Speech-Language Pathology Master's Program
The graduate curriculum in speech-language pathology offers advanced course work in the prevention, identification, evaluation and treatment of speech, language and hearing disorders in both children and adults, meeting both the academic and clinical requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the licensure requirements of the state of Wisconsin.
Program Specialization in Bilingual English-Spanish
A bilingual English-Spanish specialization (BIES) is offered through the master’s degree program. This program prepares speech-language pathologists who are proficient in Spanish to evaluate and treat communication disorders in individuals who speak Spanish or are bilingual (Spanish-English). Candidates for the BIES specialization must be accepted to the master of science program in speech-language pathology. Candidates also must complete the department application to the BIES specialization and meet language proficiency requirements established by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
Graduate-level academic course work for the BIES specialization may fulfill elective requirements for the master of science degree in speech-language pathology. Clinical practicum hours through the BIES specialization will apply toward a master of science degree, ASHA certification and DPI licensure requirements. All course work is based on guidelines suggested by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for speech-language pathologists providing bilingual assessment and intervention.
The master’s program in speech-language pathology at Marquette 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.
The program is directed at preparing students for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP). For students interested in licensure as a public school speech-language clinician, the program meets the requirements of the Department of Public Instruction of the state of Wisconsin (DPI-Wis.) for licensure as a speech-language pathologist.
Visit the department web page for more detailed program information.
Requirements and course work can be found on the Graduate School bulletin.
To be considered for admission, all application requirements must be completed and received by the Communication Sciences Disorder Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) by December 15.
Students admitted to the speech-language pathology program are not permitted to defer their admission.
Applicants must submit, directly to CSDCAS*:
- A completed application form online. (instructions/FAQ found here).
- Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities attended.
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic and clinical work.
- A personal statement of career interests and goals (BIES applicants should reference their interest in the program).
- Critical Thinking question.
- GRE scores (General Test only) using DI code 7435.
- (For international applicants only) a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
- (For BIES applicants only) it is recommended applicants provide proof of Spanish proficiency directly to department, instructions found online.
*Note that current Marquette University undergraduate students who wish to apply for the Advanced Degree Program (ADP) in Speech-Language Pathology should follow an alternative application process, outlined in the university University Bulletin.
Tuition scholarships and graduate assistantships are merit based. Since we have virtually no way of assessing clinical merit, it means that we look almost exclusively at academic merit. The more competitive your grades and GRE scores, the more likely you will receive financial assistance.
If there is evidence of research experience or aptitude in your application (for example, you worked in a research lab as an undergraduate, you wrote an undergraduate research thesis, you took research design or statistics classes as an undergraduate), this would be looked upon favorably.
Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.