Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology

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 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.

All of the graduate courses are held on campus in our state-of-the-art classrooms and teaching labs. 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 links below:

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SLP Graduate Program Requirements, Policies, and Procedures

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.

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.

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Applying to the CSD graduate program in speech-language pathology:

If you are interested in applying to our graduate program, please go to the CSD link to SLP graduate program application information.  Information sessions and site tours available the first Monday of the month from 11-12:30 or upon prior arrangement.  Contact department office at (360) 650-3885 or Graduate Program Coordinator at (360) 650-3197.

For information on the application review and acceptance status for Fall 2017 admission, click here.

Contact information:
If you have questions, please contact us!

Technical questions regarding online application:
Denise Mor
Information Technology Specialist
WWU Graduate School
(360) 650-7704

Program content questions:
Karen-Margrethe Bruun
SLP Graduate Program Coordinator

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.