Speech-Language Pathology

  • Master of Science (M.S.)

Speech-language pathologists are professionals educated to assess speech and language development, and treat speech and language disorders. Additionally, speech-language pathologists help people with swallowing disorders.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

The speech-language pathology graduate program, within the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is a four-semester program for students who have completed the preprofessional requirements and a bachelor’s degree. Graduates of Grand Valley will be entry level Clinical Fellows.


A variety of topics will be studied, including:

  • Articulation
  • Fluency
  • Voice and resonance
  • Receptive and expressive language
  • Hearing
  • Swallowing
  • Cognitive and social aspects of communication
  • Diverse clinical practicum

Career Options

Speech-language pathologists are employed in a variety of settings, including:

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

Why Study Speech-Language Pathology at Grand Valley?

  • Grand Valley is known for health sciences and is one of only two universities in Michigan offering all therapy programs.
  • Located in the Medical Mile in downtown Grand Rapids at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, SLP offers unique experiences, resources, and research opportunities.
  • The program was awarded candidacy accreditation status from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).
  • Two cohorts a year offering small, intimate classes.
  • Community-based practicum placements.
  • Excellent job opportunities.

For More Information

Speech-Language Pathology Program
(616) 331-5600
Admissions Office

Having been involved with the creation of the speech-language pathology program, I am thrilled to see it now offered. I expect nothing but the best from GVSU students as they enter the profession.


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