Speech and Hearing graduate student conducting research on a computer.


Experts in speech, language and hearing sciences (SLHS) are in high demand across many sectors, including health care, education and research. In the SLHS Department, graduate students master the skills they need to enter the workplace as professors, clinical practitioners and researchers. 

MA and PhD students benefit from faculty mentorship, research opportunities and flexible course options. A core benefit of the graduate program is the clinical training in the GW Speech and Hearing Center, where graduate students are the primary clinicians. Off campus, graduate students enjoy unique externship and career opportunities through Washington, D.C.'s hospitals, clinics, acute care and rehabilitation centers, schools and facilities for children with learning disabilities.





Victoria Laiter in her graduation cap and gown

Victoria Laiter

MA '19

“Serving diverse client populations in the clinic, along with multiple populations in externships, allowed me to flourish as a flexible clinician and problem-solver. ... I now feel equipped to serve multiple populations thanks to the resources, courses and mentorship I was given."


Students in Action

Jordan Sender guiding a client through voice training exercises.

At Speech and Hearing, Students Are Clinic Caretakers

While certified speech pathologists and instructors keep a watchful eye on patient sessions, students devise their own treatment plans and assessment tools, relying on everything from evidence-based research to experimental technology and techniques. “It’s important to put the students in the lead,” Bamdad stressed, “The patient should see them as the caretaker.