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 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.


Speech-language pathology students study a variety of topics that include:

  • Assessment and intervention from infancy through adulthood
  • Augmentative and alternative communication
  • Autism 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 at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, the program offers unique learning experiences, resources, and research opportunities.
  • The program has applied for 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.
  • Faculty members are involved with local, state, and national organizations.
  • 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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