School of Health Sciences/ Speech & Hearing Program

Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology

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The Master of Arts program in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology provides students with necessary academic and clinical experience to fulfill requirements for certification as a speech-language pathologist by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) as well as licensure as a speech-language pathologist by the State of Ohio.

The department maintains student-training liaisons with many hospitals, clinics and schools in the Greater Cleveland area. Students also have the opportunity to gain clinical experience by providing speech, language, and audiological services to clients in the on campus Speech and Hearing Clinic. The graduate academic program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of ASHA. Students who are admitted to the graduate program generally have high academic and professional success.  Our program currently has almost a 100% pass rate on the Praxis Exam.

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How to Apply to the Graduate Program

The deadline for completed applications for admission in the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology is January 15th of every academic year.  Applications received after January 15th will not be considered. Applicants should apply directly to CSU, to CSDCAS, and submit a Supplemental Application.

The SPH Supplemental Application should be sent to Donna Helwig at Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Avenue, MC-430, Cleveland, Ohio 44115or email to

All applicants should submit an application to the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) and to  Cleveland State University at CSDCAS can be accessed at  Applicants should follow the directions found on the CSDCAS website. CSDCAS applications will require two letters of recommendation, a personal statement (also known as a statement of purpose), GRE scores, and official transcripts. CSU only requires graduate application and official transcripts.

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose should be double spaced between one to two pages in length.  Use one inch margin and a 12 point font.  The following questions should be answered in the body of the essay:

  • What attracted you to the profession of speech-language pathology?
  • Why do you think you would be successful in this profession?
  • What influenced you to apply to CSU?
  • What would you like for the Admissions Committee to know about you that may not be reflected in your application materials?

Final Transcripts Once Student Commits to CSU

Finally, when students commit to the CSU graduate program, two copies of the final transcript from the degree granting institution is required.  One copy should be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions, and the second copy should be sent to the CSU Speech and Hearing Program Office at 2121 Euclid Avenue, MC 430,  Cleveland, OH 44115.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the student to check the status of his or her application.  You will need to verify that all application materials have been received by CSDCAS and supplemental materials by our graduate program, prior to the January 15th deadline.

If you are interested in learning more about our program, feel free to read the strategic plan.

View the Speech & Hearing Program Strategic Plan

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Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
Speech & Hearing Program
2121 Euclid Avenue, MC 430
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
1899 East 22nd Street
Main Classroom, Room 430
Phone: 216-687-3804
Fax: 216.687.6993

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