Speech-Language Pathology

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The Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology program at Montclair State University affords Speech-Language Pathology students the opportunity to prepare for employment as clinicians in a variety of settings:

  1. Hospitals
  2. Rehabilitation Centers
  3. Schools
  4. Private practice.


The mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to prepare students to meet the certification and licensure requirements of state, national, and professional agencies for work with persons having a variety of communication disorders and swallowing disorders . This program stresses an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of communication disorders, appropriate assessment of, and intervention for those disorders.

Our successful students:

  1. Obtain a strong understanding of the bases of clinical procedures;
  2. Are able to develop and use theoretical models;
  3. Can engage in reflective and analytical thinking in their professional practices;
  4. Can develop professional collaborations;
  5. Are able to create meaningful treatment programs;
  6. Can utilize research appropriately in their work.


The Master of Arts (MA) education program in Speech-Language Pathology at Montclair State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.


Applicants must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree.  The bachelor’s degree may be in any discipline. Our program admits students with or without prior coursework in Speech-Language Pathology. 
  • Minimal entry requirements:
    1. GPA- 3.0
    2. GREs- Verbal 450; Quantitative 425 (on test taken prior to August 1, 2011) GREs- Verbal 150; Quantitative 140 (test taken after August 1, 2011)

           If you possess a master’s degree, you can request a waiver from the GREs. 
           The waiver form is available on The Graduate School website. 
           GREs must have been taken within the last 5 years.

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation.  Recommender needs to attest to the candidate’s potential to succeed in a rigorous graduate program; letters from faculty at higher institutions preferred.
  • Essay
  • Essential Functions Form‌
  • Application fee ($60).

Applicants are admitted with or without a background in Speech-Language Pathology.

Applicant With a Background in Speech-Language Pathology

If the Speech-Language Pathology Admission Committee determines by review of official transcript(s) that an applicant has successfully completed three (3) or more of the pre-professional courses at the time of application review, that applicant will be considered With a Background in SLP.  If accepted into the program, the applicant will be placed on the With Background in SLP track for fall matriculation (Refer to Sample Track).

Applicant Without a Background in Speech-Language Pathology

If the Speech-Language Pathology Admission Committee determines by review of official transcript(s) that an applicant has successfully completed or is currently taking two (2) or fewer of the pre-professional courses at the time of application review, that applicant will be considered Without a Background in SLP.  If an applicant Without a Background in SLP is accepted into the program but chooses to complete the pre-professional coursework prior to entering the program during the fall semester, they should be aware that a maximum of two pre-professional courses will be applied toward their work program during the advising session.  Subsequently, during the summer advising session, they will be placed on the Without a Background in SLP track for fall semester matriculation (Refer to Sample Track).

Apply Now

Applications are available online at: http://www.montclair.edu/graduate/prospective/app.shtml

For complete information regarding the University admission requirements and the application process, please contact the Graduate School at (973) 655-5147 or website at:  http://www.montclair.edu/graduate/.

Deadline Date

The deadline for applications is February 1st

New students are only accepted in the Fall semester.  The Graduate School recommends that you submit your application materials as far in advance as possible from the semester you plan to begin your studies to ensure a timely review of your application.


To achieve state licensure and/or national certification, students must complete the following minimum coursework.  Most of these courses are typically completed as part of an undergraduate degree and are not required for acceptance into the Master’s Program in Speech-Language Pathology.  However, students must complete these courses before they apply for a New Jersey (NJ) state license or for national certification as a Speech-Language Pathologist.

  1. 3 credits- Statistics
  2. 6 credits- Behavioral/Social Sciences
  3. 3 credits- Physical Sciences
  4. 3 credits- Biological Sciences


Students admitted without a speech-language pathology background are not at any disadvantage.  Seats are reserved for students who do not have a background.  These students, once admitted, take undergraduate speech-language pathology courses concurrently with their graduate courses.  A student without a background has a curriculum that can be two semesters longer than a student who has a background in communication disorders. 

Students, who do not have a background in speech-language pathology, typically come from a major in:

  1. Psychology
  2. Linguistics
  3. Any of the sciences, and/or other backgrounds

The courses in these disciplines provide students with a sense of the material they will study in the graduate program.  Information regarding careers in speech-language pathology can be found at: www.asha.org under the link for “Students.”  We do, however, accept students from all backgrounds.

Pre-professional Courses

The pre-professional Speech-Language Pathology courses needed for a background and to meet ASHA certification standards are:

  1. Introduction to Language Development
  2. Phonetic Study of Speech Sounds
  3. Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Systems
  4. Neurophysiological Bases of Communication
  5. Clinical Procedures in Audiology

These courses are not needed to apply to the program but must be completed as part of the regular curriculum before graduating the master's level program.

Communication Skills

Graduate students must demonstrate communication skills that will not interfere with clinical practice.  A student who is judged to have questionable skills will be referred to a faculty panel for further evaluation.  If necessary, a student will be referred for assistance.  Students requiring assistance must be re-evaluated before they can enroll in clinical practica.  Enrollment in clinical practica will be postponed until communication skills are judged to be sufficient.

Contact Us

Email: slpinfo@mail.montclair.edu or call Ms. Deborah A. Verderosa, M.A., Admissions Director, and Graduate Advisor at 973-655-4232