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Speech & Hearing Science

Promote effective communication, a human right, through research and clinical practice. Prepare for a career that improves lives.

Master of Arts in Speech & Hearing Science: Clinical

Students in the clinical MA program learn about speech-language pathology in medical and educational settings, as well as speech, language, and hearing science.

The clinical program ensures clinical competence in speech-language pathology necessary for employment in healthcare and educational settings, private practice, or industry. Successful completion of this program allows students to meet the academic and clinical requirements for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certification and to pursue the Illinois state certification required for speech-language pathology in the public schools. The clinical MA program requires a minimum of 60 graduate hours.

Application Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Scores from a GRE test taken within 5 years of the date of application. Use code 1836 to send your results to Illinois.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement (Approx 500 words)
  • Resume
  • International students will need to submit scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Visit the Graduate College website for minimum score requirements.


Degree Requirements

For more information about degree requirements contact the program director or refer to the university catalog.

Code Course
SHS 410
SHS 410 Stuttering: Theory & Practice

Hours: 4

SHS 430
SHS 430 Development & Disorders Phonol Artic

Hours: 4

SHS 431
SHS 431 Lang Disorders Preschool Child

Hours: 4

SHS 470
SHS 470 Neural Bases Spch Lang

Hours: 4

SHS 511
SHS 511 Assessment & Management of Voice Disorders

Hours: 4

SHS 513
SHS 513 Assessment & Management of Dysphagia

Hours: 4

SHS 514
SHS 514 Motor Speech Disorders

Hours: 4

SHS 533
SHS 533 Advanced Language Diagnostics

Hours: 2

SHS 534
SHS 534 Aphasia and Related Disorders

Hours: 4

SHS 570
SHS 570 Quant Reasoning Speech & Hearing Science

Hours: 4

SHS 571
SHS 571 Clinical Sociolinguistics

Hours: 4

SHS 579
SHS 579 Professional/Ethical/Legal Issues AuD/SLP

Hours: 3

SHS 592
SHS 592 Prosem in Speech & Hearing Science

Hours: 0-1

SHS 599
SHS 599 Thesis Research (optional)

Hours: 8-12

Elective Hours

Hours: 0-12

Required Clinical Practica

Hours: 8-12

Total Hours: 60

Other Requirements

Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12 Credit Hours
Minimum GPA: 3.0

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