Admission

Undergraduate Admission

Prospective undergraduate students interested in majoring in Speech Pathology and Audiology should visit Miami's Office of Admission for general information, applications, and deadlines. There are no additional steps required for admission to the department.

Graduate Admission (updated 7/3/19)

There are distinct requirements and procedures for admission to the graduate program in Speech Pathology. Please visit the Graduate Admissions Page for more information.

Request information about the program

*Please note that if you click on the Request for Information link above, information letters will be sent to prospective students at the beginning of the summer before they plan to apply until the middle of the Fall semester. Typically, tours/visits cannot be scheduled while a current application class in in process (December to May). This timeline ensures that the prospective students receive the most up-to-date information about the program.

 

Graduate Program Admission Requirements

Our graduate program admission requirements involve both the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) requirements and Departmental requirements.

  1. To fulfill ASHA course requirements, prospective graduate students are required to
  1. Have a Bachelor's degree (BA or BS) from an accredited institution (CSD majors or non-majors)
  2. As part of their undergraduate program (CSD majors or non-majors), a student must take at least one course from each of the following areas:
  1. biological science (biology, physiology, zoology)
  2. physical science physics or chemistry 
  3. college level quantitative statistics
  4. social science (2 courses are required)
  5. behavioral science 
  6. quantitative research methods course (This must be a stand-alone course; independent study involving empirical research or working in a research lab DOES NOT fulfill the requirement)

Guidelines for some of these courses can be found on the ASHA website

  1. In addition to the courses required by ASHA, our Department also requires the following Major courses be completed (includes CSD majors and non-majors). Students who have taken these prerequisite courses will ensure completion of our graduate program in the allotted time. Please understand that these course are REQUIRED PRIOR TO ENTERING THE PROGRAM (not necessarily before you apply to the program) at Miami University.
  1. Language development
  2. Anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism or equivalent
  3. Introduction to audiology
  4. Phonetics
  5. A designated undergraduate course in neurology neuroscience  or neurobiology

The following additional courses are incorporated AS PART OF the graduate curriculum if the courses were not taken during a student’s undergraduate or leveling program:

  • speech and hearing science
  • aural rehab
  • augmentative and alternative communication
  • fluency disorders
  1. GPA (overall and in the major): A minimum overall GPA of 3.2 and a minimum GPA of 3.4 in the communication sciences undergraduate degree are recommended.
  2. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): To be eligible for our graduate program all students must take the GRE. A minimum of 145 in the verbal and quantitative sections are preferred for the new version of the GRE. A writing score of 3.5 or above is preferred as well. GRE scores are valid for up to five years.
  3. Required Additional Experience-Observation hours: Prior to engaging in clinical practicum experiences, the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (AHSA) requires that students spend a minimum of 25 hours of observing accredited and licensed speech language pathologists and audiologists. Thus, PRIOR TO THE START of graduate school ALL students must have completed their 25 observation hours. Per ASHA guidelines, these hours need to be formally documented including the nature of the observation (age, type of disorder/therapy), the professional’s signature, and their valid ASHA accreditation number and valid state number. Students are encouraged to get a range of observation hours in different settings with different populations.
  4. Outside Experience: Students applying to our program, in addition to excelling academically, should demonstrate extra-curricular, volunteer, and leadership activities outside of the classroom.. Such experiences may include, but are not limited to, working to support themselves, volunteer work with special populations (pediatric and/or adults), engaged or assisted in research, been active and/or held leadership positions in student organizations, participated in varsity sports, participated in University bands or vocal groups. You will have an opportunity in your application to share these experiences with the program.

Additional Prerequisites for Non-Majors

(AKA leveling students or a student with an undergraduate degree other than speech-language pathology or communication disorders)

In addition to the above requirements listed under Bachelor Degree (#1 above) students have to have completed all of the Major courses (#2 above) PRIOR to entering the program. Grades for a minimum of 3 (at least 9 credit hours) of these courses have to be submitted AS PART OF application phase, with a detailed plan to be provided upon request during the review process of how the remaining coursework will be obtained. Students can submit their plan in the CSDCAS portion of the application as "Planned" for both Spring and Summer. The graduate director may contact a prospective leveling student to obtain this information.

Rationale for Taking the Prerequisites Prior to the Application and Admission

First, this will allow students to complete the program in a timely manner with their initial peer class.

Second, in order to be eligible for graduate monetary support, a student must be a full-time graduate student. Undergraduate credits cannot be counted as part of the minimum full-time graduate course load.

Third, successful completion of undergraduate courses in the major help to demonstrate a student’s potential for graduate study and determine interest in the field. Graduate programs in speech-language pathology are very competitive and it is to your advantage to provide evidence of mastery of the basic level courses.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does your program have rolling admissions? We do not have rolling admissions.
  2. Does your program allow for study abroad during the graduate program? No, there is not enough time during our rigorous program for students to travel abroad during the program.
  3. Where do most students complete their externships? Oxford, Ohio is located between Cincinnati, Ohio and Dayton Ohio. Most externships are completed in these two cities and the surrounding areas.
  4. What is the difference between an MA/MS degree at Miami University? Students who are applying to our program will be asked if they are completing an MA or MS degree. Students who wish at the time of applying to complete a thesis (i.e., wish to conduct research) should select MA. Students who are taking our alternative option (Evidence-Based Practice Course) should select MS. You may change this distinction during the course of your program without difficulty.