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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

You may pursue a graduate degree via one of two tracks. Track 1 is an intensive four semester applied program for those who have completed the pre-professional requirements and a bachelor's degree. Track 2 is a six semester program, with the first two semesters meeting pre-professional requirements, and the final four semesters an intensive applied program.

Opportunities for supervised clinical practice are provided in community-based healthcare and educational settings located within two hours of GVSU. Students may to be placed outside the two hour radius and may request placements anywhere in the United States during the final two semesters of their program.

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.
  • All four semesters include community-based clinical placements and clinical application infused into academic coursework.
  • This intensive program provides the opportunity for students to complete their degree and begin their career sooner than other speech-language pathology programs, while obtaining all of the same knowledge and skills acquired in other programs.
  • Fully accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

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Location & Format

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

  • Face To Face


  • Speech sound disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Cognitive and social aspects of communication
  • Stuttering and other fluency disorders
  • Voice and resonance
  • Feeding and swallowing
  • Augmentative and alternative communication modalities
  • Receptive and expressive language

Application Deadline

Deadline for Track 1 fall applications is January 15; Track 2 priority deadline is April 1 and seats will be filled until July 1 as available. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to GVSU.

Admission Requirements

GVSU offers two tracks for completion of a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, admission information can be found on the SLP admission program page

For More Information

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

Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Office

Program Director

Courtney Karasinski, Ph.D.
(616) 331-5670


“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.”



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