Information sessions

Please join us at an upcoming information session to learn more about the Communication Disorders MS:

  • Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, noon–1 p.m. | In-Person: ASU Tempe campus
  • Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, noon–1 p.m. | In-Person: ASU Tempe campus
  • Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, noon–1 p.m. | Virtual via Zoom


Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Health Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's degree in speech and hearing science or a related field from a regionally accredited institution and completed prerequisite coursework in speech and hearing.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. personal statement not to exceed 300 words
  4. email addresses of three recommenders
  5. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

Students should see the program website for application deadlines and admission terms. Candidates who have undergraduate deficiencies may need to take required prerequisite courses.

Degree requirements

60 credit hours and a thesis, or
60 credit hours and a written comprehensive exam

Required Core (34 credit hours)
SHS 538 Clinical Methods and Simulation in Speech-Language Pathology (4)
SHS 539 Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology (2)
SHS 567 Neural Bases of Communication Disorders (2)
SHS 570 Communication Disorders and Multicultural Populations (2) or SHS 597 Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology (2)
SHS 571 Augmentative Communication and Language Programming (2)
SHS 572 Language Assessment and Intervention in Infants and Toddlers (2)
SHS 573 Language Assessment and Intervention with School-Age Populations (2)
SHS 574 Management of Feeding and Swallowing Disorders (2)
SHS 575 Aphasia and Related Neurogenic Language Disorders (2)
SHS 577 Current Assessment, Intervention and Research in Autism (2)
SHS 578 Fluency Disorders (2)
SHS 579 Voice and Resonance Disorders (2)
SHS 581 Traumatic Brain Injury and Cognitive Linguistic Disorders (2)
SHS 582 Differential Diagnosis of Communication Disorders (2)
SHS 585 Articulation and Phonology: Assessment and Intervention (2)
SHS 587 Language Assessment and Intervention with Preschool Populations (2)

Electives (0 or 6 credit hours)

Other Requirements (20 credit hours)
SHS 500 Research Methods (1)
SHS 580 Clinical Practicum (9)
SHS 584 Clinical Internship (10)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Praxis national exam in speech language pathology (0)

Culminating Experience (0 or 6 credit hours)
written comprehensive exam (0) or
SHS 599 Thesis (6)

Additional Curricular Information
SHS 538 and 539 are each taken twice across consecutive fall/spring semesters. The content for each semester is different and the spring class builds upon content covered in the fall.

Students in the nonthesis option take six credit hours of electives. Students should see the academic unit for an approved list of elective courses.

Both the thesis and nonthesis options require the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Praxis national exam in speech language pathology. For the nonthesis option, a department-administered comprehensive examination in speech-language pathology is required in addition to the national exam.

Eligibility for graduation is based upon a passing score on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Praxis national certification examination in speech-language pathology; successful completion of the thesis or nonthesis option, including the required culminating experience and academic credits; and successful completion of clinical experiences.


The Master of Science (MS) in communication disorders education program in speech-language pathology {residential} at Arizona State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Additional program information

Certification and licensure

The College of Health Solutions prepares graduates for excellence upon entering the workplace. Since certification and licensure requirements vary by profession and from state-to-state, we recommend that you visit the ASU licensure website to determine if your program meets the requirements of individual state licensures or national certifications, as applicable. If you have specific questions, please contact your program director or degree coordinator.