Degree Title and Name: Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology
Program Name and Number: Speech-Language Pathology – MA5326
Department/Unit: School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences
Delivery Mode: Athens Campus
Term(s) of Entry: Fall
Program Overview: The Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders is dedicated to excellence in research and teaching undergraduate and graduate students who will be successful in future academic study and employment.
This two-year program provides the academic and clinical experiences necessary for professional certification and licensure with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Teacher licensure is also an option. The program includes a sequence of core courses, hands-on clinical coursework, elective opportunities, patient-care experiences, and a choice between one or two externships near the end of the program. We offer students access to state-of- the art facilities and equipment, a variety of clinical experiences, and possibilities for mentored research experiences.
The program offers numerous distinctive opportunities, including:
- Academic and clinical experiences leading to professional national certification and state licensure. Optional teacher licensure.
- Ample and diverse clinical experiences in a variety of settings including a beautiful, well-equipped on-campus clinic located in the same building as the academic classrooms, research labs and offices.
- Engagement with multicultural, multinational and multilingual students and faculty
- Dedicated and personalized clinical supervision from seasoned clinicians.
- A nationwide network of over 250 clinical externship sites.
- Opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary and global health initiatives.
Master’s degree applicants who are interested in academic careers and who demonstrate potential for doctoral study may request consideration for admission to a special Joint M.A. to Ph.D. program. This program is for students who are certain they wish to pursue a Ph.D. and receive a M.A. degree along the way. Upon completion of the program, the student will have completed a master’s degree in speech-language pathology and a doctorate of philosophy in speech language science. This allows for maximum efficiency overall, and permits the student to pursue research and clinical training simultaneously, rather than sequentially. The purpose of this program is to nurture and guide students with excellent potential while integrating master’s and doctoral coursework, research, and clinical experiences.
Program Learning Outcomes:
- Students will be able to appraise research in the discipline.
- Students will be able to demonstrate professional behaviors when interacting with key stakeholders.
- Students will be able to identify appropriate diagnostic tools and procedures for child and adult clients.
- Students will be able to identify appropriate treatment techniques and procedures for child and adult clients.
Opportunities for Graduates: The Master of Arts in speech-language pathology (M.A.) degree at Ohio University provides numerous distinctive opportunities including ample and diverse clinical experiences and settings and a nationwide network of clinical externship sites. Speech-language pathologists are employed in early intervention, preschools, K-12 schools, health care facilities, and colleges and universities.
Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/chsp/rcs/csd/graduate/slp.cfm
- A total of 71 credit hours of approved graduate course with a minimum GPA of3.0
- Completion of CSD and ASHA prerequisites
- Completion of 42 hours in 14 courses, as follows, with no grade below a “C”:
- CSD 6010 - Research Methods in CSD (3)
- CSD 6030 - Neuroscience of Communication (3)
- CSD 6020 - Child Language Disorders I-Birth to Five
- CSD 6120 - Child Language Disorders II-School-age Language/Literacy (3)
- CSD 6130 - Speech Sound Development and Disorders (3)
- CSD 6170 - Disorders of Fluency
- CSD 6210 - Disorders of Phonation (3)
- CSD 6220 - Child Language Disorders III-Psycholinguistic Perspective (3)
- CSD 6230 - Advanced Diagnostics (3)
- CSD 6240 - Neuromotor Disorders of Speech (3)
- CSD 6290 - Adult Language Disorders (3)
- CSD 6400 - Augmentative Communication (3)
- CSD 6410 - Dysphagia (3)
- CSD 6520 - Experimental Phonetics (3)
- A total of 8 hours of CSD 6340 (Clinical Methods in SLP) over four semesters
- A total of 4 hours of CSD 6920 (Practicum in Diagnosis & Therapy) over four semesters
- Elect Track A or Track B:
- Track A: One clinical externship (CSD 6910) at a minimum of 4 credit hours, a fifth semester of CSD 6920 (Practicum in Diagnosis and Therapy), and 12 graduate hours of approved electives
- Track B: Two clinical externships (CSD 6910) at a minimum of 4 credit hours each, and 9 graduate hours of approved electives
- Satisfaction of ASHA clinical requirements for meeting certification
- Completion of 25 observation and 375 clinical hours
- Official Score Report on the NTE (PRAXIS) exam
Culminating Experience: All students complete a case-based evidence-based practice project in consultation with faculty and clinical staff. Students work in teams and do a public presentation of their findings in the fall semester of year 2.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Recommended scores: Verbal 45th percentile or above; Quantitative 40th percentile or above; Writing 50th percentile or above
- 3.0 minimum overall undergraduate grade point average
- Completion of the
- Completion of the Ohio University Graduate Application
- Completion of ASHA Prerequisites:
- Biological Science (General Biology or Human Biology or Human Anatomy and/or Physiology)
- Physical Science (Physics or Chemistry)
- Social/Behavioral Science (Psychology, Sociology or Cultural Anthropology)
- Statistics (Stand-alone course)
- Completion of CSD Prerequisites:
- Introduction to Communication Disorders
- Speech Science
- Hearing Science
- Anatomy/Physiology of Speech and Language
- Basic Audiology
- Language Development Sign Language I
- Aural Rehabilitation
- International applicants must additionally submit an English proficiency score (TOEFL or IELTS) and a sample of spoken English
- Complete application information and instructions can be found at:
- Up to 8 hours of graduate-level coursework is considered.
International Students: This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.