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.
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.
- Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
- 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.
Prerequisites for Non-CSD Majors
If you currently have or will have an undergraduate degree other than in Communication Sciences and Disorders, you will be considered a “leveling” student, meaning that you need to take prerequisite courses before entering the Graduate Program.
The following chart lists the requirements you must meet prior to entering the graduate program. Column 1 provides the general requirement or names a specific course. You are likely to have fulfilled some of these requirements as part of your undergraduate program. If not, column 2 provides a suggested University of Cincinnati course that would fulfill it. Other classes may be substituted, particularly for the general biology, physical sciences or social/behavior sciences classes. Column 3 contains courses that may be taken through the internet.
SLP Prerequisite Courses:
Students entering the MA 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.
- Online courses are not offered every semester at U.C. Check Onestop Course Planning Guide.
- The first 4 courses are ASHA prerequisites. Courses taken in Communication Sciences and Disorders departments will not satisfy these requirements.
|Required Content Area||UC Course Name||UC Course Number: On-Campus||UC Course Number: Online|
|Biological Science (General Biology or Human Biology or Human Anatomy and/or Physiology)||Introductory Biology I OR Introductory Biology 2||BIOL 1021 or BIOL 1022
||BIOL 1021 or BIOL 1022
|Physical Science (Physics or Chemistry)
||How Things Work OR Physics of Sound & Music||PHYS 1017 or 1018 or 1033
||PHYS 1017 or 1018
|Social/Behavioral Science (Psychology, Sociology or Cultural Anthropology)
||Intro to Psychology OR Intro to Sociology||PSYC 1001 or SOC 1001
||PSYC 1001 or SOC 1001
||Intro to Statistics OR Elementary Statistics I||STAT 1031 or 1034
||STAT 1031 or 1034
|Lifespan Development: Birth through Aging
Lifespan Human Development
|*Anatomy & Physiology of Voice & Speech Production
||Anatomy & Physiology of Voice & Speech Production||CSD 2010 (Fall & Summer)
||CSD 2010 (Fall)
|*Introductory Course in Audiology
||Audiology 1: Basic Audiometry, Anatomy & Hearing Disorders
||CSD 3061 (Fall)
||CSD 3061 (Fall, Summer)|
|*Normal Speech-Language Development or Acquisition
||Speech & Language Development
||CSD 3080 (Spring)
|*Phonetics, including Phonetic Transcription
||CSD 2071 (Spring, Summer)|
**Syntax (semester course of this content alone)
CSD 3072 (Fall)
*Neurological Foundations of Communication
|Neurological Foundations of Communication
||CSD 4012 (Spring)
(Summer) only for students accepted into the graduate program
|*A Clinical Process Course(s) to include Professional Issues, Report writing, Assessment, & Intervention. Courses in specific disorder areas, e.g., artic., language disorders) usually fulfill this requirement
Clinical Process I: Professional Issues & Assessment
Clinical Process II: Professional Issues & Intervention
CSD 4021 (Fall)
|CSD 4024 (Summer) only for students accepted into the graduate program
A course in almost any discipline, e.g., Psychology, Education, Communications should fulfill this requirement
Research Methods in Health Sciences
HLTH 3098 (Fall, Spring)
âHLTH 3098 (Summer)
* Communication sciences and disorders prerequisites that require a "B-" or better and must be completed prior to entering the program.
** Communication sciences and disorders prerequisite that requires a "B-" or better and may be
completed during the graduate program.
The prerequisite courses can be taken at any time during or following your undergraduate degree program. The prerequisites must be completed before starting the graduate program fall semester (we do not allow master’s students to begin the graduate program other than fall semester). Students cannot take the prerequisites concurrently with the graduate program courses. However, 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 OneStop. Information about course offerings, fees, registration dates, and answers to frequently asked questions can also be found on the Onestop website. Contact Dr. Carney Sotto at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding prerequisite course work and/or registration. 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, complete a Basic Data Form . Please allow 3 business days for processing. The university Office of the Registrar will contact you by email with registration credentials.
Students must register for at least one class before the first day of the semester to avoid a Late Registration Fee. Payments are due within 7 days of registration. Late Payment fees accumulate after that 7 days.