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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Master of Science Speech and Hearing Sciences


Students are provided a list of courses in which they must enroll for their first semester. They meet individually and as a group with the Department’s Director of Graduate Studies to discuss their entire two-year program. Full-time students typically complete the program in approximately two years (including one summer), carrying on average 16 credit hours per semester. On- and off-campus clinical practicum and internships are available during summer session, as are selected required classes.

Course Requirements*

  • SHS 501: Research Methods
  • SHS 540: Special Topics in Pediatric Motor Speech Disorders
  • SHS 540: Special Topics in Cleft Palate
  • SHS 542: Early Language Development
  • SHS 543: School-Age and Adolescent Language
  • SHS 545: Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • SHS 550 Clinical Preparation
  • SHS 552: Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in the Schools (*Required for State of Washington ESA)
  • SHS 556: Problems in Stuttering
  • SHS 560: Contemporary Topics: Counseling
  • SHS 562: Motor Speech Disorders
  • SHS 563: Dysphagia
  • SHS 565: Augmentative Communication
  • SHS 566: Off-Campus Practicum Public Schools
  • SHS 568: Off-Campus Practicum Clinical Setting
  • SHS 570: Advanced Internship
  • SHS 574: Neurogenic Disorders of Language and Cognition I
  • SHS 575: Advanced Clinical Practice
  • SHS 576: Voice and Resonance Disorders
  • SHS 577: Neurogenic Disorders of Language and Cognition II
  • SHS 580: Advanced Diagnostics
  • SHS 588: Advanced Speech Disorders
  • SHS 700/702: Master’s Research, Thesis and/or Examination or Master’s Special Problems, Directed Study and/or Examination

* Subject to change. Refer to the Graduate Curriculum Planning Guide for updates

Elective Courses

  • SHS 590: Special Topics in Pediatric Dysphagia and Feeding
  • SHS 590: Special Topics in Advanced Adult Dysphagia

Learning outcomes

See below to review student achievement data for the 3 most recently completed academic years for the master’s program in speech-language pathology: on-time program completion rates; Praxis examination pass rates of test-takers; and employment rates of graduates.

Learning outcomes



Kelsey Meyer
Academic Coordinator/Advisor