Become a Speech-Language Pathologist with Emerson College’s Online Master of Science in Communication Disorders Program
Online SLP Program Requirements
The online MS in Communication Disorders requires 54 graduate-level credit hours and can be completed on a full-time basis in as few as 20 months or on a part-time basis in 36 months. If you need to complete undergraduate-level prerequisites as part of your coursework, the program will take longer to complete.
- Academic and clinical courses: 51 credits
- Seminars/immersions: 3 credits
- Portfolio reflecting the integration of your academic and clinical work across semesters
- Written and oral assessments to demonstrate your clinical problem-solving skills
In conjunction with required courses, Speech@Emerson students must complete in-person clinical placements that satisfy both:
- The Emerson College requirements that they enroll in at least five semesters of Clinical Practica (CD 605) while in the program; and
- The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) requirement to accumulate at least 400 hours.
These are both minimums, and they are independent requirements. To complete the 400 clock hours required by ASHA, 25 hours must be spent in clinical observation, and 375 hours must be spent in direct client contact. Of the 375 contact hours, at least 325 must be obtained within the graduate program.
You will also attend two immersions at Emerson’s Boston campus during which you’ll have the opportunity to practice hands-on application of concepts learned in class under the supervision of faculty.
Online SLP Program Prerequisites
Depending on your academic background, you may need to take up to 18 credits of undergraduate-level prerequisite coursework. These courses need to have been completed in the past five years from your intended start date. All prerequisite courses are offered online. Although it is not necessary to have the following courses completed at the time of application, all students must complete them before beginning master’s-level courses.
You will work with our team of placement specialists to find local sites within our national partner network where you can treat clients. These semester-long, in-person clinical practica will span at least four semesters, broadening your hands-on, professional experience with a variety of individuals. You will also complete one virtual placement.
Through your clinical placements, you will apply evidence-based concepts learned in class in real-world settings, learn how to collaborate in professional environments, and develop your skills working directly with clients. Our clinical component is designed to equip you to work in any setting with clients ranging from newborns to the elderly.
During your clinical placements, you will:
- Grow your practical understanding of communication disorders that affect speech, language, literacy, social skills, cognition, and swallowing in clients of all ages;
- Gain exposure to clinical settings such as early intervention programs, public and private schools, private practices, and acute care and rehabilitation hospitals; and
- Learn professional collaboration, counseling skills, and how best to evaluate and treat diverse clients.