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Speech-Language Pathology

Master of Science (M.S.)

Speech-language pathologists identify and treat speech, language, and swallowing disorders; contribute to differential diagnosis; and provide guidance on prevention and preservation of functional communication and swallowing across the lifespan.

Program Overview

The speech-language pathology graduate program, within the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is an intensive applied program for students who have completed the pre-professional requirements and a bachelor's degree. Students will graduate as entry-level Clinical Fellows.


A variety of topics will be studied, including:

  • Articulation/phonology
  • Fluency
  • Augmentative and alternative communication modalities
  • Receptive and expressive language
  • Hearing
  • Feeding and swallowing
  • Cognitive and social aspects of communication
  • Voice and resonance

Career Options

Speech-language pathologists are employed in:

  • Hospitals, nursing centers, and home care
  • School systems
  • Community clinics and private practices
  • Administration
  • Mental health, rehabilitation, and residential facilities
  • Early intervention
  • Government agencies and health departments
  • Academic/research laboratories

Application Deadline

Deadline for fall semester is January 15. The $30 application fee is waived for undergraduate alumni of Grand Valley. Please visit

Why Study Speech-Language Pathology at Grand Valley?

  • GVSU is known for interprofessional health sciences and is one of two universities in Michigan offering all therapy programs.
  • Located on the Medical Mile in downtown Grand Rapids at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, SLP offers unique experiences, resources, and research opportunities.
  • The program was awarded candidacy accreditation status from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).
  • Rigorous community-based clinical education coursework in all semesters of the program.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates employment opportunities are expected to increase 21% from 2014 to 2024; faster than the average for all occupations.


“The SLP program allows students to find their passion through experiential learning that also benefits the community. Through the steadfast support of faculty and professionals in the community, students are encouraged to use their creativity while maintaining an evidence-based focus to practice.”


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