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Academic Programs

The accelerated five-year program in Speech-Language Pathology leads to a Master’s degree and includes two integrated, consecutive phases.


The Pre-Professional Phase (six semesters) includes University undergraduate core requirements plus coursework selected to provide students with a liberal arts education, a basis in the sciences, and critical thinking skills to prepare students for the Professional Phase.

Professional Phase

The two-year Professional Phase (six semesters) graduate program includes specialized knowledge and skills required to become professionally certified as a Speech-Language Pathologist.

In the program, students earn a Bachelor of Sciences in Health Sciences degree after completing the first two semesters of the Professional Phase curriculum and receive a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology four semesters later.

Students completing the Pre-Professional and Professional Phases of the program at Duquesne are eligible to apply for Pennsylvania teacher certification.

Thesis Option

Students also have the option of completing a thesis as part of the Professional Phase.  More information about this option is linked below.

Students having completed an undergraduate degree at another university may apply for admission into the Professional Phase of the program, leading to a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology after six-semesters (two years).


Our Educational Model

The Clinical Education Program