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Speech-Language Pathology

Become a speech-language pathologist and provide evidence-based, inclusive services to persons with communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan.

D’Youville’s Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology will provide you with the knowledge and skills to become a qualified speech-language pathologist through challenging academic courses, interprofessional experiential education and diverse clinical practicums/internships. The program provides rich and diverse clinical opportunities in Buffalo, NY and the surrounding areas. Students complete the full-time 56-credit program in under 2 years within 5 consecutive semesters. 

Job Growth

Did you know the demand for Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) is booming? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected employment growth for SLPs over the next 10 years is a whopping 19%! That's significantly faster than the average growth rate for all occupations.

This means exciting opportunities are on the horizon for aspiring SLPs. Here's why the field is experiencing such growth:

  • Aging population: As our population ages, the need for SLPs to work with older adults experiencing speech, language, and swallowing problems.
  • Increased awareness: There's growing awareness of communication disorders in children and adults, leading to more diagnoses and a greater need for SLP services.
  • Early intervention: Early intervention programs for children with communication delays are becoming more prevalent, requiring more qualified SLPs.
  • Technological advancements: New technologies are creating opportunities for SLPs to deliver services in innovative ways, expanding the field's reach.

Questions? Please email or reach out to our Program Director, Dr. Lorraine Book, at or call (716) 829-8486.

Our Mission

The D'Youville University Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program prepares future speech-language pathologists to provide evidence-based, inclusive services to persons with communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan. With a commitment to academic excellence and interprofessional collaboration, the program offers innovative graduate academic and clinical education in a diverse urban community. Our program graduates service-minded leaders and professionals focused on improving the health and well-being of others. 

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Clinical Hours

D'Youville has partnerships with a wide variety of clinical placement sites within multidisciplinary settings. Students have the opportunity to work with diverse individuals with a wide range of communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan in medical and educational settings, starting in their first semester of the program.

senior patient having his throat checked by doctor at hospital

Immersive Learning

In addition to textbook theory, at D'Youville University, you'll become a confident Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) through our innovative experiential learning. 

Inside the SLP Clinical Skills/Teaching Lab and Interprofessional Education and Simulation Center, you will learn to communicate and collaborate effectively with other healthcare professionals, fostering a seamless patient care experience.

Hub Simulation Center

The Simulation Center inside the Health Professions Hub

Apply Now

If you're passionate about helping people communicate effectively, a career in Speech-Language Pathology could be a rewarding and secure choice.

We are accepting applications through The Council of Academic Programs in Communication Science and Disorders (CAPCSD).

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