Master of Arts in Communication Sciences & Disorders

Speech-language pathology 

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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.

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. 

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

When you graduate you will 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.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Being a student at the University of Cincinnati means that you get to enjoy the perks of a top research university with a unique urban campus with a diverse and vibrant student life experience.

The student life experience is enriched by the University of Cincinnati’s over 600 student organizations. There is truly something for everyone here.

In the College of Allied Health Sciences, each major has at least one academic student organization. These organization’s allow students to get more engaged with the profession, attend conferences and get involved in the community.

Communication Sciences & Disorders students are able to join the following academic student organizations.  

Please see the program Admission Requirements for detailed information on what you need in order to be a successful applicant. 

Visit the program's How to Apply page for detailed information about how you begin the application process. 

The program has clinical stipends and scholarships that will be awarded to students based on quality of academic record and performance in the program. All admitted students are conisdered for scholarships. No second application is required.  During the second year, paid traineeships are available during the second year. Opportunities and application procedures will be discussed during the first year of the graduate program. 

Please visit UC's Financial Aid Office for questions about tuition, loans and other financial needs. 

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. If you 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.

Review the program outline to access program curriculum(s) and more.

Master of Arts in Communication Sciences & Disorders Student Achievement Data 

Period

On-time completion rate

Pass rate of Test-Takers (PRAXIS) 

Employment Rates of Graduates
Recent Year 100%
(47/47)

100%
(47/47)

100%
(38/38)

1 Year Prior

96%
(44/46)

100%
(44/44)

85%
(34/40)
2 Years Prior 98%
(42/43)
96%
(40/42)
100%
(27/27)
3 year average  98% 99% 95%

Accreditation

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The Communication Sciences and Disorders Master's Degree (MA) education programs in speech-language-pathology at the University of Cincinnati are 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.

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Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

College of Allied Health Sciences

3202 Eden Avenue P.O. Box 670379 | Cincinnati, OH 45267

Phone: 513-558-8502 | Fax: 513-558-8500