Monday, December 17, 2012

On the Hunt for Online SLP Grad School Programs

You want to find speech-language pathology graduate schools that offer distance education options, but you don't know where to start.  If you type in SLP online grad school programs into google, you get over 200,000 results and most of them either relate to SLP grad schools (but not online) or online schools (but not SLP grad programs).  You can find a few links here and there, but it's a lot to go through to find what you are actually looking for.

ASHA EdFind used to have a more comprehensive search and you could look specifically for online grad programs, but for some reason when they updated the search engine they dropped that option.  EdFind is still a useful tool to get a nice overview of the requirements of a particular program, but networking with current students and SLPs is the best way to find out what schools are out there and what the programs are like. UPDATE (1/8/14): @ASHAWeb on twitter sent me a link to a list of SLP online grad schools, you can find the list here. Be sure to follow them as well as @NSSLHA, they are great resources! 

So, where do you connect with current students and SLPs?  Message boards, message boards, message boards!  Facebook has many online groups dedicated to SLP: Future SLPs (Speech-LanguagePathologists), IMAGAS (Insight,Mentoring, AND Guidance for Aspiring SLPs), SLP Grad Applicants -From USU and Beyond, are just a few and this last one is really useful because most of the members graduated from Utah State University's online post-bachelor's in communicative disorders and deaf education and many of them are applying to online grad schools or going to online grad schools in SLP.  It was started by USU post-bacc students, but is open to all graduate applicants from any university.

Other useful message boards to post inquiries into online grad programs are: Speech and Language PathologyLive Journal, SLPJob.comForums, and RedditSpeech-Language Pathology .

When you are researching online schools you have to make sure that the program is CAA Accredited.  What is CAA accreditation?  CAA stands for the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology and it is the entity within ASHA authorized to accredit graduate education programs for the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology.  If the school you are interested in is CAA accredited, then it means that it meets the standards for the accreditation of graduate education programs that provide entry-level professional preparation in audiology and speech-language pathology.  You can check on EdFind to find out a school's accreditation status. ASHA has a page with resources for both students and faculty about distance education.

Who goes online?  Many (but not all) online grad students are career-changers, have families, and would be classified as “non-traditional” students.  They are more anchored into their communities and do not have the option to move to go to grad school.  SLP graduate programs are few and far between so their local universities may not offer SLP at the graduate level.  These online programs are tailored for the non-traditional student and they tend to be more flexible so students can meet family obligations as well as continue working while in school.

It takes a tremendous amount of discipline to attend SLP graduate school online and these programs provide an education that is every bit as rigorous as attending classes in a more traditional university setting… sometimes even more so.

If you'd like to read more about SLP grad students who decided to go online, then check out SLP_Echo's posts about online SLP Graduate Programs:

Part 1.  
Part 2.

And here is a link to a list that I've compiled so far of online grad programs and their requirements: Online Grad School List.


  1. Hi Rose. I hope you don't mind me posting here on your page :) I am researching slp grad programs and have a million questions. I'm sure you're busy, but if you have some free time for feedback, that would be awesome. If not, I totally understand! Your FB links were very helpful...I hadn't even thought about looking there, and I've already requested to join each group :)

    1. Ask away! I will answer what I can. :)

  2. Thank you for this blog! It's very helpful as I consider getting a master's in SLP. I'd like your opinion on the USU leveling program -- let me know whether you'd prefer to communicate via email or if you don't mind posting your thoughts publicly. Thanks! jessica

  3. Hey Jessica!

    I thought the program at USU was pretty solid overall. There are facebook groups for the program in general as well as for individual classes. If you have any other more specific questions, let me know! I have no problem answering on here.

  4. Does USU have an online grad program for SLP? If so, what department is it under?

  5. No, USU does not have an online grad program for SLP. There's been rumors and talk for years that there will be one, but nothing yet... so for now it's just the online bachelor's and the online post-bacc in communicative disorders.

  6. Could you provide a list of schools that offer a masters in speech language pathology and that are completely online? I know Western Kentucky Univ and UNCO does but it is very hard to find SLP schools that are completely online.

  7. Hi! If you scroll down to the bottom of the post and just above the picture of the flower there is a link to a list I've compiled of online SLP programs called "Online Grad School List". Of the schools listed, I think only Nova is completely online. Most online schools have a campus component at least once during the program. I don't know of any others... good luck!

  8. Hi Rose. Firstly, I really thank you for this post. Secondly,I need to know if your information is applicable for the people out of US? I have a bachelor in SLP from Iran & have recently moved to Toronto-Canada. I have 15 years of experience in Iran & Dubai-UAE. But here I need to study for the master's degree to be able to work. I'm really confused about the best way to start( volunteer job? working as CDA? applying for online courses? or a traditional ones? ).
    I would appreciate if you guide me.

  9. Hi Nasim,

    I'm not really sure how applicable this information is for people outside of the US. I would contact the CASLPA (the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists): to find out more information since you did just move to Canada. Also contacting the admissions department of SLP grad schools that you are interested in attending might be another way to find out more information as it would pertain to international students. Good luck!

  10. Hey rose my name is maram
    I joine usu pre slp program this fall
    I live In NY
    Unfortunately I have to pay out if state tution
    That's why I'm thinking about joining la salle
    What do u think about there program?

  11. Hi Maram!

    Unfortunately, I do not know much about LaSalle University. Are you sure you will have to pay out of state tuition for USU? If it's the 2nd Bachelor's, then courses should be $290 per credit hour for in-state and out of state.