Graduate admissions for communication sciences and disorders

Master of arts (M.A.) in speech-language pathology

The M.A. degree with a major in speech-language pathology is the entry-level degree that is required to practice as a speech-language pathologist. The M.A. with a major in speech-language pathology is designed to prepare students to meet ASHA certification requirements and Michigan state licensure requirements for entering clinical practice as a speech-language pathologist.

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Doctor of audiology (Au.D.)

The Au.D. or doctor of audiology degree is the entry-level degree that is required to practice as an audiologist. The Au.D. degree program is designed to prepare students to meet Michigan state licensure requirements for entering clinical practice as an Audiologist. In addition, students may optionally complete the requirements for ASHA certification.

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Doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. program in communication sciences and disorders offers an exceptional program through exciting research opportunities with outstanding access to a variety of clinical populations, including speakers of a wide variety of languages and dialects.

Application procedures for Ph.D.

Learn more about the Ph.D. program.


Applying as a graduate student assistant

The department has a limited number of graduate assistantships available for the support of students in the M.A.-SLP, Au.D. and Ph.D. programs.

Apply for a graduate student assistantship

Applicants to the M.A.-SLP, Au.D. and Ph.D. programs are also strongly encouraged to apply for Wayne State's Graduate Professional Scholarship and any other internal or external funding for which they might be eligible.


Good Neighbor Policy

Ohio/Ontario Good Neighbor Policy

Graduate non-resident students who are residents of Fulton, Lucas, Ottawa and Williams counties in Ohio or Ontario, Canada and enroll at Wayne State University in eligible academic programs will have the non-resident portion of tuition waived. This tuition benefit does not apply to certain academic programs, including the School of Medicine M.D. program and the doctor of pharmacy program. Please refer to the tuition and fees page for additional details.


Community college transfer guides

Visit our transfer plans to learn more about qualifying courses and credits.


Non-discrimination policy

Wayne State University (WSU) is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity in all of its operations, employment status, educational programs and related activities. As part of WSU, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders adheres to this same policy for faculty and students as well as for clients of the department's clinics. Students, faculty, staff and persons served in the department's clinics are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner—that is, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, citizenship or status as a covered veteran.