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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How many students enter the program each year?
A. We currently admit up to 23 graduate students each year.

Q. How many students apply for admission each year?
A. Although this is a moving target from year to year, over the past few years the number of applicants has ranged from 200 to 210.

Q. How do students apply and what is the deadline for applications?
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Q. Are Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores required?
A. No, GRE scores are NOT required.

Q. What is the mean grade point average of those who have been admitted to the program?
A. The GPA range of students who have been admitted over the past few years is 3.5 to 4.0. The mean cumulative undergraduate GPA typically averages 3.7. We require a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to be considered for admission to the program.

Q. Are factors other than GPA important in admissions decisions?
A. We require all applicants to complete an online application through CSDCAS. As part of that application process, we require three letters of recommendation, responses to six essay prompts, and a resume. These are important components of the application and are reviewed by our admissions committee. Letters of recommendation should be provided by individuals who can assess your ability to successfully engage in graduate studies.

Q. Is it possible to begin my graduate studies in a semester other than Fall?
A. Our MS in speech-language pathology and MS with an emphasis in bilingual SLP start only in the fall semester.

Q. Can a student be admitted to the program without an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders?
A. Yes, provided the student has taken all required prerequisite coursework.

  • audiology
  • aural rehabilitation
  • speech and hearing science
  • phonetics
  • anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing mechanisms
  • language development
  • clinical methods
  • neurological substrates of communication & swallowing

In addition to the above coursework, students must also have successfully completed one course in statistics, biology, physics or chemistry, and social sciences. Students are also required to obtain 25 hours of guided clinical observations (meaning that they have been supervised and signed by an SLP who provides their ASHA number on an observation form) prior to enrolling in the graduate program.

Q. How long does it take to earn a master’s degree?
A. Students typically complete the program in five semesters.

Q. Are scholarships or financial aid available?
A. Yes, we offer significant funding in the form of graduate assistantships to all students admitted to our program. You may decline these and still attend our program; however, the assistantships typically pay for 60-70% of the tuition cost.

Q. Do you offer online courses?
A. No, our curriculum is residential, and all coursework is offered on site.