Degree Programs

Undergraduate Students 

  • Undergraduate students who are interested in Speech-Language Pathology can take our prerequisite courses. Please email Dr. Tina Smith  for information. 
  • How do I major in Speech-Language Pathology at T.S.U.?
  • TSU does not offer a Bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology. However, interested students are welcome to major in Public Health at TSU and take our 5 prerequisite courses as electives. These courses are required to apply for a Master's Degree in Speech Pathology. 
  • For more information about the Public Health major, please visit:

Graduate Program


Fifteen (15) hours of prerequisite courses in speech-language pathology:

  • SPTH 2500: Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • SPTH 2600: Phonetics
  • SPTH 2800: Introduction to Speech, Hearing and Language Disorders
  • SPTH 3300: Clinical Methods in Articulation Disorders
  • SPTH 3500: Language and Speech Development in Children
  • *SPTH2600 is a prerequisite course for SPTH 3300

Non-Degree Seeking Students

  • It is not necessary to have a bachelor’s degree in the area of speech-language pathology to apply to the Master of Science Program in Speech and Hearing Science in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. Applicants who do not have a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology or Communication Disorders are required to complete 15 hours of prerequisite courses. Students must apply to the Graduate School ( as a non-degree-seeking student.  Select “College of Health Sciences-non degree” as your program. Non-degree-seeking applicants for speech pathology and audiology should contact the graduate school for additional directions. Telephone inquiries may be made at 615-963-7371 or email inquiries at

Departmental Handbooks


  • The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in Speech and Hearing Science {residential; distance education} at Tennessee State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Attention Graduate Admission Applicants :

  • CSDCAS Application Process Now In Effect
  • Applicants for the Tennessee State University (TSU)  Master of Science program in Speech and Hearing Science must  submit application materials through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS).
  • A completed CSDCAS application is required for admission review.  Admission applications are due on February 1 of each year for students applying to the traditional mode.  Admission applications for students applying to distance education are due June 1 of each even year.    
  • Instructions for the application submission process are provided on the department’s website, CSDCAS website, and the TSU School of Graduate and Professional Studies  webpage .  For additional information about the CSDCAS process, please visit the CSDCAS HELP CENTER.