Communication Disorders, M.S.
Graduate Degree
Communication Disorders, M.S.
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Program Overview

The Marshall University Master of Science degree program for speech language pathology will allow you to practice professionally as an entry level speech-language pathologist (SLP) upon completion of the program. Located in Huntington, West Virginia, our accredited speech pathology degree program will teach you how to diagnose and treat individuals with articulation, language, voice, fluency, cognitive communication, social communication and swallowing disorders. As a speech pathology graduate student, you will become proficient in assessing and treating a variety of communication disorders and work with clients of all ages including those with apraxia of speech, hearing impairments, brain injuries, autism spectrum disorders and Down Syndrome. Speech pathologists are also able to change practice settings and populations over the course of a career with opportunities to create your own hours through private practice.

Being an SLP gives you the chance to make a difference in a person’s life in a very significant way. The ability to communicate is so essential, and as a student in our speech pathology graduate program, you will help individuals lead successful and communicative lives.

ACCREDITATION The Master of Science, (M.S) education program in speech-language pathology (residential) at Marshall 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.

Communication Disorders majors, faculty members, other speech-language pathologists, and Audiologists, and/or the public can contact the CAA regarding program standards and regulations. The CAA may be contacted by writing: Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association |2200 Research Boulevard, #310 |Rockville, MD. 20850|800-498- 2071| |CAA Accredited Since December 1, 1992

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Featured Courses
CD 624 - Foundations in Nuero Communication Disorders
Study of the neurological bases of speech; etiologies and symptoms of dysarthrias and apraxias; principles of assessment and treatment.
CD 630 - Cognitive Communication Disorders
Intensive study of the nature and etiology of communication disorders associated with traumatic brain injury, right hemisphere lesions, dementia, and other neuropathologies; diagnosis and treatment; critical analysis of research literature.
CD 620 - Cleft Palate & Voice
Intensive study of the anatomy and physiology of laryngeal and maxillofacial structures; voice production and resonance; nature and etiology of voice and resonance disorders; principles of assessment and treatment.
Program Highlights
Diverse Faculty

A diverse faculty with a wide variety of specialty areas in the fields of speech therapy, audiology, stuttering, literacy and much more

Research Opportunities

Research opportunities that allow students to work closely with board-certified faculty in the student’s area of interest.


A variety of community-based and global opportunities for SLP students to earn college credit.

Career Opportunities
Communication Disorders is not only a rewarding, diverse field of study, but is one of the fastest growing fields in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment outlook for speech-language pathologists is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026 – this is much faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boomer population grows older, there will be more instances of health conditions that can cause speech or language impairments, such as strokes or dementia. A speech pathologists’ salary is an average of $78,000 per year, but salaries can vary and are much higher in different parts of the United States with additional experience.
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