Department of Speech-Language Pathology Loyola College of Arts and Sciences Loyola University Maryland

Department of Speech-Language Pathology Loyola College of Arts and Sciences Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
February 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Preparing Future Speech Pathologists

Loyola University Maryland's Master of Science in Speech Pathology is a full-time 2-year program with the goal of preparing graduates to become speech pathologists and advocates for people with communication disorders. The program features hands-on clinical experience, internships, and externships for students to put into practice what they learn in the classroom.

Completion of the master's program fulfills the academic and clinical practice requirements for certification by American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and for Maryland licensure.

After receiving the master's degree, passing the ASHA certification examination, and completing a clinical fellowship, graduates have fulfilled all requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence for Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP).

A Curriculum Focused on Prevention and Intervention

The graduate program covers prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication and swallowing disorders.

Students cover a range of diverse and relevant topics to prepare them for leading others to communicate more efficiently, effectively, and compassionately. The program involves a clinical practicum as well as coursework in language disorders in populations from early childhood to adulthood; speech, neurological, and swallowing disorders; and professional courses in ethics and research.

The program requires 5 semesters of full-time study. To earn the master's degree, students must successfully complete a final comprehensive exam or plan, write, and defend a thesis under the direction of a faculty committee.

First-Year Internship

In the first year, students take part in a clinical internship. This invaluable experience can take one of several forms. Students either work closely with a faculty member developing therapeutic and diagnostic skills, or they are placed at one of Loyola's clinical centers for 2 to 3 days a week, where they learn under the supervision of a faculty member, mentor, or practicing clinician.

When students are placed in a clinical center, they also spend another day in a class that focuses on either adult neurogenic disorders or clinical audiology.

Student progress is closely monitored. Students get weekly feedback and two formal conferences with a faculty member each semester. As they advance, they often change settings, in accordance with how they are progressing.

Second-Year Externship

In the second year, students leave Loyola's clinical centers and do an externship at a school, private facility, or hospital in the Baltimore metropolitan area. In the hopes of a well-rounded experience, second-year students usually have two different externships -- one in a medical setting and another in an educational setting.

The goal of the externship is for students to gain experience with different ages and populations, as well as observe and take part in a professional environment that includes report writing, meetings, parent education, and screenings.

Combining Clinical Experience and Coursework

During these clinical practicums, students attend lectures and seminars one day a week at Loyola's graduate facility in Columbia, Maryland, which is halfway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Internships and externships are scheduled on the remaining weekdays at locations in the community.

Speech-Language-Pathology Clinical Centers

Loyola's three impressive clinical centers provide graduate students the opportunity to learn diagnosis and therapy through hands-on experience. These centers serve a wide range of clients with learning disabilities or speech, language, or hearing impairments, while providing supervision from a faculty member.

The Margaret A. McManus Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic offers diagnostic and therapeutic services to children and adults in areas like language delays, language disorders, and fluency disorders. This clinic is also home to the adult neurogenic communication disorders lab and audiology services.

The Columbia Speech and Language Center serves people of all ages with developmental delays, communication disorders, and voice disorders. The center also offers a specialized voice clinic, the Center for Excellence in Down Syndrome, and a voice research and treatment laboratory.

The Multidisciplinary Assessment Clinic provides one-on-one speech-language testing; psychological, cognitive, and achievement testing; and audiological testing. Using a team approach, graduate students work closely with clinicians and faculty in the assessment process.

Post-Baccalaureate Program for Students without a Bachelor's in Speech-Language Pathology

To enroll in the graduate program, students must have completed an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology or communication sciences and disorders. For those students who don't have the prerequisites but want to become speech pathologists, Loyola offers the chance to qualify for the graduate program.

To do this, students can enroll in a 1-year post-baccalaureate program that consists of foundational classes in biology, mathematics, social/behavioral sciences, and physical sciences.

Classes are offered at convenient evening times for working professionals. If students complete this coursework with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, they are guaranteed admission into the graduate program.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available from federal, state, and departmental sources.

Other forms of financial help for graduate students in the school of education include loan assistance through the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program, assistantships through several academic and administrative departments, and departmental merit- and need-based grants.

About Loyola University Maryland

The Department of Speech-Language Pathology is part of Loyola University Maryland. Founded in 1852, the school is a Jesuit Catholic university committed to the ideals of liberal education and the development of the whole person.

Loyola was named for St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order of Catholic priests, and was the first among four colleges in the United States to bear the name.

The university offers more than 35 undergraduate and 9 graduate programs through its three schools: Loyola College, the Sellinger School of Business and Management, and the School of Education.

Location & Contact

Department of Speech-Language Pathology

Loyola College of Arts and Sciences
Loyola University Maryland

4501 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210-2699
United States

Dr. Janet Preis

Director of Graduate Programs

Phone: 410-617-2578

Maureen Faux

Executive Director, Graduate Admissions

Phone: 410-617-5020
Fax: 410-617-2002

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 53
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • 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? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


27% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 450
    • Accepted 122
    • Acceptance Rate 27
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • 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 1st February 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsApril 15
    • Types of financial support availableGraduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students103
    • Female Percentage98%
    • Male Percentage2%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students103
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino4%
    • Black / African American2%
    • White / Caucasian87%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown1%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty23
    • Full-time Percentage39%
    • Part-time Percentage61%
    • Female Percentage100%
    • Male Percentage0%