Degree type(s): Master's
Degree field(s): Healthcare
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

The master’s program (M.S., SLP) in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Mary is seeking candidacy by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Blvd, #310, Rockville, Maryland, 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

The University of Mary MS in Speech-Langauge Pathology program is accepting applications for its first graduate class anticipated for September 2018. The program is currently a candidacy applicant with the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The candidacy decision is expected in February 2018.

Please note that applicants will be reviewed, but no notification will be made until CAA approval is received. Contact information and application instructions can be found under the admission requirements tab at the bottom of the page and by clicking apply now.

Speech-Language Pathology Master’s Degree Program

Two year degree; Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology 

The University of Mary School of Health Sciences is in the process of developing a Master of Science degree (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology which is tentatively projected to commence in August of 2018 pending accreditation candidate application approval from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, Maryland, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

speech-language pathology degree objectives

  1. University of Mary Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) graduates will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct comprehensive speech, language, and swallowing evaluations and provide evidence-based treatment for individuals with communication disorders across the lifespan, exhibiting professional oral and written communication skills.
  2. Graduates will develop and apply critical thinking skills necessary to participate in interdisciplinary collaboration and problem-solving by participating in inter-professional, problem-based learning experiences involving educational and clinical settings.
  3. Graduates will conduct clinical practice under the principles of servant leadership upholding the highest ethical standards to provide service to individuals from a variety of cultures throughout the lifespan.
  4. Graduates will develop knowledge in the areas of quantitative and qualitative research procedures in the field of communication sciences and disorders.  Our graduates will have the opportunity to participate in beginning research. They will demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret data as well as determine the implications and applications to the field of speech-language pathology.

Graduate Program outcomes

The University of Mary graduate program offers its students preparation in the following four areas of competence:

  1. Communication - Graduates demonstrate excellence in all facets of communication including the publication and presentation of scholarship.
  2. ScholarshipGraduates access, analyze, evaluate, and process information from a variety of sources to generate new ideals which guide decision making to influence meaningful changes.
  3. Professional Distinction - Graduates are values-based and evidence-driven professionals who are servant leaders committed to excellence in their professions and communities.
  4. Moral Courage - Grounded in faith and reason, graduates clarify and defend personal and social values to uphold the pathway for justice in multiple contexts.

CSD 501 Advanced Clinical Methods

This course introduces beginning clinicians to the therapeutic process for the management of speech and language disorders in pediatric and adult populations. Basic clinical methods and procedures will be highlighted, including the development of the skills to select therapy targets, develop session plans, and write SOAP notes. Professional expectations and evidence-based practice are included. (3 credits)

CSD 510 Intro to Clinic

This course provides knowledge and skills required for clinical readiness. (1 credit)

CSD 510 Clinical Practicum

This course, under the supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist, provides graduate students in speech-language pathology (SLP) with clinical practicum experiences involving evaluation and treatment services to individuals across the lifespan who present with a wide variety of speech-language impairments. The clinical placements include local hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, private clinics, and early intervention settings. This course is offered each semester. (2 credits)

CSD 520 Speech Sound Disorders

This course is designed to provide master’s level students in speech-language pathology knowledge of advanced management of speech sound disorders (SSD) in children.   Functional articulation disorders, phonological processing disorders, cleft palate, and developmental apraxia will be discussed. The primary goal is to acquire a knowledge base in SSD that includes underlying explanations of the disorders, knowledge of the assessment and treatment literature, and sufficient critical thinking skills to provide appropriate assessment and treatment. Through exercises and activities with case-based examples, learners will design assessment plans, select appropriate short and long-term treatment goals and implement an appropriate treatment approach. (3 credits)

CSD 530 Research Methods for SLPs

This course is designed to develop students’ abilities to become critical consumers of scientific literature. Students will develop knowledge of research methodology used in speech-language pathology and familiarize themselves with evidenced-based practices in speech-language pathology. Topics include research strategies and designs, data collection and analysis, history, policies, and laws regarding human participants in research, and preparation of a research paper. (4 credits)

CSD 540 School-Based Practicum

Students will apply knowledge and skills from their coursework throughout a school-based clinical practicum. Under the supervision of a licensed, ASHA certified speech-language pathologist, students will complete speech and language screenings and diagnostic assessments, prepare evaluation reports, and make appropriate diagnoses and treatment recommendations. Students will develop their skills in writing speech and language goals and objectives, developing therapy plans, collecting data, and measuring progress. Learners will also explore the SLPs role in the Response to Intervention (RTI) program within the school setting, participate in IEP meetings, and develop their collaborative problem-solving skills with other school-based professionals. (3 credits)

CSD 550 Voice Disorders

The purpose of this course will develop the understanding of the theoretical frameworks of voice and resonance. The anatomical and physiological basis of voice production as they relate to the normal and disordered aspects of phonation are examined. The assessment, intervention, and management of voice disorders are presented in detail.

CSD 560 Research in SLP I

This course addresses the development of the research proposal, Institutional Review Board (IRB) documents and IRB training. This course in combination with Research in SLP II and Research in SLP III includes descriptive, inferential, and correlation statistics; quantitative and qualitative paradigms; and research design and critique methods first addressed in Research Methods for SLPs. (1 credit)

CSD 570 Language Assessment and Intervention

This course will address assessment and intervention for children and adolescents with language disabilities. Students will develop their knowledge of assessment procedures, individualized planning, and language intervention strategies. Collaborative strategies for language assessment and intervention in the classroom setting will be explored. Students will develop knowledge of multicultural issues in language assessment and intervention as well as the examine the relationship between language and literacy from early childhood through adolescence. (4 credits)

CSD 580 Audiology for SLPs

This course is designed to provide students further knowledge in the field of audiology. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the different types of hearing loss and ability to interpret an audiogram. In addition, students will operate equipment to conduct hearing screenings and tympanograms. Learners will develop knowledge of contemporary professional issues in the field of audiology and audiological rehabilitation and relate these issues to the field of speech-language pathology. (2 credits)

CSD 610 Neurogenic Communication Disorders

This course studies the neurogenic communication disorders, concentrating on cognitive-communication disorders that are a result of stroke, trauma or other diseases processes in adults. Diagnostic and therapeutic approaches are studied. (3 credits)

CSD 620 Fluency: Diagnosis and Treatment

This course is designed to provide the master’s level student in speech-language pathology with an understanding of successful evaluation and treatment of disorders or fluency. This course will address the nature of stuttering, casual aspects, identification, evaluation, treatment procedures for all age groups, maintenance of fluency, and stuttering treatment efficacy. Differential diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of other fluency disorders will be addressed. Students will learn specific evaluation procedures and intervention strategies that are evidence-based for working with preschoolers, school-age children, adolescents, and adults who stutter. Parent counseling, cultural considerations, attributes of effective clinicians, and stuttering support groups will be examined. (3 credits)


The purpose of this course is to acquire knowledge related to concepts, strategies, techniques and issues that are unique to the field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Emphasis will include an in-depth review of the assessment process, as well as the AAC needs of individuals with developmental and acquired disabilities across the lifespan. Practical experience with numerous methods of AAC strategies and devices will provide a clearer understanding of AAC intervention. (3 credits)

CSD 710 Research in SLP II

Students will implement the research methodology that was developed in their research proposal in Research in SLP I. Students will gather quantitative and/or qualitative data as outlined in the research proposal. Students will analyze the data and develop meaningful conclusions from the analysis. (1 credit)

CSD 720 Motor Speech Disorders

This course develops an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of speech production and the motor speech disorders that affect individuals across the lifespan. The course covers assessment, differential diagnoses, and treatment of dysarthria and apraxia of speech including instrumental methods for describing the disorders. (3 credits)

CSD 730 Communication in Aging & Dementia

This course will examine the normal and pathological aging process in relation to the communication system. Diagnostic and evidence-based intervention for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, other Dementia’s and mild cognitive impairment is explored. (3 credits)

CSD 740 Dysphagia

This course focuses on normal and abnormal physiologic aspects of swallowing across the lifespan. Causes and characteristics of dysphagia are explored in the adult and pediatric populations. Assessment, diagnosis, and management of dysphagia are investigated. (3 credits)

CSD 750 Professional Issues/Ethics for SLPs

This course is designed to develop knowledge related to trends in service delivery, scope of practice, certification and licensure, ethics, employment settings, legislation, and professional advocacy in the field of speech-language pathology. Learners will demonstrate knowledge of professional and ethical issues relevant to speech-language pathologists and laws regarding the practice of speech-language pathology. Learners will apply their knowledge to create a professional resume and cover letter, participate in a mock interview, and prepare a presentation on a professional issue in the field speech-language pathology. (3 credits)

CSD 760 Autism Seminar for SLPs

This course is designed to enhance students’ knowledge of characteristics and issues surrounding the language and social communication of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Behavioral, cognitive, sensory, and social emotional abilities will also be reviewed. Differential diagnosis, assessment, and intervention strategies are highlighted with an emphases on empirically supported interventions and evidence-based practices. This course will address up-to-date literature on identification of ASD, interventions, and outcomes for individuals with ASD. (2 credits)

CSD 770 Research in SLP III

Students will disseminate their research, which was completed in Research in Research in SLP I and Research in SLP II. The research study concludes with a written article, which is suitable to submit for publication and a formal presentation for the university and professional communities. Students integrate and synthesize the results of the Master’s Directed Study to generate an article suitable for publication in a scholarly journal appropriate to the topic of study. In addition, students create a professional presentation based on their research study for a scholarship colloquium for the university and professional communities. (1 credit)

CSD 780 Cleft Palate Seminar

This course is designed to provide an in-depth study of the speech, language, and hearing issues associated with craniofacial anomalies, primarily those related to cleft palate. Learners will explore etiologies of congenital craniofacial anomalies and surgical, medical, and dental management procedures used in treatment individuals with cleft palate. Students will gain knowledge of evaluation and treatment for communication disorders in this population as well as analyze and discuss the psychosocial impact of craniofacial anomalies on the individual and family. (2 credits)

CSD 790 Externship

This course is designed to provide graduate students in speech-language pathology advanced clinical off-campus experiences. Externships are designed to help students meet the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) required number of client contact hours. Externship settings include, but are not limited to, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, public schools, rehabilitation centers, private practice and early intervention programs. (3 credits)

IPE 501 Inter-Professionalism in Health Care

This course will be offered in a blended format and will address heath science students’ development of inter-professional skills, behaviors, and attitudes that will be used in their practices to make sound decisions for patients through the decisions of a health care team. Areas common to all practices such as ethics, moral courage, diversity, and communication will be covered. Ample opportunities for students to practice inter-professional communication and decision-making will be provided via small inter-professional group experience. (1 credit)

Program Electives- must select two

EDU 595 Behavior Management 

Skilled school personnel function on the premise that academic progress is achieved through effective management of children’s behavior. Students demonstrate their knowledge of the theories underlying the appropriate practices of managing significant behavior in therapeutic settings. This course is designed with a practicum component to provide students with observation and application opportunities. Emphasis is upon functional behavior analysis and positive behavior support. (3 credits)

EDU 645 School and Community Relations 

The success of any special education program is the relationship established with parents and community resources. The student explores the relationships of schools, communities and families as affected by exceptional children. Family dynamics, conferences with parents and developing networks with school and community resources are considered.

Through this course the student will be provided with approaches to foster collaborative partnerships among families, professionals, students, and other stakeholders that lead to outcomes of individual and mutual empowerments. (2 credits)

EDU 660 Special Education Law 

Special education and general education teachers, administrators, and related service personnel must know and apply educational practices required by law in order to effectively serve all students, including those with special needs. This course teaches the history, intent, educational practices and major court cases in special education law. Emphasis will be on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Acts and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). (2 credits)

The University of Mary MS in Speech-Langauge Pathology program is accepting applications for its first graduate class anticipated for September 2018. The program is currently a candidacy applicant with the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The candidacy decision is expected in February 2018.

Please note that applicants will be reviewed, but no notification will be made until CAA approval is received.

To qualify for admission to the professional program, students must complete all pre-professional requirements with a minimum GRE (overall 295, written portion 3.5 or higher), two letters of recommendation, a personal goal statement, minimum GPA of 3.0, and B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders or Speech Pathology. Application deadline is January 15, 2018. 

Please contact the program advisor or our admissions office for more details.

Program Advisors:
Jessica Smith, M.S., CCC-SLP, Program Chair
Robyn Zeltinger, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Coordinator

For more information about the Speech-Language Pathology master’s degree program, please contact University of Mary Admissions at 800-288-6279.

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