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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about theGraduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology

Is the graduate program at Lehman accredited?

Yes, the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

What are the requirements for consideration for admission into the graduate program?

  • A bachelor’s degree in speech –language pathology (or its equivalent) from an accredited college or university.
  • Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in a different major must complete 18 credits of core prerequisite course work: SPV 221 (Language Acquisition), 245 (Articulatory Phonetics), 247 (Anatomy & Physiology), 249 (Speech & Hearing science), 326 (Speech path I) or 327 (Speech path II), 328 (Introduction to Audiology) or the equivalent, to be eligible for admission into the M.A. In order to apply to our program, you must have grades recorded on your transcript for at least 6 of these prerequisite courses, and be enrolled in the remaining courses, the semester you apply. If you have questions regarding these courses, please contact either of the following faculty members:
    Undergraduate Program Director, Dr. Chery Smith Gabig:  Cheryl.Gabig@lehman.cuny.edu or
    Undergraduate Adviser, Mary Boylan:  Mary.Boylan@lehman.cuny.edu
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major or in the prerequisite courses
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation from academic faculty (at least one letter must  be from a Professor from a speech-language pathology/ audiology course)
  • Personal essay
  • Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores taken within the last five years.  Minimum criteria:  Verbal 151, Quantitative 146, Writing 3.5
  • A 6-month or more experience in the field of speech-language pathology or a related field (education, psychology, counseling, etc) is preferable.
  • English Policy:  Proficiency in spoken and written English is required for admissions to the Lehman College Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology. This requirement  applies to all applicants for whom English is not their native language, including international studnts, permanent residents, and citizens.  A satisfactory command of the English language is a necessary prerequisite for student success in academic coursework and clinical placements in the speech-language pathology graduate program.
    Applicants for the Lehman College Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology, who are non-native speakers of English, must demonstrate proficiency of English through the following:
    1. Achieving a passing score on the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
    2. Completion of a B.A., M.A, or Ph.D. degree from an accredited college or university where English is the primary language of instruction.
    3. Achieving a minimum GRE writing score of 3.5.
    4. Passing an interview, exhibiting English oral skills adequate for student success in academic coursework and clinical placements in the graduate program.

Note: These are minimum requirements. Admissions decisions are based on competitive review. Although not required for the M.A. degree, students must complete a minimum of one course in the following areas in order to qualify for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology:

  • Statistics: PSY 226: Statistical Methods in Psychology or MATH 132: Introduction to Statistics
  • Social Sciences: PSY 166: General Psychology or SOC 166: Fundamentals of Sociology or SOC 227: Sociology of the Family
  • Biological Sciences: BIO 183: Human Biology
  • Physical Sciences: PHY 141: Sound, Speech, and Music

I didn't major in communication sciences and disorders as an undergraduate student. What prerequisite coursework is required for consideration for admission to the graduate program?

The following six prerequisite courses (or their equivalent) are required for consideration for admission into the graduate program:

  • SPV 221: Language Acquisition
  • SPV 245: Articulatory Phonetics
  • SPV 247: Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
  • SPV 249: Speech and Hearing Science
  • SPV 326: Speech Pathology I or SPV 327: Speech Pathology II
  • SPV 328: Introduction to Audiology

Total: 18 credits

Students must have completed a minimum of six of these courses to be considered as candidates for the M.A. program in Speech-Language Pathology.

Can I take prerequisite courses at Lehman College?

Yes. You may apply to the College as a non-matriculated undergraduate student.

If I take prerequisite courses at Lehman, does that mean I will be accepted into Lehman's graduate program?

No. Your application for admission to the graduate program will be considered among those of all other applicants. While there is no guarantee of admission to the graduate program, members of the faculty have a better understanding of students' relative strengths and weaknesses if they have taken their prerequisite courses at Lehman.

Does Lehman interview candidates for admission to the graduate program?

Yes. Once all received applications have been reviewed, a number of applicants will be invited to meet with faculty for an interview. Final decisions regarding admissions to the graduate program are made following the interview.

Can I enroll in graduate courses as a non-matriculated student?

No. Graduate coursework can be taken only by students who have been accepted as matriculated students.

When are the deadlines for application to the graduate program and how can I obtain an application?

Applications can be obtained from the Office of Graduate Admissions, Shuster Hall, Room 150 (718-960-8702) or click here

Application Deadlines:

  • For fall semester admission: January 15
  • For spring semester admission: October 1

How many credits is the Master's Program in speech-language pathology?

Effective January 2012, the graduate program leading to an M.A. degree consists of 60 credits.

What are the requirements for graduation?

Satisfactory completion of all required academic courses and clinical practica, a portfolio review, and a satisfactory exit interview at the completion of studies.

Does Lehman offer a Master's Degree in Audiology?

No. The Department does not have a graduate program in Audiology. The CUNY Graduate Center, however, offers an AuD in Audiology. For more information about the AuD, visit the  CUNY Graduate Center Health Sciences Doctoral Program website.