Academics Banner

New York Medical College, M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

Manhattanville College: B.A.
New York Medical College: M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

This is an early acceptance program.  Manhattanville College and New York Medical College’s School of Health Sciences and Practice (NYMC-SHSP) work jointly to facilitate enrollment in the two-year Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program at NYMC-SHSP.  This program is one of the very few in the nation that are medically oriented.

Students may pursue any major/minor at Manhattanville but must complete the prerequisites listed below.  New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice recommends the usual four years of undergraduate work and the completion of the BA degree so as to enable students to manage the rigorous graduate program.  After the successful completion of the two years of graduate study at New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice, the student receives a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. 

The early acceptance program requires that interested students follow the guidelines specified below in order to assure proper counseling, essential communication and timely processing of the application.

Guidelines for prospective early acceptance M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology students:

1. A student who wishes to be considered for early acceptance into the SLP program must contact and work with the Pre-Health Advisor (Dr. Darlene Gandolfi) as early as possible; the student should not work independently with the NYMC-SHSP Speech-Language Pathology Department or the NYMC-SHSP Admissions Office.  The student must complete the "Statement of Intent to Pursue a Partnership Program" form with the Pre-Health Advisor.

2. The Pre-Health Advisor will notify the Chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Department at the School of Health Sciences and Practice of the student’s interest.   During the junior year, the student will visit the facility for a tour and interview. 

3. At the end of the junior year, once spring grades are posted, the student may apply to the program, but only through the Pre-Health Advisor.

4. The Pre-Health Advisor will formally recommend to the SHSP admissions committee that the student be considered for early acceptance and will submit the student's application.

Contingent upon a favorable decision from the admissions committee, the student will be given a provisional early acceptance during the fall semester of the senior year.  Final admission and enrollment into the SLP program is contingent upon:
* the student's completion of all remaining undergraduate course work at a level comparable to that attained in earlier course work and 
* the submission of a final transcript indicating degree completion and date.

Requirements for admission to New York Medical College’s M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology:

1. A GPA of at least 3.5.

2. An academic record that includes coursework in the humanities, social sciences, and natural science, including competency in English composition. 

3. The following specific prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better:

* Biology (one course with lab in such areas as general biology, human anatomy, physiology, zoology, microbiology, etc.)
* Physics I (recommended) or Chemistry I (each with lab)
* Psychology and/or Sociology (total of at least two courses)
* Mathematics or Statistics (one course)

4. Three letters of recommendation: one from the Pre-Health Advisor and at least one from a faculty member with whom the candidate has taken at least one course.

5. A typed personal statement of approximately 750 words that must address the following questions:
a) What events led to your decision to become a speech-language pathologist?
b) Why do you want to attend a medically-based speech-language pathology program as opposed to an educationally-based program?
c) What personal characteristics and life experiences qualify you to be a speech-language pathologist?

6. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to obtain a minimum eligibility score of at least 660 (PBT -a minimum of 5 on the essay section), 287 (CBT – a minimum of 5 on the essay section), or 117 (IBT - no score lower than 28 in each of the 4 sections) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); also accepted is the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – a minimum score of Band 8.

7. Professional readiness: in addition to the evidence listed above in items #4 and #5, the student must be able to:
* clearly express his/her reasons for wanting to become a speech language pathologist, and explain how his/her decision is based on a sound appraisal of his/her own personal characteristics.  
* provide evidence of leadership, a strong work ethic, and a caring personality. These are demonstrated through the written personal statement, letters of recommendation, and the interview.  The student must provide evidence of the attributes of maturity, responsibility, and service to others through life experiences and achievements

8.  Certification in CPR (ARC or AHA approved)

Note: The Graduate Record Examination is waived for students pursuing the early acceptance program.

Click here for further details about the program at NYMC.


Also see information about Manhattanville's Pre-Health Program.