MA in Speech-Language Pathology

Two Speech and Hearing students work with a toddler who is doing a puzzle.

The Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program provides comprehensive insight into communication disorders and their consequences for individuals and society.

Within five semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring), every graduate student rotates through all six of our practicum sub-clinics in the GW Speech and Hearing Center and completes two externship experiences. Our six specialty tracks include: Accent Modification, Acquired Neurological Disorders, Literacy & Social Communication Disorders, Hearing Health Care, Pediatric Speech and Language Disorders, and Voice Disorders.

Questions? Contact the SLHS Chair of Admissions.

For students who wish to pursue an MA in Speech-Language Pathology but whose undergraduate major was in another field, we also offer a post-baccalaureate option.


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Council on Academic Accreditation | Accredited: Speech-Language Pathology

The Master's of Art (MA) education program in speech-language pathology (residential) at The George Washington University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. 

MA at a Glance

#32 in U.S.; Speech-Language Pathology Program Ranking; According to U.S. News & World Report
100% Pass Rate on the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology (PRAXIS)
~98% Graduate Student Employment Rate Within Six Months of Graduation

Program Benefits


Praxis Exam Results

All MA students take the Praxis Examination in Speech-Language Pathology during their last semester, which is required for ASHA certification. GW's pass rate is 100 percent.


Clinical Experience

Every student completes core practicum rotations under the supervision of certified clinicians in the GW Speech and Hearing Center and two clinical externships in the community during their final two semesters.


Flexible Choices

Academic advisors can help students choose electives and find externships to develop their interests in areas such as pediatric, voice or neurological communication disorders.

Cohort Rotations

Each incoming class is divided into Cohorts A and B so that class sizes are around 30 students (core classes) or 12-20 students (electives and practicum sub-clinics). Course and clinical rotation schedules are coordinated so that every student will have applicable coursework prior to or concurrently with the corresponding clinical experience.

Optional Thesis

Students may choose to complete a master’s thesis. Students must decide whether to write a thesis by the end of their second semester and obtain faculty permission.

  • Non-thesis option: Students register for 37 semester hours of coursework and 5 semester hours of clinical practicum. Non-thesis students take a departmental summative assessment during their last semester of graduate study.
  • Thesis option: Students register for 31 semester hours of coursework, 6 semester hours of thesis research, and 5 semester hours of clinical practicum. Students develop a proposal with a faculty advisor and then conduct their research under the direction of a thesis committee. Students complete a thesis presentation in lieu of the departmental summative assessment.

Students completing a thesis register for four required courses in place of the two required electives:

  • SLHS 6210: Research Methods in SLHS (1)
  • SLHS 6998: Thesis (2)
  • SLHS 6999: Thesis (2)
  • SLHS 6295: Independent Research in Speech, Language, and Hearing (2)

MA Course Requirements

View a sample plan of study for the MA-SLP program (PDF)

 The master of arts in the field of speech-language pathology degree program is for students with an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology. 

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

42 credits: Non-thesis option—38 credits in required courses and 4 credits in elective courses; thesis option—36 credits in required courses and 6 credits of thesis. For all students, satisfactory completion of supervised practica and a master's summative assessment is required.

SLHS 6201Clinical Practicum in Speech–Language Pathology (taken for five semesters for 1 credit each semester)
SLHS 6205Professional and Clinical Issues in Speech and Hearing
SLHS 6207Diagnostic Procedures in Speech and Hearing
SLHS 6210Research in Communication Sciences and Disorders *
SLHS 6220Disorders of Articulation and Phonology
SLHS 6230Pediatric Language and Speech Disorders I
SLHS 6231Pediatric Language and Speech Disorders II
SLHS 6240Neurogenic Communication Disorders
SLHS 6241Applied Neuroanatomy
SLHS 6251Speech Fluency Disorders Seminar
SLHS 6260Voice Disorders: Evaluation and Treatment
SLHS 6276Aural Rehabilitation
SLHS 6281Dysphagia
Thesis students
Students selecting the thesis option take 6 credits in thesis research.
SLHS 6999Thesis Research (taken for a total of 6 credits)
Non-thesis students
Students selecting the non-thesis option take 4 credits in elective courses selected from the following:
SLHS 6222Acquired Neuromotor Disorders of Speech Production
SLHS 6284Autism
SLHS 6286Bilingualism
SLHS 6291Special Topics in Speech–Language Pathology (Literacy)
SLHS 6291Special Topics in Speech–Language Pathology (Bilingualism)
SLHS 6291Special Topics in Speech–Language Pathology (Global Engagement)
SLHS 6291Special Topics in Speech–Language Pathology (Aging)
SLHS 6295Independent Research in Speech, Language, and Hearing
Additional requirements
Satisfactory completion of supervised practica and a master's summative assessment.

*Non-thesis students take SLHS 6210 for 3 credits, thesis students take the course for 1 credit.