Speech-Language Pathology, M.S.
The mission of the MS-SLP program is to fulfill the mission of Biola University through rigorous academic and clinical training of those desiring to become licensed, certified speech-language pathologists. Hallmarks of this program include:
- Strong theoretical framework: Students will receive rigorous instruction in current, relevant theoretical knowledge in order to develop curious, life-long learners.
- Excellence in clinical practice: Students will be prepared for impactful clinical work with a variety of diverse populations through clinical experiences and the model of the work and witness of faculty and instructors.
- Biblical perspective: Students will be taught from a Christian worldview in order to promote the fullest understanding of humankind and the world.
- Impactful: Students will connect their studies to contexts of life that they might love well those in their sphere of influence locally and globally and effectively engage in issues of our profession through research, publication, and service.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, students will be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge of prevention, identification, evaluation, treatment, and patient interaction with individuals of a variety of ages that have speech-sound, fluency, voice, language, social communication, cognitive communication, and swallowing disorders (ULO 1).
Demonstrate the character of Christ including compassion, love, and kindness in their interactions with clients, families of clients, and colleagues (ULO 2).
Develop and implement evidence-based diagnostic and intervention plans in a variety of settings and for individuals with a variety of communication and swallowing disorders at a level appropriate for entry into professional practice (ULO 3).
Students will demonstrate the ability to complete scholarly research in writing in the field of communication sciences and disorders (ULO 1).
Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.
- Hold a baccalaureate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from an accredited institution
or hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution AND complete the prerequisite courses for this program.
- Submit GRE scores with overall scores of 290 or higher; verbal score, 145+; quantitative, 145+; and writing, 3.0+.
- Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
- Applicants for whom English is not a primary language must verify a score of 100 iBT on the TOEFL exam.
- Complete Biola University’s Graduate Education application.
- Interview with a member of the MS-SLP Program.
Upon Admission to the Program
- Applicants admitted to the program will take the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or have satisfied the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR).
- Candidates will not participate within a public school-based field activity until the candidate obtains a Certificate of Clearance from the Commission.
- MS-SLP core courses must be passed with a grade of “B-” or higher.
- Minimum GPA for the graduate program would be 3.0. Students who drop below a 3.0 in any one semester will agree to remediation help as specified by the student handbook for one semester. If their GPA does not improve to at or above 3.0 for the next semester, students may be dismissed from the program.
- Candidates must successfully complete 375 supervised clinical hours during on-campus and off-campus clinical practicum courses.
- A minimum of 63 credits is required for the Master of Sciences in Speech-Language Pathology.
- Document clinical and academic experience in all KASA Standard Areas.
- Candidates must meet with a department advisor and Graduate Graduation Counselor in the Office of the Registrar one year prior to graduation to declare intent to graduate. (See Graduate Graduation Check description in the Admission, Enrollment and Graduation Requirements section).
Each course must be completed with a "B-" or above.
|MSLP 530||Diagnostic and Therapeutic Methods||2|
|MSLP 531||Childhood Language and Literacy Disorders||4|
|MSLP 532||Anatomy and Neurology in SLP||1|
|MSLP 533||Theology of Disability||3|
|MSLP 534||Research in Speech-Language Pathology||3|
|MSLP 535||Motor Speech Disorders||3|
|MSLP 536||Advanced Speech Sound Disorders||3|
|MSLP 537||Advanced Dysphagia||3|
|MSLP 538||Cognitive-Communicative Disorders||3|
|MSLP 539||Applied Research||1|
|MSLP 540||Autism Spectrum Disorders||3|
|MSLP 541||Neurogenic Language Disorders||3|
|MSLP 542||Advanced Voice Disorders||2|
|MSLP 543||Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Disorders||1|
|MSLP 544||Advanced Fluency Disorders||2|
|MSLP 545||Advanced Augmentative and Alternative Communication||1|
|MSLP 546||School and Hospital Based Issues||3|
|MSLP 547||Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation for Speech-Language Pathologists||3|
|MSLP 548||Counseling and Christian Care in Speech-Language Pathology||3|
|MSLP 549||Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology||2|
|MSLP 550||Advanced Capstone Experience||3|
|MSLP 601||Diagnostic Team||3|
|MSLP 602||Clinical Practicum I||3|
|MSLP 603||Clinical Practicum II||3|
|MSLP 604||Adult Externship||1|
|MSLP 605||School Externship||1|