We continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19. The Admissions Committee has reviewed their policies with special consideration for the effects of COVID-19 on our applicants. The current policies have been established with these considerations in mind. For this reason, and in keeping with our Program’s policies, we are unable to waive any of our admission requirements for any reason.

As more jurisdictions across the country are closing schools, limiting large gatherings, and taking other measures to create social distance to minimize the spread of COVID-19, we have asked our staff to work remotely in the near term and all admissions information events have been either canceled or moved online. Given this change, we'd like to assure you that we have robust technology and a culture of flexibility that allows us to continue providing you with uninterrupted service.

We are closely monitoring guidance from the World Health Organization, the CDC, and state and local authorities and will provide up to date information on our website as new information becomes available.

Graduate Application Deadlines
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Priority Deadline: January 15th
Due to the competitive nature of our program, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications prior to the priority deadline of January 15th. Applicants who meet the January 15th priority deadline can expect an admissions decision by mid-February. 

Final Deadline: February 1st
Applications will continue to be accepted through the final deadline of February 1st at 11:59 p.m. EST. Admissions decisions for all applicants meeting the February 1st deadline will be sent out by the end of March.  

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Application Requirements

Official transcripts, from all institutions attended post high school (this includes vocational/technical school transcripts), must be submitted to CSDCAS as part of the application. DO NOT mail transcripts to the university at this time.

GPA Requirements
The minimum GPA to apply to the graduate program is a 3.0 for the last 60 units of study.

Transfer of credits policies
Units for any coursework taken outside of the University of the Pacific cannot be transferred at the graduate level.  All graduate level speech-language pathology courses must be taken at Pacific.

There is no assigned prompt for the essay, however, your personal essay should describe your motivation, skills and abilities that will contribute to your academic and clinical success in our program.

All letters of reference must be sent in using the CSDCAS online system. At least one letter of reference should come from a university faculty member.

Each applicant must submit a 3-4 minute video recording responding to the prompts detailed on CSDCAS. Once you have completed your video, please upload it to YouTube (be sure your video IS NOT set to "private" or we will be unable to view it; instead, select "unlisted") and submit your video link in the "Questions" portion of the CSDCAS application.

Note: Not all of these need to be taken prior to applying to the 24 month program.  Some students take these during the summer before enrolling in our MS program.

  • Child Development
  • Basic Biology or Anatomy Class
  • Basic Chemistry OR Physics
  • Statistics
  • Intro to Psych OR Sociology
  • Mainstreaming/Exceptional Child*

*Although a Mainstreaming/Exceptional Child class is not a prerequisite, it is a required class to be able to work after graduation as an SLP in the public schools, We recommended students take the course prior to graduation.

Any questions related to our prerequisite courses should be directed to our Graduate Program Director, Dr. Larry Boles at lboles@pacific.edu 

All of the above courses for the 24-month program plus the following:

  • Speech & Hearing Science
  • Speech Sound Disorders
  • Language Disorders
  • Phonetics
  • Disorders of Fluency (optional but encouraged)
  • Audiology
  • Anatomy & Physiology in Comm Disorders
  • Aural Rehabilitation
  • Speech-Language Development

Any questions related to our prerequisite courses should be directed to our Graduate Program Director, Dr. Larry Boles at lboles@pacific.edu 

For all applicants applying to the 15-month program, you will submit your clinical observation hours in the "Documents" section of the application. Applicants that do not have hours to submit need to submit a Word document stating that they do not have hours to submit at this time.

Professor Jeannene Ward-Lonergan and Associate Professor Jill Duthie, from the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, work with a student in the Language-Literacy Center
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Please join a program information session to learn more and discover if our program is the right fit for you. Each session is hosted by a faculty member and will provide an overview of the program, tours of the classrooms and clinic facilities, and opportunities for individual questions.

If you have any further questions, refer to our FAQ page or contact the department's graduate program director, Dr. Larry Boles, at lboles@pacific.edu or 209-946-7490.