Entrance requirements: graduate studies
Audiology (AuD) and Speech-Language Pathology (MA & MS)
Accreditation standards require that we limit the number of students in our program; as such, only students who have been formally admitted to graduate school can enroll in SHS graduate courses. Audiology receives an average of 45 complete applications each year; 6 to 9 students are accepted annually. Speech-language pathology receives an average of 200 applications each year; 25 students are accepted annually.
The College of Health and SHS require a minimum TOEFL/IBT score of 79 for all non-English speaking graduate applicants (who graduated from non-English speaking Universities).
GPA and GRE
Graduate admissions are competitive, so students with the highest GPA and GRE score have the best chance for acceptance. Factors such as extra-curricular activities, prior work experience, and letters of recommendation are also considered.
The following table provides a "snapshot" of students we've accepted from previous years.
|Speech-Language (MA & MS)||Audiology (AuD)|
As many as six (6) semester hours of graduate credit from other accredited institutions may be transferred to a student’s graduate program based on review and approval of the department chair and the dean of the Graduate School, provided that the course work transferred falls within the six year period allowed for the degree. Such course work must include a letter or numeric grade of “B” or better; pass/fail courses are not considered. The course work may not have counted toward another graduate degree. The transfer grade will not calculate in the USM GPA. Students must submit all materials (eg, syllabi, catalog descriptions) required for course evaluation.^
Undergraduate Major (Leveling-in*)
The department requires that applicants for graduate studies in audiology and speech-language pathology have an undergraduate major in communication sciences and disorders. For individuals with a degree in another field, the department requires that applicants complete the sequence of "leveling-in" courses listed below; these courses consider normal communicaton processes as well as foundations of prevention, assessment, and treatment of communicative disorders. Once completed, individuals may apply for graduate studies.
- (3 hrs) SHS 201 [Introduction to Phonetics]
- (4 hrs) SHS 202 / 202 L [Fundamentals of Speech and Hearing Sciences and Lab]
- (3 hrs) SHS 221 [Introduction to Audiology]
- (3 hrs) SHS 301 [Language and Speech Development]
- (3 hrs) SHS 302/303 [A & P of the Hearing or Speech Mechanism]
- (3 hrs) SHS 306 [Basic Neuroanatomy in Speech-Language Pathology]
- (1 hr) SHS 311/313 [Clinical Assisting- Speech or Hearing]
- (3 hrs) SHS 411 [Speech Sound Disorders]
- (3 hrs) SHS 421 [Aural Rehabilitation]
- (3 hrs) SHS 431 or 432 [Language Disorders I or II]
- (3 hrs) SHS 450 [Observation]
*1999-2000 SHS Academic Handbook