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Graduate Program

The master of science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology at the University of the Pacific is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. The programs accreditation period is November 1, 2011 to October 31, 2019.

The Speech-Language Pathology graduate program at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers two accelerated Masters Degree programs:

  1. 15-month (4 semester) program for students who have an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology
  2. 24-month (6-semester) program for students with non-speech-language pathology baccalaureate degrees

Faculty advisors work with students to develop an appropriate plan of study that meets the needs of individual students.

15-Month Program

For graduate students entering with an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology, the accelerated, 15-month program allows the graduate to begin their careers 9 -12 months earlier than graduates of other universities.

This is an important factor when weighing cost benefits of our program versus other programs.

Description

Students in the 15-month program are immediately assigned two clinical cases in each of the first two semesters, and then spend part of each week for seven months working alongside a nationally-certified, state-licensed speech-language pathologist in nearby Northern California public school districts.

The capstone experience of the accelerated graduate program is a full-time, four-month medical externship in the geographic location of the student's choice.

View the course sequence for the 15-month program.

24-Month Program

For graduate students entering for students with non-speech-language pathology baccalaureate degrees, the accelerated, 24-month program allows the graduate to begin their careers two years (24 months) earlier than graduates of other universities.

Most other universities require four years of full-time study to earn the graduate degree.

This is an important factor when weighing cost benefits of our program versus other programs.

Description

Students in the 24-month program focus in their first two semesters on foundation courses of the profession, such as Speech and Language Development, Phonetics, Anatomy & Physiology of Speech, Speech & Hearing Science and Audiology, and a few disorder courses.

Students begin graduate-level coursework with their first summer session and from that point follow the same track as the 15-month accelerated program, including the public school fieldwork and capstone medical externship.

View the course requirements of the 24-month program.