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MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders ACinD Distance Learning Program

The Master of Arts degree program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is designed to provide in-depth knowledge and skills in the areas required for a career in speech-language pathology. This program of study provides students with the knowledge to pursue a satisfying and rewarding career in health care, medicine, research, or education.

Admission Requirements for the ACinD Program

The Master of Science degree program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is designed to provide in-depth knowledge and skills in the areas required for a career in speech-language pathology. This program of study provides students with the knowledge to pursue a satisfying and rewarding career in health care, medicine, research, or education.

Applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree. For students who enroll in the program, an official transcript with Bachelor's degree posted must be received by the CSD department prior to the beginning of the first semester.
  • 3.0 minimum overall undergraduate grade point average.
  • A minimum score of 100 IBT on the TOEFL for students whose native language is not English.
  • A grade of "B-" or better is required in communication sciences and disorders courses (see courses below with an *).
  • A "B-" or better is also strongly recommended for all ASHA required courses.

Students entering the professional preparation program in speech-language pathology must have a well-rounded undergraduate degree with a major in communication disorders or complete a set of prerequisite courses related to science and human communication prior to beginning the graduate program. The table below shows the minimum required courses. All of the content areas below must be completed prior to enrollment in the graduate program.  If an offer of admission is made, the Department of CSD reserves the right to rescind the offer if all prerequisites are not completed as directed.  Once admitted, failure to complete prerequisites may prolong your program, increase the total cost of your degree, and possibly delay graduation.

Students who do not meet the admission requirements stated above may be admitted on a provisional basis. These students must maintain a 3.0 average during each of their first two semesters of study to be admitted to full status and to be eligible for financial aid if available.

Students entering the ACinD program in speech-language pathology must complete required prerequisite content in the areas listed on the table below prior to enrollment. These courses can be taken at any university that offers them. The courses offered at the University of Cincinnati are listed on the table.  ACinD applicants can be in the process of completing the courses when they apply to the program. We do, however, recommend that you have completed some speech and hearing courses prior to application to help our admissions committee determine your potential for success in our program.


    Prerequisite Courses

    Recommend UC Courses

    Other Universities

    Anatomy & Physiology of Voice and Speech Production*

    CSD 2010

    Online & on-campus Fall Semester

    Generally these courses are called Anatomy/Physiology and MUST be offered through a CSD program

    Audiology (Anatomy & Testing)*

    CSD 3061

    Online Summer

    On-campus Fall

    Also called Audiology I; The course needs to cover anatomy and hearing assessment and offered through CSD

    Language Science and Acquisition or Speech & Language Development*

    CSD 3080

    On-campus only Spring
    (Syntax is a prerequisite)

    Akron offers this class online in the summer and fall; this should be a general speech and language course


    STAT 1031: Intro to Stats

    STAT 1034: Elementary Statistics

    Any general, introductory statistics class

    Physical Science

    PHYS 1033: The Physics of Sound and Music

    PHYS 1017: How Things Work: From Roller Coasters to Superconductors

    PHYS 1018: How Things Work: From GPS Satellites to Global Warming

    Recommended: Introductory physics courses that focus on the science of movement, sound, energy, light, and problem solving

    Not recommended: Astronomy, geology

    Chemistry is acceptable but courses that introduce acoustical physics will support learning in the graduate program

    Biological Science


    BIOL 1021: Intro Bio I, How Life Works: Intro to Biology or

    BIOL 1022: Intro Bio II, Life on Earth: Organism to Ecosystem

    BIOL 1015: Intro to Anatomy and Physiology

    Any general intro to biology or anatomy course

    Not recommended: botany courses, courses on specific diseases (e.g. a plague), environmental biology courses

    Social Science


    PSYC 1001: Intro to Psychology

    SOC 1001: Intro to Sociology

    Recommended: Any intro/general psychology course

    Acceptable: Intro sociology and/or anthropology course

    Lifespan Development or Human Growth & Development

    PSYC 2040: Developmental Psychology

    EDST: 2004 Lifespan Human Development

    Any course that covers the full lifespan of human development. Some schools split this into 2 semesters, so be careful when reviewing courses

    *Communication sciences and disorders prerequisites that require a "B-" or better and must be    
       completed prior to entering the program.
    ** Communication sciences and disorders prerequisites in which we recommend a "B-" or better.   

    • Online courses are not offered every semester at U.C. Check OneStop Course Planning Guide. The prerequisite courses can be taken at any time during or following your undergraduate degree program (if not completed during your undergraduate program). Students may apply for admission into the graduate program while taking the prerequisite courses. Because admission to the graduate program is competitive, successful completion of the prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission into the graduate program. Grades for the prerequisite courses are just one part of the complete application file.

    Register for the prerequisite classes online at (This link opens in a new window). Information about course offerings, fees, registration dates, and answers to frequently asked questions can also be found on the Onestop website.  Until such time as you are accepted into the graduate program, you will be taking classes through the OneStop Student Service Center.

    Prior to registration, completion of a Basic Data Form is required. Please allow 3 business days for processing. The university Office of the Registrar will contact you by email with registration credentials.  Contact Dr. Erin Redle for additional information at

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    P.O. Box 670379
    Cincinnati, OH 45267-0379
    Phone: 513-558-8502
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