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Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (MS) 
Program Description

Our masters program involves both coursework exploring the nature, diagnosis, and treatment of communication disorders across the lifespan and hands-on training in the department’s in-house and external pediatric and adult clinical practicum sites. Our masters students are encouraged to become involved in cutting-edge research with the program’s internationally-recognized research faculty. Our program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Our students may have opportunities that include the Aphasia Clinic, the Cochlear Implant Habilitation Program, the Autism Clinic Extension, Diamond Children’s/University of Arizona Medical Center, Chapel Haven West, The Child Language Center/Wings on Words Program, the ALS/MDA Clinic located at University of Arizona Medical Center, and and working with clients with AAC.  We have many additional opportunities not listed here.

We offer a traditional two-year MS program for students with a background in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences as well a three-year MS program designed for students with a background in another area of study.   Determination of the two-year vs. three-year track is made by the faculty based on a review of each application.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Speech Language & Hearing Sciences -

The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at The University of Arizona offers graduate education regarding the science of human communication and disorders, training for clinical careers in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and preparation for research careers in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.

Our faculty members are active researchers, dynamic classroom instructors, and leaders in the profession.  Students learn foundational knowledge, cutting-edge research findings, and evidence-based practice in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

We offer the following graduate degree and certificate programs:

Doctor of Audiology (AuD)
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (MS)
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (PhD)
Bilingual Audiology (Certificate)
Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology (Certificate)

College of Science  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Susan Jacqueline Bridgewater
Graduate Program Coordinator
Susan Jacqueline Bridgewater
Director of Graduate Studies
Kate E Bunton
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Kristi R Davenport
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Detailed information about the application process is available here:

Primary Application: Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS)

  • Personal Statement
    • The personal statement serves as both a writing sample and a chance for you to let us know about your interest in the field. The best personal statements do not simply repeat information already addressed in the application, but give us insight into the candidate. There is no “formula” for a good personal statement, so don’t worry if your story is different from your colleagues. We appreciate diversity.
    • In one page, single-spaced, size 11 or 12 font, with standard margins, address the following:
      • a. Explain why you are interested in the field of Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. You may comment on aspects of the discipline that interest you, insights gained from coursework, clinical, research or other personal experiences.
      • b. Describe your career goals.
  • Resume
    • Please list any relevant experiences you have had in the following areas:
    • Leadership experience, extracurricular activities, and volunteer experiences
    • Research experience.
    • Supervised clinical practicum experiences [include the nature of the disorder(s)]
    • Work experience (including military experience)
    • Any academic, scholarly, or professional awards you have received​
    • For each experience, please address the following: Time you spent doing the activity (ex: 20 hours per week, 5 hours a month), Date range of your experience (ex: August 2016 – May 2018), A few bullet points to highlight information about your experiences. Include your responsibilities, accomplishments, and what you learned.
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges/universities that you attended
  • Standardized Test Scores
    • GRE General Test Scores
    • TOEFL or IELTS Scores (for non-native English speakers)

Secondary Application: UA Graduate College Application

  • Three Letters of Recommendation from individuals who can comment on your academic and clinical skills and/or your research potential.  We recommend that at least two letters be from faculty members.
  • Unofficial Transcripts from all colleges/universities that you attended

Other Requirements

  • ASHA Required Coursework for certification
    • 1 course in Physical Science (Physics or Chemistry)
    • 1 course in Biological Sciences (human or animal emphasis)
    • 1 course in Behavioral/Social Sciences
    • 1 statistics course
  • Meet the Technical Standards for Speech-Language Pathology program
Standardized Tests

GRE General test 

  • Recommended Scores: at about the 30th percentile or better (GRE conversion table)
    • Verbal score ~147 on the new scale; ~400 on the old scale
    • Quantitative score ~147 on the new scale; ~570 on the old scale
    • Writing score of 3.5 or better

TOEFL or IELTS (for non-native English speakers)

  • Minimum TOEFL: 79 (internet-based)  550 (paper-based)
  • Minimum IELTS:  7 (overall band score)
Financial Aid
  • Teaching and Research Assistantships
  • Fellowships
  • Scholarships
Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants: January 15

International Applicants:  January 15

We do not offer Spring or Summer admission.

International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science academic preparation and clinical training is broad based, including coursework across a range of communication disorders.  

The Master of Science degree (SLP) requires a minimum of 36 graduate credit hours distributed across specific areas as indicated below:

  • Speech Disorders
  • Language Disorders
  • Audiology
  • Evaluation Process
  • Dysphagia
  • Professional Issues

Optional Completion of Thesis:  maximum of 6 units  

This total does not include academic credit earned for clinical practicum. 

Practicum Requirements

  • Students completing the MS degree in clinical sciences must have coursework and practicum experiences meeting the certification requirements of the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA). The University requires 45 hours of assigned experience for each unit of academic credit in practicum enrollment.
  • A minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised clinical practicum must be completed in the practice of speech-language pathology, this includes:
  • 25 hours of clinical observation followed by 375 hours of direct contact
  • Up to 75 hours can be transferred from an undergraduate program
  • At least 325 hours must be completed during graduate training in at least three distinct settings 
  • A minimum of 10 hours of clinical practicum in audiology 
Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
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Last revised 11 Dec 2019