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Speech-Language Pathology

The Department of Speech-Language Pathology offers both bachelors and masters degree programs in speech-language pathology. The focus of both programs is to provide a quality clinical education based in the research foundations of the profession.

Master's Degree
The master of science in speech-language pathology degree program at University of the Pacific 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. The programs accreditation period is November 1, 2019 to October 31, 2027.

There are two accelerated master's degree programs:

  1. 15-month (4 semester) program pathway for students who have an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology.
  2. 24-month (6 semester) program pathway for students with non-speech-language pathology baccalaureate degrees.

The graduate program director works with students to develop an appropriate plan of study that meets the needs of individual students. 

The master of science degree program satisfies the academic and clinical requirements for:

  • The Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • State licensure in Speech-Language Pathology granted by the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs
  • The California Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential granted by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

A Tradition of Excellence
Pacific graduates consistently perform well on the national certification and state licensure examination in speech-language pathology. For over two decades, prior to graduation with their master's degree, 100% of the students have passed the examination. The rate is considerably higher than the national average passing rate of approximately 80-90%.

Clinical Experience
Early clinical experience is a Pacific hallmark. Students begin their clinical experience in the on-campus Pacific Speech, Hearing and Language Center and the nearby RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Stockton. Each of these Centers is housed in state-of-the art, professional health care facilities. More than 100 clients are seen each week by student clinicians supervised by nationally-certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists.


At the undergraduate level, students receive pre-professional and professional training in the field of speech-language pathology. Starting in their junior year, students obtain observation hours by actively participating in clinical sessions in our Stockton centers. During their senior year, students participate in clinic in both diagnostic and therapy sessions to supplement their academic preparation. A Pacific student typically obtains 70 hours of clinical experience as an undergraduate clinician. Pacific is a national leader in undergraduate clinical education and one of the few speech-language pathology programs in the nation to offer undergraduate clinical experience. Learn more.


At the graduate level, students are assigned both child and adult clients in our Stockton centers. Graduate students also complete a fieldwork experience with children in Northern California public school districts. During their final semester, students are placed in medical centers across the state and country to obtain experience with adult clients. Learn more.

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