BS/MS in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences

The combined BS/MS-SLP program is designed for highly motivated and academically talented students who are ready to commit to a career in speech-language pathology and to complete an undergraduate degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences with a master’s degree in speech-language pathology in less time than the customary six years of study.

The program includes 166 credits overall with 128 for the baccalaureate (BS) degree and 38 for the MS-SLP. To be admitted to this program, the student will have achieved a GPA of 3.6 (or better) at the end of the sophomore year and will have completed all of their natural science (biology and physical science) requirements, at least four SH courses, and both of the required psychology courses with a minimum of 54 credits earned at Boston University. At least one biology course must be taken at BU; if the student receives AP or IB credits for BI 107/108 then BI 106 or BI 211 must be completed. A sample course plan is included below:

Freshman Year

First Semester

  • CAS BI 105 Human Biology
  • CAS WR 100 Expository Writing
  • CAS PS 101 General Psychology
  • SAR SH 531 Introduction to Communication Disorders
  • SAR HP 150 Freshman Experience

Second Semester

  • CAS BI 106 Human Anatomy
  • CAS WR 150 Research and Writing Seminar
  • SAR HP 151 Introduction to Health Professions (2 cr)
  • Social science elective (non-Psychology)
  • Optional general elective

Sophomore Year

First Semester

  • CAS MA 118 College Algebra and Trigonometry or CAS MA 121 Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences
  • SAR SH 522 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
  • SAR HP 252 Health and Disability Across the Lifespan
  • CAS philosophy, logic, or ethics elective

Second Semester

  • SAR SH 521 Phonetics (2 cr)
  • CAS Physical science elective
  • Cognition/neuroscience elective
  • SAR SH 524 Normal Language Acquisition
  • General elective

Junior Year

First Semester

  • SAR SH 535 Introduction to Audiology
  • SAR SH 523 Introduction to Speech Science
  • SAR HP 353 Organization and Delivery of Health Care in the U.S. or
    SAR elective
  • CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics

Second Semester

  • SAR SH 547 Introduction to Clinical Process
  • SAR SH 505 Phonological Disorders
  • CAS MA 113, 115, or CAS PS 211 Statistics
  • General elective

Senior Year

First Semester

  • SAR SH 542 Aural Rehabilitation
  • SAR SH 737 Evaluation and Diagnosis (3 cr)
  • SAR SH 700 Research Methods (2 cr)
  • SAR SH 708 Models of Language (3 cr)
  • SAR SH 709 Language Analysis (1 cr)
  • SAR SH 756 Cognition and Neural Bases

Second Semester

  • SAR SH 738 Dysphagia (3 cr)
  • SAR SH 735 Preschool Language Disorders (3 cr)
  • SAR SH 729 School Age Lang. Disorders (3 cr)
  • SAR SH 736 Aphasia
  • SAR SH 748 Hearing Practicum I (1 cr)

Graduate Program

Year 1—First Semester

  • SAR SH 740 Clinical Practicum I (2 cr)
  • SAR SH 733 Voice Disorders (2 cr)
  • SAR SH 703 Counseling (1 cr)
  • SAR SH 7** Specialty elective
  • SAR SH 691 Alternative and Augmentative Communication (3 cr)
  • SAR SH 721 Motor Speech Disorders (2 cr)

Second Semester

  • SAR SH 741 Clinical Practicum II (3 cr)
  • SAR SH 702 School Seminar (1 cr)
  • SAR SH 755 Speech Science (2 cr)
  • SAR SH 732 Fluency Disorders (2 cr)
  • SAR SH 752 AR Practicum (1 cr)
  • SAR SH 734 Acquired Cognitive Disorders (2)
  • SAR SH 7** Specialty elective (2 cr)

Summer

  • SAR SH 742 Clinical Practicum III (4 cr)

Year 2—First Semester

  • SAR SH 715 Professional Issues (0 cr)
  • SAR SH 743 Clinical Practicum Medical (5 cr)
  • SAR SH 650 Medical Seminar (1 cr)
  • SAR SH 790 Comprehensive exams (0 cr)