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MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders

About the Program

The program involves the in-depth study of the various disorders of communication coupled with practicum experience in the areas of study. Speech-language pathology students at the Master of Arts level are expected to acquire those skills which would enable them to identify and manage a full range of speech/language and hearing disorders.

Students are required to complete course work in the areas of Language and Literacy, Phonology, Aphasia, Motor Speech, Dysphagia, Cognition, Voice, Craniofacial Anomalies, Stuttering, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, management of children with hearing impairment and research.

In order to provide the master's level student with adequate advanced didactic and practicum experience with persons manifesting communication disorders, a minimum of two years of study is necessary, including two summer terms. Students who do not possess a well-rounded undergraduate major in Speech and Hearing, or those who come from other fields, must complete undergraduate requirements prior to beginning the graduate program.

In addition, all MA students must complete a research project, which may take the form of a thesis, publishable paper, or additional research course.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language pathology (CCC-SLP), licensing in the State of Ohio in speech-language pathology and State of Ohio School licensure.

Check out our student achievement data, which features past student's graduation rates, exam pass rates and employment data. 

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Master's Degree (MA) education program in speech-language-pathology at the University of Cincinnati is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or  301-296-5700.


Career Opportunities

A master's degree is necessary for professional certification and licensure as a speech-language pathologist. 

Graduates find careers working with children and adults in hospitals, rehabilitation and long term care facilities, speech and hearing clinics, schools, public schools and other educational programs, the armed services, private practice and governmental health agencies.

There is currently a high demand for Speech-Language Pathologists in all settings.

MA Handbooks

2015-2016 Master of Arts in CSD, Speech-Language Pathology Majors Handbook (MA). (PDF) 
2014-2015 Master of Arts in CSD, Speech-Language Pathology Majors Handbook (MA) (PDF)  

Student Practicum/Clinic Handbooks

Practicum Manual SLP Handbook 2015-2016 (PDF)

SLP Schools Practicum Handbook 2015-2016 (PDF) 
SLP Schools Practicum Handbook 2014-2015 ​(PDF)

Oncampus Clinic Procedures for SLP and Audiology Students 2015-2016 (PDF) 
    Specific Requirements for TTI Students (MA) (PDF)
    Specific Requirements for DL Students (MA) (PDF)


Supervisor Manuals 

SLP Supervisor Manual (PDF)

Speech Pathology

Contact Us

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
3202 Eden Avenue
P.O. Box 670379
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0379
Phone: 513-558-8502
Fax:  513-558-8500

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