Speech Pathology Graduate Programs in Ohio

The state of Ohio is home to several Master of Arts and PhD programs in speech language pathology. Here we discuss admission requirements to these programs, as well as what makes each program unique.

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Ohio has a range of schools that offers graduate programs in speech pathology, or more commonly called speech language pathology. These programs are available at the master's and doctoral levels, and some require ample hands-on, clinical experience to prepare students for their professional career. Others require research and a dissertation. Find out about the different program options, clinical requirements and other program details below.

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Schools in Ohio with Graduate Degree Programs in Speech Pathology

Ohio University

Ohio University in Athens has a 2-year Master of Arts (MA) in Speech Language Pathology. Students in the program can choose from a clinical track or clinical research track. The MA program provides a wide range of clinical experiences for students to choose from, including time at an on-campus site. Students may also pursue an optional teacher licensure certificate program or a unique MA to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) option. The MA to PhD option works for those wanting to earn a PhD and complete a master's during their time as well. It usually takes about 5 years to complete the dual degree.

Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University provides an MA in Speech Language Pathology that must be taken full-time. The program can be completed in 5 consecutive semesters. Students in the program must choose from a thesis option or comprehensive exam option. Students also receive hands-on training through advanced practicum experiences in a variety of settings. The program also offers a teaching license option.

Kent State University

Students at Kent State University can pursue an MA or PhD in Speech Language Pathology. The MA program is full-time, can be completed in 6 semesters and includes a clinical practicum. The PhD program is designed to be flexible to allow students to specialize in areas of interest, and therefore, requires students to choose a major area of study and 2 minor areas of study. The PhD program also requires a dissertation, a doctoral colloquium and an additional project for students who did not complete a master's thesis.

The University of Akron

The University of Akron offers a traditional MA in Speech Language Pathology and a unique distance-learning graduate program in the field. The traditional MA program can be completed in 2 years, including a summer semester, and requires clinical practicum and externship experiences for hands-on learning. The distance-learning program is a joint effort by the University of Akron and the University of Cincinnati to provide online courses in the field to students in rural areas where programs are unavailable. The program is part-time, is 8 semesters in length and still requires a minimum of 400, supervised clinical hours.

The University of Toledo

The University of Toledo has a master's program in Speech Language Pathology that requires a total of 63 credits. The program can be finished in 2 years and requires a thesis; however, students can check with their advisor about completing a comprehensive exam in place of the thesis. The program also requires an internship experience during the final year of the program. According to the school's website in 2018, the program has a 100% pass rate on the Praxis (licensing exam), with the overwhelming majority of students passing on their first attempt.

Common Entrance Requirements

It is fairly common for the speech pathology graduate programs in Ohio to be competitive and only admit a small number of students; therefore, many of these programs may take GRE scores and GPA into consideration for admission. Some of these programs may require an interview process, and many have prerequisite coursework in areas such as biology, statistics, phonetics, speech development and audiology. PhD programs may strongly recommend that applicants find a faculty advisor to consult before applying to the program. Common application materials for these graduate programs include official transcripts, letters of recommendation, a resume and a statement of purpose.

A variety of colleges in Ohio provide speech pathology graduate programs. Although degrees at the master's level may be the most common, PhD programs or MA to PhD dual options may also be found.

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