Curriculum | MS in Speech-Language Pathology

The graduate program is offered as a residential program in 71 semester credit hours and takes two years to complete in five full-time semesters. Academic coursework in speech-language pathology is combined with clinical practicum with a requirement of a minimum of 400 clock hours of clinical experiences. All academic courses are offered on our Forest Grove campus and taught in English as the language of instruction.

Students with research interests are encouraged to discuss their interests with a faculty mentor and consider the thesis option.

Following is the typical graduate course sequence.

Note: We continuously evaluate our curriculum. Courses and course sequences may vary slightly from that listed below.

Year 1

Fall Semester Credit Hours
CSD-500 Language Disorders in Children  3
CSD-503 Speech Sound Disorders 3
CSD-505 Seminar on Diversity 1
CSD-506 Fluency Disorders 3
CSD-511 Communication and Aging 2
CSD-519 Counseling Across the Lifespan 1
CSD-521 Clinical Methods and Observation 4
  Total 17
Spring Semester Credit Hours
CSD-504 School-Age Lang & Lit Disorders 3
CSD-512 Dysphagia 3
CSD-515 Aphasia 3
CSD-517 Advanced Issues in Speech Sound Disorders 2
CSD-501 Autism Spectrum Disorders 2
CSD-526 Practicum Seminar I 2
CSD-530 Clinical Practicum 3
  Total 18
Summer Term Credit Hours
CSD-513 Motor Speech Disorders 1
CSD-514 Research & Evidence Based Practice 3
CSD-520 Special Topics in CSD (topics vary)* 3
CSD-527 Practicum Seminar III 1
CSD-530 Clinical Practicum 3
  Total 11

*Several “Topics in CSD” elective classes will be offered each summer; each student is required to complete one of these Topics classes.

Year 2

Fall Semester Credit Hours
CSD-507 Voice Disorders 3
CSD-510 Acquired Brain Injury 3
CSD-516 Progressive Neurological Communication Disorders 3
CSD-518 AAC and Severe Disabilities 3
CSD-528 Practicum Seminar IV 2
CSD-530 Clinical Practicum 3
CSD-599 Thesis Elective** (3)
  Total 17

** Students electing to complete a thesis will enroll in thesis for three credits during Fall semester of the second year. The thesis does not count toward the MS degree/graduation requirements.

Spring Semester Credit Hours
CSD-534 Clinical Externship 8
  Total 8

Students must also successfully complete the comprehensive examination (“comps”) during their last semester (Spring of the second year).

Total Program Credits: 71 (74 with thesis)

In addition to the above courses, applicants for the master of science degree in speech-language pathology must show transcript evidence of at least one course (with a passing grade) in each of: biological sciences, physical sciences, social/behavioral sciences, and statistics.