What Are the Top Schools for Speech Pathology?

You can earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Arts (M.A.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Speech-Language Pathology. Explore the typical characteristics of schools with strong programs in speech pathology. Review three well-ranked schools and view a list of ten additional top schools for speech pathology programs. Schools offering Bilingual and Multicultural Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are Some Characteristics of the Top Schools and Programs for Speech Pathology?

In addition to national rankings, you'll want to examine the school's faculty for level of experience and compare core programs and electives to determine what you should expect to learn. You'll find that top programs integrate clinical practice with academic preparation. You may also have opportunities to participate in research or internships through laboratories and clinics.

What Are Three Top Speech Pathology Schools?

Kent State University in Kent, OH

Kent State University (KSU) is one of the largest universities in Ohio and the country. In 2019, U.S. News and World Report ranked KSU 191th among national universities and 81st among the top speech-language pathology graduate programs. The America Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) accredits the master's degree program, which is offered in collaboration with the nearby Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine that offers a Ph.D. issued by KSU.

KSU facilities include the Speech and Hearing Clinic serving people of all ages and an English Language Proficiency Clinic. Audiological test and research suites are also available, as well as eight therapy rooms with two-way mirrors. Voice science and speech perception facilities are among several specialized laboratories. These degrees are available:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Combined Baccalaureate-Master's Program
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Speech-Language Pathology

University of Iowa in Iowa City

The U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Iowa as the top graduate speech-language pathology program and the 89th best national college in 2019.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) offers a pre-professional bachelor's major in speech and hearing science, as well as a minor. You'll be encouraged to participate in at least 25 hours of supervised clinical observation. The CSD also has a departmental honors program and master's concentrations in research, professional or public school licensure. The Ph.D. program has a research emphasis, while the audiology doctorate might be suitable if your goal is to be a practitioner.

Your clinical and research experience may be enhanced by facilities of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics' Consolidated Speech and Swallowing Services or the Department of Otolaryngology. UI's Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic serves the university community and the general public. You might prefer clinical work at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. These programs are available:

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Speech and Hearing Science
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Speech and Hearing Science
  • Doctor of Audiology

University of Nebraska in Lincoln

In 2019, U.S. News and World Report ranked UN as the 129th top national university and the 20th best graduate speech-language pathology program. UN offers a pre-professional bachelor's degree specializing in speech-language pathology. You'll complete a field experience leading to educational certification. The master's program offers thesis or non-thesis options.

You would have access to multiple facilities, including UN's Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic for training and research opportunities. The Speech Production Laboratory conducts research on speech motor impairments and early speech development. The Fluency Center and Augmentative and Alternative Communication Center also conduct research that helps people with various communication disabilities. These options are available:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Human Sciences

Ten Top Schools for Speech-Language Pathology

College/University Institution TypeLocationEstimated Graduate In-State Tuition*
University of Maryland University College 4-year, Public College Park, MD$8,500
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 4-year, Public Minneapolis, MN$18,500
Arizona State University4-year, Public Tempe, AZ$12,000
Purdue University-West Lafayette4-year, Public West Lafayette, IN$10,000
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 4-year, Public Chapel Hill, NC$12,000
University of Texas-Austin 4-year, Public Austin, TX$12,000
Northwestern University4-year, Private Evanston, IL$55,000
San Diego State University 4-year, Public San Diego, CA$9,000
Temple University 4-year, Public Philadelphia, PA$17,000
Ohio State University 4-year, Public Columbus, OH$12,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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