Graduate Program Speech and Hearing Sciences

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Speech and Hearing Sciences Master's Degree Overview

PSU’s master’s degree in speech-language pathology prepares you for a high-demand, satisfying career helping children and adults improve their lives with better communication. Join our community of caring professionals and launch your career as a speech-language pathologist.

In our two-year program, you will learn how to prevent, assess and treat speech, language and swallowing disorders. Along with your graduate degree, you will gain the 400 hours of direct clinical experience you need for licensing and certification.

You will emerge from our graduate program prepared to make a difference for people with autism, brain injuries, stuttering, developmental disorders and neurologic conditions. Our job placement rate is nearly 100 percent, because employers know our graduates are ready for professional practice.

Starting in your first term, you will gain practical experience in a variety of settings, from our on-campus clinic and research labs to community placements in schools, hospitals and community clinics throughout the Portland area.

Our small classes and tight cohorts of 20 students each will ensure you have the support you need to succeed.

Degree Details

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Speech and Hearing Sciences Master's Degree: Why PSU?

Challenge yourself to make a difference in the field and study at a top speech-language pathology graduate program in the center of the West Coast’s most livable city.

Our location gives you opportunities for intense clinical training that are unmatched in Oregon. We provide a range of clinical experiences on and off campus throughout your two years.

In your first year, you will work closely with faculty members in Portland’s only on-campus speech and language clinic and our partnering community clinics. In your second year, our externship coordinators will guide you in finding the community placement that will best meet your interests and career goals.

Our partners include Oregon Health & Science University, Providence Health & Services, Portland Public Schools, and dozens of other hospitals and school districts.

You also can work with our leading faculty researchers on topics such as aphasia (word-retrieval deficits), autism, bilingual language learners, children’s developmental disorders, brain injuries, stuttering, and swallowing and respiration problems.

We offer Oregon’s only bilingual concentration and advanced electives on serving people with medical issues, cleft palates, and multicultural backgrounds.

You will graduate ready to help your clients and your community.

What can I do with a Master's degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences?

PSU’s graduate program meets the academic and clinical requirements to be certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and to be licensed as a speech-language pathologist in Oregon. Our graduates go on to clinical fellowships all over the country, in a range of settings, from schools to hospitals.

Our job placement rate is nearly 100 percent. Demand for speech-language pathologists is high and expected to increase in the next 10 years, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Featured Courses

  • SPHR 530 Clinical Management in Communication Disorders
  • SPHR 540 Multicultural Topics in Communication Disorders
  • SPHR 545 Pathways to Professional Practice
  • SPHR 553 Counseling in Communication Disorders
  • SPHR 554 Advanced Speech Sound Disorders: Theories and Application
  • SPHR 558 Symbol Systems in Early Communication
  • SPHR 559 Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • SPHR 560 Research Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • SPHR 562 Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • SPHR 563 Adult Language Disorders
  • SPHR 555 Assessment and Intervention for Dysphagia in Adults
  • SPHR 556 Assessment and Intervention for Dysphagia in Pediatrics
  • SPHR 566 Motor Speech Disorders
  • SPHR 581 Stuttering
  • SPHR 582 Voice Disorders
  • SPHR 584 Assessment and Treatment of Language Disorders: Birth to Age Five
  • SPHR 585 Assessment and Treatment of Language Disorders in School-aged Children and Adolescents


  • SPHR 491 Principles of Behavior Analysis: Clinical Applications
  • SPHR 471 Neurolinguistics
  • SPHR 541 Bilingual Topics in Communication Disorders
  • SPHR 567 Cleft & Craniofacial Disorders
  • SPHR 564 Medical Speech-Language Pathology
  • SPHR 586 Autism


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

U. S. News & World Report ranks PSU in the nation’s top 70 speech-language pathology graduate programs.

The Master of Science/Master of Arts education program in speech-language pathology at Portland State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, (800) 498-2071 or (301) 296-5700.