James Madison University

Online M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

Program Description

Online MS in SLP Program

The master's degree program in speech-language pathology is designed to provide a broad spectrum of academic and practicum experiences necessary for the education of specialists who deal with disorders of human communication and swallowing.

The Online M.S. SLP program is aligned with JMU's traditional Master's degree program, including the same standards and expectations for graduation. The academic and clinical components are consistent with the requirements for certification in speech-language pathology of the Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and for health and education licensures in speech-language pathology by the state of Virginia. Applicants should complete prerequisite undergraduate course work in speech pathology and/or related areas of study prior to admissions to the online program.

The objective of the program is to allow individuals, particularly "career changers" and non-traditional students, to pursue a career in speech-language pathology. Admitted students progress as part of a cohort, and follow the curriculum as outlined. Academic coursework is offered online.  Students will enroll in 2-3 courses per semester, over a three year period.  Clinical requirements are met in accordance with ASHA Guidelines for Clinical Certification http://www.asha.org/Certification/AboutCertificationGenInfo.htm.

Students admitted to the online program should be aware that they will need to adjust their personal and/or professional schedules to accommodate clinical placements. Full time employment while enrolled in clinical placements may not be possible in all circumstances.


Carol Dudding

Welcome to the Online MS SLP website. This site is designed to assist you in your search for a quality, online master’s degree program in speech-language pathology.

The Online MS SLP at James Madison University is:

  • A program designed for the adult learner with career and family responsibilities
  • Assures academic rigor
  • Accredited by ASHA CAA as part of JMU’s master’s degree program
  • Meets requirements for Virginia state licensure and ASHA’s certification for clinical competence.

Please note that all successful students must meet the same academic and clinical requirements as our on-campus students thus assuring a quality online learning experience.

We invite you to carefully explore this site for information about the online program at James Madison University and detailed information about the requirements of the program; including the admission process

Information can also be obtained by attending one of our open houses or emailing slp@jmu.edu.

We look forward to making the journey towards a master’s degree in speech-language pathology with you.

Carol C Dudding, Ph.D.
Program Director


The master’s  (M.S) program in speech-language pathology at James Madison University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

The program meets requirements for relevant Virginia licensure.