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Prerequisite Courses

All students potentially entering or having already entered the graduate program are expected upon graduation to present academic and clinical credentials that will earn endorsement by the department for application to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for a certificate of clinical competence in Speech-Language Pathology.  All students preparing for entry to or entering the UHM CSD graduate program must fulfill specified prerequisite courses (see the table below) typically available through undergraduate CSD programs.  These courses or their equivalencies should be largely fulfilled prior to graduate admission.  The following table identifies the required prerequisite coursework and clinical observation hours:


UHM CSD Prerequisites

The acceptable minimum prerequisite grade: B-

  Prerequisite Course Area Credits Examples
  General Prerequisites
1 Physical Science (physics or chemistry) 3 UHM: PHYS 100, CHEM 161
2 Biological Science (should emphasize a content area related to human or animal science – e.g. biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science) 3 UHM: BIOL 171, ZOOL 100, PHYL 103, PHYL 141 (BIOL 101 is not applicable)
3 Statistics 3 UHM: PSY/SOCS 225, EDEP 429 (research methodology courses in CSD are not applicable)
4 Psychology 3 UHM: PSY 100
5 Social/Behavioral Sciences (additional courses in psychology (e.g. developmental, abnormal, clinical, social, behavioral or physiological), or sociology, anthropology, or public health) 3 UHM: PSY 220, 240, 250, 270; SOC 100; ANTH 152
  UHM CSD Specific Prerequisites
1 Anatomy & Physiology of Speech & Hearing Mechanism 3 UHM online PCP program: CSD 431
2 Phonetics 3 UHM: LING 410; UHM online PCP program: CSD 432
3 Speech & Language Development 3 UHM online PCP program: CSD 433
4 Acoustics & Psychoacoustics of Speech and Hearing 3 UHM online PCP program: CSD 434
5 Introduction to Clinical Methods in CSD 3 UHM online PCP program: CSD 435
6 Introduction to CSD 3 UHM online PCP program: CSD 436
7 Introduction to Audiometry and Auditory Disorders 3 UHM online PCP program: CSD 437
1 Observation hours: Students can obtain observation hours through: 1) an approved course; 2) an online course that delivers observation hours through videos; or 3) apply and matriculate then complete the hours through a CSD 699 Directed Reading/Research independent study course taken during their first semester. Students cannot enter clinical work until this requirement has been fulfilled. 25 Hours UHM online PCP program: CSD 435 (see listing above under Introduction to Clinical Methods in CSD)

Note: The minimum acceptable grade in any pre-requisite course is a B-


Currently, the CSD department does not offer an undergraduate program, however we do offer coursework in CSD through our online Prerequisite Certification Program (PCP).  Students who do not meet general admission requirements or have not taken all prerequisite courses will need to enroll in a program which offers the appropriate coursework such as the PCP program through the CSD department.  Other distance education options can be found by using the EdFind search engine on the ASHA website at www.asha.org/edfind/

Some of the more general required courses (e.g., psychology, biological science, physical science, phonetics, and statistics) may be taken at UH either during the bachelor’s degree or as an unclassified post-baccalaureate (PBU).  Credits from institutions other than UHM or taken as a PBU student at the UHM can be considered for transfer, where Policies Governing Transfer of Credits from other institutions established by the UHM Graduate school may apply.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores

All students potentially entering the graduate program must complete the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). Upon completion of the GRE, send your scores by designating “University of Hawaii at Manoa” as a recipient; our institution code is 4867.

It should be noted that our recently enrolled graduated students have the following average percentiles on their GRE exam before admission to our program:

  • Verbal: 55th percentile
  • Quantitative: 40th percentile
  • Analytical: 39th percentile

We understand that other factors (such as undergraduate GPA, PBU GPA, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and previous work experience) also play important roles in determining a student’s success. Therefore, GRE is not the most decisive factor in our selection committee.

The above being said, if your GRE percentiles fall well below the previous averages, unless other aspects of your profile are extremely exceptional, it is unlikely that your application will be considered favorably in the screening and selection process.

Note: Since scores may take up to several weeks to be reported, plan your test date accordingly before the application deadline of February 1.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

All students potentially entering the graduate program must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 1.0-4.0 scale (B average). The average GPA of recently enrolled students is 3.44.

Applicants must submit one official transcript to CSDCAS and to the Office of Graduate Education – Student Services at the UHM from each college or university institution attended, regardless of number or credits or length of time attended, including any study abroad or exchange programs, summer programs, non-degree work and extension programs. Transcripts must be received directly from the institution.

Observation Hours

Please see the previous table for requirements for observation hours and potential sources of obtaining these hours.

Summary Table of Student Enrollment Data

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Application Process

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