Graduate Program

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To learn about and apply to the graduate program in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Miami University, please click on "Application Process".

The graduate program in Speech Pathology and Audiology provides academic study and extensive hands on experience.  Students may pursue either a M.S. (non thesis option) or M.A. degree thesis option).

Year One:
Students enroll in core curriculum and participate in the Miami University Speech and Hearing Clinic.  Through this experience, students learn to apply scientific concepts to clinical problems.

Students partake in four, eight-week rotations allowing many opportunities to obtain a variety of practicum experiences.

  1. The Knolls of Oxford
  2. Adult Day Services
  3. Audiology
  4. Diagnostics

Summer Session:
Summer consists of additional coursework.  Students also enroll in an externship at a location of their choice anywhere in the country.  The site typically focuses on the adult population.

Year Two:
With guidance from the faculty, each student continues with courses, clinic and/or an additional externship placement in the fall.  Most students have a placement in the schools during the spring semester to meet the requirements necessary to work in a school system.

The program at Miami University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation, an agency of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Discipline specific courses offer necessary clinical and research skills.  Electives and specialty study can be taken within or outside of the department through independent research, clinic study or coursework.  Some students elect to take courses in Special Education, Psychology, Gerontology, Small Business Development, or Family Studies.

Graduates from our program are employed in clinical, teaching or research careers in universities, public schools, private practice, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers or state/federal government agencies.

Graduate Program Admission Requirements

1. A Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from an accredited institution

As part of the degree, students should have taken at least one course in each of the following areas:
a. biological science
b. physical science (must be chemistry or physics)
c. college level statistics
d. social/behavioral science

2. GPA: A minimum overall GPA of 3.0; a minimum GPA of 3.3 in the communication sciences undergraduate degree.

3. GRE: A minimum combined score of 290 is preferred for the new version of the GRE.  A writing score of 3.5 or above is preferred as well.

4. Outside Experience
In addition, most students will have one or more of the following experiences: worked to support themselves in school, volunteered with special populations, engage in or assisted with research, observed speech-language pathologists and/or audiologists in the work place, and been active in one or more student organizations or sports.

Prerequistes for Non-Majors
In addition to the above requirements, there are several "leveling" or prerequisite courses which establish a foundation for graduate work in the speech-language pathology field.  These courses can be taken at any school and at any time in a program in Speech Pathology as a non-degree status student.  Miami University does reserve the right to assess courses taken at another institution to determine if these courses adequately prepare the student for graduate work at Miami.

The following courses are required before taking graduate courses

- Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
- Phonetics
- Language Development
- Introduction to Audiology

The following courses are required but can, in some cases, be taken during graduate study. Note that this may require extending the time required to complete the degree.

- Aural Rehabilitation
- Speech and Hearing Sciences

Advantages of Taking Prerequisites Prior to Application and Admission

First, it will help keep students on track for timely program completion. The graduate program is two years, but those who have not taken all prerequisite courses may take longer.

Second, in order to be eligible for graduate monetary support, a student must be a full-time graduate student.  Undergraduate credits cannot be counted as part of the minimum full-time graduate course load.

Third, successful completion of undergraduate courses in the major helps to demonstate a student's potential for graduate study.  Graduate programs in Speech-Langauge Pathology are very competive and it is to your advantage to provide evidence of your mastery of basic level courese.

Required Additional Experience

Prior to engaging in clinical practicum experiences, the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association requires that students spend a minimum of 25 hours of observing accredited and licensed Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and Audiologists engaged in the provision of clinical services.  These hours must be carefully documented and must include the nature of the observation (age, type of disorder/therapy), the professional's signature, their valid ASHA accrediatation number and valid state license number.  Completing these hours prior to entering the program, provides you with valuable insight into some of the professional responsibilities of an SLP and enables you to be assigned to clincial experiences soon after you enter the program.


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