Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology

Speech Audiology Frequently Asked Questions

Can I enter the Program before taking the Program prerequisites?

  • For SLP applicants, There are 5 prerequisite courses required by ASHA: Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism Introduction to Audiology Introduction to Speech and Hearing Science Language Development Phonetics
  • SLP applicants may apply to our Graduate Program before having completed the 5 prerequisites but cannot start the Program before having completed them.
  • Au.D. applicants must complete the following pre-professional coursework:
    Prior to entering the program: Introduction to Audiology (3 credits)
    During 1st year of program: Normal Language Development (3 credits) by end of spring semester of 1st year
    Prior to graduation: Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism (3 credits), Mathematics (3 credits), Biological Science (3 credits), Physical Science (3 credits), Behavioral Science (3 credits)

Where can I take the required prerequisite courses?

  • Prerequisites may be taken at any college, preferably in an ASHA accredited program. A grade of a "C" or better is required to transfer credit.
  • Prerequisites are also available through the SLPA Department at Northeastern University. You may apply as a Special Student to register.

How big is your Program?

  • The SLPA Program has 35-40 incoming graduate students per year. The Au.D. Program has about 8-9 incoming graduate students per year. As a result, students and faculty get to know each other well, and students become friends for life. At Northeastern, you have all of the advantages of a large university campus, including facilities you would expect to find at a major urban university, along with all of the advantages of a small, intimate program.

Do I need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?

  • GREs are a required part of the application. A combined score of greater than a 1000 is needed, with a verbal score of 400 or greater and a quantitative score of 500 or greater. Scores must be sent directly from ETS to NU.

What sort of financial support does the Program offer?

  • We have available a number of Stipended Graduate Assistants (SGAs) that provide tuition remission and a stipend in return for 20 hours of work per week. Fill out your FAFSA!
  • Dean’s Scholarships are offered to students based on academic performance and provide tuition remission.
  • Students are often hired by SLPA faculty to work on their research grants and are given a stipend and/or course credit.

Where can I find information regarding the Application Process?

What Makes Northeastern University’s Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Programs Stand Out?

We offer an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) and an Au.D. in Audiology. Most Programs in SLP and Audiology have similarities in their curricula since our scope of practice is determined by our national accrediting agency, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Differences among the Programs include the settings of the programs (College, University, or Hospital), the research interests of the faculty, and the facilities. Here are some of the features that we believe make Northeastern unique and attractive to graduate students:

1. We have a strong interdisciplinary focus.

  • We have Programs in both SLP and Audiology, which allows students to learn a great deal about both disciplines and how they relate. We are the only program in Boston with an Au.D.
  • Being part of Bouvè College, we are members of an interdisciplinary team that includes such disciplines as Counseling Psychology, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy.
  • Our students have diverse undergraduate backgrounds with some having an undergraduate degree in SLP and/or Audiology and others having an undergraduate degree in another discipline. This diversity is positive for both our students and our faculty.

2. Our faculty are internationally recognized researchers who are all active in their fields and involve students in their research.

  • We are all involved in evidence-based practice, led by our Dept. Chair, Dr. Ralf Schlosser, an expert in this area. This approach requires clinical practice to be motivated by the most pertinent findings in the literature, as they relate to individual clients.
  • Our faculty combine interests in theory with a focus on practice-oriented research.   They also have links with world-recognized hospitals like Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hospital, Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

3. We have student-centered and friendly faculty.

  • With a student-faculty ratio of 3-4 students per faculty, students have easy, ongoing access to faculty and are strongly supported throughout their Program.
  • Students comment on the close relationships they develop with faculty and the support they receive to reach their maximum potential. We also help students develop extra curricular activities through professional clubs and associations. Matthews Distinguished Professor Mary Florentine and SLP Clinical Teaching Faculty Ruth Margulies are actively involved in guiding our NU Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NUSSLHA).

4. Northeastern's campus, located in the heart of Boston, is a vibrant, active community with many resources and updated facilities.

  • We have faculty offices and newly-renovated research space in the Forsyth Building.  The Behrakis Health Sciences Building is one of the College's newest editions. 
  • The campus' location allows easy access to museums, concert halls, sports venues, and shopping.
  • Public transportation is convenient and readily available.
  • To get a feel for our campus, take a virtual tour.

5. The Speech-Language and Hearing Center, our on-site Clinic, is the core of the Department.

  • Our goal is to provide our students with an unparalleled interdisciplinary clinical experience both on and off campus. The Center provides services in both Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology to members of the Boston Community. These services are provided by the students under the supervision of our clinical faculty, five days and two evenings a week. Our Center houses $800,000 of new equipment.

6. We have many quality educational and medical external placement sites in Greater Boston and beyond.

  • Students complete multiple semesters of external placement work across ages, diagnoses, and settings with our practicing community-based colleagues. For accessibility to all of our external sites, students must have access to a car.

7. Our clinical Audiology Program benefits from a recent endowment of over a million dollars from the Boston Guild for the Hard of Hearing, a distinguished and venerable charitable organization, whose roots in Boston go back to the early 1900’s.

  • This generous gift allows us to expand our educational and support services into the community.

8. Northeastern is  nationally recognized for its focus on experiential education.

  • Students have endless opportunities to combine theory and practice through academics, clinical experiences, research, and community service.
  • Students frequently choose to enroll in elective courses in areas of personal interest as part of their program. With over 165 graduate programs, the possibilities are endless.
  • Students complete Comprehensive Exams or may elect to complete a thesis.
  • Students are given numerous opportunities to contribute their developing skills to various groups or causes within the local, national and international communities.

9. Our Programs are full-time.

  • Students complete their clinical experiences during the day.
  • Academic courses are primarily offered late afternoons and evenings.
  • Students matriculate in September.

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