The Department of Speech-Language Pathology offers both bachelors and masters degree programs in speech-language pathology. The focus of both programs is to provide a quality clinical education based in the research foundations of the profession.
The mission of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology is to prepare reflective speech-language pathologists and audiologists for lifelong success by providing an excellent student-centered experiential learning environment. Our students are mentored in developing leadership, critical thinking skills, and a strong commitment to their profession and society. These efforts are assisted by the department's commitment to professional growth through clinical practice, scholarly activity, and service to the profession and the community.
Speech-language pathology is a professional program of habilitative and rehabilitative services. This program leads to varied occupations involved with persons with communication disorders. Speech-language pathologists work with people of all ages and are prepared to evaluate speech and language problems. They plan and implement programs to correct or modify the disorder, or develop other means of communicating. Some examples of the types of problems include articulation disorders, stuttering, voice, delayed language development and aphasia. Learn more under the "Careers" tab below.
A Tradition of Excellence
Pacific graduates consistently perform well on the national certification and state licensure examination in speech-language pathology. For over two decades, prior to graduation with their master's degree, 100% of the students have passed the examination. The rate is considerably higher than the national average passing rate of approximately 80-90%.
Located on the Stockton campus, Pacific's Department of Speech-Language Pathology offers a bachelor of science and two accelerated master of science degree programs - a 15-month and a 24-month program.
The programs are developed in accordance with state and national accreditation standards and guidelines to ensure that graduates provide exemplary professional practice throughout their careers.
The graduate program director works with students to develop an appropriate plan of study that meets the needs of individual students.
The master of science degree program satisfies the academic and clinical requirements for:
- The Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
- State licensure in Speech-Language Pathology granted by the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs
- The California Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential granted by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Learn More About the 15 and 24-Month Programs
For graduate students entering with an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology or communication sciences and disorders, the accelerated, 15-month program allows these individuals to begin their careers 9-12 months earlier than graduates of other universities. This is an important factor when weighing cost benefits of our program versus other programs.
Students in the 15-month program are immediately assigned at least two clinical cases in our on campus clinics during each of the first two semesters. Students also spend two days each week for seven months working under the supervision of a nationally-certified, state-licensed speech-language pathologist in nearby northern California public school districts.
The capstone experience of the accelerated graduate program is a full-time, semester-long medical externship in a wide range of geographic locations.
For graduate students entering with non-speech-language pathology baccalaureate degrees, the accelerated, 24-month program allows these individuals to begin their careers two years (24 months) earlier than graduates of other universities. Most other universities require four years of full-time study (2 years of foundation coursework and 2 years of graduate coursework) to earn the graduate degree. This is an important factor when weighing cost benefits of our program versus other programs.
Students in the 24-month program foundation courses of the profession, including Speech and Language Development, Phonetics, Anatomy & Physiology of Speech, Speech & Hearing Science and Audiology, Language Disorders and Speech Sound Disorders, during their first two semesters.
Students begin graduate-level coursework during their first summer session and subsequently, following the same track as the 15- month accelerated program, including the internship, fieldwork and the capstone medical externship.
Admissions & Resources
The application deadline for admission to the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Program is January 15, 2021. Applicants that meet this deadline can expect an admissions decision from the department by the end of March. Our goal is to make admission decisions earlier to allow applicants to make their graduate school plans earlier.
In order to meet the deadline, all applicants must submit their application by January 15, 2021 (11:59 PM EST). Incomplete files WILL NOT be reviewed.
THE CSDCAS ONLINE APPLICATION INCLUDES:
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 send transcripts to the university at this time.
Official GRE Scores
It is highly recommended that all applicants wishing to meet the January 15th deadline take the GRE exam no later than November 30th; it can take 6-8 weeks for test results to reach recipients (in this case, CSDCAS). Scores must be received by January 15.
Pacific's GRE CSDCAS Code is: 0773
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.
Three (3) Letters of Reference
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.
CSDCAS now has a section titled "Prerequisites." In this section, you will answer questions related to various coursework you have taken in the field of speech-language pathology (these are considered 'prerequisites' for the 15-month program) and general education coursework taken (which is not required to apply but will be required prior to completing our program).
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.
Proficiency in English
International students applying to the program must follow the Graduate School policies and procedures to demonstrate proficiency in spoken and written English. Learn more.
Pacific’s SLP Department acknowledges and agrees with the statement in the ASHA Technical Report , Students and Professionals Who Speak English with Accents and Nonstandard Dialects: Issues and Recommendations, states that, “There is no research to support the belief that audiologists and speech-language pathologists who speak a nonstandard dialect or who speak with an accent are unable to make appropriate diagnostic decisions or achieve appropriate treatment outcomes.”
It is our policy that all students must demonstrate that they have sufficient competence in English or other languages of service delivery to provide an adequate model of the target phoneme, grammatical structure, or other linguistic feature that is the target of treatment. See the following ASHA Final Report – Ad Hoc Committee on Language Proficiency for additional information.
Pacific is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free from unlawful discrimination, including harassment and retaliation. In support of this commitment, Pacific prohibits unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and genetic information.
Early clinical experience is a Pacific hallmark. Students begin their clinical experience in the on-campus Pacific Speech, Hearing and Language Center and the nearby RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Stockton. Each of these Centers is housed in state-of-the art, professional health care facilities. More than 100 clients are seen each week by student clinicians supervised by nationally-certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
National accreditation standards require that all graduate students complete
- A minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised clinical experience in the practice of speech-language pathology. At least twenty-five hours must have been spent in clinical observation and at least 375 clock hours must have been spent in direct client/patient contact.
- At least 325 of the 400 clock hours must be completed while the applicant is engaged in graduate study in a program accredited in speech-language pathology by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
- Supervised practicum must include experience with client/patient populations across the life span and from culturally/linguistically diverse backgrounds. Practicum must include experience with client/patient populations with various types and severities of communication and/or related disorders, differences, and disabilities.
Pacific students obtain these hours in a variety of clinical placements. They begin their clinical experience in the on-campus Pacific Speech, Hearing and Language Center and the nearby RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Stockton a program of the California Scottish Rite Foundation. Each of these centers is housed in state-of-the art, professional health care facilities.
At the graduate level, students are assigned both child and adult clients in our Stockton centers. Graduate students also complete a fieldwork experience with children in Northern California public school districts. During their final semester, students are placed in medical centers across the state to obtain experience with adult clients.
Job opportunities following graduation can be found at AfterCollege Careers.
The following information has been taken from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association website.
Nature of the Work
Working with the full range of human communication and its disorders, speech-language pathologists:
- Evaluate and diagnose speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders.
- Treat speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly.
In addition, speech-language pathologists may:
- Teach in college and university programs.
- Manage agencies, clinics, organizations, or private practices.
- Engage in research to enhance knowledge about human communication processes.
- Supervise and direct public school or clinical programs
- Develop new methods and products to evaluate and treat speech-language disorders.
Speech-language pathologists often work as part of a team, which may include teachers, physicians, audiologists, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation counselors and others. Corporate speech-language pathologists also work with employees to improve communication with their customers.
The practice and work of speech-language pathologists may take place in various settings:
- Public and private schools
- Rehabilitation centers
- Short-term and long-term nursing care facilities
- Community clinics
- Colleges and universities
- Private practice offices
- State and local health departments
- State and federal government agencies
- Home health agencies (home care)
- Long-term care facilities
- Adult day care centers
- Centers for persons with developmental disabilities
- Research laboratories
Pacific graduates typically begin their employment in either public schools (50%) or medical centers (50%). A major advantage to the Pacific program is that graduates are prepared to work competently with either children in a school setting or adults in a medical setting. 100% of Pacific graduates receive employment offers in the field, usually weeks before they graduate.
Salaries of speech-language pathologists depend on their educational background, specialty and experience, along with the geographical location and type of setting in which they work. According to the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics, salaries ranged from $72,000 to 94,800. Good benefits packages, such as insurance programs and leave, are usually available to these professionals.
Because there is such a wide variety of employment settings, working conditions also vary. Facilities in most school systems and established clinics are comfortable and adequately equipped, as are most facilities for research, colleges, and private practice. Since speech and hearing services are a vital part of total health care and the educational system, the number of work sites is constantly expanding. Because of the increasing demand for these services, work schedules may be heavy. An additional challenge is the constant need to update knowledge through educational experiences and reading periodicals. These challenges are balanced by the satisfaction of contributing to the quality of life of adults and children through facilitating the vital need of persons to communicate effectively.
Size of the Profession
The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) represents over 198,000 professionals. There are 168,604 ASHA- certified speech language pathologists. Also, there are 849 persons who hold dual ASHA certification. That is, they are certified as both audiologists and speech-language pathologists. These individuals hold many major positions in clinical, academic and research fields.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in speech-language pathology is expected to grow 18% from 2016-2026, considerably faster than the average occupation growth rate of 7%. With the increased life expectancy of Americans, the possibility of neurological disorders and associated speech, language, swallowing, and hearing impairments also increases. Medical advances are also improving the survival rate of premature infants and trauma and stroke survivors, who then need assessment and possible treatment. All states now require that all newborns be screened for hearing loss and receive appropriate early intervention services.
Employment in educational services will increase along with growth in elementary and secondary school enrollments, including enrollment of special education students. Federal law guarantees special education and related services to all eligible children with disabilities. Greater awareness of the importance of early identification and diagnosis of speech, language, swallowing, and hearing disorders will also increase employment.
The number of speech-language pathologists in private practice will rise due to the increasing use of contract services by hospitals, schools, and nursing care facilities. In addition to job openings stemming from employment growth, a number of openings for speech-language pathologists will arise from the need to replace those who leave the occupation.
What degree is offered after completion of the program?
A master of science in speech-language pathology.
How long is the program?
For individuals who have an undergraduate degree in communicative disorders or speech-language pathology OR have a bachelor's degree in another field AND have taken the following courses from a CAA-accredited program in Speech-Language Pathology: Speech and Language Development; Phonetics; Audiology; Articulation & Phonology (or Speech Sound Disorders); Anatomy & Physiology of Speech; Language Disorders; Speech & Hearing Science, the program is 15 months in length.
For individuals who have degrees outside of speech-language pathology, the program is 24 months in length.
Cost and Financial Aid
How much does it cost to attend Pacific's SLP program?
Go to Tuition and Fees to see current costs.
What kind of financial aid is available?
Financial aid packages at Pacific are tailored to each individual's qualifications and program of study. Therefore, no specific information can be given regarding financial aid until a student has been admitted to a program and has accepted admission to a program. For answers to specific financial aid questions, applicants can contact the Office of Financial Aid department at 209.946.2421 or email@example.com.
Do you offer teaching assistantships or graduate assistantships?
At the present time the department does not offer teaching/graduate assistantships.
How many students apply and how many do you accept?
During the 2020 admissions cycle, 134 individuals applied to Pacific's SLP program. For our 15 month program, 22 individuals were admitted. For our 24 month program, 12 individuals were admitted. Our graduate level class size is typically 28-32 students.
What is required to apply to the program?
Go to Graduate Admissions Process for a detailed list of the items required to apply.
Is it possible for me to come and see the campus and talk with an advisor?
Our department offers information sessions throughout the year to help answer prospective student questions and tour our department/clinic. Go to Events for upcoming information session. Due to the large number of requests received each year, no individual appointments for graduate tours will be made.
Do you offer admission in the spring semester?
No. Due to the prescriptive nature of our program, we only admit students to begin the program in the fall.
Do I need to submit official transcripts to CSDCAS and Pacific when I apply?
During the application process, you only need to submit official transcripts to CSDCAS. If you are admitted to Pacific, we will contact you to request official transcripts.
Which prerequisite courses are necessary?
There are no prerequisite courses required to apply to our program (regardless of your prior major), however, you must have a bachelor's degree before you can enter our graduate program. The following courses ARE NOT prerequisites but need to be completed before you graduate from our program (these are often part of your general education requirements and must be completed with a grade of "C" or better):
A developmental psychology or a child development course
A psychology, sociology or anthropology course
A biology or human anatomy course
A statistics course
A chemistry or physics course
Can online courses satisfy the undergraduate foundation course requirements to make me eligible for the 15-month program?
If you successfully complete an online speech-language pathology or communicative disorders program, you may be considered for the 15-month program. Your program MUST include the following 7 courses to be eligible for the 15-month program: Speech and Language Development; Phonetics; Audiology; Articulation and Phonology (or Speech Sound Disorders); Anatomy & Physiology of Speech; Language Disorders; Speech & Hearing Science.
Where do I go to access the CSDCAS application?
The CSDCAS application can be accessed at csdcas.liaisoncas.com
What if my recommender DOES NOT want to fill out his/her letter of recommendation online?
CSDCAS requires that all letters of recommendation be completed online. If your recommender does not want to complete the recommendation online, unfortunately you will need to find another recommender. DO NOT use the recommendation forms that can be found on the university's webpage. The university recommendation forms WILL NOT be accepted by CSDCAS or the department.
Can I submit more than the three required letters of recommendation?
Due to the volume of applications we will be reviewing, we will only read three letters.
What is the prompt and length requirement for the personal statement?
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.
My application status still says "RECEIVED." Did I make the deadline?
In order to meet our application deadline, your CSDCAS application needs to have a status of "COMPLETE" or "VERIFIED." NOTE, your application must be submitted to CSDCAS by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on the application deadline date in order to be considered "on-time". If you check on your application and you are at an "On Hold" or "Undelivered" status, please contact CSDCAS regarding the status of your application at 617.612.2030.
What if my test scores, transcripts, letters, etc. aren't received by CSDCAS by the January 15th deadline?
CSDCAS requires that your application, letters of recommendation, test scores and transcripts are received by them for your application to be considered "COMPLETE." All items must be received by CSDCAS by January 15th to meet our application deadline.
What is the minimum GPA required to apply to Pacific's SLP program?
The minimum GPA required to apply is 3.0. As a point of reference, the average GPA for the last 60 units of study of the students admitted for the Fall 2019 cycle was a 3.67.
My GPA is low but I really want to be a speech-language pathologist. What do you recommend?
A couple of things: Try to do well on your GREs. Visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) website for more information about minimum requirements for different program.
I have a graduate degree. When I calculate my GPA for the last 60 units, should I include my graduate course grades?
Yes. The Department of Speech-Language Pathology will be looking at your last 60 units of study. This would include all post-baccalaureate coursework, if applicable.
Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Exam
When should I take the GRE exam?
We recommend that the GRE be taken by November 30th to ensure that your scores are received by CSDCAS by the January 15th application deadline. GRE scores can take 6-8 weeks to be received by CSDCAS.
What is the code I need to use to have my GRE scores reported to CSDCAS?
The University of the Pacific's CSDCAS code is: 0773
What GRE score should I be aiming for?
As a point of reference the average GRE scores of the students admitted for the fall 2019 cycle were: GRE-Verbal: 153 GRE-Quantitative: 149 GRE-Written: 4.0
My GRE exam scores are low and I am going to take it again, how do you assess multiple GRE exam scores?
We will use the highest score achieved for each subsection across test administrations.
Are my GRE scores too old?
If you have taken the GRE within the past 5 years, your scores are still considered current. If you took the GRE more than 5 years ago, you will need to retake the exam and submit your new scores.
When will I find out if I was admitted?
All applicants will receive an admission decision, sent via email, from the Graduate Admission Office by the end of March.
If admitted to the program, when will I need to make my decision?
Student decisions (to accept or decline our offer) will be due by April 15th.
What happens if I'm placed on the waiting list?
If you are placed on the waiting list, you will be asked to let our department know whether or not you want to remain on the waiting list - firstname.lastname@example.org. After April 15th, the admissions committee will meet and review those who remain on the waiting list. The Graduate Admission Office will begin notifying students on the waiting list, if spaces become available.
Student rankings WILL NOT be disclosed to those on the waiting list, even after it has been ranked due to its ever-changing nature (e.g. applicants accepting positions elsewhere). All applicants who are placed on the waiting list will be notified when the class has been filled and the waiting list has been closed.
When do classes begin?
Classes begin the last Monday in August.
Can general education courses (needed to complete the program) be taken, pass/fail?
All GE courses must be taken for a grade and students must earn a "C" or better in order to meet the course requirement.
If I am applying to the 24-month program and I've taken some of the SLP foundation courses for your program at my undergraduate institution. Do I need to retake them?
Yes. Accepting admission to our program means that you will complete all SLP foundation courses required for the program, here at Pacific.
Is it possible for me to work a full-time job while in your program?
No. The program requires students to be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (this includes time spent in class, clinic and at off-site school/medical sites).
We strongly encourage anyone interested in joining the program to attend an information session to learn more.
Student Outcome Data
Includes data from Fall 2018 - Summer 2020 Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology graduates.
Employed in the Profession Within One Year of Graduation
Praxis Examination Pass Rate
Program Completion Rates
Pacific Aphasia Conversation Team
Since 2011, Larry Boles, PhD, CCC-SLP, graduate director and professor of speech-language-pathology, has organized a conversation group known as the Pacific Aphasia Conversation Team (PACT) for individuals who have aphasia. This group is open to community members and focuses on helping them regain communication skills.
For more information on the Pacific Aphasia Conversation Team, contact Larry Boles at email@example.com or 209.946.7490.
If interested in employment as a clinical instructor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology, please contact Jeannene Ward-Lonergan, professor and chair of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The master of science in speech-language pathology degree program at University of the Pacific is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. The programs accreditation period is November 1, 2019 to October 31, 2027.
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