M.S. - Speech-Language Pathology

The speech-language pathology graduate program is a four-semester program for students who have completed necessary preprofessional requirements and a bachelor's degree. Graduates of Grand Valley State University will be entry level Clinical Fellows.


For consideration to the program all admissions materials must be received by the university. Applications will be reviewed based on availability in the program and the program's admissions committee will rank eligible candidates for a limited number of admissions.  To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have:
  • Completion of a Bachelors Degree with a minimum 3.0 grade point average in the prerequisite coursework
  • Successful completion of any undergraduate prerequisite courses
  • General GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, and writing)
  • Personal written statement
  • Professional vita or resume
  • Three letters of recommendation.  Please enter contact information for these individuals into the GVSU online graduate application.  Once the application is submitted, GVSU will email them with information to electronically submit their recommendation.  The system also allows for letters to be attached. A pdf of the recommendtion form can be found here.
  • Applicants must be able to perform all essential functions specified by the program, listed on the document provided to prospective students
  • Foreign born applicants must demonstrate sufficient mastery of English proficiency to be able to succeed as a graduate student and to practice the profession of speech-language pathology; and have a minimum score on the TOEFL of 610 (253 on computer-based), which must be received by the institution prior to the admission deadline

Application deadlines: 

Fall Semester enrollment:  February 15
Winter Semester enrollment:  July 15
Note:  GVSU organizes its applications by admission date.  An applicant may choose to begin either Fall or Winter admission, based on preference to begin the program.  If a candidate applies to begin in one semester and is not granted admission, the applicant can reactivate his/her application for the next semester admission consideration by notifying the Admissions Office; there is not an additional application fee for those who reactivate their application for the next admission semester.
Students applying for admission to the M.S. program in Speech-Language Pathology should be aware that some of the clinical placement sites in which students are required to complete for graduation will require the student to produce a current criminal records check. It is the student's responsibility to arrange for the check, to keep it current in order to comply with the requirements of the various clinical sites, and to advise the university and program if the status of the student's criminal record changes at any time during the student's program of study.


Speech-language pathology students study a variety of topics that include:
  • Assessment and intervention
  • Autism communication from infancy through adulthood
  • Augmentative and alternative communication
  • Evidence-based diagnosis and treatment

Career Options

Speech-language pathologists are employed in a variety of settings, including:
  • Academic and research laboratories
  • Administration
  • Community clinics and private practices
  • Early intervention
  • Government agencies and health departments
  • Mental health, rehabilitation, and residential facilities
  • Hospitals, nursing centers, and home care
  • School systems

Why study Speech-Language Pathology at Grand Valley?

  • Grand Valley is known for health sciences, and is one of only two universities in Michigan now offering all therapy programs.
  • Located in the heart of the Medical Mile in downtown Grand Rapids, the program offers unique learning experiences, resources, and research opportunities.
  • The program's application for candidacy accreditation was awarded by the Council on Academic Accreditation from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
  • Two cohorts a year offering small, intimate classes.
  • Community-based practicum placements.
  • Faculty members are involved with local, state, and national organizations.
  • Excellent job opportunities.

Page last modified January 21, 2015