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

Earn Your Degree In Speech-Language Pathology at The University Of Mary

The ability to communicate is based on our most fundamental functions—from our cognitive abilities to our own ability to swallow. But, many people face significant challenges when it comes to these human needs. You can make a difference by specializing in a distinct and much-needed area of medicine.

By earning your master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Mary, you’ll build skills in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating different levels of speech, language, and swallowing difficulties. You’ll also gain credentials for becoming a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who is prepared for meaningful work in a wide range of clinical and non-clinical settings.




About Accreditation for Speech 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.


  1. Gain Hands-On Experiences

    Participate in advanced clinical off-campus experiences that will build your expertise and confidence in the field—and meet the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) required number of client contact hours.

  2. Publish and Present Scholarly Work

    Start your career ready for professional distinction. You’ll conduct meaningful and relevant research and communicate it professionally—work that will prepare you to develop new insights and make a meaningful impact in the field.

  3. Ground Your Practice in Faith and Reason

    As part of the University of Mary, you’ll ground your education in the Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values that will help you clarify and defend personal and social values to uphold the pathway for justice in multiple contexts.




To view a sample program of study, click here.

For a list of courses for the Loading..., please visit the catalog.

In order to be admitted to the University of Mary’s Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology degree program, you’ll need:

  1. A bachelor's degree or post-baccalaureate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (must be completed prior to beginning the University of Mary’s Master Speech-Language Pathology Program) 
  1. Proof of completion of the following pre-requisite courses:
    1. Biological Science with lab
    2. General Chemistry with lab OR Physics with lab
    3. Psychology (General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, or Abnormal Psychology)
    4. Statistics (from math or psychology department)
  1. 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 two (2) classes.
  1. Three (3) satisfactory letters of reference addressing moral and ethical behavior, academic abilities, and work ethic.
  1. 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.
  1. Official GRE scores within the last five (5) years, submitted directly to Mary.

Additional Requirements for International Candidates

  1. 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.
  1. Foreign Transcripts - The University of Mary’s 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.

Applicants must follow the general university admissions procedure for graduate studies, as well as the program-specific requirements listed below. Interested students may start the application process by following the instructions at

The University of Mary Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program is participating in the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS). To apply for the program, please submit your application to CSDCAS and indicate the University of Mary as 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 August 1. 

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 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). Applicants applying to our master’s level program will apply online using the CSDCAS application beginning on August 1. 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 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)

If you are thinking about pursuing a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, you might also be interested in the following graduate programs offered at the University of Mary: