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Graduate Studies

General Graduate Program

The master's degree (MA/MS) education programs in speech-language pathology at Miami University of Ohio is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland, 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

The graduate program in Speech Pathology at Miami University provides academic study and extensive hands-on experience in a variety of settings. Students may pursue either a non-thesis (Master of Science, M.S.) or a thesis or option (Master of Arts, M.A.) in Speech Pathology.

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Typical Timeline of Degrees (MS and MA) for admitted students

Arrival to campus:

One week prior to the onset of Miami University Fall classes, Orientation completed.

Year One:

Students enroll and begin taking classes in August with the onset of Miami University’s academic year. Core curriculum courses are taken during the Fall, Winter (limited) and Spring semesters and students participate in the Miami University Speech and Hearing Clinic. Using this combined approach of taking courses while simultaneously treating patients, students learn to apply scientific concepts to clinical problems.

Throughout the first year, in addition to individually assigned patients at the clinic, students will also partake in four, 6-8 week rotations. These additional rotations provide students with many opportunities to obtain a variety of practicum experiences. These rotations include:

1) The Knolls of Oxford (a local extended care facility)

2) Adult Day Services

3) On-site Audiology Clinic

4) Diagnostics

Summer Session:

The first part of Summer is designated for additional coursework and continued work in the Miami University Speech and Hearing Clinic. Students then embark on a 10- week externship that typically focuses on an adult medical placement. The faculty works with students to secure an externship placement in the student’s desired region of the country.

Year Two:

With guidance from the faculty, each student continues with courses and clinical experiences in addition to conducting research towards a thesis or completing a Master’s final project. During the Fall semester, most students have a part-time pediatric placement and during the Winter/Spring have a full-time school placement to meet the requirements necessary to work in the school system following graduation.

The discipline specific courses offer necessary clinical and research skills. Although electives outside the department may be worked into the student’s schedule, most students find our rigorous program does not allow for extensive study outside of the department.

Graduates from our program are typically employed in clinical careers in birth to three programs, public schools, private practices, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and rehabilitation centers both locally and nationwide.

Graduate School Curriculum in Speech Pathology 

First Year

Fall Semester

  • SPA 621 Neurogenic Language Disorders (3 credits)
  • SPA 626 Administrative Aspects of Speech Pathology (1 credit)
  • SPA 672 Neuroanatomy (3 credits)
  • SPA 633 Phonological Stategies and Articulation Disorders (3 credits)
  • SPA 526 Language Disorders/Elective or 527 Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)** (3 credits)
  • SPA 620 Clinical Practicum (2 credits)

**Note if a student has not had both language disorders or AAC, then AAC will have to be taken in the following academic year. 
**Note if a student has had both these courses, the student may choose an elective and/or have an increase in clinical practicum hours.

Winter Session

  • SPA 650 Normal Degultition (hybrid course) (1 credit)

Spring Semester 

  • SPA 626 Administrative Aspects of Speech Pathology (1 credit)
  • SPA 651 Dysphagia and Trachs and Vents (3 credits
  • SPA 671 Neurogenic Cognitive Disorders (3 credits)
  • SPA 622 Voice Disorders (3 credits)
  • SPA 627 Pediatric Language and Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)
  • SPA 720 Speaker Series (1 credit)
  • SPA 620 Clinical Practicum (1 credit)

Summer Session I 

  • SPA 629 Motor Speech Disorders (2 credits)
  • SPA 641 Management of Fluency Disorders (2 credit)
  • SPA 673 Genetic Syndromes (Cleft palate) (1 credit)
  • SPA 620 Clinical Practicum (2 credits)

Summer Session II

  • SPA 750 Professional Field Experience (Adult) (4 credits)
  • SPA 700 Thesis or SPA 711 (research project, non thesis) (1-? credits)

Second Year

Fall Semester

  • SPA 631 School Age Language and Literacy (3 credits)
  • SPA 625 Best Practices for School Speech Pathology (2 credits)
  • SPA 750 Professional Field Experience (Pediatric) (2 credits)
  • SPA 614 Evidence Based Practice OR SPA 700 Thesis (3 credits)
  • SPA 711 Research project (non-thesis) (TBD credits)
  • Other: Student mapped individual need during orientation (TBD credits) such as Aural Rehabilitation, AAC, or Speech and Hearing Science

Spring Semester

  • SPA 605 Student Teaching Experience (minimum 6 credits; maximum 9 credits) 
  • SPA 700 Thesis or SPA 711 (research project, non thesis) (Credits determined with advisor)
  • 0ther: As determined in orientation 


Learning Outcomes for the MS/MA in Speech Pathology

The learning outcomes for the graduate degree in Speech Pathology are based on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Assocation 2014 Standards for Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology found here -  and the standards for accreditation found on the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology found here -