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M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

Mission Statement

The mission of the MS-SLP program is to fulfill the mission of Biola University through rigorous academic and clinical training of those desiring to become licensed, certified speech-language pathologists. Hallmarks of this program include: 1. Strong theoretical framework: Students will receive rigorous instruction in current, relevant theoretical knowledge in order to develop curious, life-long learners. 2. Excellence in clinical practice: Students will be prepared for impactful clinical work with a variety of diverse populations through clinical experiences and the model of the work and witness of faculty and instructors. 3. Biblical perspective: Students will be taught from a Christian worldview in order to promote the fullest understanding of humankind and the world. 4. Impactful: Students will connect their studies to contexts of life that they might love well those in their sphere of influence locally and globally and effectively engage in issues of our profession through research, publication, and service.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, students will be able to:


Demonstrate knowledge of prevention, identification, evaluation, treatment, and patient interaction with individuals of a variety of ages that have speech-sound, fluency, voice, language, social communication, cognitive communication, and swallowing disorders.


Demonstrate the character of Christ including compassion, love, and kindness in their interactions with clients, families of clients, and colleagues.


Develop and implement evidence-based diagnostic and intervention plans in a variety of settings and for individuals with a variety of communication and swallowing disorders at a level appropriate for entry into professional practice.


Demonstrate the ability to complete scholarly research in writing in the field of communication sciences and disorders.


Curriculum Map

A Curriculum Map shows which courses in a degree program are responsible to intentionally develop each PLO at the Introductory, Developing, and Mastery levels.

Assessment Plan

An Assessment Plan is a listing of the student work that will be used to assess achievement of each learning outcome.

Assessment Schedule

An Assessment Schedule is a 5-year schedule that indicates when each of the PLOs will be assessed and when the comprehensive Program Review will occur.

No Assessment Schedule is currently available for this program.

Annual PLO Assessment Reports

The Annual Reports from each year’s PLO assessment.

Program Review Executive Summary

The Executive Summary report from the most recent comprehensive Program Review.