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Graduate Program

The master of science in speech-language pathology degree program at 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 program's accreditation period is November 1, 2011 to October 31, 2019.

The speech-language pathology graduate program in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers two accelerated master's degree program pathways:

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

The graduate program director works 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 or communication sciences and disorders, the accelerated, 15-month program allows these individuals 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 at least two clinical cases in our on campus clinics during each of the first two semesters. Students also spend two days each week for seven months working under the supervision of 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, semester-long medical externship in a wide range of geographic locations.

View the course sequence for the 15-month program.

24-Month Program

For graduate students entering with non-speech-language pathology baccalaureate degrees, the accelerated, 24-month program allows these individuals to begin their careers two years (24 months) earlier than graduates of other universities. Most other universities require four years of full-time study (2 years of foundation coursework and 2 years of graduate coursework) 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 foundation courses of the profession, including Speech and Language Development, Phonetics, Anatomy & Physiology of Speech, Speech & Hearing Science and Audiology, Language Disorders and Speech Sound Disorders, during their first two semesters.

Students begin graduate-level coursework during their first summer session and subsequently, following the same track as the 15- month accelerated program, including the internship, fieldwork and the capstone medical externship.

View the course requirements of the 24-month program.