Prerequisites for MA (SLP) Program
Students must have an undergraduate degree with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 from an accredited college or university (or its equivalent from a foreign institution) to be eligible for admission into the master's degree program. Students must also complete the following undergraduate prerequisite courses prior to, or concurrent with, the master’s degree program:
- Acoustics/Speech Science
- Speech Anatomy & Physiology
- Audiology/Hearing Science*
- Child Language Development
- Phonetics (including IPA)
*Must include at least some content related to audiological testing and treatment.
Most, if not all, students who enter the master’s degree program with an undergraduate degree in speech and hearing sciences (or communication sciences and disorders) will have already completed these prerequisites. Students who have an undergraduate degree in an area other than speech and hearing sciences (i.e., non-majors), including but not limited to psychology, biology, physics, cognitive science, or education, will need to complete the prerequisite courses prior to beginning graduate study. Non-majors have one or more options with which to complete the prerequisite courses:
- Summer enrollment. Students may complete some of the prerequisite courses at Indiana University in the summer prior to matriculating in the fall semester of a given year.
- Spring enrollment. Students may complete the prerequisite courses at Indiana University in the first spring semester following admission and then begin the graduate curriculum in the fall. Students who chose this option will have their program extended by two semesters.
- Outside enrollment. Students may complete comparable prerequisite courses at another institution (includes online education) prior to matriculating in the fall semester of a given year.
In addition to the prerequisite courses, students hoping to achieve the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) must complete the following basic science courses (at least one course in each area):
- Biological sciences (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neuro-physiology, genetics, etc.).
- Physical sciences (e.g., physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, etc.).
- The biological and physical science coursework must be taken from outside the field of speech and hearing sciences.
- A list of IU courses that our program would deem acceptable for meeting the biological and physical science requirements can be found on our departmental web site.
- Behavioral and/or social sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology, public health, etc.).
- The statistics requirement cannot be met by a research methods course in a speech and hearing sciences department.
The basic science coursework may be carried forward from the undergraduate degree or taken as a continuing education or graduate student. Students are encouraged to visit the ASHA web site (http://www.asha.org/) to review the above as well as additional certification requirements, as it is ultimately their responsibility to assure they have fulfilled certification requirements.