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Who Should Apply

You should be aware that like many other graduate programs in Communication Disorders and Sciences, admission to the M.S. program in Speech Pathology is highly competitive. Your application will be considered by the Admissions Committee based upon:

  1. Prior academic record including cumulative undergraduate GPA and GPA in your major. A prior grade point average above 3.5 is expected in both your cumulative record and major area of study. In some cases, students have a poor record in their Freshman or Sophomore year but an excellent record in their last years of study. In cases like this, even if the cumulative GPA is not 3.5, the Admissions Committee will place emphasis on the more recent academic work and consider the application.
  2. Graduate Record Examination test results. Student applicants who took the GRE with scores on a scale from 200-800 should have scores to total at or above 1000 in the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE. Scores slightly below 1000 may be considered but applicants with scores lower than 1000 should have a GPA that meets or exceeds 3.75 to offset the lower GRE. Students with scores lower than 900 should not apply. Student applicants who took the Revised GRE with scores on a scale from 130-170 should have minimum scores that total above 290. Students with scores below that should not apply. For students who take the GRE more than once, the best verbal score and the best quantitative score will be used.
  3. Three letters of recommendation. Recommendations should indicate an ability to pursue graduate studies and clinical work. For this reason, academic recommendations are preferred. They do not have to be from faculty in speech-language pathology. Instead, students should select professors that know them best and are able to write directly about academic promise. In some cases, letters from employers may be used if the employer is able to write directly about professionalism and timeliness. Letters from relatives, clergy, families that employed you as a babysitter, etc. are not considered useful and should not be used.
  4. A personal statement/letter of intent. The personal statement/letter of intent should be approximately one page in length. Applicants should describe their interest in a career as a speech-language pathologist. Applicants should not worry if they do not know what specific area of the profession they plan to pursue (e.g., adult disorders, autism, child language). Before entering graduate school, most applicants have not had sufficient course work to decide upon a particular area of emphasis. For this reason, the admissions committee is most interested in the quality of writing.
  5. For international students only, the TOEFL is required with a paper based minimum score of 550 or a computer based minimum score of 213, or an internet based minimum score of 90.
  6. M.S. SLP students must have or acquire certain essential skills, functions, and professional attitudes and behavior as described in the Technical Standards document. All students who enroll must be prepared to understand and abide by these requirements.

What Courses are Required?

Admission to the graduate program is open to students with an undergraduate degree. The M.S. degree program may take 2 years or 3 years, depending upon prior course work. It is not necessary to have an undergraduate major in Speech Pathology or Audiology, however certain courses are needed at entry in order to graduate in two years. The courses needed (or their equivalents) at entry for the two-year program include:

Basic Science Courses

  • A Biological Science course
  • A Physical Science course
  • A Math Course
  • A Social Science course

Coursework in Communication Sciences and Disorders

  • ASP 508 Acoustics and Perception
  • ASP 503 Introduction to Hearing Science
  • ASP 505 Phonetics
  • ASP 504 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech
  • ASP 509 Speech and Language Development
  • ASP 514 Stuttering
  • ASP 530 Observation of Clinical Practice
  • ASP 517 Introduction to Speech Sound Disorders
  • ASP 520 Voice Disorders
  • ASP 521 Introduction to Language Pathologies in Children
  • ASP 524 Introduction to Audiologic Assessment
  • ASP 529 Aural Habilitation / Rehabilitation

Students who have completed the above coursework prior to admission to the graduate program have the opportunity to waive the first 3 semesters of coursework and will begin their graduate work at year 2 in the attached curriculum models. Students who have completed most but not all of the above coursework may be able to begin their graduate work at year 2 while concurrently enrolled in the courses for which they did not place out. The typical length of the M.S. program for students needing the coursework above will be 7 - 8 semesters (including 2 summers). For students that place out of all or the majority of the coursework listed above because they hold a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders, the MS degree program will typically require 5 semesters.


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