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Academic Catalog 2020-2021 
Academic Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Speech Language Pathology, MS


A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required for admission.  The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) requires that master’s degree candidates show transcripted evidence of at least one background course in each of the biological sciences, physical sciences (chemistry or physics), statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences (see table below of Pacific University courses meeting ASHA requirements). Classes taken at the high school level are not accepted toward these requirements unless the course appears, with credit, on a university transcript such as may be given by the undergraduate institution for advance placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) coursework. Each background course must be a minimum of 3 credits and completed prior to admission. Under special circumstances, with permission of the Director of the School of CSD, courses may be completed during the first semester of graduate study. 

A major in communication sciences and disorders is not required, but all discipline-specific prerequisite course work must be completed prior to enrollment in the master’s program.  Pre-requisite courses in communication sciences and disorders include: clinical phonetics, anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism, speech and language development, introduction to audiology, aural rehabilitation, and neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. Students are expected to have completed 25 hours of supervised observation in a clinical setting prior to beginning the graduate program. Students with an undergraduate degree but without the appropriate background courses should consider applying to the post-baccalaureate sequence to complete these pre-requisite courses.

Admission to the master’s program is highly competitive. A minimum 3.25 GPA in the last 60 credits of coursework (inclusive of the full semester in which these credits occurred), a combined verbal and quantitative GRE of 295, and an analytical writing GRE of 3.5 are highly recommended. Meeting these thresholds does not guarantee an interview or admission.

The School of CSD uses a holistic admissions process. Admissions decisions are made through integration of academic history, standardized assessment, letters of recommendation, and the candidate’s lived experience as provided in application materials such as letters of intent and through the candidate interview, Selected applicants are invited for an interview with members of the faculty and community partners. The interview is most often conducted in-person and may also be conducted remotely through videoconference at the candidate’s request. Candidate interviews provide an opportunity for the School of CSD to get to know qualified applicants and for these applicants to learn more about Pacific University and the MS SLP program.

Admission is granted one time per year with a fall semester start. The deadline for applications is January 15 each year.

Application Process

  • An online application using the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) is required. The CSDCAS application requires a fee paid directly to CSDCAS. Pacific University does not require a fee for application other than those fees associated with the CSDCAS application.
  • All application information must be submitted directly to CSDCAS in order to complete your application with them. This information will include:
    • Official transcripts from each college/university institution attended;
    • Three or more letters of recommendation (letter usually should come from academic faculty who can speak to your potential for success in a graduate program in speech-language pathology);
    • GRE General Test scores (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing subtests) using Institution Code of 0825 (not Pacific’s code of 4601);
    • Other supporting documentation which may vary from year to year (see CSDCAS website for details).
    • Valid Proof of English Language Proficiency (see below).

English Language Proficiency Policy

A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to all programs at Pacific University. All applicants, including resident aliens and citizens, must meet the English language proficiency requirement prior to admission. Any exception to this policy must be reviewed and approved by the Director of the School of CSD Admissions Committee.

Valid Proof of English Language Proficiency

Applicants must meet one of the following conditions for valid proof of English language proficiency:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, or professional degree at a regionally accredited college or university where English is the primary language of instruction. Note: Individuals who are in the process of earning a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution may be conditionally admitted.
  • Achieving the minimum required official score on the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Pacific University Institutional TOEFL, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.
TOEFL: minimum scores IELTS: minimum scores
Paper-based Computer-based Internet-based  
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:

Note: According to the Education Testing Services (ETS) policy the institutional TOEFL can only be offered to that institution’s students and thus is only valid at that institution. Thus, the Pacific University Institutional TOEFL can only be offered to Pacific University students and is only valid at Pacific.

Test scores are valid for two years after the test date. A test score more than two years old will be considered valid if the score exceeds the minimum requirements (overall and sections) and the candidate has maintained continuous residency in a country where English is the primary language since the exam date.

Invalid Proof of English Language Proficiency

  • Test score less than Pacific’s minimum requirement
  • Test score more than two years old (unless the candidate has 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

A candidate’s proof of English language proficiency does not equate to admission into a program. All other admission requirements and selection through the holistic admissions process must be met in addition to demonstrating English language proficiency.

Example Pacific University Courses that meet ASHA Requirements for the Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Statistics, and Social/Behavioral Sciences

Biological Sciences (Minimum: One Course Required)
BIOL 170 - Human Genetics   Any Biology Course above BIOL 202
BIOL 202 General Biology I  


Physical Sciences (Minimum: One Course Required)
CHEM 110 - Chemistry & Your Environment   PHY 160 - Energy & the Environment /ENV 160 - Energy & the Environment  
Any Chemistry Course above CHEM 110   PHY 202 - Introductory Physics I  
PHY 110 - Physics of Everyday Phenomena   Any Physics Course above PHY 202  


Statistics (Minimum: One Course Required)
MATH 207 - General Elementary Statistics   PSY 350 - Behavioral Statistics  
  SOC 301 - Social Statistics  


Social/Behavioral Sciences (Minimum: One Course Required)
ANTH 101 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology   POLS/REL 211 - Religion & Politics  
ANTH 140 - Introduction to Comparative Religions /REL 140 - Introduction to Comparative Religions   POLS 212 - Conservatism & Its Critics  
POLS 140 - Introduction to U.S. Politics   POLS 213 - Socialism & Its Critics  
POLS 180 - The United States in World Affairs   POLS 222 - Civil Rights Movement  
POLS 209 - Ideas in Action: Pol Phil & Modern Soc   POLS 224 - Environmental Politics / ENV 224 - Environmental Politics  
DS 211 - Abnormal Psychology /PSY 211 - Abnormal Psychology   Several more POLS courses meet the requirement
SOCWK 201 - Principles of Social Work   PSY 150 - Introduction to Psychology  
SOCWK 300 - Micro Social Work Practice   PSY 160 - Cultural Psychology  
SOCWK 325 - Counseling & Interviewing Techniques   PSY 208 - Addictions and Society  
SOC 319 - Sociology of Medicine   PSY 210 - Current Issues in Psychology  


These policies apply to all students in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Students enrolled in the MS SLP program also are held to the policies of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders Graduate Student Handbook.

Unsatisfactory Graduate Academic Performance:

If a student earns a grade of F in any single course, s/he may be dismissed from the program. If dismissed, the student may apply for readmission the following year. Readmission, if allowed, will be contingent on the student retaking the failed course and obtaining a grade no lower than B-.

The first time a student earns a grade below B- (or a grade of N) in any single course (see above for F grades), s/he must successfully complete a remediation plan. In the case of practicum courses (graded P/N), the remediation plan may extend into the next semester. Successful completion of the remediation plan does not change the original grade. Failure to successfully complete the remediation may result in dismissal from the program. If dismissed, the student may apply for readmission which would begin the next time the course with the low grade is offered (typically the following year). Readmission, if allowed, will be contingent on the student retaking the failed course and obtaining a grade no lower than B- or P.

If a student earns a second grade lower than B- (or a grade of N) in the same or any subsequent semester, s/he may be dismissed from the program. The student may apply for readmission the following year. Readmission, if allowed, will be contingent on the student retaking the failed course(s) and obtaining a grade no lower than B- or P in all courses.

Unsatisfactory Graduate Academic Performance in Practicum Courses:

If a student earns a No-Pass (N) grade, any clinical contact hours accumulated during that course will not be counted toward clinical certification. The student must re-enroll in that practicum course and successfully complete a comparable practicum the following semester with a remediation plan in place (successful completion of the remediation does not change or replace the previously earned practicum grade). A No-Pass grade in a clinical practicum will delay the student’s program completion. Subsequent clinical assignments will be contingent on availability (i.e., clinical externship may not be available during the summer semester).

Tuition and Fees

Year 1:  $37,558 (annual, August to July)

Year 2:  $26,680

Part-time, per credit:  $1,087

Audit, per credit hour:  $500

Graduation Application Fee: $100

Degree Requirements

This is a typically an 18-month program for students with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, a Communication Sciences and Disorders minor, and/or who have met all prerequisites. Other students should contact admissions for information.

First Year

Second Year

Total: 71 Credits

* One or more ”Special Topics in CSD” classes are offered each year.
** Student electing to complete a thesis will enroll in CSD 599  for three credits during the 2nd fall semester. Does not count towards the MS degree/graduation requirements.

Comprehensive Examination
Students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination during their last semester. Students must be enrolled in CSD 534 Clinical Externship to be eligible to take the comprehensive examination.