MHS in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences with Emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology

The Master of Health Science (MHS) in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) with an Emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology prepares students for professional practice in speech-language pathology. Students in this program receive a strong academic and clinical background in current theory and application in the field of communication disorders from faculty who are committed to excellence in teaching and who are involved in clinical and basic research.

Degree Requirements

MHS candidates are required to complete a minimum of 48 semester credit hours in graduate-level courses with grades of B- or higher. No fewer than 24 credit hours must be earned in 8000/9000-level course work offered by the program. A maximum of 9 credit hours in clinical practicum courses may be counted toward the 48-hour requirement. Additionally, a minimum of 375 hours of clinical practicum that is supervised by certified clinical faculty are required to meet clinical practicum requirements for certification and licensure in the field. In addition to the MU Speech and Hearing Clinic, the city of Columbia and surrounding communities in mid-Missouri provide for a wide range of clinical practicum opportunities as well as a diverse client population. Students who wish to also may pursue clinical practicum experiences in other geographical locations during their final semester in the program. A thesis option also is available for students interested in research and/or further study toward the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.

Required Courses
SLHS 8020Developmental Language Disorders3
SLHS 8030Acquired Language Disorders3
SLHS 8200Motor Speech Disorders3
SLHS 8210Disorders of Fluency3
SLHS 8225Voice Science and Voice Disorders3
SLHS 8230Dysphagia3
SLHS 8240Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Disorders1
SLHS 8250Clinical Methods in Speech-Language Pathology3
SLHS 8260Diagnosis in Speech-Language Pathology3
SLHS 8300Neurological Bases of Speech and Language2
SLHS 8320Speech Sound Disorders2
SLHS 8430Augmentative and Alternative Communication2
SLHS 8500Issues in Professional Practice2
SLHS 8600Clinical Language Analysis3
SLHS 8935Clinical Practice in Audiology1
SLHS 8945Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology1-10

The MHS degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences typically takes students two full years to complete if their baccalaureate degree is in SLHS. If their undergraduate study was in another field, the degree program requires at a minimum 30 additional credit/semester hours of prerequisite coursework. This coursework may be completed through any college or university that offers an undergraduate degree in SLHS and must include courses in both basic communication sciences and some communication disorders. It is recommended that the student have their prerequisite coursework approved by the Department’s graduate program director prior to application to the MHS degree program. Applicants do not have to complete all prerequisite coursework before applying to, or beginning, the MHS program; however, they must be, at a minimum, in the process of doing so. All students must have successfully completed a baccalaureate degree (in some field) before beginning the MHS program in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. For more information, contact the Department at

MHS graduates are required to meet all academic and clinical requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) awarded by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). A passing score of 162 on the PRAXIS II Speech-Language Pathology examination is required for graduation from the MHS program in SLHS. In addition to serving as the comprehensive examination for masters candidates in SLHS, the PRAXIS II also is required for the Certificate of Clinical Competence, for Missouri professional licensure, and for employment as a speech language pathologist in Missouri public schools. For well over 20 years, 100% of all graduates from MU's SLHS program have passed this national exam and our mean and median scores are significantly higher than the national averages. In addition, graduates of the program have enjoyed excellent job opportunities upon graduation, with many having more than one job offer before finishing their masters program.

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Thesis Option

The student may choose the thesis option for the master’s degree; work toward the thesis may count for up to six semester hours of credit.

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Prerequisite Coursework

All applicants to the MHS program in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology must have completed, or be in the process of completing, standard prerequisite course work in SLHS.  Any prospective applicant with an undergraduate degree in a major field other than Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences should contact the Department prior to submitting an application to the MHS program.  Prerequisite course work must be approved by the SLHS Director of Graduate Studies prior to application.  Many options exist for completing prerequisite course work nationwide.  Please contact the Department for more information.

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During the final semester of course work, we expect master’s degree candidates to achieve a passing score on the PRAXIS II Examination in Speech-Language Pathology. This exam serves as the comprehensive examination for the degree. See the program’s online MHS Student Handbook for additional information.

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Admission Contact Information

Kelsey Pritchett
301 Lewis Hall; Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 884-6085

Admission Criteria

Deadline for Summer entrance (required for all applicants): February 1

  • Minimum Undergraduate GPA: 3.0 (on last 60 credit hours of course work)
  • Minimum TOEFL scores: 
Internet-based test (iBT) Paper-based test (PBT)
100* 600
  • Minimum GRE scores:
When did you take the GRE? Verbal + Quantitative Analytical
Prior to August 1, 2011 1000 (preferred)
On or After August 1, 2011 300 (preferred)

Required Application Materials

All applicants to the MHS program in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology must apply through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) Application.  The Applicant Portal Link will open on July 15, 2020 to begin accepting applications for the 2020-21 academic year.  Additional information about the application process may be found on the Speech, Language and Hearing MHS Application web page, which includes the correct institution code for submitting GRE scores.

A personal online video interview is required.

Students who are accepted into the MHS program and commit to attending the University of Missouri will be required to complete the MU Graduate School's online application which includes an additional fee.  Information will be provided when admission is offered. 

Admission Process

The current graduate admission process in Speech-Language Pathology is highly competitive nationwide.  All MHS admission decisions are made by the Departmental Graduate Admissions Committee.

Financial Aid from the Program

All applicants accepted for admission to the MHS program will be considered for departmental financial aid.

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