Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Take your studies further with our highly-rated program

Your interest in speech-language pathology is nurtured, and your intellectual curiosity supplemented, with hands-on experience in our nationally recognized graduate program. Fontbonne University’s accredited Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program prepares dynamic clinicians to work collaboratively in a wide variety of settings.

With a master’s degree — a requirement for employment across the country — graduates can look forward to a career with many options. These professionals assist individuals of all ages with a range of conditions including cerebral palsy, cleft palate, deafness, stroke, brain injury and autism, with a variety of communication disorders (speech, language, fluency, voice). 

This program requires an application through the CSDCAS WebAdmit site. You must apply through the CSDCAS WebAdmit site in order to be considered for our graduate SLP program. 

Program Highlights

  • Students must successfully complete 45 semester hours of graduate credit.
  • Fontbonne on-site Eardley Family Clinic for Speech, Language and Hearing
  • Nationally recognized, experienced and committed faculty
  • Small classes and personal attention
  • Graduate assistantships and traineeships are available to selected students which provide a significant amount of tuition remission.
  • Two unique emphasis tracks are available:
    • To work with children who are deaf/hard-of-hearing, OR
    • To work with adults who have neurogenic communication disorders.
  • Format: evening classes, daytime clinical practicum

Students who successfully complete the degree are eligible for:

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC)
  • Missouri License in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Certification by the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) for Student Services in Speech-Language Pathology

In-Field Learning Experiences

Students gain real-world experience through a variety of clinical practicum opportunities while under the mentorship of experienced working professionals. Fontbonne has more than 100 agreements with excellent facilities.

Some examples include:

  • St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
  • Special School District of St. Louis County
  • St. Luke’s Hospital – St. Louis

  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Central Institute for the Deaf
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • The Rehab Institute of St. Louis

  • Center for Hearing and Speech
  • SSM Health
  • St. Louis Public Schools

 

Speech-Language Pathology Career Opportunities

The current U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists speech-language pathology as having a “faster than average” growth in employment rate of 19% (2012-2022).

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Acute care hospitals

  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Skilled nursing facilities

  • Private practice
  • Home health agencies

 

Alumni in the Workforce

Our alums are employed at a variety of companies and organizations. Some examples include:

  • Special School District of St. Louis County
  • Wentzville School District
  • St. Louis Children’s Hospital

  • Mercy Hospital of St. Louis
  • The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis

 

Accreditation

The master’s degree (M.S.) program in speech-language pathology at Fontbonne University is accredited 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, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Any students wishing to file a complaint about the graduate program may contact the CAA directly.

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In-Field Learning Experience

Gain valuable pre-clinical and clinical experience in The Eardley Family Clinic for Speech, Language and Hearing as you work toward your degree.

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SLP Career Opportunities

Learn about the career opportunities associated with a degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Fontbonne University.

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Grants for Speech-Language Pathology

Fontbonne University has received more than $5 million to fund graduate programs that will increase the number of professionals qualified to work with children with communication disorders or who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students interested in Fontbonne’s Deaf Education or Speech-Language Pathology master’s degree programs can apply to receive scholarships in these program areas.

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