Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, B.S. to M.S. Accelerated Program (Beginning Fall 2024)

The Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences B.S. to M.S. Accelerated Program would allow students to graduate with their B.S. and M.S. in speech-language pathology in 5 years as compared to the standard track which is 6 years. Students will have a direct entry to the SLHS graduate [or masters] program if all the academic requirements are successfully completed in the undergraduate program. 

For additional information, see the catalog entries for the following programs:

Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, B.S.

Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, M.S.

Accelerated Program Admission Requirements

Students must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA on their high school transcript and/or on previous university coursework. It is preferred that students apply for the accelerated program when they apply for admission to the SLU B.S. in SLHS, but students could apply their freshman year with the understanding that degree completion could be delayed.

Students can take up to 15 credits at the graduate level while classified as an undergraduate student that could count for both the B.S. and M.S. degrees. Students must earn a B or better in all SLHS courses. Students are required to re-take any SLHS courses with grades below B.

Requirements to progress into the M.S.

Students must maintain a 3.2 cumulative GPA through the completion of their bachelor’s degree and have obtained a B or better in all SLHS courses.

Continuation Standards

If a student fails to meet the above requirements while in the B.S. program, they will not be able to continue in the accelerated program and will move to the standard track. Students will still be eligible to apply to the post-baccalaureate SLHS Program through the Pre-Select application or Standard application method. In addition, if a student decides to pursue their graduate degree at an institution other than SLU, their intentions must be communicated to the program director no later than the end of spring year 3.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
CORE 1000 Ignite First Year Seminar 2-3
STAT 1100
Introduction to Statistics
or Elementary Statistics with Computers
CORE 1700 Ultimate Questions: Philosophy 3
CHEM 1000
Chemistry and the Environment (or any general chemistry course)
or Principles of Chemistry 1 Lecture
or General Chemistry 1
CORE 1500 Cura Personalis 1: Self in Community 1
SLHS 2000 Phonetics 2
Elective (encouraged SLHS 1420) 2
CMM 1200 Public Speaking 3
SLHS 2400 Foundations of Language 3
SLHS 3000 Cultural Linguistic Diversity 3
BIOL 1240
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
or General Biology: Transformations of Energy and Matter
Electives 6
Year Two
ENGL 1900 Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research 3
CORE 2500 Cura Personalis 2: Self in Contemplation 0
SLHS 3200 Speech & Hearing Science 3
SLHS 3700 Speech and Language Development 3
SLHS 4200 Audiology: Basic Audiometry 3
Electives (encouraged EDUC 1300 & EDUC 1010) 4
Spring Year 2 Option to Study Abroad  
CORE 3400 Ways of Thinking: Aesthetics, History, and Culture 3
PSY 1010
General Psychology
or Abnormal Psychology
CORE 2800 Eloquentia Perfecta 3: Creative Expression 2-3
SLHS 2200 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism (Take Year 1 Spring if studying abroad) 3
SLHS 4150 Survey of Speech & Language Disorders (Take Year 3 Spring if studying abroad) 3
Year Three
SLHS 4300 Clinical Methods 3
CORE 1600 Ultimate Questions: Theology 3
SLHS 4350 Professional Writing & Documentation for the SLP and AuD 1
SLHS 4400 Aural Rehabilitation 3
Elective (encouraged IPE 2100) 3
Electives (encouraged to take HSCI 2200 & EDUC 3470) 4
SLHS 4650 Counseling 2
SLHS 4700 Clinical Practicum 1
SLHS 4800
Senior Seminar
or Research Seminar and Research Practicum
SLHS 4600 Advanced Audiology 2
SLHS 4500 Neurological Basis of Communication 3
Elective (encouraged IPE 4200) 3
Elective 3
SLHS 4010 Foundations of Contemporary Clinical Practice 1
SLHS 4011 Clinical Laboratory 2
SLHS 4100 Fluency Disorders 3
SLHS 5530 Augmentative and Alternative Communication 2
Elective (suggested SLHS 5710) 2
Year Four
SLHS 4010 Foundations of Contemporary Clinical Practice 1
SLHS 4012 Practicum - Campus Clinic 2
SLHS 5050 Research for the Clinician 2
SLHS 5450 Speech Sound Disorders in Children 3
SLHS 5550 Early Childhood Language Disorders 3
SLHS 5800 Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology 2
Graduates with B.S. in SLHS  
SLHS 5010 Foundations of Contemporary Clinical Practice 1
SLHS 5012 Practicum - Campus Clinic 1
SLHS 5630 Dysphagia 3
SLHS 5560 School-Age Language Disorders 3
SLHS 5720 Neurogenic Communication Disorders in Adults 3
SLHS 5770 Multilingual Communication Disorders 2
Elective (suggested SLHS 5510, SLHS 5100, or SLHS 5880) 2
SLHS 5010 Foundations of Contemporary Clinical Practice 1
SLHS 5012 Practicum - Campus Clinic 1
SLHS 5520 Pediatric Dysphagia 2
SLHS 5990 Thesis Research * 2
Year Five
SLHS 5010 Foundations of Contemporary Clinical Practice 1
SLHS 5015 Practicum - Offsite Clinic 1-2
SLHS 5700 Voice Disorders 3
SLHS 5760 Motor Speech Disorders 3
SLHS 5820 Cognitive Communication Disorders 3
Elective (suggested SLHS 5580) 2
SLHS 5990 Thesis Research * 2
SLHS 5910 Clinical Externship 6
SLHS 5990 Thesis Research * 2
 Total Credits164-167

If Non-Thesis, these 6 credits of Thesis Research will be replaced by 6 credits of graduate-level electives. 

If a student is Thesis, their 6 credits of Thesis Research would replace these electives.