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Speech Pathology

Students educated in speech-language pathology are expected to demonstrate excellence in academic and clinical areas upon completion of all required courses and clinic experiences. Completion of the program involves five consecutive semesters for those with a background in speech-language pathology or seven consecutive semesters for those without. The program provides academic and clinical training for professionals who assess, diagnose, treat and help to prevent speech, language, voice and fluency (stuttering) problems. These disorders may be the result of a stroke, brain injuries, birth defects, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, mental retardation, dementia, hearing loss or socio-emotional problems. Speech-language pathologists also work with people who wish to improve their communication skills by modifying an accent or overcoming attention, memory or problem-solving difficulty. They select and implement augmentative or alternative communication systems for those with little or no speech, and evaluate and treat patients with swallowing disorders.

All applications for the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program must be submitted through through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). To access CSDCAS, please visit It is only possible for admitted students to begin the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program in the fall semester.

Career Profile

Graduates practice in a wide variety of clinical settings, including schools, hospitals, clinics, special treatment centers and private practice. The M.S. is a professional program that emphasizes the knowledge and skills requisite to practice speech-language pathology in an effective, ethical and inclusive manner.

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Program Application Requirements

3 Letters of recommendation, Personal Statement

Program Application Test Requirements


Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

​January 15

Spring Deadline

​Fall enrollment only

Summer Deadline

​Fall enrollment only

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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