Communication Sciences and Disorders, Speech Language Pathology Concentration (MA)
The mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to prepare students to meet the licensure requirements of New Jersey and the national certification requirements. Our graduates will be prepared to work with persons who have a variety of communication disorders and swallowing disorders. Our program stresses an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of communication disorders, appropriate assessment of, and intervention for those disorders.
The MA program is a full-time, residential program spread over a two and one-half year period for students with a background in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (SLP) or in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). Students complete a series of clinical practica at the Montclair State University Center for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology and externships at a variety of sites in the New Jersey-New York area including hospitals, public schools, and rehabilitation facilities.
Students who are accepted will be assigned to one of two cohorts:
- Students With a Background who will have completed or are enrolled in undergraduate preparation by the application deadline (February 1) that includes the following three courses: Introduction to Language Development, Phonetics and Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing.
- Students Without a Background who have not completed or are not enrolled in all three of these courses by the application deadline (February 1). Once you apply, you will be considered a student without a background, so don’t take additional classes.
Upon graduation from the program and completion of the Clinical Fellowship (CF) year, our students will be eligible for licensure in New Jersey and for Certification by the Council on Clinical Certification of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association under the 2014 Certification Standards.
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)
Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.
An undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology and audiology (SLPA) or a degree in communications sciences and disorders (CSD) is not required for admission to the SLP program. If it is determined that you are missing any of the required courses needed to meet licensing requirements in some states and to be recognized as eligible for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP), you would be asked to complete the missing classes before graduating from the program.
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.
The Speech-Language Pathology committee determines if an applicant will need to complete the pre-professional courses.
The Graduate School requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.
In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific program of interest.
- Application Deadline: February 1 for fall admission only.
- Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.
- Eligibility Requirements and Essential Functions Document is a part of the online application and must be reviewed and completed.
The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Communication Sciences and Disorders, Speech Language Pathology Concentration (MA) program:
- Transcript: One from each college attended.
- Essays/Personal Statement – Submit an original essay. Essays should address why you are interested in applying to a program in speech-language pathology.
- Letters of Recommendation: Two.
- Undergraduate GPA greater than or equal to 3.2 or a GPA of 3.0 or higher from a master’s degree
- Standardized Test Scores: GRE
- Combined GRE score of 298 or higher*
- GRE writing score of 3 or higher*
- *All applicants must take the GRE, as there are no test waivers for this program. GRE scores should be from on or after 8/11/2011. Applicants with a prior master’s degree who took the GRE exam more than five years ago should contact the Graduate School.
- All enrolled students are subject to a background check. Please review the policy on Background Checks for our clinical education programs at Montclair State University.
- Students holding degrees from non-US institutions must request a course-by-course transcript evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or by Educated Choices. TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or Duolingo English Test are required for applicants to any program who earned their degree in a country where English is not the official language. Please check our International Applicants page for more information and for our current TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Policy.
This 77-credit program includes coursework in Language Assessment, Voice Disorders, Speech and Hearing Science, and Research in Speech-Language Pathology. For more information, please visit the Communication Sciences and Disorders, Speech Language Pathology Concentration (MA) program listing in the University Catalog.
If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
The Graduate School
If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Communication Sciences and Disorders, Speech Language Pathology Concentration (MA) Program Coordinator:
*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Click to find the updated summer chair for this program.*