Speech-Language Pathology | MS

The School of Communication Sciences & Disorders offers a master of science degree in speech-language pathology, a post-baccalaureate program in communication sciences and disorders, and a minor in communications sciences and disorders. The program will emphasize the integration of evidence based academic and clinical knowledge and skills. The curriculum provides in-depth study of speech, language, swallowing, and cognitive-communication disorders across the lifespan.

Students have an opportunity to work closely with faculty, clinical supervisors, professional speech-language pathologists, and allied health professionals. Graduates of the program will be prepared to work in a variety of clinical settings including public schools, clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, special schools and private practices. Others may choose to pursue their PhD.

All graduates of the master’s program will meet the academic and clinical requirements, and be eligible for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech- Language-Hearing Association, and the Oregon License in Speech-Language Pathology from the Oregon Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will have developed:

  1. Knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, and
  2. Knowledge of human communication and swallowing disorders and differences including appropriate etiologies and characteristics as well as anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates, and
  3. Knowledge of standards of ethical conduct and contemporary professional issues in speech-language pathology practice, and
  4. Knowledge of processes used in research and of the integration of research principles into evidence-based clinical practice in speech-language pathology, and
  5. Skills in oral and written or other forms of communication sufficient for entry into professional practice of speech-language pathology, and
  6. Knowledge of and the ability to apply the principles and methods of prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication and swallowing disorders through supervised clinical practica.


Diana Watkins | Associate Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions
503-352-1435 | csd@pacificu.edu

For those students who have completed a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders, the graduate program is 68 semester credit hours and takes approximately two years. Course work in communication sciences and disorders and research design is combined with a minimum of 400 clock hours of clinical practicum experience. Students with research interests are encouraged to elect a thesis option.

Students with a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than communication sciences and disorders must complete a post-baccalaureate sequence that includes 27 semester hours of prerequisite course work before enrolling in the graduate program.

Note: The curriculum is currently under revision. Courses and course sequences may be different from that listed below.

The following is a typical graduate course sequence for someone enrolled in the program.

Year 1

Fall Semester Credit Hours
CSD-500 Language Disorders in Children   3
CSD-503 Speech Sound Disorders 3
CSD-505 Seminar on Diversity 1
CSD-506 Fluency Disorders 3
CSD-521 Clinical Methods and Observation 4
CSD-511 Communication and Aging 2
CSD-519 Counseling Across the Lifespan 1
  Total 17
Spring Semester Credit Hours
CSD-504 School-Age Lang & Lit Disorders 3
CSD-515 Aphasia 3
CSD-512 Dysphagia 3
CSD-522 Practicum Seminar I 1
CSD-530 Clinical Practicum 3
CSD-517 Advanced Issues in Speech Sound Disorders 2
CSD-523 Practicum Seminar II 1
  Total 16
Summer Term Credit Hours
CSD-514 Research & Evidence Based Practice 3
CSD-520 Special Topics in CSD (multiple topics)* 3
CSD-513 Motor Speech Disorders 1
CSD-524 Practicum Seminar III 1
CSD-530 Clinical Practicum 3
  Total 11

*Several “Topics in CSD” classes will be offered each summer semester.

Year 2

Fall Semester Credit Hours
CSD-507 Voice Disorders 3
CSD-510 Acquired Brain Injury 3
CSD-518 AAC and Severe Disabilities 3
CSD-516 Progressive Neurological Communication Disorders 3
CSD-525 Practicum Seminar IV 1
CSD-530 Clinical Practicum 3
CSD-599 Thesis ** 3
  Total 16

** Students electing to complete a thesis will enroll in thesis for three credits during the fall semester.

Spring Semester Credit Hours
CSD-534 Clinical Externship 8
  Total 8

Total Program Credits: 68

In addition to the above courses, applicants for the Master of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology must show transcript evidence of at least one course in the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences.