Master of Speech-Language Pathology

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Whether you are drawn to working with children or adults, we have a program that gives you the skills to enrich the lives of others, by improving their ability to communicate. If you aren’t sure which client population you want to work with, you will gain hands-on experience with both!

The structure of our two-year program requires students to be on 鶹ԭin Davenport, IA, for year one. Year two, students complete a fall and spring internship nearly anywhere they choose!

Our graduates work in a wide variety of settings treating adult and child clients, such as Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Sweet Pea's Therapy, Jordon Ross Communications, Color Along Pediatric Therapy, and many more.

Ambrose Advantages

  • Start Clinical Experience Your First Semester
  • Only Private University in Iowa Offering Graduate SLP & Free Services to Clients
  • See the Sound/Visual Phonics Incorporated into Your Education
  • Accredited Program with Quality & Caring Faculty
  • Option to Study Abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador

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MSLP with child

MSLP Student and Adult Patient

Our MSLP students collaborate with other health care professionals, work closely with experienced faculty during clinic and research projects, and focus on improving lives. At SAU, you gain the confidence and freedom to grow as a practitioner in a high-demand field.


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Speech-Language Pathology
Master's Degree at SAU

Our MSLP students graduate from a robust program and receive extensive training from professors respected in their field.

More Information about the MSLP Program

What will I learn?

Courses include diagnostics, research methods, early intervention, dysphagia, critical thinking, fluency disorders, voice and resonance disorders, clinical reasoning, and more.

You get clinical experience starting your first semester. Most of our first-year off-鶹ԭclinical placements are in child-client settings. However, there is a strong focus on adult clients and medical settings built into the program. During the second year, you complete two, 10-12 week internships which can be completed outside the Quad Cities area. 

You will complete a research project and participate in service learning. In recent years, the majority of service learning sites included adult clients. 

Graduates of our program will be eligible for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certification and other relevant state credentials.

What makes the SAU program unique?
  • St. Ambrose offers extensive clinical supervision. Often times, faculty supervise more than half of clinical contact – double the 25 percent required by ASHA.
  • Our established partnerships with community agencies allow you to develop and refine clinical skills in early childhood centers, after-school programs, rehabilitation facilities, and private and public schools.
  • The St. Ambrose Rite Care Clinic is the only no-cost clinic in Iowa where children and adults with communication disorders can receive speech-language pathology assessment and/or intervention services. In the past 10 years, MSLP students have provided therapy to more than 550 children and adults who could not afford or were ineligible to receive services for a communication disorder. Read this story about how our MSLP students help adults and children adapt and thrive.
  • Work directly with patients in the Interprofessional Healthcare Clinic. Here, you team up with graduate students in Social Work, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies programs to provide comprehensive, person-centered care to local residents. MSLP students who serve a clinical rotation work solely with adult clients. 
  • The Learning Lab provides you with a hands-on learning opportunity in working with a specific population. Our students recently screened toddlers for speech development delays. Read this story about the lab.
  • We give you unique study opportunities at home and abroad during winter and summer interim courses. Read what students said about studying in Ecuador.
  • Our faculty bring a wide range of experience to the classroom and some continue practicing in private clinics and institutional settings such as Genesis Medical Center. Read this story about how Professor Darci Becker, PhD, who previously worked at Genesis, brought her clinical experience into the classroom.
  • All students complete a graduate research project, and faculty may also incorporate students into their own research.
What are alums of this program doing?
  • Bryan Bustos Camona '17 MSLP works as a Bilingual SLP at the Mississippi Bend Area Education Center in Bettendorf, Iowa.
  • Claire Motto '14, '16 MSLP, is helping patients with brain injuries have purposeful lives. She partnered with two SAU alumnae to launch Empower House. Read this story about the important work they are doing.
  • Mallory Stegmuller '18, '21 MSLP, serves child clients at Rush Kids Pediatric Therapy
  • Hayley Levenhagen '21 MSLP, enjoys working at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Elizaebeth Morales '18, 21 MSLP, is a Bilingual SLP at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
  • Kailyn Wasielewski, '22 MSLP, is passionate about providing SLP services to students at Grant Wood AEA, saying, "Still cannot believe that this is what I get to do for the rest of my life!"
What will my degree cost?

At St. Ambrose, we realize a graduate education is a personal, professional, and financial commitment. That is one reason we "freeze" the tuition rate when you enter the MSLP program. The One Price Tuition Plan ensures your tuition costs are consistent across semesters, making financial planning easier.

For the cohort of students entering the MSLP Program in Fall 2024, the total tuition cost of the two year program is $70,970. It includes tuition, course fees, liability insurance, technology fees, matriculation fee, and graduation application fees. You may encounter additional costs, which we've outlined below.

While the cost may seem daunting, graduate financial aid, assistantships, and scholarships are available to make your degree more affordable.

Give us a call or send an email and we'll answer anything else you might want to know.

Additional MSLP Costs

  • All housing and living-related expenses
  • Books and optional course supplies
  • Parking fees (approximately $60 fall & $60 spring, year 1)
  • Healthcare Provider level CPR certification (approximately $45)
  • Background checks required for clinical education (approximately $76)
  • Immunizations for clinical education
  • Travel and housing during clinical education
  • Graduation regalia (cap & gown - approximately $100)
  • National Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) membership fee (approximately $50)
  • National exam registration fee (approximately $120)
Degree Requirements

Curriculum Year 1


MSLP 700 Critical Thinking and Evidence-Based Practice, 2 credits
MSLP 711 Research Methods I, 1 credit
MSLP 720 Foundations of Assessment, 3 credits
MSLP 750 Clinic Experience I, 2 credits
MSLP 751 Professional Issues I, 1 credit
MSLP 780 Acquired Disorders of Language and Cognition, 4 credits

Winter Intersession

MSLP 755 Early Intervention, 3 credits OR MSLP 825 Multicultural Clinic Abroad, 3 credits


MSLP 712 Research Methods II, 2 credits
MSLP 752 Professional Issues II, 1 credit
MSLP 756 Developmental Disorders of Language and Cognition, 3 credits
MSLP 758 Multicultural Assessment and Intervention, 1 credit
MSLP 820 Clinical Experience II, 2 credits
MSLP 790 Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 2 credits
MSLP 850 Dysphagia, 3 credits

Summer (May) Intersession

MSLP 840 Fluency Disorders, 2 credits

Year 2

Summer (continued)

MSLP 730 Motor Speech Disorders, 3 credits
MSLP 753 Professional Issues III, 1 credit
MSLP 760 Voice and Resonance Disorders, 3 credits
MSLP 835 Clinical Experience III, 1 credit
MSLP 865 Graduate Research Project I, 1 credit


MSLP 870 Child Internship or MSLP 880 Adult Internship, 10-12 weeks, 8 credits each
MSLP 866 Graduate Research Project II, 1 credit
MSLP 875 Clinical Reasoning I, online, 1 credit


MSLP 870 Child Internship or MSLP 880 Adult Internship, 10-12 weeks, 8 credits each
MSLP 876 Clinical Reasoning II, 1 credit

Faculty and Staff

Elisa Huff, Professor and Program Director
Cory Kroeger, Office Administrator

Darci Becker, Professor
Brian Foy, Clinical Instructor
Elisa Green, Clinical Director
Lori Jager, Clinical Instructor
Jeffrey Knox, Adjunct Instructor
David Krupke, Clinical Asst. Professor
Rachael Suddarth, Professor
Bridgette Vale, Clinical Instructor

Clinical Affiliate Faculty
Heather Malli
Bridget Real
Rebecca Rall

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Elisa Huff, PhD, Program Director

Master of Speech-Language Pathology
Center for Communication and Social Development
1310 W. Pleasant St.
Davenport, IA 52804

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