The School of Speech and Hearing Sciences offers programs leading to the the Master of Science and the Doctor of Audiology degrees.
New graduate students are accepted by the School of Speech and Hearing Sciences in speech-language pathology for the fall semesters only. The audiology program only accepts students in the fall. Speech-language pathology students must have regular admission status to register for practicum courses.
Nondegree students are not permitted to register for courses in Speech and Hearing Sciences without permission.
Potential graduate students should refer to other sections of the Bulletin for information regarding admission requirements as set forth by the Graduate School. Regular admission to the master’s and doctoral programs is based on previous academic records (GPA), and scores on the Graduate Record Examination. For admission consideration, applicants to the master’s program or to the doctoral program in audiology must also submit three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be provided by persons qualified to assess the applicant’s readiness for graduate study. The size of a graduate program is limited by accreditation standards; therefore, admission is competitive.
Students who do not qualify for regular admission may be admitted on a conditional basis, if space allows. Conditional students may be required to complete additional coursework for graduation. Conditional students whose grade point average is less than 3.0 for the conditional semester of enrollment will be dropped from the program.
The Master of Science (MS) in speech and hearing sciences with a speech-language pathology emphasis requires:
- a minimum of sixty (60) semester hours,
- passing a comprehensive examination,
- 4 semester hours of on-campus clinical practicum,
- 12 semester hours of off-campus clinical practicum.
A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation for the Master of Science degree.
The Doctor of Audiology degree requires 9 semesters of clinical practicum, a minimum of 26 three-semester-hour courses, completion of an extern residency, successful completion of a doctoral research project, and the successful completion of the doctoral qualifier and comprehensive examinations. A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation.
Doctoral students must meet residency requirements in this Bulletin.
Continuous Enrollment Requirement: Students must meet the requirement specified in the front section of this Bulletin.
Integrity Assurance Program (IAP)
All faculty holding Regular or Associate graduate faculty status must complete IAP training modules required by the Graduate School and their schools. All graduate students must complete the training modules required by the Graduate School and their schools the first semester they are enrolled in graduate school. The policy and training information can be found on the following website: http://www.usm.edu/research/research-and-scholarly-integrity-assurance-program
ProgramsMaster of ScienceDoctor of Audiology