Speech Language Pathology, 4+1 BA-MS - 41SP

Pending final approval

Admission for undergraduate students to the BA- MS Program

Application to the MS Program for regular admission of undergraduate students occurs during the junior year. Applications are due on January 15. Applicants who submit after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis only. In order to apply to the BA- MS program, Saint Mary’s students must have:

  • At least junior standing at the application due date.
  • Completed the following prerequisite courses or be enrolled in at the application due date: SLP 220,230,240, 310, 330, 340, 412, 420, and PSYC 156 or 157, BIO 105 or 110, PHYS 111, PSYC 201, PSYC 401, and SOC 372.
  • A minimum overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 at the application due date.
  • Earned at least a GPA of 3.25 in the foundation SLP courses (SLP 220, 230, 240, 310 and 330) at Saint Mary’s College.
  • Met the essential functions required to practice as a speech-language pathologist
  • Successfully completed a criminal background check, fingerprint check, and drug screen before entering the Speech Pathology BA -MS program.

Major Requirements (59.5-62.5)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredits
Fall Semester - Semester 1 Pre-Professional  
SLP 220 Introduction to Communicative Disorders 3
PSYC 156
Introduction to Psychology: Culture and Systems (Sophia Course)
or Introduction to Psychology: Science for the Citizen
BIO 110 Understanding Women’s Cancers (Sophia Course) 4
Electives 5
SLP major courses = 3  
Sophia=room for at least 15 credit hours  
Second Semester
Spring Semester -Semester 2 Pre-Professional  
SLP 230 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism 3
Electives 12
SLP major courses=3  
Sophia=room for at least 12 credit hours  
Second Year
First Semester
Fall Semester - Semester 3 Pre-Professional  
PHYS 111 College Physics I: Mechanics and Waves (Sophia Course) 4
PSYC 201 Child Development 3
Electives 11
SLP major courses=0  
Sophia=room for at least 12 credit hours  
Recommended Study Abroad Semester  
Second Semester
Spring Semester - Semester 4 Pre-Professional  
SLP 240 Phonetics 3
SLP 310 Child Language Development 3
SLP 330 Speech and Hearing Sciences 3
Electives 9
SLP major courses=9  
Sophia=room for at least 6 credit hours  
Third Year
First Semester
Fall Semester-Semester 5 Pre-Professional  
SLP 340 Audiology for the Speech-Language Pathologist 3
PSYC 401 Psychology of Adult Development and Aging 3
SOC 372 Sociological Statistics 3
Electives 9
SLP major courses=3  
Sophia=room for at least 6  
Second Semester
Spring Semester-Semester 6 Pre-Professional  
SLP 412 Clinical Methods and Supervised Observation 3
SLP 420 Aural Rehabilitation 3
Electives 12
SLP major courses=6  
Sophia=room for at least 9  
Fourth Year
First Semester
Fall Semester - Semester 1 Professional  
SLP 502 Assessment 3
SLP 503 Speech Sound Disorders 3
SLP 505 Early Childhood Language Disorders 3
SLP 512 Neurology for Speech-Language Pathologists 3
SLP 584 Clinical Practicum: Proseminar 1
Second Semester
Spring Semester - Semester 2 Professional  
SLP 506 Later Childhood Language Disorders 3
SLP 508 Adult Language Disorders I 3
SLP 510 Research Methods in Speech-Language Pathology 3
SLP 516 Motor Speech Disorders 3
SLP 585 Clinical Practicum 1
 Total Credits128
Summer Semester - Semester 3 Professional
SLP 517Fluency3
SLP 521Cleft Palate1
SLP 524Autism Spectrum Disorders3
SLP 585Clinical Practicum1
Total = 9 credit hours
Fall Semester - Semester 4 Professional
SLP 509Adult Language Disorders II3
SLP 522Dysphagia3
SLP 525Counseling3
SLP 523Multi-Cultural Populations: Communication Disorders Across Cultures1.5
SLP 586Clinical Practicum2
Total = 12.5 credit hours
Spring Semester - Semester 5 Professional
SLP 518Voice1
SLP 520Augmentative and Alternative Communication3
SLP 586Clinical Practicum2
Total = 6 credit hours
Summer Session - Semester 6 Professional
SLP 587Advanced Clinical Practicum6
Total = 6 credit hours