For the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, we utilize the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS) application service. The Fall 2021 (and Spring 2022 for Grad Plus) Admission Cycle will open on July 15, 2020. The deadline to submit applications is February 1, 2021.
GRE TEST: Please note that we are not waiving the GRE test scores requirement due to COVID-19. Scores must be sent from ETS to CSDCAS. You can find more information about the At-Home test on the ETS website.
Information Sessions will be online. An email with details will be sent to all who RSVP, closer to the date of the Session. All Information Sessions begin at 5 p.m. and are approximately one hour. You may register for any of the following by clicking on the date below:
Due to COVID-19, Information Sessions will be online via Webex.
Requirements and Program Timeline
The graduate program in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders for Speech-Language Pathology offers admission to applicants who appear to have the highest potential for graduate study and who are the most likely to contribute to their academic and professional field through research and/or professional practice.
Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or a recognized institution in another country before starting the graduate program. An undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is not required. Qualified students from all backgrounds are encouraged to submit an application.
ASHA requires a minimum of 25 documented hours of clinical observation as a prerequisite to graduate level clinical practicum. This means graduate students must complete at least 25 observation hours before beginning direct client contact. Applicants do not need completed observation hours to apply to the program. However, the observation hours must be completed before working with a client.
You must have passed a college-level Statistics course prior to starting the program. A course in "Research Methods and Design" in a Communication Sciences and Disorders department is not acceptable for meeting this requirement. An AP equivalency is not accepted.
Prior to starting the clinical practicum, you must have completed 25 observation hours.
The length of the program may vary depending on the undergraduate background of the applicant. For instance, if you have a bachelor's degree in another field, it will take two and a half years to complete the program. Students should expect to complete the full-time program within 4-5 semesters, which does not include one summer term and two May Terms. Note that we do not offer a part-time, evening, or online program. Most students who have a communication disorders background will complete the program in two years.
The following courses, or their content equivalents, are required as part of the graduate program. If you have taken course equivalents that count toward the degree, please be prepared to provide documentation such as syllabi, assignments, etc. You must have taken all five prerequisites elsewhere or take all five courses within our graduate program. We cannot accept any less than the total five to count toward your Master's degree.
Speech and Hearing Science Prerequisites:
Speech and Language Science
Audiology and Hearing Science
Functional Anatomy/Physiology of Communication
Phonetics and Phonology
The courses listed above may be taken prior to applying or, if admitted, can be taken in the first semester of your graduate program. If you chose to take the five courses as part of your graduate program, it will take you 2 1/2 years to complete the program. Once admitted, an academic advisor will review your academic records and develop a plan for you.