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Learn on your schedule. Benefit from 100% online coursework and study when it’s convenient for you.
Apply with ease via the Centralized Application Service for Communication Science & Disorders Programs (CSDCAS).
Get the support you need. Whether you need advising, tutoring, counseling, financial aid, or tech support, we’re with you the whole way — from application through graduation.
Enjoy a dynamic, project-based curriculum. Complete practical experiences and build real-world skills through simulation using innovative programs such as Simucase and MBSImP.
Learn from industry leaders. Work with our dedicated faculty of experienced, practicing clinicians who help you connect the curriculum to real-world outcomes.
Prepare for a rewarding career. Get ready to become a state-licensed, ASHA-certified SLP-CCC, and qualify for MBSImP certification.
How do I pursue a career in speech-language pathology after I graduate?
Once you’ve completed your online Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, your next step is to follow the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) guidelines on postgraduate requirements including the clinical fellowship year (CFY).
You’ll need to take the Praxis exam to establish your Certificate of Clinical Competence-Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) status. You can take the exam at any point throughout your graduate program or before you apply for your CCC. While this certification may fully qualify candidates in some areas, you should consult your state’s guidelines to make sure you have completed all requirements to practice as a speech-language pathologist. Also note that work in some settings may require conditional experience or further training.
What’s the market outlook for speech-language pathology professionals?
Rewarding career outcomes
Speech-language pathologists enjoy a high level of satisfaction with the work they do. According to ASHA, that’s because they work across a variety of settings and interact directly with individuals in the community to make a real, tangible difference in their lives. In fact, U.S. News & World Report ranked speech-language pathologist as the No. 7 best job in America in 2021.
This career can also be financially rewarding. Salaries may vary depending on factors like experience, setting, and location, but the median salary nationally for speech-language pathologists is $80,480. In nursing and residential care facilities, the median salary jumps to about $95,000.*
*Median salaries based on data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Rising industry demand
Demand for professionals with expertise in language disorders is on the rise. One reason is the country’s aging population. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that the number of people 65 and older will reach 94.7 million by 2060, and increased age can mean more speech, language, cognitive, and hearing difficulties and impairments. Additionally, advancements in technology and patient care have improved early detection of speech, language, and hearing disorders — especially in infants and children.
For speech-language pathologists, the career outlook is strong. Projections show the field growing by about 25% between 2019 and 2029, resulting in some 40,000 new job openings during that period. That’s significantly more growth than the average projected for healthcare fields (15%) and more than six times the projected growth across all careers (4%).*
*Growth projections based on data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Diverse career paths
The field of speech-language pathology is extremely interprofessional in nature. It demands that you have a broad-based understanding of anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing, biomechanics of swallowing and vocal articulation, communications disorders, psychology of auditory function and cognitive communication, language assessment and diagnostic techniques, and rehabilitative and management therapies.
It’s this expanse of knowledge that can give you the flexibility to move between multiple areas of focus — and even across workplace settings. Combine that level of freedom with specialized education, and your job opportunities can expand significantly. This is your chance to build a career you can be passionate about — and to make a lasting impact in the lives of others.
Why choose Maryville University’s online master’s in speech-language pathology?
We’re here to help you prepare for ASHA certification and establish yourself as a speech-language pathology professional — and bring your career goals within reach. It’s the reason we put the focus on clinical experience, case-based learning, and real-world application.
Go beyond the books. Learn by doing.
As one of our online speech-language pathology students, you’ll complete practical, project-based coursework. You’ll also have the chance to test your clinical abilities using an innovative technology called Simucase (simulated case study), an online program that allows you to assess speech and language disorders with virtual patients presented through avatars or videos.
In our program, you can also get experience with the Modified Barium Swallow Impaired Profile (MBSImP) approach, which can help you standardize your methodology in recognizing and interpreting swallowing disorders. Fewer than half of programs in the nation utilize MBSImP, but knowledge and experience with the associated practices and techniques are in demand among speech-language pathology employers.
Put our reputation to work.
Maryville University has been empowering brave students like you since 1872. We’re proud of our reputation for quality academics and affordability, because it demonstrates our commitment to excellence and accessibility. The last four cohorts of our on-campus program boasted a 100% Praxis pass rate and 100% career placement. Now, we’re replicating that program, taught by the same expert faculty, for our online master’s program. Choose Maryville and know you’ll receive an education held to the highest possible standards — especially when it comes to speech-language pathology.
Not yet ready for your master’s degree? Explore a bachelor’s degree or certificate in communication sciences and disorders.
Maryville’s online Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology is a highly specialized program designed for students aiming for a career practicing speech-language pathology at the highest level. It’s intended for students who have already completed bachelor’s-level prerequisites.
If you’re just starting your journey toward a speech-language pathology career, Maryville offers two paths toward qualifying for your master’s degree.
- Don’t have a bachelor’s degree yet? Start here. Earn your online Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Maryville, and build the foundation to set yourself up for graduate-level studies.
- Have a bachelor’s degree in a different subject? We have a program for you. Our online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Communication Sciences and Disorders is designed to help you supplement your bachelor’s degree with the prerequisite coursework to qualify for your master’s degree.
Both options are designed to help ensure you’re prepared with the skills and competencies you need to get the most out of your master’s in speech-language pathology. Want to learn more? Schedule a call with an academic advisor and see how Maryville Online can prepare you for your next step.
Ready to take the next step in your speech-language pathology education?