Speech-Language Pathology Doctorate (SLPD) Admission Requirements and Frequently Asked Questions
In addition to the University’s admissions requirements:
- A master’s degree in speech-language pathology or its equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended
- The Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
- A minimum grade point average for the master’s degree of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. (If the last graduate course was taken more than 10 years prior to application and the grade point average is below 3.2, employment history will be taken into account.)
- Three letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate’s ability to handle post-master's-level coursework, teaching, supervision and research. Preferably, letters should be from current or previous employers or from last school attended, or both
- Statement of goals and research career interests
- Personal interview
- Official TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo score reports
- 33 total credits
Please note: This is a face-to-face program with two classes per semester for six semesters.
Will this degree enable me to work in academia? Where can I expect to get a job once I graduate?
Yes, this degree will enable you to work in a leadership role in speech-language pathology in a variety of settings, such as a speech-language pathologist or in a faculty position in higher ed.
Can I still work full-time?
Yes, this program was designed for the full-time professional. Classes occur on weekday evenings at 5:30 or 7:30 p.m. only.
Is this program on line?
No, all courses for the SLPD are available on our East Campus in Hillside, New Jersey. We feel a hands-on education taught by SLPD-specific faculty is vital in creating graduates who are capable of being leaders in their field.
When are your classes?
We have most classes during the evening to accommodate your busy work schedules.
Is there a dissertation?
This is a research-based program, but a dissertation is not required.
How is this degree distinct from a Ph.D.?
The clinical doctorate in speech-language pathology is intended to prepare speech-language pathologists who become clinical scientists and assume advanced clinical roles. The Ph.D. degree prepares individuals for a career in research and prepares them primarily for work in R1 institutions of higher education.