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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 in fall 2016.  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 years timeline.  The CDS master’s degree leads to certification as a speech language pathologist serving people across the lifespan with cognitive, communicative and swallowing disorders. It is a professional degree.

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
  • minimum verbal SAT or English ACT of 60th percentile

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 by November 15th of `fall term.  Applicants are notified by the first week of 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.