Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

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Advance Your Career Online with PennWest's MSSLP Program

Pennsylvania Western University (PennWest) offers an innovative Online Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MSSLP) program designed to accommodate the evolving needs of aspiring speech-language pathologists. Embrace the flexibility of a 100% online program without compromising the quality of education and clinical training required for excellence in the field.

Program Highlights

  • Flexible Learning: Our program caters to both full-time and part-time students to fit your schedule, allowing completion in 20 months or 29 months.
  • Comprehensive Curriculum: Our courses cover all critical aspects of speech-language pathology totaling 60 credits.
  • Innovative Clinical Training: Experience a blend of simulation, teletherapy, and external placements offering real-world clinical experiences across the lifespan.  
  • Certification Eligibility: Our fully accredited program is designed to ensure you meet ASHA certification requirements, regardless of your geographical location.
  • One-Week On-Campus Intensive: The required one-week on-campus intensive is designed to enhance  your clinical skills and provide you with practical, hands-on learning experiences.

Fact Sheet

Our department also offers a post-baccalaureate certificate and a face-to-face graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology at each campus location.

Accreditation Matters

The Master of Science (MS) education program in speech-language pathology {residential, distance education, and satellite locations} at Pennsylvania Western University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.


Our program caters to both full-time and part-time students to fit your schedule, allowing completion in 20 months or 29 months.

Advocacy and Leadership

PennWest prepares students to become advocates and leaders though involvement in regional, state, and national organizations and activities.

Fast Facts


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for speech-language pathologists in 2024.  




100% online


Earning your Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MSSLP) from Pennsylvania Western University (PennWest) online opens doors to a world of professional opportunities. Graduates of our program are equipped not just with in-depth theoretical knowledge but also with practical, hands-on experience that sets them apart in the job market. Graduates are qualified to work as a speech language pathologist in a variety of settings including acute care, outpatient facilities, skilled nursing facilities, early intervention, and schools.

Graduate Outcomes

  • Demonstrate adequate knowledge of principles of basic science and normal development in relation to speech, language and hearing for entry level into the profession.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of characteristics, etiologies, and diagnostic and treatment methods for each disorder area within the scope of practice for speech-language pathology.
  • Apply and integrate discipline-specific knowledge to develop and implement appropriate diagnostic and clinical management plans, providing services resulting in evidence-based practice in speech language pathology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional and ethical standards of conduct.

Eligibility and Application


We welcome students from any region to apply. Prospective international students are encouraged to inquire about additional considerations, which will be dependent on their home country.  Students must:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree in the field of Communication Sciences & Disorders or have completed a post-bac in Speech-Language Pathology from an accredited institution.*
  • Have earned at least an Overall 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in their undergraduate coursework and/or post-bac program.

*Students who do not hold an undergraduate degree in the field of Communication Sciences & Disorders and have not completed a post-bac in Speech-Language Pathology are welcome to apply to the 2-semester PennWest post-bac program.

How to Apply

Students will apply to the Online MSSLP program using CSDCAS, which will be available July, 2024. Search for “Pennsylvania Western University” and select to the Online Program. It is recommended students submit their application materials through CSDCAS several weeks before the deadline.

Application Requirements.

  • Transcripts from all institutions where college credit was received toward your baccalaureate degree to date (submitted to and verified through CSDCAS)
  • Three letters of recommendation reflecting your ability to succeed in an online SLP graduate program
  • Personal essay (specific prompts for this essay are within the application)
  • Resume
  • Top-tier candidates will be invited for a live interview, conducted remotely.


Applications for Spring 2025 consideration are due on October 15, 2024 by 11:59pm EST.  

Review Process

Shortly following the deadline, applications are reviewed by a committee and candidates are placed into tiers of admission. Top candidates will be invited for an interview, conducted remotely. All decisions and onboarding will be completed by the end of the calendar year.

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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