Admission Requirements

Testing, Training International Speech-Language Pathology program

The Master of Arts Testing Training International (TTI) online learning degree program in Speech-Language Pathology 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.

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 Communication Sciences & Disorders 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.
  • Must be a part of the Testing and Training International program
  • 25 hours of guided observations completed by start of program (Aug 1)

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-SLHS Majors

If you currently have or will have an undergraduate degree other than in Speech Language Hearing Sciences (or 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 3 contains courses that may be taken online.

SLP Prerequisite Requirements:

Students entering the MA TTI 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 UC. Check Onestop Course Planning Guide.
  • The first four courses are ASHA prerequisites. Courses taken in Communication Sciences and Disorders departments will not satisfy these requirements. 

Required Content Area

UC Course Name

UC Course Number On-Campus

UC Course Number Online

Biological Science (General Biology or Human Biology or Human Anatomy and/or Physiology)

Introductory Biology I OR
Introductory Biology 2
BIOL 1021 or 
BIOL 1022

BIOL 1021, BIOL 1022, or 
BIOL 1015

Physical Science (Physics or Chemistry)

How Things Work OR Physics of Sound & Music

PHYS 1017 or 1018 or 1005C

PHYS 1017,1018 or 1005C

Social/Behavioral Science


PSYC 1001: Intro to Psychology

SOC 1001: Intro to Sociology

Recommended: Any intro/general psychology course

Acceptable: Intro sociology and/or Intro Anthropology course

PSYC 1001, SOC 1001


Intro to Statistics OR Elementary Statistics I

STAT 1031 or 1034

STAT 1031 or 1034

Lifespan Development: Birth through Aging

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)



**Syntax (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) to include Professional Issues, Report writing, Assessment, & Intervention. Courses in specific disorder areas, e.g., artic., language disorders) usually fulfill this requirement. An Introductory course to CSD will not fulfill this requirement.
Clinical Processes in CSD  CSD 4024 (Fall) CSD 4024 (Summer) only for students accepted into the graduate program
*Research Methods 
A course in almost any discipline, e.g., Psychology, Education, Communications should fulfill this requirement
Research Methods in Health Sciences

HLTH 3098 (Fall, Spring)

â 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.

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.

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.  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 seven days of registration. Late Payment fees accumulate after that seven days.

How to Apply

Students must be a part of the TTI program in order to be admitted to the University of Cincinnati graduate program.  Students applying to the TTI Online l Program must submit preliminary application materials to TTI. The first step is to contact TTI through Malki Lesser at  All information about the application process will be provided by TTI.

Guided Clinical Observation Requirement (ASHA 2020 Standards)

The Required 25 Hours Guided Clinical Observation portion of ASHA Standard V-C of the 2020 Standards and Implementation procedures MUST be completed prior to any direct contact with clients/patients. During most undergraduate studies or prerequisite coursework, students will take a course that addresses clinical methods and allows them to accrue 25 guided clinical observation hours. Students who have been accepted to the graduate program but have not yet earned the required guided observation hours should contact UC’s graduate program immediately to inquire about opportunities to earn the required hours prior to the start of the graduate program. The guided observation hours must be within the ASHA Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology and must be under the supervision of a qualified SLP clinician who holds current state licensure, ASHA certification designated by CCC-SLP and has earned a minimum of 2 hours of professional development/continuing education in the area of clinical instruction/supervision. During the observations, there should be communication between the SLP and observer, rather than passive experiences where the student merely views live sessions and/or videos without direct feedback/input. Guided clinical observation discussions/reflections may occur concurrently between student and SLP during the student’s observation or afterwards through review and approval of the student’s written reflections or through an oral debriefing conversation. Guided observation hours must be completed no more than 5 years prior to the start of the graduate program, and the SLP must meet the above-described licensure and certification requirements and 2020 standards for any observations completed in 2020 and later. A record form needs to be completed and maintained for all 25 guided clinical observation hours, which must include: date, population (adult/pediatric), type (evaluation/treatment), site, SLP state license number & ASHA number (state/ASHA), supervisor signature, guided discussion completed (yes/no), and number of minutes observed.

Students are required to complete and obtain documentation of 25 guided observation hours by August 1. Students will be instructed after August 1st on how to submit documentation of guided observation hours. For students who earned an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Hearing Sciences at the University of Cincinnati, your observation and clinical hours have already been verified by the department.  If entering UC’s MA SLP program(s) from an outside university, documentation will be accepted via a record form which includes the aforementioned details or through a signed document by an administrator/director of the program on university letterhead, which signifies the required 25 guided clinical observation hours have been met. If you have not completed the required guided observation hours, we suggest you complete them here (there is a charge): because this website follows the ASHA 2020 standards.

Please visit the ASHA Certification Standards webpage for more details.