School of Communications Sciences and Disorders

The School of Communication Sciences & Disorders offers a master of science degree in speech-language pathology, a post-baccalaureate program in communication sciences and disorders, and a minor in communications sciences and disorders. The program will emphasize the integration of evidence based academic and clinical knowledge and skills. The curriculum provides in-depth study of speech, language, swallowing, and cognitive-communication disorders across the lifespan.

Students have an opportunity to work closely with faculty, clinical supervisors, professional speech-language pathologists, and allied health professionals. Graduates of the program will be prepared to work in a variety of clinical settings including public schools, clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, special schools and private practices. Others may choose to pursue their PhD.

All graduates of the master’s program will meet the academic and clinical requirements, and be eligible for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech- Language-Hearing Association, and the Oregon License in Speech-Language Pathology from the Oregon Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology.

The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders is committed to high quality student learning at the graduate and undergraduate level. We feel that all students should have the opportunity to learn through cooperative interaction with faculty in both clinical and academic settings. The School is housed in beautiful Berglund Hall, a LEED-Gold certified building, on the historic Forest Gove campus.

The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders currently offers a master of science degree in Speech-Language Pathology, an undergraduate minor and a post-baccalaureate prerequisite sequence. A strategic plan was developed to help guide the work of the school. 


  • Encourage ethical practice and scholarship among students, faculty and staff that advances the discipline of speech-language pathology

  • Create a professional atmosphere that embraces diversity in both culture and opinion, and, educates professionals for work in health and education who involve themselves in their area of practice as well as their communities, whether local or global

Program Statistics

  • Praxis Pass Rate | Graduate class of 2014 = 100%
  • Program Completion Rate | Graduate class of 2014 = 94%
  • Program Employment Rate | Graduate class of 2014 = 61%

Awarded Candidacy by CAA

The master's program in speech/language pathology at Pacific University is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. This is a "pre-accreditation" status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years.

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology voted to award candidacy to Pacific University's master’s program in speech-language pathology for a period of five years, beginning June 1, 2012 through May 31, 2017. The CAA indicated that there were no concerns identified for follow-up. As a result, the school began matriculating graduate students in the Fall of 2012.