Develop the skills you need for a rewarding career helping people with speech and language disorders. As a student in the Speech-Language Pathology program, you'll benefit from a student-centered curriculum, relevant research opportunities, and varied clinical experiences that will prepare you to address the needs of people with communication and swallowing disorders of any age. Under the guidance of our caring faculty experts, you will be able to build your future as a speech-language pathologist in a wide range of practice settings.

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Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.)

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree plus prerequisite coursework (anatomy/physiology of communication mechanisms; phonetics; speech and language development; speech and hearing science; statistics; biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • For undergraduates in Communcation Sciences and Disorders, a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the major

Length of Program

 7 quarters, 21 months, full-time

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Practicum and Advanced Practicum Placements

  • Students engage in practica at the University Multidisciplinary Clinic and other community-based settings for at least three quarters.
  • Two advanced practica of ten week duration are completed in both educational and healthcare settings.
  • Our program is affiliated with public and private schools, in-patient rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation hospitals and facilities, and private practice clinics to ensure a range of practicum opportunities for every Midwestern student.

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Speech-Language Pathologist Professional Responsibilities

  • Evaluation and treatment of adults and children with communication and/or swallowing deficits
  • Screening and education
  • Consultation
  • Research
  • Administration

US Employment Projections through 2026

Speech-language pathologist continues to be one of the top rated professions in the United States based upon growth of the profession, available jobs, and starting salaries. U.S. News and World Reports (20131) has consistently ranked this profession as one of the most desirable jobs in America for the past five years. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (20132) expects 25,900 new jobs for SLPs before 2026, or a growth rate of 18%.

1U.S. News and World Reports |  | Retrieved 1-15-19

2U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections, PSB Suite 2135, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20212-0001| Telephone: 1-202-691-5700 | | Retrieved 1-15-19

Mean Salary (2017)

The national median speech-language pathologist salary is $76,610 per year, or $36.83/hr. (U.S. Department of Labor Statistics; Occupational Outlook Handbook; | Retrieved 1-15-19)

Admission Requirements


Individuals applying for admission to the College of Health Sciences Speech-Language Pathology Program must submit documentation of the following minimum requirements before the academic year commences for the incoming class:

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution in Communication Sciences and Disorders, inclusive of the courses listed below, or
  2. Completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution in an area other than Communication Sciences and Disorders with completion of a specified sequence of prerequisite coursework including all of the following:
    • Anatomy and Physiology of Communication Mechanisms
    • Phonetics
    • Speech and Language Development
    • Speech and Hearing Science
    • Statistics
    • One course each in biological sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences
  1. Minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Grades of C or better for prerequisite courses; grades of C- are not acceptable.
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the undergraduate major.
  3. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues.
  4. Scores on the general and writing sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) using the Midwestern University institution code of 1769.
    • The test must have been taken no earlier than January 1, 2014.
    • For more information about the GRE contact Educational Testing Services (ETS) at 866/473-4373 or visit
  1. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on academic, clinical, and professional experiences of the applicant.
  2. A completed CSDCAS application.
  3. An interview with faculty (invitation only).
  4. During the on-campus interview day, write an essay given a clinical writing prompt (for interview candidates only).
  5. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.
  6. Passage of the Midwestern University criminal background check.
  7. Proof of CPR certification through completion of a healthcare provider course certified by the American Heart Association.

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Program Description


The Speech-Language Pathology Program provides academic, research, and clinical experiences that culminate in the Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology degree. The program of study spans seven quarters of study, with degree completion targeted for 21 months. Five quarters of didactic coursework are followed by two quarters of internship experiences. Students may elect to complete a master's thesis or an alternate research-based capstone. Graduates of the program will be prepared for entry-level  positions as speech-language pathologists in a variety of educational or healthcare settings. 



Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.  Speech-Language Pathology programs are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

The Master of Science Program in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) at Midwestern University (MWU) is accredited 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.

Campus Safety


Students on the Downers Grove Campus benefit from a safe and secure suburban learning environment. Located 25 miles west of Chicago, our beautiful gated campus features 105-acres of wooded land and provides students with excellent living and learning opportunities. In addition, the University maintains a strong record of campus safety and has earned several partnership and citizen awards from local fire and police departments.

At Midwestern University, the safety and security of all members of our academic community is a top priority. For more information about our campus safety statistics, visit the national Campus Safety and Security database at

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