The Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences seeks to advance knowledge of language and communication science and related disorders through teaching, research and service at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. And at the GW Speech and Hearing Center — which is housed and operated by the department — our faculty of certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists train graduate students to serve those with communication impairments throughout the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area.

Located in downtown Washington, D.C., students are steps away from learning and employment opportunities at nationally renowned hospitals, clinics and school systems.

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“The academic program is beyond compare. The most valuable part of the program, however, is the practical experience graduate students gain at the GW Speech and Hearing Center. Therapy at the center is highly sought after, and there are very few graduate clinics of its caliber. Upon graduation, I felt well prepared to work in a hospital/rehab setting.”

Whitney Mislock
MA '16

Whitney Mislock



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The Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences was founded in the early 1940s with an emphasis on enhancing the speech performance of GW students, an emphasis that continues today. Soon after its creation, the department became involved in assisting students with speech disorders and educating professionals who wished to serve persons with communication disorders. These efforts led to the establishment of the GW Speech and Hearing Center in 1946.


Goals and Objectives



  • Coordination of academics and clinical experience in MA program
  • Optimized MA program size
  • Community/alumni engagement
  • Enhanced career path for clinical educators


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