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Speech and Hearing Sciences

Masterís and Doctoral Programs

Graduate opportunities

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of North Texas prepares you to work effectively with people who have communication disorders. It also advances the discipline through professional, clinical and research activities.

We offer course work leading to the Master of Arts or Master of Science degrees in Speech-Language Pathology and a Doctor of Audiology degree. In addition, completing required course work, laboratory training and clinical practicum experiences qualifies you for national certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Texas state licensure.

You can gain valuable research experience by working with our faculty members on various projects. Our department maintains laboratories for research, clinical treatment rooms, a clinic library, a student workroom and a computer lab. Faculty research includes studying:

  • Aphasia
  • Articulation
  • Auditory evoked potentials
  • Correlates of tinnitus
  • Speech perception
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Vocal pathologies

Other collaborative research projects are conducted with the College of Music and the biological sciences, electrical engineering and physics departments.

Outstanding resources

Along with the on-campus practicum at the UNT Speech and Hearing Center, opportunities are available at more than 100 off-campus practicum sites in the region. These sites include hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and public schools administering hearing screenings and raising hearing loss awareness. All practicum requirements are closely monitored by a clinical supervisor.

Our masterís and doctoral students are prepared academically and clinically throughout their programs. To ensure students master their clinical skills, clinical competencies are reviewed each semester with the clinical supervisor. Academic knowledge and clinical competency are also reviewed through formative and summative assessments at different stages of their programs. Students enjoy a 100 percent employment rate within six months of graduation and have a 100 percent pass rate on the American Speech- Language-Hearing Association Praxis examination.

Our programs were among the first accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (2200 Research Blvd.; Rockville, Md. 20850-3289; telephone 800-498-2071).

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

Youíll need to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate Schoolģ and the following program requirements:

  • Completed program application
  • GRE scores
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement of future professional goals

Applicants to the speech-language pathology and audiology degree programs should submit a completed application form by Feb. 1 for admission the following fall semester.

Degree requirements

M.A. and M.S. degrees

There are two options for both masterís degrees:

  • 45 semester hours of course work and a clinical practicum
  • 39 semester hours of course work, 6 semester hours of thesis and a clinical practicum

Each option requires an additional 6 semester hours in audiology.

If you write a thesis, you must pass an oral exam administered by the thesis committee on your topic. A written comprehensive exam is required if you donít write a thesis. The comprehensive exam focuses on the various content areas of speech-language pathology, including normal aspects of speech, language, swallowing and hearing.

Au.D. in Audiology

This is a four-year, post-baccalaureate degree. Degree requirements include:

  • 70 to 78 semester hours of course work
  • 44 semester hours of clinical practicum (with a minimum of 1,850 clock hours)
  • A faculty-directed research project
  • Pass comprehensive, formative and summative exams

During the fourth year of the program, you must complete a clinical residency at an external practicum site, which may involve relocation or travel.

Financial assistance

Semester-long graduate assistantships and scholarships are available. Faculty members may also have research money available for partial support of a research assistant. All assistantships and scholarships are competitive.