Speech-Language Pathology | MS

The School of Communication Sciences & Disorders offers a two-year, full-time master of science degree in speech-language pathology (SLP). Our graduate program emphasizes the integration of evidence based academic and clinical knowledge and skills throughout the curriculum. With an innovative and comprehensive curriculum, non-traditional community-based clinical experiences, and a supportive environment, our vision is to change practice by developing exceptional critical thinkers who become leaders in their diverse communities. As a program, we value: advocacy, community, diversity, collaboration, integration, and critical thinking.

The curriculum provides in-depth study of the wide range of SLP clinical practice in speech, language, swallowing, and cognitive-communication disorders across the lifespan. Our faculty integrates the best current evidence with client-centered care using innovating and practical approaches to teaching. Students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty, professional speech-language pathology clinical supervisors, and allied health professionals in a variety of community-based clinical settings throughout the graduate program. Our graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of clinical settings with clients across the lifespan, such as in early childhood programs, public schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, special schools, and private clinical practices.

As a culminating experience of the master’s program, all second-year graduate students will complete a written and oral comprehensive exam that is clinically focused. The goal is to ensure that our graduates are able to integrate their knowledge and skills to complete a comprehensive assessment and develop an appropriate management plan, as well as to respond to questions to demonstrate flexible and critical thinking.

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.

Graduate Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will have developed:

  1. knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes,
  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,
  3. knowledge of standards of ethical conduct and contemporary professional issues in speech-language pathology practice,
  4. knowledge of processes used in research and of the integration of research principles into evidence-based clinical practice in speech-language pathology,
  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 | csd@pacificu.edu

The graduate program is 68 semester credit hours and takes two years to complete in five full-time semesters. Academic coursework in speech-language pathology is combined with a minimum of 400 clock hours of clinical practicum experiences. Students with research interests are encouraged to discuss their interests with a faculty mentor and consider the thesis option.

Following is the typical graduate course sequence.

Note: We continuously evaluate our curriculum. Courses and course sequences may vary slightly from that listed below.

Year 1

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

*Several “Topics in CSD” elective classes will be offered each summer; each student is required to complete one of these Topics classes.

Year 2

Fall Semester Credit Hours
CSD-507 Voice Disorders 3
CSD-510 Acquired Brain Injury 3
CSD-516 Progressive Neurological Communication Disorders 3
CSD-518 AAC and Severe Disabilities 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 Fall semester of the second year. The thesis does not count toward the MS degree/graduation requirements.

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

Students must also successfully complete the comprehensive examination (“comps”) during their last semester (Spring of the second year).

Total Program Credits: 68 (71 with thesis)

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 (with a passing grade) in each of: biological sciences, physical sciences, social/behavioral sciences, and statistics.