4+1 Program

The Communication Disorders & Sciences (CDS) program is pleased to offer a 4+1 program for highly qualified freshmen entering the University of Oregon. The 4+1 program allows a student to complete their bachelor’s degree and master’s degree at the UO in 5 years, as opposed to the traditional 6-year timeline. The CDS master’s degree is a professional degree that leads to certification as a speech language pathologist serving people across the lifespan with cognitive, communicative and swallowing disorders.

The 4 + 1 program allows students to start the graduate program early in winter term of their fourth (senior) year, thereby saving them one term of graduate tuition (and two terms of undergraduate tuition) and allowing them to enter the speech language pathology job market early.

Students are accepted to the 4+1 program through an application process. The minimum qualifications for students applying to the program are:

  • declared interest in communication disorders
  • evidence of school or volunteer experience, or paid employment working in human services (e.g., camp counselor, peer mentor)
  • minimum 3.5 high school GPA

Students in the program meet all requirements of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and the accelerated timeline requires summer coursework for most students. An individualized plan will be developed with the CDS undergraduate advisor to help you meet all requirements. 

Applications for the 4+1 are submitted to the department at the end of fall term. Applicants are notified early in winter term if they have been selected for an interview. Final decisions regarding admission to the program will be made shortly after interviews are complete.