Find Your Voice.

Longwood’s full-time speech-language pathology graduate program is different. 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. We offer 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 portfolio—a supportive and immersive learning community that will provide you with the tools and preparation you need 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.

Program 

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.

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.

In addition, students can work with the pediatric and feeding clinic, which assists children with food aversions, sensory issues pertaining to food, or swallowing problems, and with Heartland Horse Heroes, a nonprofit offering equestrian activities for those with physical, mental, or emotional challenges.

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 (2017–2020), Longwood graduates have achieved a 100% first time pass rate on the Praxis II in Speech-Language Pathology. Our graduates (96.97%) have completed the program on time (5-6 semesters for students who have successfully completed the prerequisite coursework). The employment rate for our graduates is 98.48%, with approximately half in educational settings and half in medical settings.

Accreditation 

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 Sciences 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. 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 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. Deposits are refundable provided a written withdrawal/refund request is submitted to the College of Graduate & Professional Studies prior to May 1. Students accepted for the fall semester are given the option of taking courses the preceding summer.

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: csdcassinfo@csdcas.org
  • Longwood Graduate Admissions is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. 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

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: 

  • Olivia Outhong, 2021-2022
  • Taylor Green, 2020-2021
  • Abbie Preston, 2019-2020
  • Abby Gargiulo, 2018-2019
  • 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:

  • Mary Farinholt, 2021-2022
  • Kari Davis, 2020-2021
  • Lauren Schlemmer, 2019-2020
  • Jalyn Taylor, 2018-2019
  • 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.

  • Emily Perevuznik, 2019-2020
  • Laurin Bowman, 2018-2019
  • 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.

Longwood Foundation Fellowship Award:

  • Gabby Pecoraro, 2021-2022
  • Elizabeth Thomas, 2020-2021
  • Mason Moorefield, 2019-2020
  • Meredith Puryear, 2018-2019
  • Sheridan Thagard, 2017-2018

Scottish Rite Fellowship Award:

  • Hannah Millirons (2019-2020)
  • Jennifer Putney (2019-2020)
  • Seraphina Chabinec (2018-2019)
  • Shannon Graham (2018-2019)

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.