Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences

Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences


Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathology


About the Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences

Fundamentals are the focus of our teaching in the Speech, Language & Hearing Department at BU College of Health & Rehabilitation: Sargent College. In any of our degree programs, you’ll gain an understanding and appreciation of scientific inquiry combined with deep knowledge of the processes related to communication, cognition, and swallowing.

Starting with undergraduate degrees in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences or a combined major with Linguistics, we offer academic programs for students at every level – including advanced research training in our PhD program. If your interest is in clinical speech-language pathology, our highly ranked MS-SLP is an excellent choice. Two accelerated combined degree programs, the BS/MS-SLP and MS-SLP/PhD are also innovative options for you to consider.

U.S. News & World Report ranks our master of science in speech-language pathology #10 in the nation. Dynamic classes and outstanding faculty contribute to excellence. Our location in a renowned urban center of science and medicine provides rich opportunities for clinical training and research. Our graduate students stand out for their high rate of program completion, employment, and subsequent leadership in the field as practitioners, researchers, and educators.

And our undergraduates? Besides assisting in the Sargent College clinic, they gain valuable experience and unforgettable experiences in dozens of volunteer programs on campus and in Boston. With a strong liberal arts foundation and solid professional education, most go on to be accepted into top graduate programs, both at BU and elsewhere.

Commitment to Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism

The Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences Department condemns racism in all forms and recognizes our role in providing an inclusive educational experience while working to dismantle racism in the field of communication sciences and disorders. Read our full statement and action plan for equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.


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Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences Chair

Clinical Professor and Chair, Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences | Program Director, Master of Science in SLP

Michelle Mentis, PhD, CCC-SLP

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The foundation of any academic program is its faculty, and our SLHS department includes a distinguished group of scholars. Areas of research include psychoacoustics, language acquisition, and aphasia rehabilitation. The faculty also includes some of the discipline’s rising stars - our assistant professors are leading active lab groups addressing challenging questions in voice production, velopharyngeal insufficiency, language impairment, language processing, neuroplasticity, and auditory processing. Our researchers are making new discoveries about the nature of these phenomena while at the same time uncovering new paths for effective diagnosis and treatment. Our Faculty

Program Directors

Program Director, Bachelor of Science in SLHS | Clinical Associate Professor

Diane Parris Constantino, MS CCC/SLP, BCS-F

Clinical Professor and Chair, Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences | Program Director, Master of Science in SLP

Michelle Mentis, PhD, CCC-SLP

Program Director, Joint Bachelor of Science in Linguistics and SLHS | Associate Professor

Tyler K. Perrachione, PhD

Program Director, PhD in SLHS | Professor

Cara E. Stepp, PhD

Centers and Labs