Students with undergraduate degrees in other fields (e.g., psychology, linguistics) typically need to complete undergraduate prerequisite coursework in communication sciences and disorders before applying and/or being admitted to a graduate program in speech-language pathology or audiology.
KU Pre-Requisite Course Work for the MA SLP Graduate Program
At least 26 credits in communication sciences and disorders is required, including the following (or similar) courses:
- Physics of speech (4) SPLH 120
- Principles of speech science (3) SPLH 462
- Principles of hearing science (3) SPLH 463
- Fundamentals of clinical phonetics (1) SPLH 465 (online 8 week course)
- Language sample analysis (1) SPLH 565
- Language development (3) SPLH 566
- Introduction to audiological assessment and rehabilitation (4) SPLH 568
- Introduction to speech-language pathology (4) SPLH 571
- Research methods in speech-language-hearing (3) SPLH 660
Before entering a graduate program, students must also have completed at least 1 course in each of the following areas:
- Biological sciences, (i.e., biology, anatomy, physiology, genetics)
- Physical sciences, (i.e., physics, chemistry)
- Social/behavioral sciences, (i.e., psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology)
Here is a course checksheet that can be used prior to a graduate application to check for pre-requisite course work for the MA SLP Graduate Program. Schedule of Classes page to search current course offerings.
Prerequisite students generally follow the same advising protocol as BA/BGS students and also are able to take advantage of many of the same co-curricular learning opportunities as BA/BGS students. However, their plan of study will typically look different because prerequisite students are primarily taking SPLH courses and many choose to follow a part-time study plan.