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Graduate Program


The master’s of science in communication sciences and disorders (speech-language pathology) at Longwood University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700 for the period 2015 - 2023.


Student Outcome Data

Over the last three years (2013 – 2016), Longwood's graduates have achieved a 98% first time pass rate on the Praxis II in Speech-Language Pathology.   All students (100%) have completed the program in the specified time period (5 - 6 semesters for students who have successfully completed the pre-requisite coursework).   Our graduates have successfully gained employment after graduation (an average of 95% within six months), with approximately half employed in education settings and half in medical settings.) Click here for a table displaying Graduate Outcome Data for the 2013-2016 period.


What Employers Say About Our Graduates

Lisa Kinton, M.A., CCC-SLP, Instructional Specialist, Chesterfield County Public Schools had this to say about our graduate students and program:

"I have been extremely impressed with the skills of every Longwood graduate who has joined our staff.  Longwood's program is doing a great job of preparing SLPs for services in the public schools."

Deborah Brown, Speech-Language Pathology Department Chair in Henrico County had this to say about our students and program: 

"Graduates from Longwood University's CSD program are amazing additions to our staff.  I received emails from their principals and specialists  letting me know how well they represent themselves, HCPS, and the profession.  So thank you for the great work you are doing at Longwood."


Want to read more about what our graduate students are doing while in the program and once they have graduated?  Click here to find out more.


Click here to watch a video from 2013 Camp Loud and Clear at the Holliday Lake 4-H Center.


CSDS ASHA Accreditation Photo CSD Faculty and SOWK & CSDS Department Chair celebrate the accreditation of the CSD Graduate program.



Thirty-seven members of Governor Bob McDonnell's staff received hearing screenings and learned some facts about how to protect their hearing, all courtesy of Longwood's communication sciences and disorders (CSD) graduate program.  Click here for more details.


Course Descriptions

For course descriptions and requirements please refer to the current Graduate Catalog for the College of Graduate & Professional Studies.







Meredith Peck, a second year graduate student, received the Graduate Leadership Award (2016). This award recognizes a student for outstanding service, including participation in campus activities and performance as a graduate assistant. For the last year, Meredith has served as President of the Graduate Student Advisory Council, the elected graduate student representative to Graduate Council, and a member of the Graduate Studies Task Force.


CSD Graduate Students Win Big at SHAV!




On behalf of the faculty, we would like to congratulate our 2016 CSD graduate students!  Job well done ladies!

2016 CSDS Graduates

What do our students say?

During the search to find a perfect university to pursue my speech-language pathology career, it was evident that Longwood University always stood out to me.  Longwood was my first choice for graduate school because it offered me things that I felt no other program could.  Longwood's CSD graduate program is a tight knit community where class sizes are very small and the faculty abide by an "open door" policy.  The faculty sincerely want the students to succeed and are willing to go above and beyond their job descriptions to accommodate each graduate student.  I will be so proud to hang my Masters of Science diploma up for others to see and know that I graduated from Longwood University's CSD graduate program.

Tyler Dougherty, M.S., 2015


I had the privilege of attending the Communication Science and Disorders master’s program at Longwood University and found the courses to be excellent. The professors were extremely supportive and always went the extra mile to ensure that the students understood the material. The CSD clinical experiences provided me with the foundation to feel confident in the work place. I completed the program in May of 2014 and am happy with decision to pursue my CSD degree at Longwood University. Overall, I was very pleased with my education and commend the professors at Longwood for helping me become a competent and efficient Speech-Language Pathologist.

Amy Hale, M.S., 2014


As a school-based speech-language pathologist, I have to say that the program at Longwood did a great job of preparing school SLPs. The program is well aligned with the direction the Virginia Department of Education is going.

Mary Jo Hughes, M.S., 2011

Longwood University's CSD Graduate Program has truly been a blessing in my life. There is no doubt in my mind that this opportunity will lay a firm foundation for my career path in Speech Language Pathology. With such a small size, the program has allowed for incredible support and individual attention to its student clinicians. The staff is one of a kind, and challenges me to achieve more than I ever thought I could. I am so thankful to be a graduate student here at Longwood University.

Renee Crutchfield, M.S. 2011


Longwood's Master program for Communication Sciences and Disorders challenged me to think critically and outside the box in order to provide the best possible evaluations and treatments of the various communication disorders that occur in people from birth to death. As I am now a Speech-Language Pathologist in an acute care hospital that also has an outpatient speech-language pathology department, I am faced with various swallowing and communication disorders in stroke patients, and developmental disorders in children. I feel very confident, competent and able to provide the absolute best possible service to my patients.

Matthew Eiban, M.S. 2008



CSD Graduate Faculty and Staff

The CSD Graduate program includes faculty and staff with a diverse background in child and adult speech, language, hearing, and swallowing disorders who have experience in both medical and educational settings.  Faculty members include: 

Peggy Agee, SLP.D., CCC-SLP

Mani Aguilar, Au.D., CCC-A

Stephanie Bailey, M.A., CCC-SLP

Ann Cralidis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Caitlin Frank, M.S., CCC-SLP

Kellyn Hall, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Lissa Power deFur, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Wendy Pulliam, M.S., CCC-SLP

Shannon Salley, SLP.D., CCC-SLP