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What do speech, language and hearing scientists do?

Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at U of Minnesota

  • Speech, language and hearing scientists are people who study the links between the speaker's mind with the listener's mind and what empowers or disrupts the communicative process. The Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences represents an interdisciplinary effort in understanding the verbal hallmark of human beings from a variety of perspectives: biological, physical, physiological, linguistic, psychological, social, and neurological. Researchers in speech, language and hearing sciences provide the knowledge base for clinicians in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology, and work closely with professional in related fields such as engineers, physicians, and educators in helping individuals with speech, voice, language and hearing problems. Typical work sites for speech, language and hearing scientists include colleges and universities, research laboratories, government agencies, and industry in communication technology. In general, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is required for these jobs. It is common that academic jobs may also require postdoctoral training.

Undergraduate Program in SLHS at U of Minnesota


Overview of the undergraduate program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences.

Graduate Program (MA) in Speech-Language Pathology at U of Minnesota


Overview of the MA program (clinical focus).

Audiology Doctoral Program (AuD) at U of Minnesota

Overview of the AuD program (clinical focus).

PhD Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at U of Minnesota

Overview of the PhD program (research focus).

Graduate Program Rankings in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Source: US News & World Report 2008 (ranking for reference changes depending on the year of survey.)

Rank Speech-Language Pathology Rank Audiology
1 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 1 Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
2 Northwestern University Evanston, IL 2 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
2 Purdue University-West Lafayette West Lafayette, IN 3 University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2 University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 4 University of Texas-Dallas, Dallas, TX
5 University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 5 Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
5 University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 6 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
5 University of Washington, Seattle, WA 6 University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
5 Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 6 University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
9 University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL 9 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
9 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN 9 Purdue University-West Lafayette West Lafayette, IN
9 University of Texas-Austin, Austin, TX 9 Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
12 Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 9 University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
12 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 9 University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
12 University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 9 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
12 University of Pittsburgh-Main Campus, Pittsburgh, PA 9 University of Texas-Austin, Austin, TX
12 University of Texas-Dallas, Dallas, TX 16 University at Buffalo-SUNY, Buffalo, NY
17 University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 16 University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
18 Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 18 Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
18 Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 19 Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
18 Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 19 Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
18 Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL 19 Gallaudet University, Washington, DC
18 University of Maryland-College Park, College Park, MD 19 James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
18 University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 19 Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
24 MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA 24 University of Colorado-Boulder, Boulder, CO
25 Boston University, Boston, MA 24 University of Maryland-College Park, College Park, MD
Click here for complete ranking in speech-language pathology. Click here for complete ranking in audiology.

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