Speech-Language Pathology, M.S.

The mission of the Master’s Program in Speech-Language Pathology at Xavier University of Louisiana is to produce professionals who are clinically competent as defined by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to respectfully and compassionately address the needs (i.e., prevention, identification, treatment) of individuals across the life span with communicative disorders, differences or those who are at-risk of such problems within and across diverse communities, settings, and contexts.

About the MS-SLP program

  • The MS-SLP program may be completed in two years. 
  • Over the span of five semesters (typically)
  • Time to completion may vary depending on student course load and progress.
  • Academic content and clinical experiences are designed to prepare students for work with culturally and linguistically diverse populations
  • Requirement: 51 credit hours; 400 supervised clinical practicum hours

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, MS, SLP education program in speech-language pathology at Xavier University of Louisiana is a Candidate for Accreditation 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, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Candidacy is a “preaccreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of 5 years.

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Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a preferred overall 3.0 GPA and preferred 3.2 GPA in the Communication Sciences and Disorders courses

    *Applicants who do not meet the preferred grade point average may be considered for conditional admission based on their last 60 hours of semester credit.

  • 3 letters of recommendation, 2 academic, and 1 professional 

  • Official transcripts from every college or university attended. 

  • Successful completion of a face-to-face interview, upon invitation.

  • Personal Statement

    As part of the application process, applicants must clearly express in writing their views on cultural and linguistic diversity

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score requirements include a 280 preferred combined score.  (Verbal & Quantitative Reasoning), preferred writing score of 3.0


    Students who are not native speakers of English will be required to pass the TOEFL and demonstrate English speaking comprehension skills appropriate for service delivery. A minimum TOEFL score of 600 on the paper-based exam, or 100 on the internet-based exam, must be achieved on a test taken within the last two years. Students may be referred for accent reduction or ESL instruction.

  • NOTE: Simply meeting the criteria outlined above is not a guarantee of admission as admission is based on a holistic review of the overall application.

  • Students will be notified in March about their application decision for the upcoming Fall semester"

  • Documents Needed:

    • Online application
    • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
    • GRE or MAT scores are required
    • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Personal Statement - as part of the application process, applicants must clearly express in writing their views on cultural and linguistic diversity
    • Successful completion of a face-to-face interview, upon invitation


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