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

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.
  • 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.

Application Deadlines

An online application to the Master’s degree program in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a major in speech-language pathology must be completed through CSDCAS (Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service) at CSDCAS will open for UC graduate applications on September 6, 2016.  On CSDCAS, you will find detailed instructions regarding development of a profile and submission of materials. All application materials must be submitted to CSDCAS by December 15, including:

  • application
  • extracurricular, volunteer and leadership activities, honors, and awards
  • On CSDCAS you will be asked to write an essay of approximately 125 words (750 characters with spaces) per question to answer each of the following four questions. We hope that you will use external resources to inform your responses, when appropriate.
    1. Describe your academic, experiential, and personal qualifications for our graduate program in speech-language pathology.  Be sure to tell us how your background and experience prepared you to interact differently with individuals who are different from you in their social, cultural or economic perspectives.
    2. What are some of the most important issues and research needs facing the profession of speech-language pathology today?
    3. Aside from passion and the desire to help others, what sets you apart from other candidates?
    4. Do you speak another language fluently?
      -If not, please enter “No”
      -If yes, which language(s)? Please describe your experiences using the language and how this skill will facilitate improved service delivery to people with communication disorders.
  • academic information (courses, grades, etc.)
  • transcripts from each college or university (including community colleges even if you took college classes during high school)  attended sent to:
         CSDCAS Verification Department
         PO Box 9113
         Watertown, MA 02471
  • GRE scores must be sent by ETS directly to CSDCAS (code is 0734)
  • three (3) letters of reference: It is strongly recommended that reference letters be written by instructors who can speak to your academic abilities and potential success as a graduate student
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 Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0379
(513) 558-8502