Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Bouve College of Health Sciences Northeastern University

Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Bouve College of Health Sciences Northeastern University


A Hands-On Graduate Program at a Top-Ranking Boston University

The "U.S. News and World Report" has ranked the Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) graduate program at Northeastern University's Bouvé College of Health Sciences in the top 100 SLP graduate programs. Bouvé College is well known for its commitment to providing practical, community-focused learning experiences for students interested in the health sciences. Additionally, the SLP program and the on-campus Speech-Language and Hearing Center are fully accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Students enrolled in Bouvé College's SLP master's degree program have access to a wide variety of learning experiences. The 2-year program places equal emphasis on academic coursework and hands-on practice with communicatively- and/or swallow-impaired individuals.

Bouvé College of Health Sciences has close ties to the Boston Public School System, as well as several area health care facilities, including Children's Hospital, St. Elizabeth's Hospital, and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. These facilities provide SLP graduate students with valuable clinical experience.

Students graduate from the program ready to work in a variety of settings from public schools and universities to research labs and private practices.

SLP Graduate Coursework and Clinical Experience

Northeastern University is known for its emphasis on experiential learning. From the start of the SLP master's degree program, students gain hands-on experience in the Northeastern Speech-Language and Hearing Center, which is located in the newly built Behrakis Health Sciences Center.

In the first semester of the SLP MS program, students assist clinical supervisors in the Speech-Language and Hearing Center as they treat and diagnose children and adults with various speech or hearing disorders. After completing his or her first semester of clinical training, a graduate student works with speech-language pathologists in a variety of settings such as area hospitals, schools, and outpatient clinics.

The 2-year, full-time SLP master's degree program is designed to give students ample opportunities for practical experience. Students typically spend the morning in a clinical setting, and classroom instruction generally takes place in the afternoon or evening. By the end of the program, students are eligible to receive ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). After a student completes all coursework and clinical training, he or she completes his or her clinical fellowship year -- one year of supervised, full-time employment.

Early Intervention Certificate Program

Although it is not a required component of the SLP master's degree program, many SLP graduate students choose to pursue Early Intervention (EI) certifications as complementary programs of study. The Early Intervention certification program is an interdisciplinary program geared toward students interested in working with infants and young children with disabilities or developmental disorders.

The EI program at Northeastern University consists of 4 classroom courses and 300 hours of field experience. Coursework is offered online and in the classroom, and all classes are taught by teams of instructors from several departments, including school, counseling, and developmental psychology; special education; and nursing.

A Faculty Focused on Community Involvement

In addition to coursework and clinical experience, students enrolled in Northeastern University's SLP graduate program have the opportunity to work cooperatively with faculty members on a variety of research and community service projects.

Dr. Therese M. O'Neil-Pirozzi is the founder of the Homeless Shelter Storytelling Group. The program encourages literacy and language development in children living in homeless shelters. The weekly program is facilitated by graduate and undergraduate students from Northeastern's SLP and audiology programs. Matthews Distinguished Professor Mary Florentine works closely with the Boston Public School System, providing facilities, equipment, and support for speech-language pathologists working in schools.

Northeastern University also maintains close ties with the Boston Guild for the Hard of Hearing. Through the Guild, SLP graduate students have the opportunity to assist with seminars, hearing screenings, and programs designed to provide individuals in need with affordable hearing aids and assistive listening devices.

Admissions Requirements and Tuition for the SLP Graduate Program

The SLP graduate program accepts 35 to 40 students per year. This relatively small class size helps the program maintain a student-faculty ratio of 3 to 4 students per instructor. To be considered for this program at Northeastern, students are also required to submit GRE scores, 3 letters of recommendation, and transcripts.

Students who need financial assistance may apply for stipend graduate assistantships (SGA). SGA students are required to work 20 hours a week in exchange for tuition remission. Students may also apply to assist faculty members with research projects in exchange for stipends and/or college credits.

More information is available regarding graduate applications and graduate studies at Northeastern University.

A Vibrant Educational Community in Historic Boston

"U.S. News and World Report" has ranked Northeastern University among the top 100 national universities. Northeastern, which is located in the heart of Boston, is known for providing students with cooperative (or "co-op") educational opportunities.

Northeastern University is located in the heart of Boston, one of the oldest cities in the United States. The 73-acre campus is located within walking distance to several attractions including Fenway Park, Boston Common, and the Freedom Trail.

Location & Contact

Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology
Bouve College of Health Sciences
103 Forsyth Building
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5096
United States 

Contact Info
Dr. Therese O'Neil-Pirozzi 
Phone: 617-373-5750
Fax: 617-373-8756

Contact Info
Margaret Schnabel
Director of Graduate Admissions
Phone: 617-373-2708

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Speech-Language Pathology Master of Science (MS)
    • Audiology Doctor of Audiology (AuD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 38
    • Doctoral Degrees 8
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Required and optional
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 442
    • Accepted 56
    • Acceptance Rate 35%
    • Enrolled 43
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, General Test or MAT
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE, General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, TOEFL iBT


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchPsychoacoustics, applied and theoretical aspects of aphasia, developmentally delayed children, hearing impairments
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported

Financial Aid

Financial Aid:
Research Assistantships With Full Tuition Reimbursements, Teaching Assistantships With Full Tuition Reimbursements, Career-Related Internships Or Fieldwork, Federal Work-Study, Scholarships/Grants, Tuition Waivers (Partial), And Unspecified Assistantships Available. Support Available To Part-Time Students. Financial Award Application Deadline: 3/1; Financial Award Applicants Required To Submit FAFSA.

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