Graduate Program

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Program Chair

Rhea Paul
Program Chair
Tel: 203-416-3950
Paulr4@SacredHeart.edu

Department Location

Cambridge Building
7 Cambridge Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611 



The graduate program has two, full-time, on-campus tracks: a two-year track for applicants with an undergraduate pre-professional background in speech-language pathology and a three-year track for applicants with no speech-language pathology pre-professional background.

This program has been licensed by the State of Connecticut Department of Higher Education and awarded Candidacy, the first stage of Accreditation awarded by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). This status is awarded to new programs that demonstrate compliance with the Standards for Accreditation as outlined in CAA’s Standards Compliance Continuum, for an initial period of five years. It allows the program to matriculate and graduate students who, upon successful completion of the program, will be eligible for national certification and state licensure as Speech-Language Pathologists.

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What is the Application Deadline?

The deadline to have a complete application to the graduate program was January 15, therefore, applications complete after this date will be reviewed at the discretion of the Program Director. 

Two-year applications are processed through CSDCAS, you are only required to apply through CSDCAS. Please then submit the observation form below to Sacred Heart Graduate Admissions.

Internal SHU students and three year applicants, please apply on our website

All two-year applicants must submit the observation form to document the required 25 hours. Please email the form to balayana@sacredheart.edu and note your application will not be considered complete without the form. If the hours are in progress at time of application, send an email to that effect and forward the form when the hours have been acquired.  

Initial acceptances will be notified by April 1. After that date, students placed on the waiting list may continue to receive offers of admission up until the beginning of the fall semester.

What will I study?

You will acquire the scientific knowledge and clinical skills to prevent, assess and treat all aspects of human communication and swallowing disorders, including disorders of articulation, language, voice, fluency and feeding in clients from infants to the elderly. You will participate  in supervised clinical practicum in all areas of speech-language pathology practice with both children and adults in both educational and medical settings.

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Why choose Speech-Language Pathology at SHU?

‌Our curriculum design and approach to learning employs case studies, problem-based learning approaches, cooperative learning, and laboratory experiences. Clinical education, designed to meet ASHA requirements for 400 clock hours of supervised clinical practicum, will be met through interactions with expert clinical supervisors working in field placements for all aspects of SLP practice. You will also participate in two intensive externships, and a capstone clinical research experience.

Undergraduate students can complete a minor in speech-language pathology, and post-baccalaureate students who need the SLP prerequisites to apply to graduate school can participate in our Speech-Language Pathology Online Prerequisite Series (SLP-OPS)

Take your SLP Prerequisites online!

Will I have internship opportunities?

Yes, graduate students will obtain at least 400 hours of supervised clinical practicum in the prevention, evaluation and treatment of disorders of articulation, fluency, voice/resonance, language, hearing, swallowing, cognitive aspects of communication, social aspects of communication and communication modalities in both children and adults. Settings will include sites such as:

  • Local public schools
  • Cooperative Educational Services
  • Kennedy Center for Developmental Disabilities
  • Bridgeport Hospital
  • Norwalk Hospital
  • Midstate Medical Center
  • St. Vincent Hospital, and many others.

These practicum experiences are offered through off-campus facilities and settings, which will require that the student complete a criminal background check, a drug screening and/or fingerprinting before beginning the practicum. Visit our background check requirements page for details. 

Will I have service learning opportunities?

Students may be able to participate in a short-term (1-2 week) interprofessional, service learning experience in Guatamala.

Are there special admission requirements?

Admissions Requirements: All Students 

To be admitted to SHU’s graduate program in SLP, all students must:

  • Successfully complete all required prerequisites for the appropriate track by the end of the summer prior to enrollment in a graduate program.
  • Hold a Bachelor of Science or Arts degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative and 3.3 prerequisite GPA with no individual prerequisite course grade below a C.

It is also strongly recommended that all students applying for the SLP program complete the course below as required by the State of Connecticut for certification as a school SLP:

  • ED 152/552 Education in the US
  • ED 205/569 Education of Children with Special Needs
  • PS 252 Child Development Psychology

Other admissions requirements for all students include:

  • Application (please see above for stipulations)
  • GRE scores (no minimum score set)
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic sources
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Please Note: ALL prior schools’ transcripts MUST be submitted for review, regardless of whether or not transferred courses appear on the current school  transcript.
  • Admissions essay describing interest in the field of Speech-Language Pathology
  • Nonrefundable application fee

Applicants will be invited for interviews at the discretion of the SLP Department once complete applications are reviewed.

Admissions Requirements: 2-year track

In addition to the requirements already listed for all students, applicants to the 2 year track must provide documentation of:

  • Bachelor of Science or Arts degree with an overall GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Twenty-five hours of observation of Speech-Language Pathology practice by an ASHA certified SLP documented on SHU form (available from Admissions Office, or the equivalent form from another accredited college or university)
  • Successful completion of the following courses or their equivalents with no grade below C and a GPA of at least 3.3:

General Science Prerequisites:

    • Biological Sciences 3 CR (e.g., BI 111 or BI 030) 
    • Physical Sciences 3 CR  (e.g., PY 100 or CH 030) 
    • Statistics 3 CR (e.g., MA 131)
    • Social/Behavioral Sciences 6 CR (e.g., PS 110, PS 252) 

SLP Prerequisites: 

NOTE: No more than one SLP prerequisite may be repeated by any applicant (2- or 3-year tracks).

    • SLP 200   Introduction to Communication Disorders 
    • SLP 210   Phonetics 
    • SLP 300   Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Swallowing
    • SLP 310   Introduction to Audiology and Hearing Science 
    • SLP 320   Speech Science  
    • SLP 330   Development of Language   
    • SLP 340   Neurological Bases of Communication and Swallowing 
    • SLP 350   Introduction to Clinical Methods and Observation 

Admissions Requirements: 3-year track

The 3-year track is designed for students who have not completed an undergraduate degree in SLP. Those admitted to the 3-year track will complete the SLP prerequisites live, on-campus, full time, during the first year, and then progress to the graduate program for two more years. 

NOTE: Students who would like to complete the SLP prerequisites part-time, online, can enroll in the SLP Online Prerequisite Series (SLP-OPS). However, in contrast to the 3-year track, entry into the SLP-OPS does not guarantee admission to SHU's SLP graduate program. 

In addition to the requirements already listed for all students, applicants to the 3-year track must provide documentation of:

  • Bachelor of Science or Arts degree with an overall GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Successful completion of the following, general science prerequisites or their equivalents with no grade below C and a GPA of at least 3.3:
    • Biological Sciences 3 CR
    • Physical Sciences 3 CR 
    • Statistics 3 CR 
    • Social/Behavioral Sciences 6 CR  

No more than 6 credits of SLP prerequisites (see requirements for 2-year track, above) may be taken prior to applying for the 3-year track. No more than one SLP prerequisite may be repeated by any applicant (2- or 3-year tracks).

What can I do with an SLP degree?

Graduates of the Master’s Degree program in Speech-Language Pathology will be able to practice as licensed and certified speech-language pathologists in schools, preschools, birth-three centers, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, business and private practice. For more information about the field of SLP, visit www.asha.org.

Are there scholarships available? 

The Speech-Language Pathology Department offers occasional Graduate Assistant positions with research appointments on a competitive basis.