About the Program

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The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at Western Washington University offers a master’s degree program in speech-language pathology that is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA).

Graduate students complete a two-year course of study (under advisement, may extend program but must be completed in 5 years) that includes academic classes as well as clinical practica. A master's degree is the entry level degree for practicing as a speech-language pathologist. The rigorous academic coursework and rich clinical experiences at WWU prepare our graduate students for meeting ASHA clinical certification standards and Washington State licensure and professional certification requirements.

Many of the students conduct research and participate in the scholarly processes of presenting and publishing their work. Students may work as research assistants to faculty members or they may choose to conduct research in partial fulfillment of the graduate requirements.

Students meet with the graduate advisor early fall quarter to file a plan of study. For a list of specific courses and additional graduate program requirements, please see the program lockstep:

SLP Graduate Lockstep 2018-20

Our Facilities

All of the graduate courses are held on campus in our state-of-the-art classrooms and teaching labs. WWU is regularly rated as a top university in the Pacific Northwest.

The graduate clinical experiences are completed in our onsite clinic and in offsite settings such as Head Start programs, Whatcom Center for Early Learning, St. Francis Adult Rehabilitation Center, and numerous extended care facilities and special residential centers. The culminating clinical internships are completed during the student's last two quarters. These part-time and full-time clinical experiences are planned with the assistance of the internship coordinator. Internship sites typically include public schools, specialized clinics, or hospitals in Washington state and Canada. Special requests for internships in other geographic locations can be accommodated through the joint efforts of the graduate student and internship coordinator.

More information and Contact Info

If you are interested in applying to our graduate program, please see SLP graduate program application information.

Information sessions and site tours are available one day per month (TBD quarterly) after classes begin from October through May or upon prior arrangement. Information sessions and tours for winter quarter are scheduled for January 25, February 22, and March 8 from 8 am to 10 am. To schedule an information session and/or a site tour please contact the department office at (360) 650-3885 or

If you have any other questions, please contact us!

Technical questions regarding online application

Program content questions

Denise Mor
Information Technology Specialist
WWU Graduate School
(360) 650-7704

Dr. Kelli Evans
Associate Professor and SLP Graduate Program Advisor
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Western Washington University
Mailstop 9171
516 High Street
Bellingham WA 98225
(360) 650-3885


The master’s degree (MA) education program in speech-language pathology at Western Washington University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.