Speech-Language Pathology


Why study Speech-Language Pathology?

The University of Cincinnati is one of the very few top-ranked programs to offer a fully online Master of Arts Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  

The MA Online 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, swallowing, and hearing disorders. The Online MA Program is a collaboration with The University of Akron; therefore students admitted to UC will complete academic courses through both UC and Akron. 

Graduates are required to acquire specific skills and knowledge according to the Council on Academic Accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology (Distance Education) in order to be certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and to be eligible for licensure in the State of Ohio (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.   

Part-Time Curriculum  

The MA Online program contains 3 years (8 semesters) of part-time study. This allows you the flexibility of maintaining employment during the first half of your program.

Admission Requirements

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

If you do not possess a well-rounded undergraduate major in Speech and Hearing, or come from another field, you may still be eligible for the program after completing some undergraduate requirements prior to beginning the graduate program. 

Distance Requirement 

In order to qualify for the Online MA in Speech-Language Pathology program, you must live within 4 hours of driving distance to the University of Cincinnati.  


The MA Online 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   

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 Master of Arts Degree (MA) education program in speech-language pathology (distance education) 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

Speech Language Pathology Main
3225 Eden Ave
Health Sciences Building
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0379
(513) 558-8501

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