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Speech-Language Pathology, M.S.

Speech-language pathologists identify and treat speech, language, and swallowing disorders; contribute to differential diagnosis; and provide guidance on prevention and preservation of functional communication and swallowing across the lifespan.

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Program Overview

The speech-language pathology graduate program is an intensive applied program for students who have completed the pre-professional requirements and a bachelor's degree. Students will graduate as entry-level Clinical Fellows.

Why Study Speech-Language Pathology at Grand Valley?

  • GVSU is known for interprofessional health sciences and is one of two universities in Michigan offering all therapy programs.
  • Located on the Medical Mile in downtown Grand Rapids, SLP offers unique experiences, resources, and research opportunities.
  • The program was awarded full accreditation status from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).
  • Rigorous community-based clinical education coursework in all semesters of the program.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates employment opportunities are expected to increase 21% from 2014 to 2024; faster than the average for all occupations.

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For More Information

College of Health Professions Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
500 Lafayette Ave. NE, Suite 204
(616) 331-5540

Graduate Admissions Office

Application Deadline

Deadline for fall semester is January 15. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University. Please visit

Location & Format

Classes for graduate students in this major meet on the GVSU Health Campus, near the Grand Rapids Medical Mile.

Format: Face To Face


  • Articulation/phonology
  • Feeding and swallowing
  • Fluency
  • Hearing
  • Voice and resonance
  • Augmentative and alternative communication modalities
  • Cognitive and social aspects of communication
  • Receptive and expressive language

Career Options

Speech-language pathologists are employed in:

  • Academic/research laboratories
  • Administration
  • Community clinics and private practices
  • Early intervention
  • Government agencies and health departments
  • Hospitals, nursing centers, and home care
  • Mental health, rehabilitation, and residential facilities
  • School systems


“The SLP program allows students to find their passion through experiential learning that also benefits the community. Through the steadfast support of faculty and professionals in the community, students are encouraged to use their creativity while maintaining an evidence-based focus to practice.”