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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 [IU course(s) that would satisfy the prerequisite requirements are listed below each requirement; course descriptions are listed at the bottom of the page] prior to, or concurrent with, the master’s degree program:

  • Acoustics/Speech Science
    • IU relevant courses: S302 – Acoustics for Speech and Hearing Science or S350 – Speech Science.
  • Speech Anatomy & Physiology
    • IU relevant course: S201 – Speech Anatomy and Physiology.
  • Audiology/Hearing Science [must include some content related to audiological testing and treatment]
    • IU relevant courses: S429 – Topical Seminar in Hearing Science (Principles of Audiology).
  • Child Language Development
    • IU relevant course: S333 – Childhood Language.
  • Phonetics [must include transcription using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)]
    • IU relevant course: S111 – Introduction to Phonetics for Speech and Hearing Science.

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, may apply to the program without having completed the prerequisite requirement. However, if admitted into the program, non-majors must complete, at a minimum, three of the five prerequisite courses—namely, Speech Anatomy & Physiology, Child Language Development, and Phonetics—prior to beginning graduate study (if not taken prior to matriculation, the remaining two courses would have to be taken as an addition to the regular graduate coursework).

Non-majors who have been admitted into the program may complete some of the prerequisite courses in the summer prior to matriculating in the fall semester of a given year at Indiana University [see Schedule of Classes for information about summer Speech and Hearing Science (SPHS) course offerings; please note that the number of courses we offer each summer varies from one year to the next] and/or another institution, including online education.* Please see the IU relevant course descriptions below to determine if a course at another institution would be comparable to one of our prerequisite courses.

*Institutions that offer distance education courses in SPHS include but are not limited to: Ohio State University, University of South Carolina, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Utah State University. For a more comprehensive listing of institutions that offer distance education courses in SPHS, please see the website of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

ASHA Mandated Basic Science Course Requirements

In addition to the prerequisite courses, students hoping to achieve the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from 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 here: KASA Appropriate Science Courses. Similar courses taken at other universities/colleges will also satisfy these requirements.
  • Behavioral and/or social sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology, public health, etc.).
  • Statistics
    • The course must be a stand-alone course, open to the general college or university population, and cover general statistics principles; a course specifically designed for communication sciences and disorders students is not acceptable.

The basic science coursework may be carried forward from the undergraduate degree or taken as a continuing education or graduate student. Students who are missing one or more of the basic science courses are encouraged to complete them in the summer prior to matriculation in the fall. Students should visit the ASHA web site ( to review the above as well as additional certification requirements, as it is ultimately their responsibility to assure they have fulfilled certification requirements.


IU SPHS Relevant Course Descriptions

S111Introduction to Phonetics for Speech and Hearing Sciences (3 cr.). Scientific study of speech production, based on the International Phonetic Alphabet. Exercises in transcription.

S201Speech Anatomy and Physiology (3 cr.). Introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism, including respiration, phonation, articulation/resonance, nervous system, and audition.

S302 Acoustics for Speech and Hearing Sciences (3 cr.). P: MATH A118, M118, S118, M119, M120, or any 200-level mathematics course. Basic acoustics with the emphasis being on topics applicable to the speech and hearing sciences. Acoustics of the speech and hearing mechanisms. Instrumentation for sound production and recording.

S333 Childhood Language (3 cr.). Develops student knowledge of how language is acquired by young children. Examines data on what young infants and young children know about language at different ages, and considers the kinds of theories that may explain this data.

S350 – Speech Science (3 cr.). Provides an overview of speech production, including acoustics and physiology, as well as speech perception. The focus is on non-disordered speech in adults with some coverage of development as warranted.

S429Topical Seminar in Hearing Science (Principles of Audiology) (3 cr.). Examines the field of audiology including assessment and treatment of hearing loss. Laboratory exercises are provided so that students can gain hands-on experience with hearing evaluation and treatment.