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Speech and Hearing Science: Nonclinical Program (MA)


Course Description

The Master of Arts degree without clinical experience is awarded to candidates who do not wish to pursue careers as speech-language pathologists or certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. These candidates have had an appropriate undergraduate program and satisfactorily complete 40 graduate credit hours approved by the student's advisor. Twenty of the hours must be at the 500-level in SHS. Completion of a Master's Thesis is strongly recommended but not required, and may be counted for a maximum of 8 hours of credit.

The Department of Speech and Hearing Science
The Department of Speech and Hearing Science offers graduate programs of study in speech-language pathology, audiology, and speech, language, and hearing science. The department prepares scientists and professionals who specialize in the study of perception and production of spoken, signed, and alternative communication and communication disorders, as well as dysphagia. Graduate degrees are offered at the master's and doctoral levels.

Graduate programs of study include speech-language pathology, audiology, and speech, language, and hearing science. The department prepares scientists and professionals who specialize in the study of receptive and productive aspects of oral and alternative communication and communication disorders. Clinics offer outreach programs to anyone with a communication disorder.

Financial Aid
Financial support through the Department, typically research or teaching assistantships, is available for a limited number of students. Assistantships are awarded first to doctoral students and are based on merit and the strategic goals of the Department. For more information on financial aid, need-based financial support may be applied for through the University Financial Aid Office.

For additional questions or information
Steven Petruzzello, Ph.D., KCH Director of Graduate Studies, 217-333-1083
Laura Payne, Ph.D., RST Director of Graduate Studies, 217-244-7038
Pam Hadley, Ph.D., SHS Director of Graduate Studies, 217-333-2230

Entry Requirements

Requirements include Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education. The Graduate College requires a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (A=4.0). Results of the Graduate Record Examination must arrive at the University by the application deadline. International students must also submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Course Fees

Please visit http://www.registrar.illinois.edu/tuition-fees for more details.


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