Admission | Speech-Language Pathology

Students who have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and wish to pursue a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders at Pacific University may apply for admission.

Requirements for Admission to the Speech-Language Pathology Program

It is not necessary to have an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders to pursue a masters degree, however, prerequisite course work must be completed prior to the time of enrollment in the graduate program. Students with an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than communication sciences and disorders should apply to the Post-Baccalaureate Program.

A 3.0 GPA overall and in the undergraduate major, a combined verbal and quantitative GRE of 295, an analytical writing GRE of 3.5 is required for regular admission. Students who do not meet these requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis.

Admission is granted one time per year. Our admission deadline for Fall 2017 is January 15, 2017.

SLP Prerequisites (pdf)

Qualified applicants will be invited to Pacific University for an interview with members of the Admissions Committee. At that time, students will also have the opportunity to learn more about Pacific University and the Speech-Language Pathology program.

If you have questions at any time during the admissions process, please contact the College of Education Admissions Office at We look forward to assisting you!

Applying to the Speech-Language Pathology Program

In order to apply for admission, please provide the following information:

The following information must be submitted directly to CSDCAS in order to complete your application:

  • Official transcripts from each college/university institution attended.
  • A personal statement uploaded electronically within CSDCAS.
  • Three reference letters.
  • GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing) using CSDCAS code 0825.

2017 Interview dates are February 18th and February 24th, 2017.

English Language Proficiency Policy

A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to Pacific University, prior to admission. Please note that this requirement applies to all applicants if English is not their native language, including permanent residents and citizens.

Valid Proof of English Language Proficiency

The following criteria represent different ways to prove English proficiency for this program.

  • Achieving the minimum required official score on the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Test scores are valid for 2 years after the test date, but will still be considered valid if the score exceeded the minimum requirement and you have maintained continuous residency in the United States since the exam date.
  • Completion of a bachelor's, master’s, doctorate, or professional degree at an accredited college or university where English is the only language of instruction. Individuals who are in the process of earning a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution may be admitted to some programs.

Minimum Test Score Requirements





600 overall

Minimum per section:

54-55 reading

55 listening

55 structure/written expression

250 overall

Minimum per section:

21 reading

22 listening

22 structure/writing

100 overall

Minimum per section:

20 reading

21 listening

22 writing

22 speaking

7.0 overall

Minimum sub scores per section:


Invalid Proof of English Language Proficiency

The following criteria represent different ways that indicate insufficient English skills to join this program.

  • Test score less than Pacific’s minimum requirement
  • Test score more than two years old (unless you have lived in the United States since the exam date)
  • Institutional TOEFL score from any school except Pacific
  • Completion of an English as a Second Language (ESL) program at any school
  • Successful completion of English, writing or literature courses at any college or university
  • An associate’s degree from a community college in the United States

For more information, contact:

Diana Watkins | Associate Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions
503-352-1435 |


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