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Founded in 1892 by a violinist with a big vision, Ithaca College (IC) is a learning environment all about transformation—the moments when you find meaning, purpose, and people. We attract the curious and creative—humanitarians and contrarians ready to be challenged, ready to grow, and feel their impact.
At Ithaca College, our faculty and staff are dedicated to student education and growth. As thought leaders moving their fields forward, IC faculty not only mentor students but also continue to learn and develop as professionals who care about using their knowledge and expertise to make a difference in the world.
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From enrollment assistance to clinical placement support to a connected educational environment, we’re driven by helping our students succeed.
An Online Pathway Designed for Your Success
With more than 100 years of experience in Speech-Language Pathology education, Ithaca College supports your journey to practice through fully online coursework and prerequisites (alongside in-person clinical experiences). Accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CAA)*, the online Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology is competitively priced and designed to provide the same level of engagement and support you would receive in an on-campus program.
Top 100 SLP Program, #6 in New York
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#13 Best University in the North
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Accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association*
Ithaca College is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education
The MS-SLP is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CAA)*
Our mission is to educate, engage, and empower through theory, practice, and performance.
Our core values of Academic Excellence, Respect and Accountability, Innovation, Sustainability, Equity are interrelated and equally critical to accomplishing Ithaca College’s vision and mission.
Ithaca College views academic excellence as the integration of theory, practice, and performance. The College’s unique fusion of liberal arts and professional programs assumes that knowledge needs to inform and be informed by hands-on experience, real-life application, and concrete action. Curricular and co-curricular activities should allow all community members to develop, debate, and critically evaluate strategies to address complex problems.
Mutual care, respect, and accountability are expected in all facets of institutional life. Ithaca College values every community member’s dignity and seeks to create a social environment where everyone can flourish and be their authentic self. As members of a thriving community, we demonstrate practices that foster a sense of belonging, shared responsibility, collaboration, innovation, and achievement. Accountability to Ithaca College’s values and policies allows us to consider the consequences of our actions, self-examine, and find ways to restore trust and forgiveness when harm is caused. A culture of care and love grows when we respectfully engage in learning opportunities that help us shift out of our presumed paradigms.
A culture of innovation enables us to remain forward -thinking, nimble, and adaptable to social and technological change. When people from diverse backgrounds and experiences are empowered to exchange ideas and collaboratively problem-solve, innovation grows, creativity sparks, and institutional and personal goals are achieved. Collaboration between the professional and liberal arts traditions cultivates academic excellence in the spirit of theory, practice, and performance.
Adopting institutional strategies that offer ecological and resource-based sustenance to the people and places of Ithaca College ensures its futurity. Sustainability means increasing our usage of renewable energy sources and reducing our carbon footprint because we understand the impact of our decisions on the community and the planet. It means practicing good stewardship of financial resources while fostering connections among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and administrators to serve the public good. We activate critical thinking, scholarly inquiry, professional skills, and performance to positively impact, sustain, and advance our local and global communities.
We adopt an equity framework that proactively seeks to make Ithaca College accessible, affordable, and inclusive for all people, especially those impacted by systemic disadvantage, marginalization, and exclusion. This endeavor requires resource allocation as well as organizational structures that facilitate equity. It demands adopting strategies for increasing the representational diversity of students, faculty, and staff who are currently underrepresented in higher education. It also means implementing inclusive policies and practices proven to foster the retention, belonging, and advancement of people who face systemic disadvantages and discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and national origin. Finally, an equity framework assumes inclusive decision-making processes, transparency, and accountability as the primary ways of working together.
Ithaca College is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
Ithaca College's Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CAA)*.
*The Master’s of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology (distance education) at Ithaca College 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, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
Our current accreditation period extends through January 31, 2027.
A copy of our department's vision, mission, and strategic plan is available for review.
Once you complete all of the required graduate coursework and clinical practica, you will be eligible to begin a clinical fellowship (CF). Upon successful completion of the CF, you will be eligible to apply for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology (CCC-SLP) and licensure as a speech-language pathologist.
Ithaca College graduates enjoy excellent career prospects. Our recent graduates are currently employed in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, public schools, private schools, and private practices throughout the United States and Canada.
"Today at my externship, I received the coin of excellence from the Commander of the hospital. This coin is given to recognize personnel who performed to excellence far beyond what is normally expected...I would not have been able to accomplish something like this if it was not for the speech-language pathology department at IC. Thank you."
- SLP Student
"Ithaca College is a community that helps you flourish and discover your true potential. I am the person I am today because of IC."
- SLP Student
As you explore the next step in your education journey, we recognize that you may have questions along the way. We are here to help you with answers about Ithaca College, our programs, admission requirements, and more.
Our clinical placement services are included with the Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology program. The clinical placements are designed to provide you with real-world, hands-on experience to complement your classroom learning.
Tuition and Financial Aid
An Ithaca College graduate education is an investment in the potential of your mind and a powerful contribution to your continued success. Learn about financial aid types available for graduate study and how to apply.
What Can You Do With a Master's in Speech-Language Pathology?
Speech is the most basic form of communication and a critical part of our development — it makes us uniquely human. From infancy to the end of life, we use speech and language to learn, develop our personalities, and communicate our ideas and emotions. Language helps us view and adapt to the world around us.