Why study Communication Sciences and Disorders : Online?

The University of Cincinnati offers an online Master of Arts Degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology) to cohorts of students in areas where personnel shortages exist and for groups of students where access to graduate education is limited. 

 The online program has two cohorts:  

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 full-time study or 3 years (8 semesters) of part-time study is necessary. 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

Admission Requirements depend on the cohort:  

For the Online MA in CSD partnership program with the University of Akron please visit Online MA in CSD Admission Requirements for detailed information about what you need in order to be a successful applicant. 

For the Testing & Training program, please visit TTI Admission Requirements for detailed information 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 variety 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.

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

Department of Communication Science Disorders
3225 Eden Avenue
Health Sciences Building
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0379
(513) 558-8501
csd@ucmail.uc.edu

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