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

Speech-Language Pathology Master's Degree Program

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

The master’s program in speech-language pathology at the University of Mary is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Candidacy is a “pre-accreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of 5 years.

For more information, please see recent CAA decisions.

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.

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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)

CSD 630 AAC

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)

The University of Mary Master of Science Speech-Language Pathology program is participating the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS) in the 2018-2019 application cycles. To apply for the program, please submit your application to CSDCAS and indicate the University of Mary is one of your choices. CSDCAS will send the documentation to the Speech-Language Pathology Department Admission Committee for consideration. Applicants applying to our Master’s level program will apply online using the CSDCAS application beginning on September 1, 2018. Click here to learn more about CSDCAS.

After receipt of application through CSDCAS, the Admissions Committee selects candidates eligible for the required personal interview. The final class is selected based on an objective point system based on cumulative GPA, GPA in pre-requisite courses, GRE, professional references, and the interview. The deadline for submission of the application to CSDCAS is January 15 of the year prior to the September start date. Interviews are conducted in late February.

Application Instructions

The University of Mary Master of Science Speech-Language Pathology program is participating the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS) in the 2018-2019 application cycles. Applicants applying to our Master’s level program will apply online using the CSDCAS application beginning on September 2, 2018. Click here to learn more about CSDCAS.

CSDCAS helpful links and information:

CSDCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9113
Watertown, MA 02471

Students must submit transcripts directly to CSDCAS. If accepted into the MS SLP program, you will need to also submit your final transcripts with degree conferral to the University of Mary admissions office.

Coursework entry is a required task on for successful application in the CSDCAS process. Please have your unofficial transcripts on hand to assist with entering the required information. CSDCAS also has professional transcript entry if you do not wish to manually enter yourself, however this may take up to 30 days, so please plan accordingly.

The following documents must be uploaded or submitted to CSDCAS:

  1. Official Transcripts
  2. Personal Statement
  3. CV/Resume
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. 25 observation hours
  6. TOEFL (CSDCAS TOEFL code: 1220)

The following documents must be sent directly to the University of Mary:

  • GRE scores (Code: 6428)

Students are required to complete the following:

1.  A bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders or a completed post-baccalaureate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders prior to beginning the University of Mary Master Speech Language Pathology Program

2.  Pre-requisite Course Requirements:

  • Biological Science with lab
  • General Chemistry with lab OR Physics with lab
  • Psychology (General Psychology, Developmental Psychology or Abnormal Psychology)
  • Statistics (from math or psychology department)

3.  A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum of a "C" in all CSD and pre-requisite coursework. Students may retake pre-requisite coursework one time. A GPA of 3.0 in pre-requisite coursework is required. Of the pre-requisite courses or CSD courses, a student may only retake a total of 2 classes.

4.  Three (3) satisfactory letters of reference addressing moral and ethical behavior, academic abilities, and work ethic.

5.  Twenty-five (25) observation hours with a ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologist (CCC). Submit evidence of clinical hours to CSDCAS as part of the application.

6.  Official GRE scores within the last five (5) years, submitted directly to UMARY.

7.  International candidates must submit official TOEFL scores to CSDCAS by the application deadline. Applicants much achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 89 on the Internet-based test (iBT). The MS Speech-Language Pathology Program also requires a minimum TOEFL iBT Speaking subscale of 26, TOEFL iBT Writing subscale score of 24, TOEFL iBT Reading subscale score of 21, and iBT Listening subscale score of 18. All exams are valid for two years.

8.  Foreign Transcripts - The University of Mary MS Speech-Language Pathology program only accepts pre-requisite coursework taken at an accredited US institution. Coursework completed in Canada should be submitted to CSDCAS for evaluation.

Program Advisors:
Jessica Smith, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, Program Chair
Robyn Zeltinger, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Coordinator
Afua Blay, Ph.D., SLP, Assistant Professor
Javad Anjum, MBBS, PhD, Assistant Professor
Danyal Kafer, M.A., CCC-SLP, Clinical Faculty

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

Praxis Pass Rates - No data to report until first graduating class in the Spring of 2020.

Completion Rates - No data to report until first graduating class in the Spring of 2020.

Employment Rates - No data to report until first graduating class in the Spring of 2020.

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