Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences


The Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences has three primary programs:

  • a Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences (SLHS) and a joint major in Linguistics & SLHS
  • a professional program in speech-language pathology, MS-SLP, that is nationally accredited
  • a PhD in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences

The department hosts a minor in SLHS; two combined programs, BS/MS-SLP and MS-SLP/PhD, are also available. The intercollegiate BS program in Linguistics and Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences is offered in conjunction with the College of Arts & Sciences.


The mission of the Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences is to provide high-quality pre-professional education in the field of communication sciences and disorders, to provide state-of-the-art preparation for professional practice in speech-language pathology, and to offer outstanding doctoral-level preparation for those who wish to assume leadership positions in the realms of teaching, research, or clinical practice. The department contributes substantially to the discovery of new knowledge and the application of data-substantiated theory to assessment and treatment. The faculty are enthusiastically involved in interdisciplinary activities and collaborations within BU, including the Medical Campus, Boston Medical Center, and Sargent College.


The Master of Science education program in speech-language pathology at Boston University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850; 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. The Master of Science program enables students to fulfill the requirements for professional certification by ASHA in speech-language pathology and prepares them to obtain Massachusetts state licensure and/or a teacher license. Advanced graduate studies and doctoral programs are provided for those seeking additional professional training and research skills.