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Speech & Hearing Science

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Master of Arts in Speech & Hearing Science: Non-Clinical

The Master of Arts degree without clinical experience is awarded to candidates who do not wish to pursue careers as speech-language pathologists or certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The non-clinical MA program may prepare the student for employment in industry or for a doctoral program.

These candidates have had an appropriate undergraduate program and satisfactorily complete 40 graduate credit hours approved by the student’s advisor. Twenty of the hours must be at the 500-level in SHS. Completion of a Master’s Thesis is strongly recommended but not required and may be counted for a maximum of 8 hours of credit.


Degree Requirements

For more information about degree requirements contact the program director or refer to the university catalog.

Code Course
SHS 592
SHS 592 Pro-Sem in Speech & Hearing Science

Hours: 0-1

SHS 599
SHS 599 Thesis Research (Optional)

Hours: 0-8

Elective hours within the unit

Hours: 20

500-level electives

Hours: 20

Total Hours: 40

Additional Information

Financial support through the Department, typically research or teaching assistantships, is available for a limited number of students. Assistantships are awarded first to doctoral students and are based on merit and the strategic goals of the Department. For more information on financial aid, need-based financial support may be applied for through the University Financial Aid Office.

Student Achievement Data can be found here.

Non-Clinical MA Program Admissions Information

For information on how to apply to the non-clinical MA program, email shs-grad-admissions@ahs.illinois.edu

Tuition Information

For information on tuition and fee rates, visit the Office of the Registrar’s webpage.

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