Find Your Voice.

Longwood’s full-time speech-language pathology graduate program is unique. Our innovative structure, emphasis on collaboration, and dedication to training our students through hands-on clinical experiences were designed with the modern graduate student in mind. 

Our two year program offers a traditional on-campus, face-to-face setting for year one and a more flexible hybrid format for year two.

At Longwood, you will find a path to your professional interests with a supportive and immersive learning community that will provide you with the tools and preparation needed to be successful as a speech-language pathologist in both medical and educational fields.

Connect. In our program, you’ll get to know your professors well, benefitting from their support and expertise. Our small classes allow for personal relationships and mentoring opportunities that often continue long after graduation.

Collaborate. Our emphasis on collaboration means that you’ll work closely with our faculty and clinical supervisors to gain the knowledge, hands-on training, and skills necessary for entry-level practice. Spending your first year on campus and your second hybrid will give you experience collaborating both in person and virtually, an essential skill for modern practice.

Clinic. Our variety of clinical offerings will give you opportunities to work with a diverse population of adults and children in a range of educational and medical settings, including telepractice. You’ll have access to our state-of-the-art Speech, Hearing and Learning Services (SHLS) building, our students' one-stop shop for learning. The impressive SHLS building features our clinic with therapy and observation rooms, audiology suite, telepractice suite, feeding lab, classroom, student workroom, and professors' offices—all under one roof.

Career Paths

Our graduates meet all of the requirements for certification by the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association ( 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.


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

The program meets requirements for relevant Virginia licensure.


Any student, instructional staff member, speech-language pathologist, audiologist, and/or member of the public may submit a complaint about any CAA accredited program or program in candidacy status. All complaints must be signed and in writing to the Chair, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Additional information is available: .




Admission Requirements

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.

Complete applications must have the following:

  • Official bachelor’s degree transcripts from an accredited college or university and all other transcripts from college-level coursework. All official transcripts MUST be sent to CSDCAS.
  • 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. 
  • 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 Applicationon or before the February 1 deadline.  CSDCAS applications will not be considered if the Longwood application has not been submitted.

Application Review Process: Applications are reviewed annually after the February 1 deadline for consideration for admission to the subsequent fall semester. Applicants are sent notification of a decision no later than March 15 and must accept the offer-of-admission by submitting a deposit by April 15.  

Students accepted for the fall semester are given the option of taking courses the preceding summer.

A waitlist is maintained for applicants.

Need Help? 

  • CSDCAS Customer service is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. Phone: (617) 612-2030; Email:
  • Longwood Graduate Admissions is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. Phone (434) 395-2380; Email: 

Prerequisite Requirements

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

  • Biological concepts and applications
  • General chemistry or physical science or general physics
  • Social or behavioral sciences
  • Mathematics (statistics)
  • Anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms
  • Phonetics
  • Speech science
  • Introduction to audiology and hearing science
  • Language development across the lifespan
  • Neurology of human communication
  • Acquisition of 25 observation hours
  • Aural re(habilitation)
  • Speech sound disorders
  • Language disorders across the lifespan

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 Sciences and Disorders and eight to nine semesters without an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Learn more about Longwood's SLP Online prerequisites. 





CSDCAS Application Open Date (July 15)

CSDCAS Application Due Date (Feb 1)

Notification of acceptance (by March 15)

Acceptance of admissions offer (by April 15)

Upon submission of your application, you can indicate your interest in a SHLS Graduate Assistantship position.


Cost, Financial Aid & Scholarships

The M.S. Degree is 53 credits, making the cost breakdown:

$24,486- Estimated in-state cost
$462 per credit hour

$57,558- Estimated out-of-state cost
$1,086 per credit hour

View available Longwood Scholarships (pdf).

View available Outside Scholarships (pdf).

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.

Cost of Attendance

Program Details

Longwood’s program prioritizes connection and collaboration. Through small classes and a low faculty-student ratio of 1:6, you will become immersed in a robust and close-knit learning environment, allowing you to find your voice as a professional and to develop your skills and passions alongside supportive faculty. Students who have completed undergraduate coursework in Communication Sciences and Disorders (with a bachelor’s degree or having completed “leveling” courses) complete the program in 5-6 semesters. Students without that background complete in 9-10 semesters.

Our program values varied, hands-on clinical experience because we know how fulfilling it is to work with patients. We also know how beneficial clinical experience is in helping you identify your professional path, which is why we make sure to offer a variety of medical and educational opportunities.

At Longwood, you’ll begin your clinical work under close faculty supervision at our updated Speech, Hearing and Learning Services (SHLS) center, where we serve clients from infancy through senior years. The SHLS clinic offers a variety of evaluation teams that students are included in such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) Evaluation Team, the CTOPP Evaluation Team, and the Early Intervention Team.

Then, you'll move to offsite placements, arranged and vetted by our faculty, to further develop your skills. Opportunities include interprofessional practice with our clinical audiologist at SHLS’ audiology clinic and with early intervention professions through SHLS’ Infant Toddler Connection of the Heartland, a program that provides support and services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.

Over the last three years (2020-2023), Longwood graduates have achieved a 98.5% first-time pass rate on the Praxis II in Speech-Language Pathology. Our graduates (97.1%) have completed the program on time (5-6 semesters for students who have successfully completed the prerequisite coursework).


Program Flyer

View, download, and print the Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders (pdf) flyer.