Speech and Hearing Program

Speech Pathology

CIMP Building

The Master of Arts degree program in Speech-Language Pathology at Cleveland State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

The Master of Arts degree program in Speech-Language Pathology is a five semester curriculum of full time study. The semesters are consecutive (fall, spring, summer of the first year; and fall and spring of the second year.  The graduate program provides students with necessary academic and clinical experience to fulfill requirements for certification as a Speech-Language Pathologist by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) as well as licensure by the State of Ohio.  Part-time programs for graduate study in Speech-Language Pathology are not available.

The department maintains student-training liaisons with many hospitals, clinics and schools in the Greater Cleveland area. Students also have the opportunity to gain clinical experience by providing speech, language, and audiological services to clients in the on campus Speech and Hearing Clinic. Students who are admitted to the graduate program generally have high academic and professional success.  Our program currently has almost a 100% pass rate on the Praxis Exam.

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How to Apply to the Graduate Program

The CSU deadline for applications and receipt of transcripts for admission in the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology is February 1of every academic year.  Applications received after February 1 will not be considered. Applicants should apply directly to CSU, to CSDCAS, and submit a Supplemental Application.

The word iconSPH Supplemental Application should be sent to Terry Bauman at Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Avenue, IM 275, Cleveland, Ohio 44115or  by email to t.kolb@csuohio.edu.

All applicants should submit an application to the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) and to  Cleveland State University at  http://www.csuohio.edu/graduate-admissions/how-apply. CSDCAS can be accessed at www.CSDCAS.org.  Applicants should follow the directions found on the CSDCAS website. CSDCAS applications will require two letters of recommendation, a personal statement (also known as a statement of purpose), GRE scores, and official transcripts. CSU only requires graduate application and official transcripts. The CSDCAS deadline is earlier and set for January 15.  This will allow sufficient time for your transcripts to be verified.

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose should be double spaced between one to two pages in length.  Use one inch margin and a 12 point font.  The following questions should be answered in the body of the essay:

  • What attracted you to the profession of speech-language pathology?
  • Why do you think you would be successful in this profession?
  • What influenced you to apply to CSU?
  • What would you like for the Admissions Committee to know about you that may not be reflected in your application materials?

Please note that it is the responsibility of the student to check the status of his or her application.  You will need to verify that all application materials have been received by CSDCAS and supplemental materials by our graduate program, prior to the February 1 deadline.

If you are interested in learning more about our program, feel free to read the strategic plan.

View the Speech & Hearing Program Strategic Plan