List of the Best Speech Therapy Schools in the U.S.

Jan 11, 2020

Learn about top schools with speech-language pathology programs that can prepare students for careers in speech therapy. Find out about school rankings and program offerings at these schools.

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Speech language pathology programs are offered at many of the country's best schools. Students who graduate from these programs usually receive a Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology. The University of Iowa, Arizona State University, and Northwestern University are all top schools that offer graduate programs in speech-language pathology. Graduate degrees at Iowa prepare students for doctoral programs or work in the field. Northwestern's program offers specialty areas, and Arizona offers a part-time employment program. All are highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report.

University of Iowa

Speech-language pathology programs at the University of Iowa were ranked #1 (tied) in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. In 2020, U.S. News and World Report ranked the university #34 (tied) for top public schools. The university's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a professional and a general Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology. The professional program provides all the coursework necessary for graduates to pursue a career in speech therapy. The general program is specifically designed for those who plan to pursue a doctoral degree. Students in both programs study a variety of communication disorders and methods of treatment.

Northwestern University in Illinois

In 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked Northwestern #9 among all national universities. Northwestern University is also home to the fifth-best (tied) speech-language pathology program in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2016. The Master of Arts program is offered through the School of Communication and prepares students to diagnose and treat a variety of disorders in children and adults. Coursework includes classroom and clinical study of many disorders, including language, neurology, literacy, and swallowing impairments. Students can pursue general study or select a specialty in either early intervention for children or neurological disorders.

Arizona State University in Tempe

Arizona State University has the 17th (tied) best speech-language pathology program in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2016 list. The school offers a post-bachelor's certificate as well as a Master of Science in Communication Disorders. The certificate program is a pre-master's program for students who have a bachelor's in another area of study. The master's program prepares students to become certified speech-language pathologists after taking the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Praxis exam. Students have the opportunity to participate in a part-time employment program while completing their master's degree in speech-language pathology, and they can also enroll in a bilingual training program.

Top U.S. Schools for Speech Therapy

Students also have other top speech therapy schools that they can choose from.

College/University Name Distinction Location
Indiana University - Bloomington Faculty members' areas of specialty research include disfluency, speech and motor skills, speech perception, and more. Bloomington, IN
Purdue University Tied for fifth best graduate speech-language pathology program on U.S. News & World Report's 2016 list. West Lafayette, IN
University of Florida Students have access to several clinics, including the UF Health, Speech and Audiology Center and the UF Health Rehab Center. Gainesville, FL
University of Maryland - College Park 100% of speech pathology students passed the Praxis in 2019. During the same year, 95% found employment after graduation. College Park, MD
University of Texas at Austin Has a large communication sciences and disorders department ,with more than 250 undergraduate and 100 graduate students, as well as 30 faculty members. Austin, TX
University of Washington Has faculty members that include fellows from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Acoustical Society of America. Seattle, WA
University of Wisconsin - Madison Ranked 3rd (tied) on U.S. News & World Report's 2016 list of schools with the best graduate speech-language pathology programs. Madison, WI

Aspiring speech therapists have numerous options for high-ranking speech-language pathology programs. Some of the best schools in the field include Arizona State University, Northwestern, and the University of Iowa.

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