Longwood’s full-time speech language pathology graduate program is offered in a traditional on-campus, face-to-face setting. You'll work closely with our faculty and clinical supervisors to get the knowledge, training and skills necessary for entry level practice as a speech language pathologist working with a diverse population of adults and children in educational and healthcare settings.


Through small classes and a low faculty-student ratio, you will become part of a close-knit learning environment that allows faculty to learn more about you and your passions and skills. Students who have completed undergraduate coursework in Communication Sciences and Disorders (with a bachelors’ degree or having completed “leveling” courses) complete the program in 5 – 6 semesters.  Students without that background complete in 9 – 10 semesters.

You’ll gain hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art Speech, Hearing and Learning Services (SHLS) center where we serve clients from infancy through senior years.  As students begin their clinical experience under close faculty supervision at SHLS before they move to off-site placements to develop their clinical skills. Students will have opportunities for interprofessional practice with our clinical audiologist at SHLS’ audiology clinic and with early intervention professions through SHLS’s the Infant Toddler Connection of the Heartland, a program that provides support and services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.

Career Paths

Our graduates meet all of the requirements for certification by the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (www.asha.org) and the requirements to be licensed by the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. If you want to be licensed in another state, we'll work with you and ensure you meet those license requirements.

Student Outcome Data 

Over the last three years (2014-17) Longwood graduates have achieved a 100% first time pass rate on the Praxis II in Speech-Language Pathology. Our graduates (95.52%) have completed the program on time (5-6 semesters for students who have successfully completed the pre-requisite coursework). The employment rate for our graduates is 98.67%, with approximately half employed in education settings and half in medical settings.


The Master of Science in education program Speech-Language Pathology at Longwood University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.




Admission Requirements

Applicants to this program must have either an undergraduate major in Communication Sciences and Disorders OR an undergraduate major in a different discipline with a minimum, cumulative undergraduate degree GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale OR a master’s degree

The following courses must be completed with a grade of B- or better prior to enrollment in graduate level course work (courses deemed comparable and approved by the CSD graduate faculty may be substituted):

  • Anatomy & Physiology of Speech & Hearing Mechanisms
  • Phonetics (Transcription)
  • Speech Science
  • Introduction to Audiology & Hearing Science
  • Language Development Across the Lifespan
  • Phonology & Language Disorders
  • Neurology of Human Communication
  • Morphology & Syntax
  • Introduction to Clinical Practice (completion of 25 hours of observation)
  • Sign Language

Students can be admitted without these courses and will complete them during their first two semesters on campus. The length of the program: five to six semesters with an undergraduate degree in Communication Science and Disorders and eight to nine semesters without an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. 

To Apply

Complete the CSDCAS Application. Applications in CSDCAS Verified status on or before February 1st will be consideredCSDCAS advises that it takes four weeks after achieving Complete status to be in Verified status.

TIP:  Start the process early.  Complete applications must have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Either an undergraduate major in Communication Sciences and Disorders OR an undergraduate major in a different discipline with a cumulative degree GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale OR a master’s degree
  • Minimum of three recommendations.
    Longwood CSD undergraduates: two of the three must be from faculty other than Longwood CSD faculty. 
  • Official GRE Scores no more than five years old.  (Institutional Code – 0068)  Be sure your name on the GRE scores matches the name on your CSDCAS application so they will match.  If not, contact CSDCAS to resolve.)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended – this includes dual enrollment transcripts. All official transcripts MUST be sent to CSDCAS at this address: CSDCAS Verification Department, PO Box 9113, Watertown, MA 02471.
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae that details your work experience, education, leadership and professional organization activities, and scholarly activities, including publications, presentations, research, honors and awards.

In addition to the CSDCAS application, complete the Longwood University Online Application, including the in-state tuition application (if applicable), on or before the February 1st deadline.  CSDCAS applications will not be considered if the Longwood application has not been submitted.

Application Review Process: Applications are reviewed once annually after the February 1st deadline for consideration for admission to the subsequent fall semester. Applicants are sent notification of a decision no later than March 15th and must accept the offer-of-admission by submitting a deposit by April 15th. Deposits are refundable provided a written withdrawal/refund request is submitted to the College of Graduate & Professional Studies prior to June 30th. Students accepted for the fall semester are given the option of taking courses the preceding summer.

Need Help? 

  • CSDCAS Customer service is available Monday thru Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. Phone: (617) 612-2030; Email: csdcassinfo@csdcas.org
  • Longwood Graduate Admissions is available Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET. Phone (434) 395-2380; Email: graduate@longwood.edu 

Course of Study

See our Masters CSD Course of Study 2020-21 (pdf)





Cost, Financial Aid & Scholarships

Visit Longwood's Graduate student tuition estimates and hours webpage. 

Information on financial aid resources can be found from the American Speech Language Hearing Association and from Longwood's Financial Aid office.

The College of Graduate & Professional Studies and SHLS offers a number of Graduate Assistantships.

Students may also be eligible for fellowships:


The CSD Fellowship is awarded to a graduate student for whom admission has been offered into the CSD program at Longwood University.  Applicants for this award are asked to submit a written essay describing those activities that have helped prepare them to become a successful speech-language pathologist.  Awards carry a stipend of approximately $1,000.  

Recipients include: 

  • Leah Horton (2017-18)
  • Sally Wilson (2016-17)
  • Joyanna Struzzieri (2015-16)
  • Alyssa Bailey (2014-15)
  • Anayancy Cascantea (2013-14) 

The Jason Foundation

Through the generous donation of The Jason Foundation, a fellowship is available.  The Jason Foundation Scholarship is awarded to a first-year graduate student who is selected based upon the completion of a written essay where the applicant is asked to address his or her future plans to assist survivors of brain injury. The award is approximately $1000.

Recipients include:

  • Molly Lynn Santaniello (2017-2018)
  • Allison Taliaferro (2016-17)
  • Kelly Chaney (2015-2016)
  • Meredith Peck (2014-2015)
  • Nikki Davis (2013 – 2014)
  • Rebecca Schwerdtfeger (2012 – 2013)
  • Ashley Pawlik (2011 – 2012)
  • Amanda Chandler (2010 – 2011)
  • Caitlyn Freeman (2009 – 2010)

Hansen Fellowship

Through a generous donation from Eric Hansen, a member of the Longwood Board of Visitors, we were able to offer fellowships to students for these two years.

  • Augusta Zende Reisling, 2017-18
  • Joyanna Struzzieri, 2016-17 

Beginning in 2017-18, the Longwood University Foundation CSD Fellowship is funded at a level of $1,000.

Other Funding Sources

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation awards several graduate scholarships to qualified students.

The Communication Disorders Foundation (CDF) provides two student scholarships annually to graduate students in speech-language pathology or audiology who are studying in Virginia.

Program Mission and Strategic Plan Executive Summary

The CSD program’s mission and strategic plan address how the program will prepare its graduates to serve as highly qualified speech-language pathologist who are nationally certified and state-licensed. Goals focus on student preparation in their knowledge (e.g., Praxis pass rate) and professionalism (e.g., rating by external supervisors). New goals for the period 2017 – 20 focus on students’ preparation to work in interprofessional practice, with pediatric feeding and swallowing, and in telepractice.