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The undergraduate speech, language, hearing sciences program mission is to continue the tradition of providing a diverse urban population with a comprehensive degree program that converges knowledge of communication and its disorders with everyday applications.
Our program is centered around three core goals:
Our vision is to educate graduates to value and advocate for communication access across all abilities and identities.
The Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Department (SLHS) at MSU Denver is committed to teaching students about communication and its disorders as well as serving those who are impacted by speech, language, and/or hearing disorders. Our department offers a range of options, in line with the different ways we communicate and the communicative challenges that arise across the lifespan.
For students exploring the area, we offer introductory courses that cover topics like how children acquire language or how a speech disorder like stuttering is different from a language disorder like aphasia. For declared majors and post-baccalaureate students, we offer advanced coursework in the scientific foundations of communication as well as advanced study of speech, language, and hearing disorders. SLHS alums often pursue graduate degrees, the entry-level requirement to be certified as speech-language pathologists or audiologists – two in-demand professions that are ranked among the best jobs in healthcare.
We link classroom to clinic by offering real-world experiences throughout our program. With small class sizes, expert professors and the most affordable tuition in the state, the SLHS department at MSU Denver is your gateway to communication sciences and its disorders. Explore our site to learn more.
This major provides a sound background for students pursuing careers in education, health care, and vocational rehabilitation. Graduates with the SLHS major will have the prerequisite coursework to pursue a graduate degree in speech-language pathology or audiology, which opens careers in schools, community clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private practice. This major is also designed for students planning to work in the schools as a speech-language pathology assistant.
Additional coursework considerations:
Need help determining where your older SLHS (catalog year 2020-2021 and earlier) courses fit in with the new SLHS curriculum (catalog year 2021-2022 and later)? Click here for a helpful SLHS Course Conversion Chart!
MSU Denver is located on the Auraria Campus, which it shares with the University of Colorado Denver and Community College Denver. Its proximity to downtown Denver offers access to a wide range of clinical internships sites working with diverse clients.
Speech-language pathologists and audiologists work in schools, community clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and private practice.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, $73,419 is the median salary for speech-language pathologists and $74,890 for audiologists. The fields have an expected growth rate of 21 percent and 29 percent, respectively, from 2014-2024.
Jessica Rossi-Katz, Ph.D., CCC-A
Professor Jessica Rossi-Katz, Ph.D., is the Chair of the Speech, Language, Hearing Department. She teaches anatomy and physiology of speech, speech and hearing science, and supervises students engaged in clinical and research opportunities. Her own research ranges from older adults’ difficulties understanding speech in noisy environments to loudness of personal listening devices in college students to educational theatre delivering hearing-health messages to elementary children.
Marcia Walsh-Aziz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor Marcia Walsh-Aziz, Ph.D., was a speech language pathologist in Illinois for five years before coming to Colorado to pursue her doctorate. Most of her clinical and research experiences are related to children with hearing loss, American Sign Language, and language development.
After my first week at MSU Denver, I knew I was on the right career path. The teachers had so much energy and were so helpful. They were experienced, and they loved their work. I currently have my own business and have never been happier. I credit the teachers I had at MSU Denver for where I am today because they were knowledgeable and guided me down the right path.
Dr. Mandi Solat is a Board-Certified Audiologist, and co-owner of Audiology Services & Hearing Aid Center.
I think it is nearly impossible for anyone to graduate from MSU Denver’s SLHS program and not feel prepared and excited to keep moving forward with the profession. This is largely due to the outstanding, brilliant and diligent professors.
Jessica Beers is a speech language pathologist at Infinity Rehab in Ellensburg, Washington.
The MSU Speech, Language and Hearing program (SLHS) provided me a unique opportunity in the heart of downtown Denver. MSU provided the bridge from being a preschool teacher to enter a Master’s program and become a speech language pathologist. MSU imparted on me a deep knowledge of the field and excellently prepared me for success in my graduate program at CU Boulder. The professors and clinical teachers in the SLHS program foster a warm sense of community and are passionate about creating strong future clinicians. I am proud to be an MSU SLHS alumni and thankful for the program that helped me make the leap from teaching to practicing as a speech language pathologist.
Celia is a Speech-Language Pathologist at the Colorado Center for Pediatric Learning and Development
These are worksites that currently or recently employed MSU Denver Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences graduates:
Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Program Alumni in Graduate School
MSU Denver Speech, Language, Hearing Science graduates are presently studying in or have recently obtained postgraduate degrees from universities in Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming as well as the three in-state programs at the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Northern Colorado and MSU Denver’s very own M.S. SLP Program.
The Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Department is here for you!
Have a question about any of the SLHS programs we offer? Fill out the form linked below and a member of the SLHS department will get back to you.Contact SLHS