Our Masters of Science (MS) 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 MS 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.
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 are 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)
Multicultural and Bilingual Certificate Program in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (Certificate)
Graduate Minor in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
College of Science
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Detailed information about the application process is available here: https://slhs.arizona.edu/graduate-program-application-instructions
Primary Application: Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS)
Secondary Application: UA Graduate College Application
International Students need to meet the guidelines for admission for the Graduate College. Details are found here: https://grad.arizona.edu/admissions/requirements/international-applicants
Domestic Applicants: February 1
International Applicants: February 1
We do not offer Spring or Summer admission to our MS program.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
The Master of Science academic preparation and clinical training is broad based, including coursework across a range of communication disorders.
SLHS Title Units
501 Professional Issues 1
511 Tool School 1
512 Evaluation Process in Speech-Language Pathology 3
543 Adult Language Disorders II 3
544 Adult Language Disorders I 3
552 Language Disorders School‐Age Children 3
555 Developmental Language Disorders 3
557 Dysphagia 3
566 Preclinical Speech Science 3
572 Speech Disorders I 3
574 Speech Disorders II 3
575 Neuromotor Speech Disorders 3
597-01 Workshop: Intro to Research 1
597-02 Workshop: Research Methods 1
In addition to the required coursework listed above, elective courework is available to enhance program of study. Electives available within the department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Science include:
SLHS 510 Counseling (Fall, 7 week, 1 unit)
SLHS 535 Bilingualism, Multiculturalism, & Nonmainstream Dialects (Spring, 3 units)
SLHS 597 Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Workshop; Spring, 2 units)
SLHS 597 Medical Speech-Language Pathology (Workshop; Spring, 7 week, 1 unit)
SLHS 597 Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Workshop; (Fall, 7 week, 1 unit)
SLHS 597 Vocal Wellness and Voice Production for the Classroom and Clinic (Workshop; Fall & Spring, 7 week, 1 unit)
SLHS 597 Language and Imaging (Workshop; Spring, 2 units)
SLHS 696a Topics in Speech and Language (Seminar; check for current offerings)
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), this includes courses in these areas:
571 Speech Sound Disorders 3
554 Auditory Rehabilitation 3
In addition, to meet ASHA requirements a demonstration of knowledge and skills in specified areas and a minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised clinical practicum must be completed in the practice of speech-language pathology. This includes:
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
|Application Acceptance Rate||9.23%|
|Avg. Time-to-degree (years)||2.00|
|Enrollment Percent Male||8.06%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||91.94%|
|Enrollment Percent International||4.84%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||27.42%|