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Valerie Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; (973) 972-2237
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Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology


The proposed Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MSSLP), to be located in Newark on the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences campus, is a 66-credit, entry-level program that will prepare students to prevent, evaluate, diagnose, and treat speech, language communication, and swallowing disorders.

This program, which will be completed over five consecutive semesters (two years), will emphasize service delivery for multiethnic, socially diverse populations – including dialectal speakers of English and bilingual/multilingual individuals – with speech, language, communication, and swallowing disorders within an interdisciplinary healthcare context. Eligible students will have the option of completing the Bilingual Competency Recognition (BCR). With a curricular emphasis on interprofessional services for communicatively-impaired ethnically diverse populations, our MSSLP program is expected to train students to work with both child and adult caseloads in our complex multidisciplinary healthcare settings serving multiethnic communities.

NOTE: The Master of Science in speech-language pathology at Rutgers University is an Applicant for Candidacy 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. If approved, the program plans to admit its first cohort of students in Fall 2021.

Founding Faculty

Valerie E. Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
MSSLP Program Director

Jose G. Centeno, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Bilingual Competency Recognition Coordinator

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Our program is unique in offering:

  • An academic, clinical, and interprofessional curriculum steeped in scientific information and clinical procedures regarding socially, culturally and linguistically diverse populations, including both dialectal and bilingual/multilingual speakers.
  • Academic education and clinical training with socially, and multiethnic populations across the lifespan.
  • Students who meet additional requirements will have the opportunity to be recognized with Bilingual Competency Recognition.

Academic Pre-requisites: Evidence of completion with a grade of B or better in the following undergraduate-level courses.

• Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms:
An introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the systems and processes involved in speech production, with a focus on the respiratory, phonatory, articulatory, resonatory, and nervous systems.
• Introduction to Audiology:
Introduction to the profession and practice of audiology through an overview of anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, physical properties of sound relevant to hearing assessment, techniques for hearing assessment, and auditory disorders
• Neurophysiological Bases for Communication:
Study of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system as it relates to the development of hearing, vision, thought, memory, and emotions, as well as the perception, processing and production of speech and language
• Phonetics:
Introduction to phonetics, the study of the production of speech sounds and their acoustic characteristics. Students will learn to identify, classify, and transcribe sounds from a variety of languages
• Speech and Hearing Science:
An overview of speech production, including acoustics and physiology, as well as speech perception
• Speech and Language Development:
How speech and language are acquired by young children
• Speech, Language and Communication Disorders across the Lifespan:
An introduction to the study of communication and its disorders across the lifespan. An overview of the profession of the profession of speech-language pathology, its history, the types of disorders encountered, their evaluation and treatment.
• Additional coursework includes three (3) credits in each of the following areas: biological science, physical science, and statistics and six (6) credits in social/behavioral sciences

 Admission Requirements

IMPORTANT UPDATE: For the Fall 2021 admission cycle, GRE scores are not required.

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 from an undergraduate program accredited in the U.S. or its equivalent
  • A personal written statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Competitive GRE scores on all three sections (verbal, quantitative, and analytical)
  • Students who have graduated from a foreign institution must submit a WES evaluation of their coursework and TOEFL scores along with an official transcript.
  • Application to the MSSLLP program must be submitted through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) at: (Deadline to apply is February 1)
The MSSLP is a full-time program.

SLP Program Curriculum

Year 1 Cr Course # Pre/Co-Requisites
Fall 1
Foundations of Ethnoracial-Social Diversity & Public Health for SLP Practice 3 SPLP 5110
Speech Sound Disorders in Children 3 SPLP 5120
Language Disorders in Young Children 3 SPLP 5131
Neuroscience for SLP Practice 3 SPLP 5140
Clinical Methods and Procedures 2 SPLP 5150 SPLP 5169
SLP Practicum & Seminar I 1 SPLP 5169 SPLP 5150
Research Principles for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice in SLP 3 SPLP 5320
Total Semester Credits 17
Spring 1
Adult Cognitive Communication Disorders 3 SPLP 5210 SPLP 5140
Language & Literacy Disorders in School-Age Children 3 SPLP 5132
Feeding & Swallowing Disorders 3 SPLP 5220 SPLP 5140
Acquired Language Disorders 3 SPLP 5230 SPLP 5140
Motor Speech Disorders 3 SPLP 5240 SPLP 5140
Autism Spectrum Disorders 1 SPLP 5250 SPLP 5131; 5132
SLP Practicum & Seminar II 1 SPLP 5179 SPLP 5169
Total Semester Credits 17
Summer 1 (6-Week Session A)
SLP Principles & Practices in Diverse Medical Settings 1 SPLP 5310
Alternative & Augmentative Communication 1 SPLP 5330
Foundations of Interprofessional Practice (online) 1 SHP1
Summer 1 (6-Week Session B)
Principles & Practices in Diverse School Settings 1 SPLP 5340 SPLP 5132
Voice Disorders 3 SPLP 5350
Special Topics in SLP 1 SPLP 5360
Summer Session 1 (12-Week Session)
SLP Practicum & Seminar III 1 SPLP 5189 SPLP 5179
Total Semester Credits 15
Year 2
Fall 2
SLP Externship & Seminar I 9 SPLP 6019 SPLP 5189
Fluency Disorders 2 SPLP 6410
Total Semester Credits 11
Spring 2
Comprehensive Examination (Pass/Fail) 0
SLP Externship & Seminar II 9 SPLP 6029 SPLP 6019
Aural Rehabilitation and Habilitation 3 SPLP 6510
Total Semester Credits 12
Total Program Credits 66

1SHP Foundations of Interprofessional Practice is currently under development

Course Descriptions

Fall 1


SPLP 5110 Foundations of Ethnoracial-Social Diversity and Public Health in SLP

This course will address ethnoracial and social diversity foundations of language, communication, and speech with an emphasis on minority groups and bilingual/multilingual and dialectal speakers of English in the U.S as well as health determinants and healthcare disparities, particularly in minority groups in multiethnic communities

SPLP 5120 Speech Sound Disorders in Children

This course will discuss the nature of speech sound disorders and differences that may occur in children who are monolingual, bilingual, or speak dialectal varieties of English. In addition, assessment procedures and intervention methods will be explored.

SPLP 5131 Language Disorders in Young Children

This course will focus on the etiology, characteristics, assessment, and treatment of language impairment in young children, including cognitive/processing deficits. Disordered language in young bilingual children and children who speak dialectal varieties of English and IPP considerations in the clinical services for language-disordered will also be discussed.

SPLP 5140 Neuroscience for SLP Practice

This course will focus on a foundational overview of the neuroanatomical bases and neurophysiological processes involved in unimpaired and impaired language, cognition, speech, and swallowing functions, including neurodiagnostic techniques.

SPLP 5150 Clinical Methods and Procedures

The course will provide an orientation to clinical practice in speech-language pathology across the lifespan. The clinical process is presented as a construct which interfaces interpersonal dynamics with best evidence-based professional practices. A decision-making continuum, including IPP and cultural competence considerations, is applied to the interpretation of individual cl