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Speech, Language and Hearing Science (MA)

The MA in Speech, Language and Hearing Science is a professional degree that trains students in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders. Through rigorous clinical training, students are exposed to a wide range of disorders, gaining experience with ethnically diverse populations and individuals across the life span. Graduates of the program are prepared to work as speech-language pathologists in a wide range of clinical sites, including acute care and rehabilitation hospitals, early intervention agencies, schools and skilled nursing facilities.

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Admissions Information

To apply you must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applicants from any undergraduate major are welcome to apply.

There are a number of prerequisite courses for the program, but you can take them in the first year of graduate study if you did not take them during your undergraduate degree. These include Research Methods in Communication Science and Human Neuroscience, among others. View a full list of courses.

Essential functions of MA-SLH program applicants.

Application Components

  1. Application: Students must submit an application through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS)The documents listed below will all be submitted through CSDCAS.
  2. Transcripts: Submit official transcripts from all the undergraduate and graduate institutions you’ve attended. Please mail all of your official transcripts to:
    • CSDCAS Transcript Processing Center
    • PO Box 9113
    • Watertown, MA 02471
  3. References: You’ll need three letters of reference, two of which should be from former professors who can speak to your academic or clinical abilities.
  4. Goals statement: Write a 500- to 1,000-word statement that addresses the following prompts:
    • What is the one thing that sets you apart from other candidates? Explain how it will help you succeed in a future career as a speech-language pathologist.
    • Describe a situation where you disagreed with an employer/supervisor and the approach you used to resolve the conflict.
    • Discuss your academic and professional preparation, interest in the Speech, Language and Hearing Science field, and career goals.
    • How do you imagine the Speech, Language and Hearing Science MA will help you to achieve those goals?
  5. GRE scores: Your scores on the verbal and quantitative sections should fall at or above the 50th percentile. Official GRE scores should be sent directly to the Temple University College of Public Health CSDCAS code: 4043.

Additional Requirements for International Students

  • TOEFL: For applicants whose native language is not English, the TOEFL is required with a minimum score of 79 on the iBT. Official TOEFL scores should be sent directly to CSDCAS using the CSDCAS-specific code of: C122.
  • A WES Evaluation (www.wes.org) is required for applicants who completed their degree outside of the United States.

Application Deadlines

Fall term: Feb. 1

Additional Information

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has very limited scholarship funding available for master's students. Learn more about outside scholarship resources available to graduate students.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for need-based assistance through Temple University's Office of Student Financial Services.

Health screenings and background clearances: Prospective students should note that they are seeking enrollment in a program that prepares individuals to enter a profession that routinely require health screenings and background clearances. Fieldwork agencies typically require a variety of background checks including criminal background check, child abuse clearance, and fingerprinting. Prospective students are encouraged to retrieve background and health clearances as soon as possible to ensure that nothing in their background would prevent them from pursuing a chosen career. Additionally, the sooner admitted students gather such information the less likely they will experience problems or delays in their placements and time to degree.