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Speech Language Pathology

​​​American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ASHA) describes speech language pathologists (SLPs) as healthcare providers that work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Typically SLPs can work in a variety of environments such as research, education and health care settings. SLPs often work as part of a interdisciplinary team, which may include physicians, audiologists, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, teachers and more.  Please visit the ASHA website for details.

To become a speech language pathologist you must graduate from an accredited masters level speech language pathology program. Typically a SLP graduate degree is a two year program after your bachelor's degree. There are over 300 accredited speech language pathology masters degree programs in the United States. 

Typically students apply through a centralized application system called The Centralized Application Service for Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSDCAS).

Cost: The CSDCAS application is $137.00 for one school + $55.00 for each additional program.

CSDCAS Fee Assistance Program

**Some SLP graduate programs have their own internal application system and may not utilize the CSDCAS.

Most speech language pathology programs do not require an entrance exam. However, some may require the Graduate Records Examination (GRE).

It is important for students to check each school's requirements carefully as some schools will require courses not listed below. For more information about specific programs, contact that program directly. 

Prerequisite Courses
One Course in Biological Sciences
One Course in Physical Sciences either Physics or Chemistry
One Course in Statistics
One Course in Psychology, Sociology or Education
Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
Normal Child Language Development
Introduction to Speech Sound Disorders
Aural Rehabilitation
Introduction to Audiology
Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech, Language, Swallowing and Hearing Mechanisms
Speech and Hearing Science

Students should meet with their academic advisor and pre-health advisor each quarter to make sure they are taking the correct courses for their major/professional interest. 

Below is a sample timeline for a Health Sciences - Public Health Science Concentration major. Please be aware that speech language pathology programs do not require or prefer a specific major and the below timeline should not be used to replace meeting with an academic advisor. 

  Autumn Winter Spring
1st Year

LSP 110

WRD 103

LD - SCBI - PSY 105

BIO 191

LSP 112

WRD 104


SLP 101

HLTH 201

LD - A&L

BIO 206

SLP 210

2nd Year

HLTH 202

LSP 200

LD - A&L

PHY 150

HLTH 210

LD - PI - PHL 229

HLTH 250

Public Health Elective



HLTH 194

SLP 310

3rd Year

LD - A&L

HLTH 195

HLTH 335

SLP 320


SOC 351

HLTH 336

SLP 330

Experiential Learning


HLTH 310

SLP 332

4th Year

LSP 120

PSY 354

Public Health Elective

SLP 340


HLTH 360

Public Health Elective

SLP 342

LSP 121

HLTH 350

CMNS 315

Public Health Elective


Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

Students who take speech language pathology courses at DePaul University may be able to receive a minimum of 15 observation hours. 

Information is coming soon.  Page is currently under construction. 

Most programs require that a student has a 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA and a 3.0 prerequisite GPA, with a B- or above in prequisite courses.

For information about a specific program, contact that program directly.