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Master in Speech and Hearing Sciences

The Portland State University Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences offers a program leading to the Master of Arts or Master of Science degrees with specialization in speech language pathology.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 2 years
Starting in: June
Tuition Fee: $708 per credit
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

Graduates of the Speech and Hearing Sciences program meet the Council for Academic Accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology’s educational requirements for clinical certification, and are eligible to be licensed as speech-language pathologists by the State of Oregon The graduate curriculum includes courses aimed at providing students with a solid understanding of the nature of speech and language disorders as well as the prevention, assessment, and treatment of those disorders.

A second major component of the program consists of supervised clinical practica, in which students work directly with individuals who have communication disorders. This type of activity enables students to apply knowledge gained in the classroom and acquire skills that are requisite to their future professions.

Students obtain their first practical experience through speech and language clinics on campus; extensive additional experience is obtained through a broad range of off-campus placements, including hospitals, schools, and community clinics.

Why Portland State University Speech and Hearing Sciences master’s degree?

You can study at a top speech-language pathology graduate program in the center of one of the most dynamic cities on the West Coast.

Our location gives you opportunities for intense clinical training that are unmatched in Oregon. We provide a range of clinical experiences on and off campus throughout your two years.


Courses Included

  • Clinical Management in Communication Disorders
  • Multicultural Topics in Communication Disorders
  • Pathways to Professional Practice
  • Advanced Speech Sound Disorders: Theories and Application
  • Assessment and Intervention for Dysphagia in Adults
  • Assessment and Intervention for Dysphagia in Pediatrics
  • Symbol Systems in Early Communication