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Master of Arts in Speech Pathology & Audiology

Cleveland State University's Master of Arts degree program in Speech-Language Pathology is a five semester curriculum of full time study. The graduate program provides students with necessary academic and clinical experience to fulfill the requirements for certification as a speech-language pathologist by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) as well as licensure by the State of Ohio.

The department maintains student-training liaisons with many hospitals, clinics, and schools in the Greater Cleveland area. Students also have the opportunity to gain clinical experience by providing speech, language, and audiological services to clients in our state-of-the-art on campus Speech & Hearing Clinic. Students who are admitted to the graduate program generally have high academic and professional success.

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Admission Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE Test Scores
  • Minimum 3.00 Undergraduate GPA
  • Personal Statement
    • Describing career interests and capabilities
  • Students whose undergraduate major was not communication sciences and disorders, must complete certain undergraduate courses or their equivalents before admission is possible.

*Admission to the program is based on a combination of a candidate’s undergraduate GPA and the GRE score.  

-International students are required to have met at least one of the following English language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based): 78 & at least 17 in each section
  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based): 550
  • IELTS: 6.0 and at least 5.0 in each section
  • PTE (Pearson’s Test of English): 50
  • iTEP: 3.8

Admission Deadlines

All applications must be submitted and complete on the following application deadline dates

  • Fall Semester – February 1st


Program Requirements

  • SPH 510 Fundamentals of Research and Design
  • SPH 520 Dysphagia
  • SPH 522 Diagnostic Methods
  • SPH 524 Motor Speech Disorders
  • SPH 532 Voice Disorders
  • SPH 533 Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • SPH 537 Fluency Disorders
  • SPH 561 Phonological and Articulatory Disorders
  • SPH 562 Advanced Language Disorders
  • SPH 564 Behavioral Neurology
  • SPH 539 Advanced Practicum in Speech and Language (1-6) (required each term except when student teaching)
  • SPH 586 Advanced Practicum in Audiology (1) or SPH 589 Advanced Practicum in Aural Rehabilitation (1)


Electives (Complete one option)

  • SPH 525 Augmentative and Alternative Communication or
  • SPH 526 Medical Speech-Language Pathology


Students may opt to complete further electives for a teaching license:

Electives for Teaching License

  • SPH 435/535 Organization and Administration of Public School Speech & Hearing Program (3)
  • SPH 538 Dialect Differences in the Schools (3)
  • EST 575 Practicum in Speech and Hearing Therapy (4-8)
  • SPH 591 Comprehensive Examination or
  • SPH 596 Directed Study and SPH 599 Thesis
Did You Know?

Employment of speech-language pathologists is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations

Bureau of Labor Statistics


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Career Outcomes

  • Graduates of the program meet the requirements for candidacy for ASHA certification, state of Ohio licensure, and, if opted for, the Ohio Department of Education pupil services license. Graduates hold positions in public schools, hospitals, community clinics, and long-term care facilities. Increasingly, experienced speech-language pathologists are establishing themselves as private practitioners. Program graduates also may elect to pursue a doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology at another university and/or employment at a university or research facility.
  • These are some of the local companies that are hiring CSU grads: Therapy Source, Soliant, Parma City Schools, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Heights City Schools, Therapia Staffing, and EBS Healthcare.