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M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

The Division of Speech-Language Pathology participates in the Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Centralized Application Service (CAS). All applicants are required to apply online through CSDCAS.  

Program Timing

Our M.S. program in Speech-Language Pathology begins in the Fall semester, typically in mid-August. We accept applications only for that term.

Application Deadline

The application period for starting in the Fall semester begins in July of the previous year and ends in June of the current year. 

Application Instructions

Applications will be reviewed once they are complete.  After review, eligible candidates will be invited to campus for group interviews which begin in late fall.  Completed (verified) applications must have the following: 

  • Official transcripts from every accredited U.S. college or university attended. 
  • GRE not required
  • Three recommendations Two of your recommendations should be from college-level instructors with one being a faculty member from an SLP course. Recommendations from in-person courses are preferred.  Online professor recommendations will be considered with permission.
  • Personal essay See documents section of CSDCAS.
  • Resume
  • Prerequisites 

Prerequisite courses do not need to complete in order to apply to the program. However, all prerequisite courses must be satisfactorily completed prior to starting the program and within approximately 10 years of the application deadline (exceptions may be made for individuals who work in the health field).  

ASHA Prerequisites Requirements

  • Biological Sciences - Courses include Biological sciences content areas related to human or animal sciences (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, and veterinary science).
  • Physical Sciences - Physics or chemistry 
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences - Courses include psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health. 
  • Statistics - Courses include basic Statistics courses, Research Methods are not acceptable. 

Speech-Language Pathology Prerequisite Requirements

  • Phonetics - The course should include a phonetic transcription component.
  • Child Development/Language Acquisition - Acceptable courses include child development and child language development.
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Speech - Acceptable courses include anatomy and physiology of speech or speech/hearing.
  • Intro to Communication Disorders - Any course that provides an overview of the discipline of communication sciences and disorders.

Recommended but not required

Speech Science - Any course that includes the study of the acoustic, aerodynamic, and physiological aspects of speech production. 

International Candidates 

International Candidates will be required to submit a transcript that has been evaluated by a NACES-approved organization. If your native language is not English, you must have the TOEFL or IELTS. Use CSDCAS TOEFL Code: C122. View additional requirements for international students here.

How to be a Successful Candidate

Accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the SLP program at NYMC welcomes applicants with diverse undergraduate experiences. Successful applicants come to us with backgrounds in the sciences, arts, business, and education in addition to those in communication sciences and disorders. The faculty appreciates applicants:

  • who can consider problems from multiple perspectives to generate a variety of creative solutions;
  • who are interested in exploring conditions across the lifespan;
  • with broad academic backgrounds and the ability to critically assess information from a variety of sources; who can demonstrate excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

The Division of Speech-Language Pathology affirms its commitment that graduates must demonstrate SLP Essential Functions and Practice Skills such as communication, motor, intellectual/cognitive, sensory/observational, and behavioral/social for the education and practice of speech-language pathology.

Application Review and Notification

Applications are reviewed from November 1 through May. Applicants are invited to campus for an orientation to the program and for a formal interview. Acceptances are issued on a rolling basis from November through June. Accepted students must submit a $500 deposit to guarantee their place in the class.  

A Department Admissions committee is charged with the careful review of all completed applications. 

Specialized Track (students apply in their second year in the program) 

  • The Specialization Track in Pediatric Dysphagia and Early Intervention will allow SLP students to enroll in a comprehensive curriculum focused on the evaluation and treatment of feeding/swallowing and complex communication disorders within the framework of best practices in early intervention for medically complex young children.

Upon graduation, students who complete this track will receive an M.S. in SLP with a concentration in the area. This unique opportunity, already building on a medically oriented SLP program, will give students an advanced and marketable degree tailored to their field.

Please email the SHSP Office of Admissions or call (914) 594-4510 if you have any questions about the application process or if you have questions about your submitted application.