Communication Sciences and Disorders : Online

Master of Arts

Why study Communication Sciences and Disorders : Online?

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers the Master of Arts Degree in Speech-Language Pathology through distance learning to cohorts of students in areas where personnel shortages exist and for groups of students where access to graduate education is limited.

Students cannot apply to the Distance Learning program without first joining one of two cohorts that will move eligible students through the program together. The Distance Learning program is restricted to two cohorts: TTI (Testing & Training International), a private company based in New York who work with students in the New York City area and in Israel, and ACinD (Akron, Cincinnati Distance) for Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana residents only.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree. Unofficial transcripts are used for admissions review. 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.

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.

Before admission to the University is completed, all foreign students must fulfill U.S. Immigration Service requirements and register with the International Services and Foreign Student and the International Services Office. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Spoken English (TSE) are required of all applicants whose native language is not English. Scores must be sent by the test site directly to the University of Cincinnati.

This test must be taken in the student’s own country before admission is granted. This requirement may be waived for a foreign student who has completed an academic program of two or more years in duration at an accredited American college or university. Presently the minimum TOEFL score acceptable for graduate work in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is 100.

The Oral English Proficiency (OEP) Testing Program was implanted in 1986 to assess the oral English language skills of graduate students who are nonnative speakers of English and receive financial awards from general University funds. Students are required to take the test at the beginning of their first semester of study. Their oral English skills are rated in four areas: 1) pronunciation; 2) grammar; 3) fluency; and 4) overall intelligibility. 

Those who pass are certified for oral English proficiency and may assume the full range of duties associated with the financial awards. Those who do not pass are recommended for English as a Second Language (ESL) course that is suited to their needs. 

Students whose oral English proficiency has not been certified may not assume instructional responsibilities. Oral Proficiency testing is conducted four times during the academic year (September, December, March, and May) to accommodate new arrivals and students who have prepared to retake the test. Each student can only be tested twice during an academic year.
Upon arrival at the University of Cincinnati, all international students are required to carry student health insurance. Semester fees (reflecting the number of accompanying dependents) will be assessed at each registration period.

Application Deadlines

In order to complete the Online Application. Also, be sure to visit the Communication Sciences and Disorders website.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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.

Contact Information

Communication Science Disorders Main Desk
3202 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0379
(513) 558-8502

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Program Code: 35MAS-CSD35-MA-.CSD35-DL