Communication Sciences and Disorders

Master of Arts

Why study Communication Sciences and Disorders?

The top-ranked University of Cincinnati Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders program provides you with unique and diverse education and research opportunities along your path to becoming a speech-language pathologist. 

The program involves the in-depth study of the various disorders of communication coupled with practicum experience. 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. 

Graduates are required to acquire specific skills and knowledge according to the Council on Academic Accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology in order to be certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and to be eligible for licensure in the State of Ohio in (for speech-language pathology) and Ohio Department of Education (school) licensure. As such, you will complete course work in the areas of Language and Literacy, Phonology, Aphasia, Motor Speech, Dysphagia, Cognition, Voice, Craniofacial Anomalies, Stuttering, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and Management of Children with Hearing Impairment. 

In order to provide you 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. If you do not possess a well-rounded undergraduate major in Speech and Hearing, or come from another field, you must complete undergraduate requirements prior to beginning the graduate program.

Admission Requirements

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

The MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders program prepares graduates for a career as a speech-language pathologist. 

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) evaluate, diagnose and treat people with speech, language or swallowing difficulties. They work with many types of patients, including stroke victims who are relearning to communicate, babies who have trouble swallowing, people who speak with a stutter and children with language delays. 

Graduates find careers working with patients across the lifespan in a vareity of locations:

  • hospitals
  • rehabilitation and long-term care facilities
  • speech and hearing clinics
  • schools
  • educational programs
  •  the armed services
  • private practice
  • governmental health agencies 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for speech-language pathologists is expected to grow 27% (much faster than the national average) and the median pay is $77,510 per year. 

International students should visit the Graduate School's International Student Admission site. You can also find information for International Students on our How to Apply page. 

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 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

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Program Code: 35MAS-CSD35-MA