Communication Sciences and Disorders

Master of Arts

Why study Communication Sciences and Disorders?

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.

Admission Requirements

Please visit Admission Requirements for detailed information about what you need in order to be a successful applicant. 

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.

Application Deadlines

Visit the How to Apply page to find information on application deadlines, fees, where to send your materials and more. 

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, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, (800) 498-2071 or (301) 296-5700.

Contact Information

Communication Science Disorders Main Desk
Health Sciences Building
3225 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267
(513) 558-8502
csd@ucmail.uc.edu