The Online Master of Science in Communication Disorders Program

Prepare to Become a Speech-Language Pathologist | ASHA-Accredited

When you pursue your online master’s in speech-language pathology (SLP) from Emerson College, you become a lifelong member of our vibrant community that is dedicated to shaping the lives of children and adults facing speech, language, and swallowing challenges while also addressing the needs of families and caregivers.

Speech@Emerson offers the same curriculum as our on-campus program. The coursework you complete, along with the skills and experience you gain through the program, prepares you to pursue national certification and licensure as a speech-language pathologist.

20
months to complete, 5-term track

36
months to complete, 9-term track

As a student in the online master’s in speech-language pathology program, you may choose to complete the program in as few as 20 months through a 5-term track or in as many as 36 months through a 9-term track. If you need to complete foundational coursework prior to beginning applied graduate coursework, the program will take longer to complete.


ASHA Accreditation and Licensure

The master’s in Communication Disorders education program in speech-language pathology at Emerson College is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Our online program satisfies the academic and clinical requirements to pursue ASHA certification as a speech-language pathologist.

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State licensure varies based on where you wish to practice. Check your state’s requirements to ensure our online master’s in speech-language pathology program will allow you to pursue licensure.

Emerson College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Prepare to Become a Speech-Language Pathologist

Learn more about our online master’s in speech-language pathology program or get started on your application today.

Online Master’s in SLP Admissions

Admission to Emerson’s online master’s in speech-language pathology program is competitive, and we seek diverse candidates from a range of academic backgrounds. With multiple start dates throughout the year, you can begin classes when it’s convenient for you: January, May, or September.

We review applications on a rolling basis, so the sooner you apply, the sooner you will receive an admissions decision. Learn more about the application process.

The priority deadline for the upcoming Speech@Emerson cohort is

September 25, 2020

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Online Master’s in SLP Curriculum

Designed and delivered by exceptional Emerson faculty, the online master’s in speech-language pathology curriculum teaches you how to assess and treat an array of communicative challenges experienced by people across their lifespan.

The coursework delves into a range of evidence-based topics, from typical and disordered communication to theories of language development, impairment, and rehabilitation.

Through live class sessions, on-campus immersions, and clinical placements, you will learn family-focused, developmental, cognitive, psychosocial, behavioral, and medical models.

For a full list of courses and descriptions, view our Course Catalogue.

2
immersions at Emerson’s Boston campus

400
hours of clinical placement experience

54
applied credit hours

On-Campus Immersions

You will attend two weekend-long immersion experiences at Emerson’s Boston campus. The immersion is a great opportunity to connect with your peers and faculty while practicing hands-on application of concepts learned in class under licensed supervision.

Learn more about the Speech@Emerson curriculum.

Clinical Placements

You will complete one virtual placement and four community placements. Our team of dedicated placement specialists will help you find local sites within our national partner network where you can experience hands-on training. Your community placements will span at least four semesters, broadening your professional experience with a variety of individuals.

As a student in the online master’s in speech-language pathology program, you must accumulate at least 400 hours of clinical placement experience.

Learn more about our online master’s in speech-language pathology clinical placements.

SLP Careers

Career and Salary Outlook for SLPs

The online master’s in speech-language pathology program fulfills the requirements and prepares you to pursue ASHA certification as a speech-language pathologist, working with individuals who have the following:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Aphasia
  • Language and literacy challenges
  • Fluency disorders
  • Phonological and articulation disorders
  • Complex communication needs
  • Cognitive-communicative disorders
  • Voice disorders
  • Swallowing problems
  • Motor-speech disorders
  • Deafness or difficulty hearing

In 2018, 40 percent of SLPs worked in schools, while most others worked in healthcare facilities, such as hospitals.1 More specific settings include public and private schools, private practices, acute care hospitals, and rehabilitation facilities.

Earning potential for speech-language pathologists depends on many factors, such as experience, workplace, and location. In May 2018, the median annual salary for SLPs was $77,510.2

Why Earn a Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology?

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have the ability to make an immediate impact on those struggling to communicate—a basic human need we often take for granted. As an SLP, you have the opportunity to deliver essential care in a one-on-one setting and provide life-changing support to people from different walks of life.

Emerson’s online master’s in speech-language pathology program gives you the generalist clinical training you need to pursue a career as a family-centered speech-language pathologist, able to treat clients and empower their caregivers.

Employment for speech-language pathologists is projected to grow 27 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.3

Employment for speech-language pathologists is projected to grow 27 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.3

The Need for SLPs

There are a range of societal factors contributing to the increased need for SLPs. Life expectancy is increasing as baby boomers age, and early intervention for children with speech, language, and cognitive disorders is becoming more prevalent.

Speech-language pathologist is ranked No. 8 on U.S. News & World Report’s 100 Best Jobs list.4

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Help Your Clients Find Their Voices

Earn your master’s in speech-language pathology online from Emerson and make an impact on clients in need.

The Emerson Community Online

With speech and communication as two of our founding principles, our high-level expertise in the communication disorders space represents our steadfast dedication to providing aspiring SLPs with the tools and techniques needed to support today’s clients, families, and caregivers. And we are honored to offer this same level of excellence in SLP education online to driven, compassionate professionals across the country.

Online Learning Experience—Made for You

Designed to seamlessly integrate Emerson’s evidence-based curriculum to your online learning experience, our virtual campus acts as your academic hub as well as your connection to our small, close-knit community.

As a student, you’ll use sophisticated technology that supports one-click access to your live classes, grades, tech support, and upcoming assignments. The intuitive and engaging online platform enables you to:

  • Attend weekly, live classes, which are kept small to facilitate discussion and collaboration and to ensure you’re fully immersed in the Emerson community. Connect with professors and peers from all over the country in high-quality, face-to-face breakout rooms to perform evaluations and implement intervention programs.
  • Access and complete coursework created by Emerson faculty at your own pace and on any device. The digital hub reflects our dedication to providing an online experience that supports your individual learning style, using features such as focus mode, dark theme, and closed captions.
  • Connect with colleagues meet one-on-one with professors, chat with classmates, and contact the support team through our interactive virtual campus. Emerson staff will work diligently alongside you to help guide you through your coursework and life as an online student.

Student Support

As a student in our online master’s in speech-language pathology program, you will have access to a comprehensive support network, including:

  • A dedicated admissions counselor
  • A faculty advisor
  • A student success advisor
  • A field placement specialist
  • A clinical supervisor who is a licensed SLP
  • A financial aid counselor
  • A technical support team
  • Career and library services

WeWork Global Access Membership

All online Speech@Emerson students gain a complimentary Global Access membership to the WeWork community. WeWork is a global network of hundreds of creative workspaces in more than 30 countries.

You will be able to use any WeWork location as a quiet place to study, a place to connect with local classmates, and a resource while traveling and studying on the go. Each space features key amenities, including private rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, printing and copying, lounges and kitchens, snacks and refreshments, and on-site support staff.

Want to view all WeWork locations near you?

Access Hundreds of Workspaces Worldwide

Request information to learn more about our partnership with WeWork along with additional offerings for students.

LinkedIn Premium Career

Through Speech@Emerson, you will receive access to LinkedIn Premium Career, which allows you to gain insight into who’s viewed your profile and how they found you, giving you the opportunity to strengthen your professional network. You will be able to directly message prospective hiring managers, helping you keep your name and résumé top-of-mind.

LinkedIn Premium Career also helps you grow in your current role through LinkedIn Learning, a library of short videos and courses that provides you with the resources to sharpen your SLP skills.


Emerson Faculty

The online master’s in speech-language pathology program is designed by the same exceptional faculty who teach in the on-campus program.

Our full-time faculty have earned graduate degrees in speech-language pathology or related fields. Most are practicing SLPs, and some engage in applied clinical research. All faculty are committed to integrating evidence-based practice into the learning process.

You can view profiles of our faculty and instructors here:

Pursue Your Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology

Take the next steps to become a speech-language pathologist and learn to treat clients with a variety of needs, as well as develop skills to support families and caregivers.

Request information to connect with an admissions counselor and receive more information about Speech@Emerson. Alternatively, you can call the admissions team Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET and Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm ET.

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1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Speech-Language Pathologists Return to footnote reference
2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Speech-Language Pathologists Return to footnote reference
3 Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Speech-Language Pathologists Return to footnote reference
4 100 Best Jobs. (2020). U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved March 18, 2020, from https://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings/the-100-best-jobs Return to footnote reference