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Speech and Hearing Sciences Academic Programs

Master of Science Speech and Hearing Sciences

The Master of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences (M.S. SHS) degree program with specialization in speech-language pathology is a two-year program based at the WSU Health Sciences Spokane campus. It requires about 75 credits and includes a summer session. In addition to academic coursework, students gain experience through clinical training, community outreach and opportunities to work with well-known scholars on current research.

Graduate students are trained to meet the diagnostic and therapy needs of adults and children with a wide variety of speech, language, voice, swallowing, and hearing difficulties. Students begin their training in our Hearing and Speech Clinic, which serves as a health care option for individuals with communication disorders in the Spokane community. We also collaborate with dedicated and accomplished clinicians in the Spokane community and across the Northwest region who support our off-site clinical education program and help our students become independent practitioners.

Graduates with a master’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences typically work as speech-language pathologists in hospitals, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation settings, early intervention settings, public schools and in private practice.

Watch an inside look of the SHS Department



Prospective M.S. SHS students can have undergraduate degrees in any subject. However, those with a bachelor’s degree unrelated to Speech and Hearing Sciences or Communication Sciences and Disorders, or those who did not take the required undergraduate courses, must complete the postbaccalaureate sequence of courses.
Prospective students must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Statistics course. This is considered a prerequisite and is not part of the graduate program. However, the course may be taken at the graduate level.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA for last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of coursework
  • GRE scores (Inst. Code: 4705)


Applications are processed by the WSU Graduate School. The process includes: Application and Transcripts; Graduate Record Examination results; Personal Statement; Letters of Recommendation; resume; and possible interview.

Applications for admission and supporting materials are submitted online through the WSU Graduate School. There is an application fee. Deadline is January 10 prior to the start of fall semester. Supporting materials must be submitted by February 1. Note: Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be sent from the attended college/university to the WSU Graduate School.
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The Master of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences is nationally accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. It also is recognized at the state level by the Washington State Board of Education. The program provides the basis for certification in speech-language pathology by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the certificate of clinical competence, and for state licensure.


The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences is pursuing a strategic plan that will expand and enhance the College of Medicine’s research portfolio and advance the University’s Drive to 25 campaign. Review the strategic plan here.


Kelsey Meyer
Graduate Program Coordinator