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The Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences offers internationally recognized programs in speech-language-hearing sciences, audiology, and speech-language pathology that provide outstanding opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to pursue academic and clinical careers.


Farewell, Dr. Kennedy!

Mary KennedyThis month we say a bittersweet farewell to Dr. Mary Kennedy, as she leaves the University of Minnesota to take a position as Professor of Speech-Language Pathology at Chapman University in Orange, California.  Mary has been a consummate colleague and friend to all of us in SLHS for these past 15 years. She has done some exceptional research, mentored outstanding graduate students, and taught hundreds of undergraduates through those years. 

While we can’t mention all of her achievements, a few are really notable:

She redesigned our Major Projects senior capstone class to incorporate service learning opportunities to give our upperclass undergraduates some amazing experiences.  She developed a “Return to College” program for young adults who have experienced brain injury.  She has given countless workshops to clinicans around the country who serve patients recovering from brain injury.  In 2013 she was awarded both the Honors of the Association from the Academy of Neurologic Communicate Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS) and Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

 She is returning to her roots as she moves back to Southern California, and we congratulate her on her outstanding new position.  We are grateful for her years as a Gopher, and will greatly miss her.


In all programs, we strive to serve scholars within the University and broader community with interwoven coursework and clinical and research experiences. These enable students to better understand the complexities of human communication across the life span, and to be sensitive to the personal, social, academic, and vocational consequences of difficulties in communication.

Strategic Plan

The Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences is pleased to announce that it has been granted an eight-year accreditation cycle from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. This accreditation cycle runs from April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2020. 

The Master's Degree program in Speech-Language Pathology and the Professional Doctorate program in Audiology (Au.D.) are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850, Telephone: 800-638-8255

Applying for Graduate School?

Our graduate programs offer students the opportunity to pursue a wide variety of academic, clinical and research interests. Learn More

Praxis, Program Completion, and Employment Rates (PDF)

Funding Opportunities for Prospective PhD Students in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Bilingual and Multicultural Emphasis Program in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

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