College of Science and Health > Academics > Speech Language Pathology > Graduate Program > Speech Language Pathology (MS)
Our MS in Speech-Language Pathology program will prepare you to become a speech-language pathologist (SLP) who treats all aspects of communicative and swallowing disorders in children and adults, including:
You’ll take classes that will focus on three areas:
Here, you’ll gain critical thinking, problem solving and interpersonal skills you need to become an independent clinical practitioner. You’ll be trained to work in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, clinics and private practice.
Nationally, there is a significant demand for SLPs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts 21% growth by 2024, resulting in nearly 30,000 new positions in the U.S. Additionally, in 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked speech and language pathology as ‘one of the Best 100 Jobs” and one of the “Best Healthcare Jobs.”
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. You may begin the program in any quarter.
Submit an online application, letters of recommendation, personal statement and official transcripts.
You’ll take a total of 26 courses, with the option to write a thesis.
of master’s graduates from the College of Science and Health were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment.
After graduation from the program, you’ll take the Praxis Speech-Language Pathology Test, a national assessment of specific content knowledge. Then you’ll begin a required Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY), which is the final step required to apply for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). You’ll also be eligible to apply for state licensure through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), and a professional educator's license through the Illinois State Board of Education.
Graduates of DePaul’s speech pathology program will be connected to the larger alumni network of more than 17,500 graduates of the College of Science and Health.
Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.
For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Science and Health at
(773) 325-7315 or