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Speech and Hearing Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Departmental E-mail: sphsdept [at] indiana [dot] edu

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(Please note that when conferring University Graduate School degrees, minors, certificates, and sub-plans, The University Graduate School’s staff use those requirements contained only in The University Graduate School Bulletin.)




The graduate curriculum in Speech and Hearing Sciences com­bines training for students wishing to pursue clinical careers in speech-language pathology or audiology, as well as graduate studies in speech, language, and hearing sciences, speech-language pathology, and audiology for research or academic careers. The department is accredited by the Council on Aca­demic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Degrees Offered

Master of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science, Doctor of Philosophy in Speech and Hearing Sciences, and Ph.D. minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences. (The College of Arts and Sci­ences offers the Doctor of Audiology degree.)

Special Departmental Requirements

Adequate Progress

Individual student progress will be evaluated annually by program faculty. Students who are judged to be making inadequate progress on the basis of poor grades, incomplete coursework, or insufficient research accomplishments may be placed on academic probation. Students on academic proba­tion will be offered a timetable for remedial work and re-test­ing, and will have restricted access to coursework and clinical experiences. If deficiencies are not corrected according to the revised  timetable, the student is likely to be dismissed from the program. (See also general University Graduate School requirements.)

Master of Arts in Speech and Hearing Sci­ences

Course Requirements

The clinical M.A. degree requirements include 38 credit hours of required graduate academic coursework, including two to four electives; 4-6 credit hours of clinical practicum (S561); and two off-campus externships (S563, M550) for a total of 54-56 credit hours, with no more than 6 credit hours in S780.   The required academic coursework includes:

S501  Biological Foundations of Speech and Hearing

S520  Phonologial Disorders

S531  Cognitive-Communication Disorders in Brain Injury and Disease

S532  Language Disorders in Children

S537  Aphasia

S540  Voice Disorders

S544  Dysphagia

S550  Stuttering

S555  Motor Speech Disorders

S561  Clinical Methods and Practices

S563  Medical Externship

S580  Critical Thinking about Research in Communication Disorders

The non-clinical M.A. degee is a minimum of 36 credit hours, with the specific course requirements to be determined by the Coordinator of the M.A. program in Speech and Hearing Sciences in consultation with academic faculty.


Students wishing to receive certification must enroll in clinical practicum (S561,  S563) each semes­ter, and must complete at least four semesters of practicum with grades of B (3.0) or higher. Students who wish to earn the M.A. degree but do not choose to complete practicum require­ments and clinical certification may complete a non-clinical M.A. degree.


Each student must pass a written comprehensive examination evaluated by a faculty committee.

Au.D. degree

The department also offers a professional doctorate in audiology, the Au.D. This degree is conferred by the College of Arts and Sciences, not the University Graduate School. The Au.D. is currently a 3-year, 90-credit-hour degree. The curriculum and clinical requirements for this degree are described in more detail on the department’s website:

Combined Au.D./Ph.D degree

The department offers the opportunity for students to pursue a combined Au.D./Ph.D. degree. Students must complete all of the requirements for both degrees, but there is some overlap in degree requirements so that the total credit hours required may be less than the simple sum of 180 credits required for both degrees. A maximum of 30 credit hours obtained in the Au.D. program can be applied toward the 90 credit hours required for the Ph.D. Ultimately, the decision regarding which credits in the Au.D. program will count toward the Ph.D. will be made by the student’s Ph.D. advisory committee. Because the 90 credit hours in the Au.D. program are all required, so as to comply with national clinical certification requirements, PhD courses cannot be substituted for required AuD courses.

Au.D. students wishing to pursue the combined Au.D./Ph.D. degree must declare this interest and be admitted into the Ph.D. program no later than the end of the second academic year in the Au.D. program. Likewise, Ph.D. students wishing to pursue this combined degree must do so no later than the end of the second academic year in the Ph.D. program. Preferably, interested students will make this decision sooner in the second year of their respective programs. Should the student decide to pursue a combined Au.D./Ph.D. after the end of the second academic year a maximum of only 15 credits from the AuD. can be counted toward Ph.D.—equivalent to the amount required to fulfill the “outside minor” for the Ph.D. degree. The foregoing guidelines regarding the combined (concurrent) Au.D./Ph.D. and sequential Au.D./Ph.D. programs are consistent with University Graduate School guidelines regarding such degrees.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences

Course Requirements

At least 90 credit hours with grade of B (3.0) or above. This coursework must include S685, S683, two or three area courses (S686, S696, or S702), and courses required for an outside minor. In addition, students must complete 6 credit hours of graduate coursework in experimental design and statistics or demonstrate equivalent competency. No more than 12 credit hours of coursework in experimental design or statistics may count towards the required total of 90 credit hours for the degree. Additional required coursework may be determined by the student’s graduate advisory committee.


After completing the required coursework, students must pass a qualifying exam consisting of written questions and oral de­fense of the answers. Exam questions are tailored for each stu­dent by their faculty advisory committee, which also evaluates student performance. Students who do not pass the qualifying exam will be placed on academic probation and given a second opportunity to take the exam. Students who do not pass after two attempts are likely to be dismissed from the program.

Research and Dissertation

Each student must complete three research projects:  first-year, second-year, and dissertation research projects. These projects will be evaluated by the students’ individual advisory and dis­sertation research committees.

Ph.D. Minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences

Students wishing to obtain a minor in speech and hearing sciences must have a faculty advisor from the department. Adjunct faculty must receive approval from SPHS faculty to serve as the advisor for the student’s minor. The advisor will approve the student’s program of course work in the minor and will serve on the student’s advisory committee, research com­mittee, or both. The student is required to complete at least 12 credit hours of graduate course work in the minor department with a grade of B or higher. A written qualifying examination is not required, but will be administered at the request of the major department.

Ph.D. Double Major in Speech and Hearing Sciences

Students who are admitted into the double major Ph.D. pro­gram must complete the requirements for Speech and Hearing Sciences and the other major department as specified in the University Graduate School Bulletin. The advisory committee must include at least two members from Speech and Hear­ing Sciences and two faculty members from the second major field. Qualifying examination format will be determined with input from both major fields of study. A minor concentration is optional, but if a minor is undertaken, there must be one addi­tional advisory committee member to represent that discipline. At least 30 graduate credit hours must be completed in Speech and Hearing Sciences or cross-listed courses.

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