The Department of Speech-Language Pathology offers a five-year, guaranteed-seat program that awards a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree and a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. This program consists of 6-semesters of pre-professional (undergraduate) study followed by 6-semesters of professional phase (graduate) study.

Curriculum for the 5-year entry-level Master's Degree

Course descriptions for all departmental courses may be found in the University Catalog

Structure of 5-year accelerated SLP program at Duquesne University

Infographic with progression of 5-year accelerated program



Academic Programs

Pre-Professional Phase

The Pre-Professional Phase (six semesters) includes University undergraduate core requirements plus coursework selected to provide 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 of Science 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 clinical certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, licensure to practice from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and for Pennsylvania teacher certification.

Thesis Option

Students also have the option of completing a thesis as part of the Professional Phase. For more information about this option contact Dr. Heather Rusiewicz.