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Combined Master of Science/PhD in Speech-Language Pathology

Director, MS-SLP Program:

Michelle Mentis, PhD617-353-7480

Director, PhD Program:

Swathi Kiran, PhD, CCC-SLP617-358-5478

Study the neurological processes involved in speech recognition. Discover what happens in the mind of an infant about to speak his first words. Advance our understanding of treating language disorders in patients who have aphasia. Or ask a fascinating new question about human communication processes and begin your own search for the answer.

If you are an exceptional student with a bachelor’s degree who wants to pursue a career in speech-language pathology with a focus on research, you may qualify for this innovative, combined MS/PhD program that integrates coursework for the master’s degree and doctoral programs, plus supervised research and clinical experiences—all in a plan of study individualized for you with the help of a faculty advisory committee.

You can meet all the coursework and practicum requirements for both degrees at the end of three years of full-time study. At the end of two years, you’ll receive your MS-SLP degree and be eligible to take the doctoral preliminary examination for admittance to the doctoral program. After completing a year of core topics and research design coursework, you’ll work with your selected research mentor to complete a qualifying research project and begin your dissertation research.

We’re a small program in a large research university

The College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences is ranked in the top 6% in the nation for all of its graduate programs. Our speech-language pathology graduate programs are among the smallest in Boston. That means small classes, great discussions, close relationships, and exceptional access to some of the top professors and practitioners in the field.

Because you’re at Boston University, you’ll have access to outstanding academic resources and research opportunities—many in Sargent’s own research centers and labs, as well as interdisciplinary projects in other departments at BU. You’ll also find extensive learning and research options in Boston, a world-renowned center of scientific and medical research. Learn more about our faculty’s work in Sargent research centers and labs in Special Edition Inside Sargent: Accomplishments in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences.

You’ll get broad clinical experience, on campus and off

Starting in your first semester, your clinical practicum courses will give you the broadest possible exposure to patients across the lifespan with communication disorders at all levels of severity. You’ll work in many settings, too, from early intervention to nursing homes, from schools to private practice.

This breadth of experience is possible for two reasons. First, Sargent College operates its own clinical centers right on campus. Our graduate students, supervised by faculty practitioners, treat groups and individuals from the Boston community at the Academic Speech, Language & Hearing Center. Specialized clinics, such as the Aphasia Resource Center, provide greater depth of experience with specific disorders.

Secondly, our location in a world-class medical hub gives us access to premiere institutions like Massachusetts General Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston for student internships. Our students learn from and work with master clinicians at the city’s most respected medical facilities.

A PhD in Speech-Language Pathology will prepare you for a leadership position in the field. Most of our doctoral students plan to pursue careers in research, university teaching or administration of clinical practice. The MS/PhD program welcomes students with diverse educational backgrounds from all over the world. We invite you to read more about the program. If you have questions, please email the program director.