Audiologist & Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Programs

Audiologists and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) specialize in the medical complexities of communication. Audiologists focus on diagnosing, preventing, and treating hearing and balance problems. Speech-language pathologists specialize in diagnosing and treating speech, language, and swallowing disorders. These are two separate professions, but they’re strongly connected.

When hearing is impacted, often language is, too—and vice versa—meaning audiologists and SLPs collaborate and refer to one another frequently. At the undergraduate level, aspiring audiologists and SLPs may even major in the same subject (e.g., speech and hearing sciences). The links extend to several stages of an audiologist or SLP’s career, from pooling scientific and academic research to holding the same public policy agendas.

Differences remain, however. For example, nearly half of all speech-language pathologists work in education-affiliated settings, where they may work with students throughout a school district. However, only one in ten audiologists work in educational settings, with the majority instead working in healthcare settings. Further specialization in both fields leads to nuanced pockets of practice that further differentiate themselves.

Audiologists may specialize in several different areas, including:

  • Balance
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Geriatrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Tinnitus

Speech-language pathologists may specialize in one of the following areas:

  • Child Language and Language Disorders
  • Fluency and Fluency Disorders
  • Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders

The most critical difference between these two professions is that audiologists will need a doctoral degree to practice, while SLPs may need only a master’s degree. While the professions remain closely aligned, very few people simultaneously practice speech-language pathology and audiology. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), only 785 of its 211,000 members are certified to work as both audiologists and speech-language pathologists.

Arizona State University

Whether you’re considering becoming an audiologist or a speech-language pathologist, the future is bright. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2023), openings for speech-language pathologists will increase 19 percent nationally between 2022 and 2032, making speech-language pathology one of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation. Audiology is forecasted to grow 11 percent over the same timeframe—a rate that’s more than thrice as fast as the national average (3 percent).

Read on to learn about educational programs in these two intertwined professions.

Admissions Requirements for Audiologist Schools & SLP Programs

Admissions requirements for audiologist schools and SLP programs will vary from institution to institution and based on the level of education sought.

For undergraduate programs, admissions requirements typically include:

  • A strong high school GPA (3.0 or greater)
  • SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • A personal statement

For graduate programs, admissions requirements typically include:

  • A strong undergraduate GPA (3.0 or greater)
  • GMAT and/or GRE scores
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • Prerequisite coursework
  • Relevant work experience

Do note that international students may also need to present a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score.

Audiologist School & SLP Program Accreditation

Accreditation ensures that a university, school, or program is meeting quality standards. Accreditation means students and employers can trust an educational institution, and it’s of paramount importance in an increasingly fragmented landscape of on-campus, online, and hybrid programs.

At the undergraduate level, audiologist schools and SLP programs will generally receive a broad regional accreditation. Those regional accrediting entities include:

  • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

At the graduate level, it’s critical that audiology and SLP programs be accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Professional audiologists and speech-language pathologists who seek out state licensure or registration will need to have graduated from programs accredited by this entity in particular.

List of Audiologist & SLP Schools

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School City State Website GRADS ('21)
University of Central Florida Orlando Florida 339
University of South Florida Tampa Florida 192
New York University New York New York 180
Florida State University Tallahassee Florida 142
St. John's University-New York Queens New York 136
University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison Wisconsin 130
Purdue University-Main Campus West Lafayette Indiana 126
The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson Texas 123
University of Iowa Iowa City Iowa 123
CUNY Lehman College Bronx New York 121
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 119
CUNY Brooklyn College Brooklyn New York 117
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge Louisiana 115
Illinois State University Normal Illinois 106
Brigham Young University Provo Utah 105
Indiana University-Bloomington Bloomington Indiana 104
Auburn University Auburn Alabama 103
Adelphi University Garden City New York 99
University of Arkansas Fayetteville Arkansas 99
University of Florida Gainesville Florida 98
West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester Pennsylvania 96
University at Buffalo Buffalo New York 93
East Carolina University Greenville North Carolina 92
Southern Connecticut State University New Haven Connecticut 91
Kent State University at Kent Kent Ohio 89
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Champaign Illinois 89
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette Louisiana 89
Temple University Philadelphia Pennsylvania 87
The College of Saint Rose Albany New York 86
The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa Alabama 86
University of Connecticut Storrs Connecticut 85
Nazareth College Rochester New York 84
West Virginia University Morgantown West Virginia 84
University of Central Arkansas Conway Arkansas 83
Ball State University Muncie Indiana 82
University of Kentucky Lexington Kentucky 82
Long Island University Brookville New York 81
University of North Texas Denton Texas 80
George Washington University Washington District of Columbia 70
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro North Carolina 67
University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg Mississippi 65
Florida International University Miami Florida 64
Miami University-Oxford Oxford Ohio 64
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis Tennessee 64
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green Kentucky 64
Iona College New Rochelle New York 63
Towson University Towson Maryland 63
University of Missouri-Columbia Columbia Missouri 62
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville Knoxville Tennessee 61
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg Pennsylvania 57
Boston University Boston Massachusetts 57
Loyola University Maryland Baltimore Maryland 56
South Carolina State University Orangeburg South Carolina 52
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Edwardsville Illinois 52
University of Redlands Redlands California 52
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus Indiana Pennsylvania 51
Old Dominion University Norfolk Virginia 49
Marywood University Scranton Pennsylvania 48
University of Virginia-Main Campus Charlottesville Virginia 48
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Milwaukee Wisconsin 48
Louisiana Tech University Ruston Louisiana 47
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus Cincinnati Ohio 47
University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe Louisiana 47
University of Northern Colorado Greeley Colorado 47
Indiana State University Terre Haute Indiana 45
Harding University Searcy Arkansas 44
University of New Mexico-Main Campus Albuquerque New Mexico 44
Northeastern University Professional Programs Boston Massachusetts 43
SUNY Cortland Cortland New York 43
Washington State University Pullman Washington 42
Southern University and A & M College Baton Rouge Louisiana 41
University of Mississippi University Mississippi 38
Ohio University-Main Campus Athens Ohio 37
University of Memphis Memphis Tennessee 37
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln Nebraska 37
University of Wyoming Laramie Wyoming 37
Minnesota State University Moorhead Moorhead Minnesota 36
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis Minnesota 36
Arkansas State University Jonesboro Arkansas 35
East Tennessee State University Johnson City Tennessee 34
Marshall University Huntington West Virginia 34
Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro Tennessee 34
Purdue University Fort Wayne Fort Wayne Indiana 33
The University of Montana Missoula Montana 33
Longwood University Farmville Virginia 32
Michigan State University East Lansing Michigan 32
University of Utah Salt Lake City Utah 32
Eastern Kentucky University Richmond Kentucky 31
Radford University Radford Virginia 31
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill North Carolina 31
The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso Texas 29
Hofstra University Hempstead New York 26
Northwestern University Evanston Illinois 26
Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond Louisiana 26
University of Central Missouri Warrensburg Missouri 26
Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis Missouri 26
Calvin University Grand Rapids Michigan 24
CUNY Hunter College New York New York 24
Pacific University Forest Grove Oregon 24
San Joaquin Delta College Stockton California 24
University of Louisville Louisville Kentucky 24
Northeastern State University Tahlequah Oklahoma 23
Orange Coast College Costa Mesa California 23
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton Florida 22
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans New Orleans Louisiana 22
Santa Ana College Santa Ana California 21
University of Nevada-Reno Reno Nevada 21
American River College Sacramento California 20
Concordia University-Wisconsin Mequon Wisconsin 20
New Mexico State University-Main Campus Las Cruces New Mexico 18
Pasadena City College Pasadena California 18
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock Arkansas 18
University of Tulsa Tulsa Oklahoma 16
Yeshiva University New York New York 15
Arizona State University Campus Immersion Tempe Arizona 14
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock Arkansas 13
Marymount Manhattan College New York New York 11
Delta State University Cleveland Mississippi 10
CUNY Graduate School and University Center New York New York 9
Syracuse University Syracuse New York 9
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport Shreveport Louisiana 8
Wichita State University Wichita Kansas 8
Andrews University Berrien Springs Michigan 7
Auburn University at Montgomery Montgomery Alabama 7
Reedley College Reedley California 6
Bluffton University Bluffton Ohio 5
Brescia University Owensboro Kentucky 5
Madera Community College Madera California 5
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti Michigan 4
Thiel College Greenville Pennsylvania 4
University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash College Blue Ash Ohio 4
Vanderbilt University Nashville Tennessee 4
Elmira College Elmira New York 2
University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences San Juan Puerto Rico 2
Stockton University Galloway New Jersey 1
University of Cincinnati-Clermont College Batavia Ohio 1
University of South Carolina-Columbia Columbia South Carolina 1
'20-'21 School Data from IPEDS (Sourced in September, 2023)

On-Campus Audiologist & SLP Schools – Degree Programs

Arizona State University (MS in Communication Disorders)

ASU’s on-campus master of science in communication disorders program prepares students to become certified speech-language pathologists. Students in this program are trained to treat and evaluate clients with language, speech, swallowing, and cognitive disorders.

The first three semesters cover core classes such as the neural bases of communication disorders; clinical methods in speech-language pathology; differential diagnosis of communication disorders; and language assessment and intervention. The final two semesters are dedicated to specializations and clinical skills, drawing on electives like bilingual language acquisition, sign language for audiologists and speech pathologists, and counseling in communication disorders.

The full program comprises 60 credits and can be completed in 20 months. The curriculum includes a clinical practicum and an internship.

  • Location: Tempe, AZ
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission (HLC); Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Expected Time to Completion: 20 months

Washington State University (MS in Speech and Hearing Sciences)

WSU’s master of science in speech and hearing sciences program specializing in speech-language pathology prepares graduates to work as speech-language pathologists in both educational and medical settings. Virtually all of the program’s graduates are gainfully employed in clinical fellowship positions following graduation.

The curriculum’s course of study emphasizes behavioral, neurological, physiological, and psychological dimensions of normal development, fundamental communication processes, and communication disorders. Required courses include topics such as school-age and adolescent language; motor speech disorders; dysphagia; voice and resonance disorders; autism spectrum disorder; problems in stuttering; augmentative communication; and neurogenic disorders of language and cognition.

  • Location: Spokane, WA
  • Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU); Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Expected Time to Completion: 24 months

Illinois State University (AuD)

Illinois State University’s doctor of audiology (AuD) program prepares students for work as certified clinical audiologists. This four-year program consists of formal coursework, a practicum, a year-long residency, and an independent study capstone project.

Students will take a total of 86 credits: 54 credits of coursework, 26 credits of clinical practicum, and six credits of a capstone. Required courses include psychoacoustics; auditory processing and disorders; implantable auditory prostheses; vestibular evaluation and rehabilitation; and business and practice management in audiology.

Illinois State University is also home to the Eckelmann-Taylor Speech and Hearing Clinic, which boasts state-of-the-art equipment and treats over 12,000 clients a year.

  • Location: Normal, IL
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission (HLC); Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Expected Time to Completion: 48 months

University of Arizona (AuD)

University of Arizona’s highly-ranked doctor of audiology (AuD) program is designed to prepare for a clinical career in audiology meeting all of the clinical and academic requirements for certification by the ASHA as well as the Arizona Department of Health Services Licensing requirements. This full-time, four-year program covers hearing science and the treatment and nature of hearing and balance disorders. Clinical practice in the UA Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic and off-campus placements provide students with a full array of experiences, while students have the opportunity to engage in research. A multicultural bilingual certificate is also available as part of the program.

The program requires a minimum of 50 credits of graduate-level coursework in the areas of audiology, communication disorders, and hearing science. Supplementary coursework may be needed to fulfill the skill and knowledge requirements needed for professional certification. All students will complete an auditory doctoral project that requires a minimum of 9 credits. In addition, they will also be required to complete academic coursework to fulfill a minor area of study. Completion of clinical rotations during the first three years followed by a clinical externship during the fourth year will also be required. A total of 71 credits is typical for this four-year degree.

  • Location: Tucson, AZ
  • Accreditation: WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC); Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Expected Time to Completion: 48 months

University of North Texas (AuD)

The University of North Texas offers a clinically focused Doctor of Audiology program that students with outstanding hands-on experience and prepares them for work as practitioners through clinical practice experience and valuable research. Working with experienced faculty members, students in this program will be able to gain valuable research experience in areas such as auditory processing, auditory rehabilitation, auditory evoked potentials, hearing assessment, tinnitus, speech perception, and hearing technology.

By completing the required coursework, clinical practicum experiences, and laboratory training, students will be qualified for national certification from ASHA and will also have satisfactory requirements for Texas state licensure in audiology. Along with the on-campus practicum at the Speech and Hearing Center, off-site practicum opportunities are also available at more than 100 sites in the region.

Made up of 95 credits, the program includes courses such as neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the auditory and vestibular system; pediatric audiology; medical audiology; advanced audiologic assessment; clinical audiology observation; and rehabilitative audiology for adults and children.

  • Location: Denton, TX
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC); Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Expected Time to Completion: 48 months
  • Estimated Tuition: Resident ($5,612.83 per semester); non-resident ($10,652.83 per semester)

Online Audiologist Schools & SLP Programs


Arizona State University (Online BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences)

ASU’s online bachelor of science in speech and hearing sciences program covers all the essential aspects of human communication. The degree provides graduates with the foundational knowledge necessary to enter graduate-level audiology and speech-language pathology programs.

The core curriculum includes classes that cover topics such as developmental speech and language disorders; clinical methods and treatment of communication disorders; acquired speech and language disorders; and an introduction to phonetics. Graduates of the program will be prepared for licensure as SLP assistants within Arizona. The program is made up of 120 credits.

Graduates can explore several professional paths. Potential roles include advocates, audiologists, community health workers, hearing aid specialists, human behavior researchers, speech-language pathology assistants, and speech pathologists.

  • Location: Tempe, AZ
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission (HLC); Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Expected Time to Completion: 48 months

New York University (Online Master’s Program in Speech-Language Pathology)

NYU’s online master’s in speech-language pathology program, Speech@NYU, prepares students to earn their speech-language pathology certification. The curriculum is evidence-based and person-centered, enabling graduates to serve diverse populations. The program is offered by the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders.

The curriculum includes 48 graduate-level credits and 375 direct clinical contact hours. Classes cover topics such as adult language disorders; speech/sound disorders in children; critical evaluation of research in communicative sciences and disorders; motor speech disorders; and principles of intervention with speech-language disorders. GRE scores are not required for admission.

In addition to online coursework, students will need to attend two on-campus immersion sessions to help them prepare to perform clinical diagnostics in speech pathology.

  • Location: New York, NY
  • Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE); Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Expected Time to Completion: Six to eight semesters

Baylor University (Online MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders)

Baylor University’s online master of science in communication sciences and disorders program, Speech@Baylor, is rooted in research, clinical experiences, and real-world competencies. Baylor brings over a half-century of SLP experience to its online offering.

The curriculum consists of 45 credits, with classes exploring topics such as language development; phonological science; clinical audiology; structures and functions in communication and swallowing; speech sound disorders; aphasiology; and aural rehabilitation. The program includes both clinical practicums and a clinical internship.

Graduates can pursue SLP careers in hospitals and rehabilitation centers, schools, skilled nursing facilities, private individual or group practices, residential facilities, physicians’ offices, and speech, language, and hearing centers.

  • Location: Waco, TX
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC); Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Expected Time to Completion: 20 months

University of Northern Colorado (Online MA in Speech-Language Pathology)

The University of Northern Colorado’s master of arts in speech-language pathology program prepares students for entry-level work as speech-language pathologists. The program uses a clinician-researcher model and strongly emphasizes evidence-based practice.

The curriculum includes classes covering topics such as behavioral research evaluation; neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of communication; articulation and phonological disorders in children; and diagnostic procedures.

The program consists of 62 to 71 credits and includes a two-week residency at the university’s Greeley campus for laboratory experiences. The program also includes an internship. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible for licensure and certification in most states.

  • Location: Greeley, CO
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission (HLC); Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Expected Time to Completion: 36 months

University of Nebraska Kearney (Online MS in Speech-Language Pathology)

The University of Nebraska at Kearney offers an online master of science program in speech-language pathology, providing students with the requisite skills, technological proficiency, and knowledge to earn appropriate licenses, certifications, and credentials needed to practice successfully and ethically as speech-language pathologists. The communication disorders master’s degree prepares graduates to work in various settings such as public schools, early intervention programs, hospitals, nursing homes, federal and state institutions, and rehabilitation centers.

Made up of 56 credits, the program includes courses such as diagnostic methods; alternative augmentative communication; voice & resonance disorder; cognitive communication disorders; dysphagia; aphasia rehabilitation; and motor speech, among others. The program also includes practicums and internships.

Graduates will be ready to take up positions such as medically-based clinicians, school-based clinicians, lecturers, researchers, clinic administrators, and clinic supervisors.

  • Location: Kearney, NE
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission (HLC); Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Expected Time to Completion: Nine semesters

Emerson College (Online MS in Communication Disorders)

Emerson College offers an online master of science program in communication disorders, Speech@Emerson, preparing students to address communicative challenges faced by their clients across their life spans. Preparing students for national certification and licensure as speech-language pathologists, this online program offers multiple start dates throughout the year and does not require GRE scores for admission. Students can complete this program in 20 months by taking the five-term track or 36 months by taking the nine-term track.

Delivered and designed by exceptional faculty members, this 54-credit online program includes two immersions at Emerson’s Boston campus, 375 direct client/patient clinical contact hours, and twenty-five guided clinical observation hours. Students will learn cognitive, family-focused, psychosocial, developmental, medical, and behavioral models through on-campus immersions, clinical placements, and live class sessions.

The curriculum comprises 54 credits, including 51 credits of clinical and academic courses and three one-credit seminars taken during two immersions. Some of the topics students will delve into include fluency disorders; speech sound disorders; dysphagia; language and literacy disabilities; motor speech disorders; voice disorders; augmentative and alternative communication; and neurological bases of communication.

  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Accreditation: New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE); Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Expected Time to Completion: 5-term track (20 months); 9-term track (36 months)

University of Cincinnati (Online MA in Speech-Language Pathology)

In collaboration with the University of Akron, the University of Cincinnati offers an online master of arts degree in speech-language pathology involving in-depth study of the several disorders of communication coupled with practicum experiences. Students in this program will complete academic courses through both UC and Akron.

Made up of 65 credits, the program includes courses such as the syntax of language; autism and other developmental disabilities; language disorders in early childhood; advanced neurological basis of communication disorders; speech sound disorders; neurogenic language disorders; dysphagia; voice disorders; and school issues and procedures.

Graduates will be able to find careers working with patients across the lifespan in a variety of locations such as hospitals, speech and hearing clinics, rehabilitation and long-term care facilities, educational programs, and governmental health agencies.

  • Location: Cincinnati, OH
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission (HLC); Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Expected Time to Completion: 36 months
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