Pre-professional Undergraduate Coursework

UConn has two admission tracks for SLP students: 1) the two-year track and 2) the three-year track. The track to which students are admitted is determined by the number of courses completed prior to the Fall entry into our M.A. program.  During the application process you will be asked what courses you have completed and/or are scheduled to complete, which will aid in determining which track you would follow.

Two Year Track: Students admitted to the two-year M.A. track have typically completed all of the pre-professional courses (or their equivalent) listed below. Most of this coursework would have been completed as part of an undergraduate program if the undergraduate degree is in communication disorders.

    Required Pre-professional Courses

A) One course in each of the following four content areas:

  1. Biological Science
  2. Physics or Chemistry
  3. A Social/Behavioral Science
  4. Statistics

B)  At least 15 credits in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Courses to include:

  1. Phonetics
  2. Speech and Hearing Sciences
  3. Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
  4. Introduction to Audiology/Audiological Assessment
  5. Speech and Language Acquisition

C) A course in Aural Rehabilitation is not required for admission but is required prior to receiving certification following your Master’s Degree.  You may choose to take this course as part of your pre-professional coursework or while enrolled in the M.A. program.

D) Coursework in the following areas is recommended but not required for admission.

  1. Acquired Language Disorders including neuroanatomy
  2. Developmental Language Disorders
  3. Speech Disorders and Swallowing Disorders

E) 25 hours of observation documented by a practitioner with ASHA certification to be completed prior to matriculation in the Fall.  Proof of these hours are not required when applying.

Additional details regarding some of these course requirements and typical approved coursework can be found at the following ASHA Course Content website.

Three-Year Track: Students eligible for the three-year M.A. have a Bachelor’s degree, but fewer than the 15 hours of core coursework in SLHS courses and/or have not completed the other required pre-professional courses (e.g. a Biological science course). These courses will be completed during the first year of the graduate program before continuing on to the traditional two-year track.  Students enrolled in the three-year track will not be required to reapply to the graduate program after completing their first year.

Upon acceptance to the program, the undergraduate transcripts of each student will be reviewed by his/her advisor to determine if any of all pre-professional coursed need to be completed.