Application Deadline: January 1 for fall admission

The requirements for admission to this program are:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Evidence of academic and clinical aptitude in the form of previous academic records
  • Aptitude scores on the Graduate Record Examination (institution code 0681)
  • Three letters of reference from individuals familiar with your academic ability

Prerequisite coursework

Fall 2014 matriculants*: The following prerequisite courses may be completed prior to matriculation but do not have to be. The only exception is SAR SH 524 Language Acquisition, which must be completed prior to matriculation. Applicants from backgrounds other than speech and hearing (e.g., psychology, linguistics, biology, etc.) may not have taken any of the listed prerequisites. Once accepted into the program, students may complete these courses on a non-graduate-credit basis concurrent with graduate study. An early-entry option is also available that permits accepted applicants to complete some prerequisite coursework during the summer before matriculation

Fall 2015 matriculants**:  The following seven prerequisite courses must be completed.  Two courses, SAR SH 521 Phonetics and SAR SH 524 Language Acquisition must be completed prior to matriculation. The other five prerequisite courses may be completed prior to matriculation but do not have to be. Applicants from backgrounds other than speech and hearing (e.g., psychology, linguistics, biology, etc.) may not have taken any of the listed prerequisites. Once accepted into the program, students may complete these courses on a non-graduate-credit basis concurrent with graduate study. An early-entry option is also available that permits accepted applicants to complete some prerequisite coursework during the summer before matriculation.

SARSH521: Phonetics

Application of International Phonetic Alphabet to sounds of American English. Detailed analysis of vowel and consonant sounds. Students learn and practice the skills necessary to analyze and transcribe speech sounds to describe the speech patterns of various American dialects and speech disorders. (Credits: 2)

SARSH522: Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism

Study of the physiological structures and functions that underlie speech production. Emphasis is placed on the respiratory, phonatory, and articulatory systems. Introduction to neuroanatomy and neural control of the production of speech as well as dysfunction of these normal processes in clinical disorders is included. (Credits: 4)

SARSH524: Language Acquisition

This course will focus on first language acquisition in infancy and childhood. We will cover the progression of language development in each of the traditional areas of linguistic analysis: phonology, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics. The course will be focused on experimental research in typical language acquisition and on different theories that strive to explain the underlying cognitive and linguistic mechanisms at work in an early learner. (Credits: 4)

SARSH531: Introduction to Communication Disorders

Introduction to various speech and language disorders found across linguistically and culturally diverse populations. Characteristics underlying biological systems and methods for evaluation and treating a variety or communication disorders are examined. Exploration of the professions of speech pathology and audiology. (Credits: 4)

SARSH535: Diagnostic Audiology

Requires both lecture and lab to cover hearing assessment through the use of pure-tone and speech audiometric techniques as well as the measurement of middle-ear function. The course also includes information about the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, acoustics, and the effect of noise on hearing. (Credits: 4)

SARSH542: Aural Rehabilitation

An introduction to theory and techniques of audiologic habilitation and rehabilitation in audiology and speech-language pathology. The significance of Deaf world issues in the field of aural rehabilitation is addressed throughout the course. (Credits: 4)

SARSH547: Introduction to the Clinical Process I

This course is designed to prepare speech-language pathology students to enter into clinical practicum. Students will study theories of clinical process through guided observation experiences, culminating to a final mini-practicum experience. As part of this course, students will complete the ASHA requirement of 25 clinical observation hours. (Credits: 4)

*Fall 2014 matriculants: SAR SH 524 Language Acquisition must be completed prior to matriculation.

** Fall 2015 matriculants: SAR SH 521 Phonetics and SAR SH 524 Language Acquisition must be completed prior to matriculation.

***Note that SAR SH 547 can be substituted with SAR SH 647

The Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology requires that a course be completed in each of the following areas prior to graduation from the master’s degree program. If these courses have not been completed prior to matriculation, they may be completed on a non-graduate-credit basis concurrently with graduate study.

  • Biological Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences
  • Statistics

The applicant must submit evidence of academic and clinical aptitude in the form of previous academic records and aptitude scores on the Graduate Record Examination (Boston University CSDCAS 0681) and at least three letters of reference from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic ability.

Application Process

All applications are filed electronically through a centralized application system: CSDCAS. Application Deadline: January 1, 2015 for entry in September 2015.

CSDCAS Customer Service is available Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: 617-612-2030
Email: csdcasinfo@csdcas.org
Address (All official transcripts MUST be sent to CSDCAS at the address below):

CSDCAS Verification Department
P.O. Box 9113
Watertown, MA 02471

Note: CSDCAS posts Frequently Asked Questions on the applicant portal, which can be accessed even before an application is created. Please read the FAQs before submitting your application.

Technical Standards for the MS-SLP Program

The following “Technical Standards” have been formally adopted by the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College. Applicants and students for the MS-SLP degree must have abilities and skills in the areas of cognition/judgment/observation, communication, interpersonal/attitudinal attributes, and physical and sensory motor skills as described below and are built on the assumption that students have the capacity to make travel arrangements to and from classroom and/or practica settings and dress in a professionally appropriate manner. These Technical Standards are necessary for full participation in the academic and clinical work required by the Speech-Language Pathology Program at Boston University and must be demonstrated on a consistent basis.

Cognitive/Judgment/Observation

  1. Problem solving ability sufficient to organize and complete multiple tasks (such as projects, assignments and work relating to client care) from multiple courses and/or clinical practica, accurately and within assigned time frames. These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis and synthesis.
  2. Ability to use appropriate judgment with clients, family members, and other stakeholders during lectures, independent studies, application sessions, and all clinical activities.
  3. Adherence to safety precautions and ability to provide a safe environment for others and respond quickly to emergency situations.
  4. Ability to use your intellectual capacity, exercise good judgment, and promptly complete all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of clients under potentially stressful circumstances. These include an intensive curricula with academic (classroom and independent studies) and clinical practica learning experiences  that require effective and adequate coping and time management skills.
  5. Capability to complete self-evaluation and apply feedback to academic and clinical practica situations in order to develop appropriate strategies for professional growth.
  6. Aptitude to generalize and apply academic knowledge to clinical situations. Ability to incorporate new information from peers, teachers, supervisors and scientific literature in formulating diagnoses and treatment plans.
  7. Ability to initiate and attend to a task until completion.
  8. Ability to observe and participate in academic sessions and clinical practica settings determined essential by the faculty. Observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision and other sensory modalities. Student must be able to observe a patient accurately both at a distance and close at hand, noting non-verbal as well as verbal signals.

Communication

  1. Ability to speak the English language intelligibly, hear sufficiently, and observe clients closely to elicit and transmit information; describe changes in mood, activity, and posture; and perceive nonverbal communication and cues.
  2. Comprehend and use the English language in an understandable, relevant and concise manner both verbally and in writing, including grammar and organization in an efficient time frame specific to the task.
  3. Capability for precise written work necessary for completing curricular demands, appropriate medical records, documents, and plans according to protocol, in a thorough and timely manner.
  4. Possess reading skills at a sufficient level to accomplish curricular requirements and provide care for clients in a thorough and timely manner.
  5. Ability to communicate sensitively, effectively, efficiently, appropriately and professionally with peers, faculty, supervisors, other professionals, clients, and their significant others on a one-to-one basis, in a small group, large classroom setting, and large group and to respect the confidentiality of client/patient information.  
  6. Willingness to initiate and actively participate in classroom and clinical settings.

Interpersonal/Attitudinal/Logistical

  1. Ability to use intellectual capacity, exercise good judgment, and promptly respond and adapt to the client’s needs under potentially stressful circumstances. Must be flexible in being able to adapt to changing environments and client factors, and respond in the face of uncertainties inherent in clinical practica.
  2. Capability for empathy and the capacity to work within clinical environments that involve exposure to persons with physical and mental disabilities. Must also be able to appropriately deal with situations involving pain, grief, death, stress, communicable diseases, blood and body fluids, and toxic substances.
  3. Willingness to work with a diverse client population including persons of various ages, disabilities, sexual preferences, ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  4. Ability and willingness to modify behavior/ performance in the classroom or clinical settings after feedback from the instructor or clinical practicum supervisor. Understand and respect faculty and supervisory authority.
  5. Comply with all administrative, ethical, legal and regulatory policies.

Physical/Sensory Motor

  1. Manual dexterity and motor planning sufficient to manipulate evaluation and intervention materials and equipment.
  2. Hearing and visual acuity and visual field sufficient to respond independently to an emergency situation signaled by a change in an individual’s appearance, verbal, non-verbal, or physical communication of distress, and/or environmental event.
  3. Capacity to attend and actively participate in all lecture and application sessions including real time tests and clinical practica situations. Coordination of gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, with functional use of the senses of touch, hearing and vision.
  4. Maintenance of appropriate personal hygiene.
  5. Visual and auditory capacity to monitor equipment, evaluate diagnostic imaging and perform all standard clinical procedures.

Applicants and students should review the Technical Standards for the MS-SLP program carefully and identify if additional supports are needed to meet these Standards consistently for any portion (classroom and clinical work) of the MS-SLP program. Students who have a disability may request reasonable accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students are encouraged to contact the University’s Office of Disability Services to arrange an individualized consultation to discuss any support services or accommodations they may need.

Sargent College Student Criminal Background Information

Students who are admitted into Sargent College routinely participate in clinical education experiences as a part of the respective program curricula.  Most clinical education facilities require criminal background checks to determine student’s eligibility for participation.  History of a criminal background may disqualify students from participating in these experiences which are required for successful completion of the degree program.