Communication Sciences and Disorders

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology


This program is designed for people with a college degree who want to become Speech-Language Pathologists.

Historically, about half of our students have an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology, while the rest have a diversity of undergraduate degrees including linguistics, education, biology, psychology, English, business, engineering, drama, music, family/child studies, and world languages.

This comprehensive, innovative program:

  • Is a two-year, full-time program that starts each September
  • Integrates intensive study of written language disorders with the traditional study of spoken language disorders
  • Emphasizes both educational and medical speech-language pathology training, enabling you to work with the full range of congenital, developmental, and acquired disorders

See the program's application process for prerequisites and other admission requirements. See upcoming Info Sessions.

Optional Concentrations for Specialty Training

The program's extensive core curriculum and specialty electives eliminate the need for tracking into either a medical or educational course of study.  Instead, you may specialize in an area of interest through concentrations, including:

  • Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Early Intervention
  • Literacy
  • Literacy with Preparation for Reading Specialist Licensure*
  • Medical Speech-Language Pathology
  • Voice Disorders

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*The Reading Specialist Licensure program at MGH Institute is 1 of only 17 programs in the country accredited by the International Dyslexia Association for meeting their Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.


Our integration of written with spoken language disorders studies also allows you to become eligible for:

Many of our students graduate with extra credit hours simply because they want to take full advantage of the powerful, scholarly opportunities afforded them through our elective offerings.

Research and Thesis Options

Research opportunities and thesis options are available if you wish to pursue them. Faculty research projects are ongoing in the areas of autism, voice, literacy, aphasia, cognitive impairment, motor speech disorders, and phonology.

You can participate in faculty research or take advantage of our centralized location within the hub of New England’s top teaching and research institutions and our affiliation with the world-class Partners HealthCare and our more than 200 active affiliates.

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program, you will be prepared to serve in both educational and health care settings as a Speech-Language Pathologist.

Read more in Licensing and Careers.

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Ranked 7th by U.S. News

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the MGH Institute is ranked 7th in the country, and is the top-rated program in New England, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Policy Manuals


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Master of Science
Speech-Language Pathology
Policies & Procedures Manual


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Master's Thesis Manual


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