Admission Requirements

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.

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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).
    • The GRE is required. Due to COVID-19, ETS offers at home testing options   
  • 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 *).
  • Due to COVID-19, we will accept prerequisite coursework with grade of PASS (or equivalent). We encourage students to have grades of B- or higher reported instead of PASS.

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 4 contains courses that may be taken through the internet.

Clinical Observation Hours

Student's admitted to the MA SLP campus program at the University of Cincinnati are required to submit verification of 25 guided observation hours by July 1st.  Effective 1/1/2020, guided observation hours are required by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and the Council For Clinical Competence (CFCC). In addition, ASHA has mandated that clinical educators who are providing and approving the guided hours must complete 2 hours of continuing education in supervision and have current ASHA certification prior to approving observation hours. Likewise, if you earned clinical hours for direct service provision at your undergraduate institution, you will also need documentation of these hours. If you earned your undergraduate degree at the University of Cincinnati, your observation and clinical hours have already been verified by the department.

Instructions for submission of documentation will be included in admission offer letters. Please visit the ASHA Certification Standards webpage for more details. 

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.
Prerequisite Courses:
  Required Content Area UC Course Name UC Course Number: On-Campus UC Course Number: Online

Biological Science

(General Biology, Human Biology, 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

(not Astronomy) 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

(may not be a speech-language-hearing or communication sciences & disorders course)

Developmental Psychology

Lifespan Human Development

PSYC 2040


PSYC 2040

HDCE 2004

*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)  


(semester course of this content alone)


CSD 3072 (Fall)

*Neurological Foundations of Communication


Neurological Foundations of Communication
CSD 4012 (Spring)
CSD 4012 
(Summer) only for students accepted into the graduate program

*A Clinical Process Course(s)

(Must include Professional Issues, Report writing, Assessment, & Intervention.  Courses in specific disorder areas (eg., artic., language disorders) usually fulfill this requirement.)

Clinical Process I: Professional Issues & Assessment

Clinical Process II: Professional Issues & Intervention

CSD 4021 (Fall)


 CSD 4022 (Spring)
(CSD 4021 is a prerequisite to CSD 4022)

CSD 4024 (Summer) only for students accepted into the graduate program
*Research Methods 

This must be a stand-alone course & most disciplines offering this course should fulfill the requirement, e.g., Psychology, Education, Communications, Health Sciences. An independent study involving empirical research or working in a research lab WILL NOT fulfill the Research Methods course requirement.

Research Methods in Health Sciences


 HLTH 3098 (Fall, Spring)


HLTH 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.

Prerequisite Completion Timeline

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.

Registering for Prerequisites at UC

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 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.