MA in Speech-Language Pathology

Undergraduate students with a degree in speech-language pathology will be considered for entry into the graduate program. Students without adequate undergraduate preparation in speech-language pathology will need to complete a series of leveling courses in the major as an undergraduate with degree (UWD). The UWD program is available at the University of Toledo.

The deadline for completed applications for enrollment in the graduate Speech-Language Pathology program is December 15 of every academic year. Applications received after December 15 may not receive full consideration.

Applications should be made directly to the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (; additionally, a supplemental application should be completed through The University of Toledo College of Graduate Studies.

NOTE: It is the responsibility of the student to monitor his or her application status to insure that all required materials are posted by CSDCAS before the deadline date of December 15. Students may work with the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System to insure that all materials are posted before the deadline, or notify the speech-language pathology program in the event that materials are lost. Similarly, students must monitor the supplemental application status to insure that all materials are posted before the deadline date of December 15. Failure to do so may result in an incomplete application that is not reviewed.

Acceptance into the ASHA accredited speech-language pathology graduate program is highly competitive. Consequently, many factors are taken into consideration when selecting an applicant for acceptance into the program. These factors include, but are not limited to:

  • undergraduate preparation in the field;
  • cumulative grade point average (highest consideration for >3.5);
  • grade point in the major (highest consideration for  >3.5);
  • potential to successfully complete the graduate program;
  • quality of references (require 3);
  • personal essay (statement of purpose);
  • oral and written language skills;
  • interview (by invitation); and                                
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Highest consideration will be given to those with a score above the 40th percentile on the Verbal and the Quantitative sections and a GRE writing score  > 4.0. A writing score below 3.5 is not acceptable, and applications with a GRE writing score of 3.0 or below will not be given regular admission. Students are encouraged to retake the GRE to improve their scores if they fall below the required scores.

Each student, while enrolled in the didactic and clinical portions of the speech-language pathology curriculum, is required to complete various immunizations, titers, tests, and a physical examination each year as specified in the Student Health Form Packet in the Speech-Language Pathology Program Student Handbook. Required immunizations include Positive MMR titers, Positive Varicella titer, Positive Heb B titer, Hep B Vaccination Series, Current Tdap, 2-step Initial TB test, and 1-step Annual TB test. All speech-language students are required to complete both an Ohio BCI check and an FBI criminal background check prior to participating in any clinical experiences. Students are prohibited from engaging in laboratory activities or attending clinical facilities if this information is not on file for the current year. For details, see:

It should also be noted that some clinical education sites have additional health requirements (flu shots, drug screens, etc.). All expenses incurred in obtaining a physical, necessary laboratory tests, immunizations and additional health requirements are the responsibility of the student. 

Essential Functions

The University of Toledo admits and matriculates qualified speech-language pathology students in accordance with the UT Policy of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of a Disability – The Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The State of Ohio Revised Code, and other applicable statutes and regulations relating to equality of opportunity. 

The Essential Functions provide information to allow a candidate to make an informed decision for application and are a guide to accommodation of students with disabilities. Academic adjustments can be made for disabilities in some instances, but a student must be able to perform the essential functions of a speech-language pathologist independently either with or without reasonable accommodation. 

Many physical, behavioral and social, and cognitive and intellectual abilities are necessary for satisfactory mastery of the academic and clinical curriculum and professional responsibilities in the field of speech-language pathology. Essential physical abilities include, but are not limited to, the ability to visually and auditorily monitor patient responses and materials and to make judgments about patient health based on these perceptions. Examples of behavioral and social attributes include maintaining emotional and mental health necessary to use one’s intellectual abilities, to promptly complete responsibilities, and to develop appropriate relationships with faculty, supervisors, staff, peers, clients, parents or caregivers, and other professionals. Essential cognitive and intellectual abilities include, among others, demonstrating the mental capacity to learn and assimilate professional information, including the ability to comprehend oral and written professional literature and reports; ability to write discipline-specific papers and clinical reports in Standard American English; ability to speak Standard American English intelligibly and to discriminate correct production of and model Standard American English phonemes, vocabulary, grammatical forms, and prosodic patterns.

We urge applicants to ask questions about the program's technical standards for clarification and to determine whether they can meet the requirements with or without reasonable accommodations. Such questions may be directed to the Program Director or the Academic Enrichment Center on campus.

SLP 6000Advanced Practicum In Communication Disorders2
SLP 6001Advanced Practicum in Communication Disorders II2
SLP 6002Advanced Practicum III2
SLP 6010Diagnostic Practicum In Communication Disorders2
SLP 6011Diagnostic Practicum in Communication Disorders II2
SLP 6040Exploring Research in Speech Language Pathology2
SLP 6100Diagnosis Of Speech And Language Disorders3
SLP 6210Language Development and Disorders: Early Childhood 3
SLP 6220Language Disorders In School-Age Children3
SLP 6300Phonological And Articulatory Disorders3
SLP 6400Adult Language and Cognitive Communication Disorders5
SLP 6500Motor Speech Disorders3
SLP 6550Trends in Technology for Communication Disorders3
SLP 6600Voice and Resonance Disorders3
SLP 6650Feeding and Swallowing Disorders3
SLP 6700Assessment And Remediation Of Fluency Disorders3
SLP 6750Professional Issues in Speech Language Pathology2
SLP 6800Aural Rehabilitation3
SLP 6920SLP Concomitant Project1
SLP 6940Adult Internship In Speech-Language Pathology6
SLP 6941Pediatric Internship in Speech-Language Pathology6
Total Hours62
Plan of Study Grid
First YearHours
SLP 6000 Advanced Practicum In Communication Disorders 2
SLP 6001 Advanced Practicum in Communication Disorders II 2
SLP 6002 Advanced Practicum III 2
SLP 6010 Diagnostic Practicum In Communication Disorders 2
SLP 6011 Diagnostic Practicum in Communication Disorders II 2
SLP 6040 Exploring Research in Speech Language Pathology 2
SLP 6100 Diagnosis Of Speech And Language Disorders 3
SLP 6210 Language Development and Disorders: Early Childhood 3
SLP 6220 Language Disorders In School-Age Children 3
SLP 6300 Phonological And Articulatory Disorders 3
SLP 6400 Adult Language and Cognitive Communication Disorders 5
SLP 6500 Motor Speech Disorders 3
SLP 6550 Trends in Technology for Communication Disorders 3
SLP 6600 Voice and Resonance Disorders 3
SLP 6650 Feeding and Swallowing Disorders 3
SLP 6700 Assessment And Remediation Of Fluency Disorders 3
Second Year
SLP 6750 Professional Issues in Speech Language Pathology 2
SLP 6800 Aural Rehabilitation 3
SLP 6920 SLP Concomitant Project 1
SLP 6940 Adult Internship In Speech-Language Pathology 6
SLP 6941 Pediatric Internship in Speech-Language Pathology 6
 Total Hours62

Students are divided into two cohort groups/tracks (Gold and Blue). While all students will graduate having the same didactic and clinical requirements, the two cohorts will go through a different sequence of courses. In addition to the academic requirements of the degree, students must enroll in graduate credits to complete multiple clinical experiences including on-campus clinical practica as well as a minimum of internships to meet clinical requirements for certification. Students may choose between a thesis and a comprehensive examination.

The following programs of study assume no deficiencies in normal bases of speech/language/audiology requirements exist.

  • PLO 1. Knowledge outcomes: IV A: The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences.
  • PLO 2. Knowledge outcomes: IV B: The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including the appropriate biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases. The applicant must have demonstrated the ability to integrate information pertaining to normal and abnormal human development across the life span.
  • PLO 3. Knowledge outcomes: IV C: The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of communication and swallowing disorders and differences, including the appropriate etiologies, characteristics, anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates in the following areas:
  • PLO 4. Skills Outcomes: V A: The applicant must have demonstrated skills in oral and written or other forms of communication sufficient for entry into professional practice.
  • PLO 5. Skills Outcomes: V B: The applicant for certification must have completed a program of study that included experiences sufficient in breadth and depth to achieve the following skills outcomes: