Candidates for the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders must present a minimum of 30 undergraduate credit hours in the area of study. The Master of Science degree track in Audiology is no longer accepting students and has closed effective December 31, 2006. Background preparation should include basic courses in speech-language pathology, clinical methodology, audiology, testing of hearing, habilitation and rehabilitation of hearing, speech and hearing science, clinical practicum, and a minimum of 15 credit hours relating to normal development of speech, hearing and language. As per ASHA guidelines, a class in statistics is required prior to admission to the masters program.
Types of Admission
Regular Admission Status: For admission as a REGULAR CLASSIFIED GRADUATE STUDENT, applicants must present:
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning,
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 in the major and/or in all courses taken during the final four semesters or six quarters of undergraduate preparation,
- Adequate, appropriate undergraduate preparation, and
- Satisfactory performance on Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Desirable GRE minima are 146 on the verbal and quantitative subtests and 3.5 on the written examination. For scores below these minima, there should be evidence of compensatory strengths elsewhere in the applicant’s packet.
- The following are the department’s admission policy for minimum scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for nonnative speakers of English: a score of 600 or better on the paper-based TOEFL, a score of 250 or better on the computer-based TOEFL, or score of 100 or better on the internet-based TOEFL. For other requirements specific to international students please check the website for international applicants http://www.hawaii.edu/admissions/international.html
Admission by Exception Status: Students who have not fulfilled all coursework pre-requisites but have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 may be considered for admission by exception. Should admission occur and prior to the student’s last semester in the program, students must have their admission changed to Regular status [NOTE: This status can be changed to Regular status when all coursework pre-requisites are fulfilled with at least a B average in all courses taken.] However, students with the best academic records and have fulfilled all coursework pre-requisites will be considered for admission first.
Academic Plan of Study
Both Plan A (thesis) and Plan B (non-thesis) are available for graduate study. The plan to be followed is determined by the student and his or her advisor. The decision is based upon the specific interests of the individual student and future educational and occupational objectives.
Under PLAN A, 38 credit hours in course work, a thesis (SPA 700–6 credit hours), and a final oral examination on the thesis subject are required. PLAN B requires satisfactory completion of 44 credit hours of course work, including CSD 695 in which a research study is completed. Most students in the program select Plan B (non-thesis). For both Plan A and Plan B, students are required to take the Praxis II in Speech-Language Pathology (0330) and pass with a score of 600 or higher prior to graduation. Each classified and unclassified graduate student is personally responsible for knowing any additional information and regulations contained in the University Catalog, the MyUH Portal provided by the University of Hawai‘i, and information available through the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. If questions arise, the student’s advisor should be consulted first.
Students who have an undergraduate degree in the field and are admitted into the program during the Fall semester will follow a Speech Language Pathology plan of study. No students are currently being accepted for Audiology. Students granted Post-Baccalaureate/Unclassified Status to the program will require modifications to this plan. If questions arise, contact the department ( 692-1581) and schedule an appointment to speak with an academic advisor.
The median time required for completion of this program by an individual admitted with all coursework pre-requisites fulfilled is two years, which usually includes coursework during the summer semesters. Our program is designed for Fall admission.
Board of Regents Bylaws, Section 1-5 (April 21, 2011)
It is the policy of the University to provide equity of opportunity in higher education, both in the educational mission and as an employer. The University is committed to comply with all State and Federal statutes, rules, and regulations which prohibit discrimination. The University is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital status, breastfeeding, income assignment for child support, arrest and court record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, national guard absence, or status as a covered veteran.
This policy covers admission and access to, and participation, treatment and employment in the University’s programs and activities. Discriminatory harassment, including sexual harassment, is prohibited under this policy. The University shall promote a full realization of equal opportunity through a positive, continuing program of nondiscrimination and affirmative action (41 CFR Chapter 60) on each campus.
The department also adheres to the following University of Hawai‘i System Value on Diversity, Fairness and Equity:
Society is best served by representing populations equitably throughout UH. Diverse perspectives help root out prejudice and injustice.