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Speech, Language, 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, Language 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 Language Pathology, Doctor of Philosophy in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, and Ph.D. degree plus clinical certification (Combined Ph.D. + Au.D and Ph.D. + Clinical training in SLP). (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 Language Pathology

Course Requirements

The clinical M.A. degree requirements include 33 credit hours of required graduate academic coursework; 4-11 credit hours of electives, with no more than 6 credit hours in S780; 4 credit hours of clinical practicum (S561, S565, S566, S567); and two 6 credit off-campus externships (S568, M550) for a total of 53-60 credit hours.

The required academic coursework includes:

  • S501 Neurological and Physiological Foundations of Speech-Language Pathology
  • S520 Phonological 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 I
  • S565 Clinical Methods and Practices II
  • S566 Clinical Methods and Practices III
  • S567 Clinical Methods and Practices IV
  • S568 Medical Externship
  • S580 Critical Thinking about Research in Communication Disorders
  • M563 Methods in Speech and Hearing Therapy
  • M550 Practicum: Speech and Hearing (school externship) or S568

The non-clinical M.A. degree 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, Language and Hearing Sciences in consultation with academic faculty.
Some of the above mentioned required courses may be taught as S515 and will thus substitute for said courses.

Students pursuing the bilingual track program (STEPS), will take an advanced seminar (S515: Spanish Language Acquisition and Disorders), in lieu of S532 – Language Disorders in Children.


Students wishing to receive clinical certification must enroll in clinical practicum (S561, S565, S566, S567, S568, M550) each semester, earning 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 towards 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, Ph.D. courses cannot be substituted for required Au.D. courses. It is recommended that Au.D. students wishing to pursue the combined Au.D./ Ph.D. degree 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 should do so as soon as possible to facilitate planning, but must do so no later than the end of the second academic year in the Ph.D. program.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Course Requirements

At least 90 credit hours of graduate coursework with a grade of B (3.0) or above are required for the research PhD in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. This coursework must include S681, S682, S683, S685, S702, one seminar in Language Science (S674), one seminar in Speech Science (S674) one seminar in Hearing Science (S674) and courses required for an outside minor. In addition, students must complete at least 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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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 will be dismissed from the program.

Research and Dissertation

Each student must complete three research projects: first-year (S681), second-year (S682), and dissertation research projects. The first and second year projects will be evaluated by the student’s Ph.D. advisory committee after the student has presented the research in a departmental colloquium. The dissertation will be evaluated by the student’s dissertation research committee.

Ph.D. Degree with Clinical Training in Speech-Language Pathology

The department offers the opportunity for students to pursue a Ph.D. wherein they can complete requirements so that they are eligible to apply for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association certification in Speech-Language Pathology. To pursue this track, students must meet admission requirements for both the MA and PhD programs. Students must complete all of the requirements for both degrees, but this track of the PhD program is designed to offer students the educational opportunities to develop clinical and research competence within a more limited timeframe than might be required by independent enrollment in the MA and PhD programs separately. Because completing all course work, clinical, and research requirements in a timely manner will take careful planning, student ideally should declare their interest in clinical training when applying to the PhD program or at the latest, within their first year in the PhD program. 

Ph.D. Double Major in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Students who are admitted into the double major Ph.D. program must complete the requirements for Speech, Language 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, Language and Hearing Sciences and two faculty members from the second major field. Qualifying examination format will be determined by the advisory committee 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, Language and Hearing Sciences or cross-listed courses for the double major.

Ph.D. Minor in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Students wishing to obtain a minor in Speech, Language 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 coursework 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 coursework 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.

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