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Speech & Hearing Science

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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.

Deadline to submit applications

The deadline to submit applications is January 5th.

Application Requirements

The application deadline is January 5. You will need to complete the University of Illinois application through Slate at grad.uiuc.edu/Admissions/instructions.

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • The Graduate College requires a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (A=4.0). Transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) from all institutions attended (follow ApplyYourself instructions). Scanned copies of all transcripts should be clear and easy to read. Please be sure that your scanned transcript(s) are legible. If they are not you may need to submit official transcripts.
  • Results of the Graduate Record Examination. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The results must arrive at the University by the application deadline. Therefore, make sure that you make arrangements and take the test early enough. Use the Institution Code (1836) for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (do not use the department-specific code). The GRE must have been taken within five years of the date of application.
  • For the MA-SLP program, a minimum of two letters of recommendation are required. For the AuD and PhD programs, three letters are required. Request letters of recommendation from faculty who are acquainted with your educational background and academic abilities. If possible, persons writing a reference letter should comment on your interpersonal and/or collaborative skills, as well as your clinical skills if relevant to the degree for which you are applying. Letters from PhD faculty are strongly recommended.
  • A personal statement. This statement is a very important part of your application. The statement should be approximately 500 words in length but a maximum of one page. In general the personal statement should explain why you have specifically chosen the program at the University of Illinois. Certain points that could be addressed include: i) why you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the field, ii) what education and skills you expect to acquire through the degree, iii) how you expect to use your degree after graduation, and iv) PhD applicants should state their area of research interest and identify potential faculty mentors. To illustrate these points you may briefly describe any experience including volunteer time, paid work, internships, coursework, and pertinent training that have led you to apply. Applicants with professional work experience are encouraged to explain how they think their work experience has prepared them for graduate study at the University of Illinois. PhD applicants are encouraged to contact potential faculty mentors prior to submitting their application materials.
  • A Resume. Your resume should include details (i.e. when, where, direct supervisor) about your work history, volunteer activities, teaching, clinical, and research experience. You should also list any honors/awards, grants publications and presentations you may have, as well as any other information you would like us to know about. There is no page limit for your resume.
  • International students must also submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For information on minimum score requirements for admission, see grad.illinois.edu/admissions/instructions/04c. Complete instructions for international students are contained in the on-line application.
  • Students who are currently enrolled in the Graduate College of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and affiliated with the Department of Speech and Hearing Science apply to the Ph.D. program through an internal application process. The internal application will include transcripts, GRE scores, and previous letters of recommendation. New GRE scores will be required if they are more than five years old. The internal application must include a new personal statement and three letters of recommendation that address the student's preparation and potential for success in the Ph.D. program. These materials will be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee and departmental faculty in the usual manner to determine acceptance of the internal applicant into the Ph.D. program.


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

Additional Information

Financial support through the Department, typically research or teaching assistantships, is available for a limited number of students. Assistantships are awarded first to doctoral students and are based on merit and the strategic goals of the Department. For more information on financial aid, need-based financial support may be applied for through the University Financial Aid Office.

Student Achievement Data can be found here.

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Upcoming Events

Speech and Hearing Science Professional Programs Information Day
Speech and Hearing Science Building, 901 South Sixth Street

You are invited to join us Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10:00am-2:30pm, to learn more about our programs of graduate study.

  • Tour our Clinics!
  • Meet Faculty & Current Students!
  • Launch a Career in Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology!
  • Register online here!

RSVP by Oct 23 to receive meeting details!

AHS PhD Day 2019
114 Huff Hall

The College of Applied Health Sciences (AHS) is holding its annual Ph.D. Recruitment Day on Friday, November 15th from 8:00-3:00 in Huff Hall. See this page for more details.

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