Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology
The Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Idaho State University is the only ASHA-accredited speech language pathology program in Idaho. Dedicated to enriching the lives of those with communication needs, the program has a strong evidence-based practice clinical focus that provides graduating students with the tools to work in educational, medical, or other clinical settings with children and/or adults with communicative needs. We offer a 24-month full-time campus program, offered on both of our traditional campuses - Pocatello and Meridian, or a 36-month part-time online program. We take pride in high standards for both faculty and students; strong clinical education makes our program one of the best!
Our campus program is a 2-year program that includes both academic coursework and clinical work on and off campus. Our campus-based students begin clinical practicum in their first semester of graduate education along with didactic courses. Each student is able to pursue a wide range of clinical assignments, with community practica in the summer and second year of study, culminating in an 8-week full-time externship in the final summer semester. Students work with clients of all ages, as well as across multiple disorder areas. Students successfully completing the master's degree will be prepared to take the Praxis examination and enter the workforce to help those with communication needs. A student needs to have completed a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders, (or equivalent pre-professional coursework) in order to apply for our graduate program.
Our online program is 3 years. It is an innovative program that allows students to complete academic coursework in the comfort of their own homes. It is designed for those who live in rural areas, or those who have work or other personal/family obligations that would make a traditional graduate program difficult. The academic coursework is completely online. There are two on-campus clinical practicum experiences held during the summers. The first summer clinical experience is held on the Pocatello Campus and requires 8 weeks of participation. The second summer clinical experience is held on the Meridian Campus and is 1 week. Summer clinical experiences on campus enrich the program and prepare students to continue with clinical work in their home town area. In the final summer semester, the student will complete an 8 week full-time externship in their hometown area. The online master's degree program in speech-language pathology is as similar as possible to the traditional campus program.
International students who are currently residing in the United States are not eligible for the online graduate program, but are welcome to apply to the Pocatello or Meridian Campus.
Note: Beginning with the 2017/2018 application cycle, if you are offered a seat in our Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program, a $200 deposit will be required to hold that seat. The deposit will be credited towards your tuition for fall semester. Classes begin approximately the third full week in August. For more detailed information, please see Frequently Asked Questions.
CSD Graduate Manual (pdf)