Entrance requirements: graduate studies

Audiology (AuD) and Speech-Language Pathology (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; 10 students are accepted annually. Speech-language pathology receives an average of 200 applications each year; 25 students are accepted annually.

TOEFL/iBT scores

A minimum TOEFL/iBT score of 79 is required for all non-English speaking applicants (who graduated from non-English speaking universities).


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 (as applicable) are also considered.

The following table provides a "snapshot" of students we've accepted over the three most recent years.

Mean GPAs and GRE scores from three most recent years
 Speech-Language Pathology (MS)Audiology (AuD)


The Graduate School accepts unofficial transcripts (which students upload themselves) as part of the application process. Official final transcripts are required be on file in The Graduate School prior to the beginning of students' second semester of study.

Offical transcripts can be submitted to the Graduate School:

  • only from a given college's/university's Registrar's Office;
  • in electronic form from institutions that utilize the Escrip service (simply designate The University of Southern Mississippi Graduate Admissions as recipient);
  • in hard copy form through regular mail addressed to the University of Southern Mississippi Graduate School, 118 College Drive, Box 5024, Hattiesburg MS 39406.

Transfer Credit

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 school director 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 Southern Miss GPA. Students must submit all materials (eg, syllabi, catalog descriptions) required for course evaluation.


For certification purposes, all students applying to the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology graduate programs are also required to complete one biological lab science course and one physical lab science course (Chemistry or Physics, only). Additionally, Speech-language Pathology students must show the completion of a statistics course (with the word "Statistics" in the title) on their transcript. Students can fulfill these requirements either as a regular undergraduate, while leveling-in or while enrolled in the graduate program here at Southern Miss.

Undergraduate Major (Leveling-in*)

The school 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 school requires that students complete (a) courses listed in the "Certification" section on this page and (b) the sequence of "leveling-in" courses listed below; approximately three semesters are required to complete the sequence. Leveling-in courses consider normal communicaton processes as well as foundations of prevention, assessment and treatment of communicative disorders; a letter grade no lower than "B" is required in these courses. 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]

Credit for courses completed at another institution is determined by the academic adviser.

*1999-2000 SHS Academic Handbook

Updated: 6/8/18