Speech-Language Pathology, M.A.
Due to the COVID pandemic, Western Washington University moved the majority of courses to a remote instruction format for the 2020-2021 academic year. In the fall of 2021, all graduate courses and some undergraduate courses will be face-to-face (see Classfinder for more details). Clinical services in the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinics will be provided face-to-face beginning in fall 2021 with few exceptions. Although we are doing everything possible to avoid program extensions, it is possible that graduate students enrolled in the M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology will not complete their training program within the expected and published time frame. This is due to increased clinical supervision expectations, fluctuating availability of off-site clinical placements, and modifications to clinical service provision (shortened sessions to allow for health screens and disinfection, for example).
Also due to COVID the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) will be waived for 2022 applicants to the SLP and Au.D graduate programs.
Please contact the graduate school with questions:
About the Speech-Language Pathology, M.A. Program
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 full-time course of study, including summer session, that includes academic classes as well as clinical practica. Under advisement, a student may extend their graduate program, but must complete the graduate program within 5 years. The speech pathology program does not have a part-time enrollment option.
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 following program locksteps:
All of the graduate courses are held on campus in our state-of-the-art classrooms and teaching labs. Western 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.
Ready to Apply to Western's speech-language pathology (SLP) graduate program?
If you are interested in applying to our speech-language pathology (SLP) graduate program, please see SLP graduate program application information.
Tours and Information Sessions
If you are a prospective SLP graduate student and would like to request an in-person department tour, please e-mail Karen Smith with the following information: Your name, your contact information (phone and e-mail), the number of people who will be touring with you. A member of our team will contact you with further information and details. Tours are typically provided by current students in our SLP graduate program, and they are happy to answer any questions you may have. If you have specific questions about the graduate program, please contact Dr. Kelli Evans. If you have specific questions about our admissions process, please contact Dr. David Evans.
Please be advised that Western has specific COVID safety practices in place for people who are on campus. You can find those requirements on Western's coronavirus website. People coming for a tour are considered “sponsored” visitors. Sponsored visitors will need to provide proof of vaccination status or a negative test within 72 hours of the arrival.
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Dr. Kelli Evans, Associate Professor and SLP Graduate Program Advisor
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Western Washington University, MS 9171
516 High Street
Bellingham WA 98225
The Master of Arts (M.A.) 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.