invited to participate in off-campus clinical experiences through area school systems, long-term health care facilities, hospitals, and nursing homes.

 

B-

Governors State University
Communication Disorders Department
University Park, Illinois
Website

Master of Health Science in Communication Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 60/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 80 – B-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 97%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 92%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 30
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $9,268 (In-State); $16,636 (Out-of-State)

Governors State University encourages students to gain experience in the most immersive environments possible: the real world of schools, hospitals and clinics. In fact, the Communication Disorders Department has a network of over 150 affiliate practicum sites throughout the community. This immersive training model helps students move seamlessly from college life into the real-world of professional practice. For added convenience, the school offers students both full-time and part-time scheduling options.

 

B-

Idaho State University
Communication Sciences & Disorders
Pocatello, Idaho/Meridian, Idaho/Online
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 60/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 80 – B-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 83%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 11
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $8,502 (In-State); $22,583 (Out-of-State)

Idaho State University puts a master’s in SLP well within reach for grad students in the state and throughout the country with programs available at the Pocatello and Meridian campuses, in addition to a super convenient online option. The curriculum includes full-time externships where students gain experience working with clients across the lifespan dealing with a full range of speech and swallowing disorders. Stats above are shown for the Pocatello campus. At Meridian, they differed only slightly: Praxis exam pass rate – 100%; on-time program completion rate – 81%; and Employment rate – 100%.

 

B-

Illinois State University
Communication Sciences & Disorders Department
Normal, Illinois
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 60/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 80 – B-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 94.7%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 99%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 37
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $8,970 (In-State); $16,542 (Out-of-State)

Illinois State University’s MS in SLP allows students to custom tailor their learning experience with electives that prepare them to go to specialize in medical or school-based practice, as well as bilingualism. Department faculty includes clinical coordinators available to help connect students with more than 500 affiliate sites available to accommodate internships. This helps explain why a full 99% of graduates go on to start careers with employers they love immediately after completing the program.

 

B-

Jackson State University
Communicative Disorders Department
Jackson, Mississippi
Website

Master of Science in Communication Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 60/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 80 – B-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 84%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 20
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $7,261

Jackson State University’s MS in Communication Disorders program has set a precedent for turning out graduates well prepared to succeed as professional SLPs. The numbers speak for themselves: 100% of recent graduates pass the Praxis exam and all find jobs they love almost immediately after completing the program. In addition to being prepared for the CCC-SLP and state licensure from the Mississippi State Department of Heath, graduates also qualify for the Class AA Standard Educator–SLP License through the State Department of Education.

 

B-

LIU Post
Communication Sciences & Disorders
Brookville, New York
Website

Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 70/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 10/30

Total Overall Score = 80 – B-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 35
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $30,176

The MA in SLP through LIU Post prepares graduates to work as part of a team in collaboration with other therapists and practitioners, from applied behavior analysts to physical and occupational therapists. Aside from the basic CAA-approved course requirements, students get a chance to try out what they’ve learned in the classroom and polish their practical skills through four separate clinical experiences, both on-campus, and at area hospitals, schools, and rehab centers. The fact that 100% of students complete the program on time and 100% of graduates pass the Praxis exam and land jobs shortly after graduating tells the story of how effective this program is.

 

B-

Longwood University
Social Work & Communication Sciences and Disorders Department
Farmville, Virginia
Website

Master of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 60/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 80 – B-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 94%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 98.7%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 21
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $10,896 (In-State); $25,272 (Out-of-State)

At Longwood University, SLP grad students enjoy small class sizes that provide lots of opportunities to work closely with instructors and classmates. and just as many opportunities for hands-on, experiential learning in the school’s ultramodern Speech, Hearing and Learning center, observable therapy rooms, and pre-school literacy room. The program also encourages students to work cooperatively with clinical faculty to practice interprofessional relationship building.

 

B-

Misericordia University
College of Health Sciences and Education
Dallas, PA
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 70/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 10/30

Total Overall Score = 80 – B-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 35
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $33,130

In addition to its highly rated speech-language master’s degree program, we also love the fact that Misericordia University offers the option for undergrads with their sights set on becoming a board-certified SLP the ability to from a high school diploma to a master’s degree in speech-language pathology in just five years. Of course, traditional SLP graduate students are welcome too. Across the board, the perfect student achievement scores speak for themselves: 100% Praxis exam pass rate, on-time graduation, and employment rate among recent graduates.

 

B-

Missouri State University
Communication Sciences and Disorders Department
Springfield, MO
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 60/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 80 – B-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 91.6%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 98.8%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 26
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $5,554 (in-state), $10,234 (out-of-state)

Missouri State University has all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a large university: state-of-the-art laboratories and clinics, a highly esteemed faculty, and loads of research opportunities. Yet this school still manages to offer its SLP graduate students a very affordable option and a personalized experience, complete with close faculty mentorship and small class sizes.

 

B-

New Mexico State University
Special Education and Communication Disorders Department
Las Cruces, NM
Website

Masters in Communication Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 60/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 80 – B-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 94.2%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 16
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $4,941 (in-state), $15,107 (out-of-state)

New Mexico State University produces leaders in the field of speech-language pathology, which is evidenced by the 100 percent employment rate among graduates for the past several years. While this university is large enough to offer plenty of opportunities, clinical experiences, and top-notch laboratories, it’s still able to maintain a small school atmosphere.

 

B-

Northeastern State University
Department of Health Professions
Tahlequah, OK
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 60/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 80 – B-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 93%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 38
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $4,572 (in-state), $9,486 (out-of-state)

Northeastern State University will get you where you want to go with your master’s degree in speech-language pathology, as it prepares students to earn the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from ASHA, a license from the Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, and the Oklahoma State Department of Education Standard Certificate in Speech-Language Pathology. Do you want to teach in the public school system? Northeastern State has you covered, thanks to the 13 school contracts it maintains.

 

B-

Ohio State University
Department of Speech and Hearing Science
Columbus, OH
Website

Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 60/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 80 – B-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 93%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 96.7%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 29
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $12,425

No matter where you live, Ohio State University may be the ideal school for you thanks to its standard tuition rates for both in-state and out-of-state students. In keeping with the Department of Speech and Hearing Science’s tradition of distinguished faculty, in the past year alone, they recruited and hired three new senior faculty members, all of whom come with their share of outstanding research credentials. Ohio State also offers up several graduate interdisciplinary specializations—aging, applied developmental science in education, disability studies, and singing health—to provide students with plenty of opportunities to focus their graduate work on an area of interest.

 

B-

San Diego State University
School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
San Diego, CA
Website

Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 60/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 80 – B-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 94.3%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 32
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $8,350 (in-state), $17,278 (out-of-state)

San Diego State University has all the perks you’d expect from a large, internationally renowned university, including contractual relationships with community clinics, schools, hospitals, and health agencies and a large audiology and speech-language clinic, which provides plenty of opportunities for graduate students to get a variety of diagnostic and rehabilitative experiences under their belt. We also love that they offer students the option of specializing in bilingualism—a great addition any SLP graduate program.

 

B-

University of Central Arkansas
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Conway, AR
Website

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 60/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 80 – B-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 90.6%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 99%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 36
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $5,881 (in-state), $10,475 (out-of-state)

The University of Central Arkansas may have some 60,000 students that make up its student body, but we love that it is still able to maintain a small-school atmosphere for SLP graduate students. You can attribute this to UCA’s top-notch advising services, faculty mentorship, and diverse clinical experiences. In fact, the faculty here make it a point to get to know students, showing a unique commitment to producing the next generation of clinicians, educators, and researchers.

 

B-

University of Louisiana – Monroe
College of Health and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Monroe, LA
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 60/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 80 – B-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 81%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 27
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $8,662 (in-state), $20,762 (out-of-state)

The University of Louisiana at Monroe offers a master’s degree in speech-language pathology that immediately caught our attention when we discovered that the program has produced graduating classes with a 100% pass rate on the Praxis exam for seven, consecutive years. But we’re also impressed with the low in-state tuition costs and the Kitty DeGree Speech and Hearing Center, which serves as an integral part of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and the College of Health Sciences. This clinic has served as a community and graduate program resource for more than 40 years. Annually, it conducts more than 400 screenings and evaluations and provides more than 4,000 hours of therapy to patients in the community.

 

B-

University of North Texas
Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Denton, TX
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 60/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 80 – B-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 93.9%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 98.9%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 35
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $7,183 (in-state), $14,527 (out-of-state)

We love the University of North Texas for its super-competitive in-state tuition, its 100 percent Praxis exam rate, and the UNT Speech and Hearing Center, the place for graduate students to dive deep and gain valuable, real-world experiences treating clients in a real clinical setting. This program offers eager SLP grad students the total package.

 

B-

University of West Georgia
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Carrollton, GA
Website

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 60/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 80 – B-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 92%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 27
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $5,958 (in-state), $17,460 (out-of-state)

The University of West Georgia is committed to creating the highest quality student experience, which is why this school admits just 20-25 students each year into its SLP master’s program. In addition to fantastic faculty mentorship, this school provides students with plenty of opportunities to learn through experience in the Comprehensive Community Clinic. It’s safe to say this has helped stack the numbers here, with 100% of students completing the program on time and all of them going on to land jobs they love shortly after graduating.

 

B-

University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Carrollton, GA
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 60/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 80 – B-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 90.7%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 97%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 19
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $8,911 (in-state), $18,042 (out-of-state)

The University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire is all about convenience and flexibility, which is why they offer both a residential and online master’s degree in SLP. Their residential program will get you in and out the door in just two years, while the online option is designed as a three-year, part-time program for working professionals or those that prefer a distance-learning platform. But what’s really impressive about this school is that in four out of the last five years, they’ve maintained a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the Praxis exam. Plus, they proudly boast that 100 percent of their graduates are employed in the profession within one year of graduation.

 

B-

Wichita State University
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Wichita, KS
Website

Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 60/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 80 – B-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 98%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 94%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 30
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $6,078 (in-state), $13,609 (out-of-state)

Choose Wichita State University for your SLP graduate studies and you’ll have access to plenty of perks when it comes to real-world clinical experience opportunities: if the on-site WSU Evelyn Hendren Cassat Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic wasn’t enough, you’ll also have access to a wide number of externship options in and around the Wichita area. With a very respectable showing for Praxis exam pass rates among recent graduates and a 100% employment rate, you can be confident this program will prepare you for a successful career.

 

B-

University of Southern Mississippi
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
Hattiesburg, MS
Website

Master of Arts or Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 70/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 10/30

Total Overall Score = 80 – B-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 34
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $7,659 (in-state), $16,529 (out-of-state)

The University of Southern Mississippi earned a spot on our list for hitting the 100% mark in all student achievement metrics: on-time program completion rate, employment rate among recent graduates, and the all-important Praxis exam pass rate.  But we also love that this university provides two options for its master’s program in speech-language pathology, not something often seen in other SLP grad programs. Pursue an MA and you’ll round out your program with proficiency in a foreign language and the completion of a thesis. Choose an MS and you’ll focus your degree on additional SLP coursework instead of a foreign language or thesis. In either case, you’ll be well prepared to ace the Praxis exam and hit the ground running

 

B-

Eastern New Mexico University
Department of Health and Human Services
Portales, NM
Website

Master of Science in Communicative Disorders

Student Achievement Score: 60/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 80 – B-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 96%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 91.3%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 29
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $6,017 (in-state), $11,963 (out-of-state)

In addition to its affordable tuition and impressive on-time program completion and employment rates, we’re really impressed with the flexibility of Eastern New Mexico University’s MS in Communicative Disorders. This grad program offers a unique hybrid of online and on-campus coursework that is ideal for working SLP grad students. Students here attend the first 16 weeks of the program on-campus to complete a one-semester practicum. After the successful completion of the practicum, students can then complete the remainder of the program exclusively through distance-based study.

 

B-

Radford University
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Radford, VA
Website

Master of Science or Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders – SLP Concentration

Student Achievement Score: 60/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 80 – B-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 91.7%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 98.7%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 28
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $10,958 (in-state), $19,484 (out-of-state)

We admire Radford University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders for its impressive track record of producing highly employable graduates (employment rate near 99 percent) and the fact that all students complete the program on time. But we love its three-year leveling track option, a feature of the program designed specifically for students who didn’t complete their undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders. Students that take advantage of this option complete an additional 28 credit hours of coursework during their first year and then seamlessly transition into standard graduate program coursework.

 

B-

Western Kentucky University
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
Bowling Green, KY
Website

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Student Achievement Score: 60/70

Cost and Affordability Score: 20/30

Total Overall Score = 80 – B-

  • Praxis Exam Pass Rate: 97.2%
  • On-Time Program Completion Rate: 92.7%
  • Employment Rate for Program Graduates: 100%
  • Number of SLP Master’s Awarded for 2015-16 Academic Year: 74
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Academic Year: $11,400 (in-state), $16,320 (out-of-state)

Western Kentucky University makes earning a graduate degree in speech-language pathology convenient and accessible for students. Thanks to its flexible coursework delivery options, this first rate program is available in three formats: on-campus, online full-time, and online part-time. We’re also impressed with this university’s campus offerings, including the Communication Disorders Clinic, which serves the community by providing speech, language, and hearing services to more than 120 people each year.

 


 

Masters Program Scoring Metrics

 

Student Achievement Scoring – 70 Total Possible Points

All student achievement data was taken directly from each school’s website.

Scoring is based on the three-year average percentage in each of the three categories (Praxis exam pass rates, on-time completion rates, and employment rates).

We looked at the three most recent years of available data for each school. In virtually all cases, this was the 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17 academic years. For the few schools that have not yet posted 2016-17 data, we looked at the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 academic years.

We awarded points for student achievement in accordance with these ranges:

Exam Pass Rates – 30 possible points

  • 100%: 30 points
  • 95% – 99.9%: 25 points
  • 90% – 94.9%: 20 points
  • 85% – 89.9%: 10 points
  • 80% – 84.9%: 5 points
  • Less than 80%: 0 points

On-Time Completion Rates – 10 possible points

  • 100%: 10 points
  • 95% – 99.9%: 7.5 points
  • 90% – 94.9%: 5 points
  • 85% – 89.9%: 2.5 points
  • Less than 85%: 0 points

Employment Rates of Graduates – 30 possible points

  • 100%: 30 points
  • 95% – 99.9%: 25 points
  • 90% – 94.9%: 20 points
  • 85% – 89.9%: 10 points
  • 80% – 84.9%: 5 points
  • Less than 80%: 0 points

Cost and Affordability – 30 possible points

All tuition data came from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Statistics (IES-NCES) database.

IES-NCES provides annual tuition data for each school as an average of all graduate programs the school offers.

All cost and affordability scores are based on how each program’s costs compare to the average within their own state and for their respective category (public or private).

We awarded points for cost and affordability based on these metrics:

  • Same as state average or below:      20 points
  • Within 10% above state average:  10 points
  • More than 10% above state average: 0 points
  • Tuition for out-of-state students no more than 25% higher than for in-state students:      10 points

Note: As a rule, for schools that offer the exact same program at multiple campus locations or both on-campus and online, we scored and provided data for the location or delivery format with the best student outcomes. In a few instances where additional campus locations represent the only option for SLP education in the region, we scored and provided data separately for these locations.

 


 

Detailed data coming soon!