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Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology

The SLHS department at MU is one of the oldest continually accredited programs in speech-language pathology in the nation. We are proud of our long and distinguished history as well as the high quality of our graduates, students, faculty and staff.

Program Strengths

The MHS in Speech-Language Pathology at MU is a small and selective program.

  • Students benefit from a low student-faculty ratio, close supervision in the MU Speech and Hearing Clinic, and a challenging yet supportive learning environment.
  • Faculty in SLHS are accessible, and strong student-faculty relationships are easily developed.
  • While local clinical opportunities abound, students are free to complete their final two clinical externships anywhere in the nation.
  • Many students receive funding in the form of graduate teaching or research assistantships that provide tuition support and a stipend, thorough hourly employment or a scholarship.

Clinical practicum opportunities


University of Missouri Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences students attend the Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association annual conference.

Student Outcomes

  • 100% of Mizzou MHS students have passed the PRAXIS
  • 100% of our graduates have been employed in the profession within six months of graduation

These success indicators have remained consistent for more than 25 years.

Student outcome data


Curriculum

The MHS curriculum offers comprehensive training in academic, clinical, and research foundations/components of language, speech, and hearing (including physiological, acoustic, perceptual, linguistic, cognitive, and social processes) and in the diagnosis and treatment of the spectrum of communication disorders. A thesis option is available for students interested in research and/or further study toward the Doctor of Philosophy degree. A combined MHS/PhD program also is available.

The MHS degree in SLHS typically takes students two years to complete if their baccalaureate degree is speech, language and hearing sciences (or communication sciences and disorders). A minimum of 30 additional credit/semester hours of prerequisite coursework is required if a student’s undergraduate degree is in a different field of study. MHS graduates are required to meet all academic and clinical requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) awarded by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

Typical plan of study MHS Student Handbook


Licensure

Federal regulations require the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences to disclose whether its degree programs meet U.S. states’ educational requirements for licensure [34 CFR 668.43 (a)(5)(v)]. The Master of Health Science program is designed so that graduates of this program will meet the requirements for speech-language pathology licensure for the State of Missouri. The department has not determined whether the program meets licensure requirements for other states. We will work with students who intend to work in other states to acquire information about obtaining licensure in those states.

Accreditation information


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Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD)/ Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) from an accredited college or university is desirable but not required. Applications will be accepted from individuals who have obtained a baccalaureate degree in another field if the applicant has completed, or is in the process of completing, basic prerequisite coursework in CSD/SLHS. That coursework should include the full range of basic communication sciences, plus some communication disorders coursework. We will accept prerequisite coursework that has been completed through any college or university that offers a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact us for more information.
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the most recent 60 hours of undergraduate study is a minimum requirement established by both the MU Graduate School and the Department. However, successful applicants to our graduate program tend to have a CSD/SLHS course GPA in excess of 3.70 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • The applicant must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Successful applicants typically achieve a combined score of 300 or better on the Verbal plus Quantitative subtests. (Note: GRE scores older than five years will not be accepted.)
  •  If English is not the applicant’s native language, they must demonstrate native or near-native ability in spoken English. The applicant must take and submit official test scores for the iBT (the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS. A minimum iBT score of 100 is required, including a minimum Speaking subtest score of 28. A minimum IELTS score if 7 is required, including a minimum Speaking subtest score of 8.5. Applicants must meet or exceed these minimums to be considered for admission to our master’s program.

Applications to the MHS program are accepted once per year and only through the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). All application materials must be fully submitted to (and verified by) CSDCAS by Jan. 15 for Summer Session admission. (Note: Special admission considerations may be available for highly competitive applicants who graduate from CSD/SLHS programs in the Summer or Fall. For more information, please contact Barbara McLay.)

If you have questions, please contact us.

Application Process

All students who wish to apply to the MHS program in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences must complete an application through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) by January 15 for summer session (only) admission. The CSDCAS portal re-opens each year in mid-July to early August. For more information, visit CSDCAS.

The following materials are required, and all but the online interview should be submitted through CSDCAS:

  • Personal Statement covering relevant qualifications, experience, and academic/clinical interest. This statement should not exceed 2 double- spaced typed pages.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Three personal letters of recommendation. At least two letters should be from faculty, preferably in the student’s major.
  • Official transcripts from every college or university from which you have received credit. Current college transcripts should not be sent until fall semester grades have posted.
  • Official GRE scores. Applicants must use the following institution code which is specific to the University of Missouri in the CSDCAS system: U MISSOURI COLUMBIA CSDCAS – 6974.  Use of the general institutional code for the University of Missouri may delay the processing of an application.
  • (For international applicants only) CSDCAS does not accept  iBT scores or IELTS scores; therefore, your official test scores should be sent directly to the MU Graduate School.
  • An online video interview is required. Applicants will be sent more information once they have submitted an application through CSDCAS.

Only completed applications will be considered for admission to the MHS program in SLHS. The Graduate Program Director notifies all applicants of their status by email no later than mid-March. Scholarship and assistantship availability is not always known at the time admissions decisions are made; however, the SLHS department makes every attempt to notify applicants in a timely manner of any financial aid they have been awarded (typically no later than April 15th).

Only after an applicant has been offered admission to the MU SLHS graduate program, and he or she accepts that offer of admission, would the applicant then apply to the MU Graduate School by submitting an online application to our program. An additional application fee is required (currently $35 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and $90 for nonresident internationals). This application is required for official admission to the University of Missouri as a graduate student.

If you have questions about the application materials and/or process please contact us.

Financial Assistance

All graduate students are considered for available scholarships, hourly paid positions, and graduate teaching and research assistantships. No separate applications are required. Second-year MHS students may apply to participate in the TIPS for Kids program, an interdisciplinary training program for those interested in complex pediatric cases, which comes with a generous stipend.

Schedule a Visit

infoVirtual visits

Due to pandemic precautions, we are not currently scheduling in-person visits. Please contact Barbara McLay to schedule a Zoom visit instead.

We welcome and encourage prospective students to schedule a visit to our program to meet our faculty and students and to tour our facilities. To schedule a visit, please email our graduate program director, Barbara McLay.

The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences is located on the 3rd floor of Lewis Hall on the MU Campus. (The street address for Lewis Hall is 701 South 5th Street.) The recommended parking location is the Turner Avenue Parking Garage. (The street address for the parking garage is 601 Turner Avenue.) The locations of Lewis Hall and the Turner Avenue Parking Garage can be found on the online interactive campus map

Driving Directions from the North:

Approaching from the north on Hwy 63, take the Stadium Blvd exit. Turn right onto Stadium Blvd. At the intersection of Stadium Blvd and Providence Road (the football stadium will be directly to your left), turn right onto Providence. Turn right onto Turner (the Lewis and Clark building complex will be to your right), go straight through the 4-way stop at 5th Street, and continue up the hill to the Turner Avenue Garage on the left. Machines to pay for parking are located near/in the parking garage stairwells. Return to the 4-way stop, and Lewis Hall will be across the street on the left. Enter Lewis Hall through the main door facing 5th Street. Take an elevator (inside the door to the right) to the 3rd floor. You may check in at our main office, 301 Lewis Hall (or you may walk on down the hall to Room 318 to meet with Barbara McLay).

Driving Directions from the South:

Approaching from the south on Hwy 63, take the Stadium Blvd exit. Turn left onto Stadium Blvd. At the intersection of Stadium Blvd and Providence Road (the football stadium will be directly to your left), turn right onto Providence. Turn right onto Turner (the Lewis and Clark building complex will be to your right), go straight through the 4-way stop at 5th Street, and continue up the hill to the Turner Avenue Garage on the left. Machines to pay for parking are located near/in the parking garage stairwells. Return to the 4-way stop, and Lewis Hall will be across the street on the left. Enter Lewis Hall through the main door facing 5th Street. Take an elevator (inside the door to the right) to the 3rd floor. You may check in at our main office, 301 Lewis Hall (or you may walk on down the hall to Room 318 to meet with Barbara McLay).

Driving Directions from the East:

Approaching from the east on I-70, take the Providence Road exit. Turn left onto Providence Road. Following Providence all the way through the Stewart Road intersection. The next left is Turner Avenue. Turn left onto Turner, go up the hill, through the 4-way stop, and the Turner Avenue Garage will be ahead on the left. Machines to pay for parking are located near/in the parking garage stairwells. Return to the 4-way stop, and Lewis Hall will be across the street on the left. Enter Lewis Hall through the main door facing 5th Street. Take an elevator (inside the door to the right) to the 3rd floor. You may check in at our main office, 301 Lewis Hall (or you may walk on down the hall to Room 318 to meet with Barbara McLay).

Driving Directions from the West:

Approaching from the west on I-70, take the Providence Road exit. Turn right onto Providence Road. Following Providence all the way through the Stewart Road intersection. The next left is Turner Avenue. Turn left onto Turner, go up the hill, through the 4-way stop, and the Turner Avenue Garage will be ahead on the left. Machines to pay for parking are located near/in the parking garage stairwells. Return to the 4-way stop, and Lewis Hall will be across the street on the left. Enter Lewis Hall through the main door facing 5th Street. Take an elevator (inside the door to the right) to the 3rd floor. You may check in at our main office, 301 Lewis Hall (or you may walk on down the hall to Room 318 to meet with Barbara McLay).