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Frequently-Asked Questions

Q. How many students enter the program each year?
A. We currently admit up to 20 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?
A. Visit https://harriscollege.tcu.edu/cosd/admission/speech-language-pathology/

Q. Are Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores required?
A. Yes, GRE scores are required and must be submitted directly to CSDCAS (school code: 4296).

Q. What is the minimum GRE score required for admission to the program?
A. There is no minimum GRE score requirement – all application materials are evaluated.

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 GRE scores and GPA important in admissions decisions?
A. We require all applicants to complete the online application. As part of that application process, we will require three letters of recommendation and a personal essay. These are important components of the application and are reviewed by our faculty admissions committee. Letters of recommendation should be provided by individuals who can assess your ability to successfully engage in graduate studies. Two of the three recommendation letters must be from academic instructors.

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. This coursework includes: language development, phonetics, speech & hearing science, anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing, phonology/speech sounds, audiology, aural rehabilitation and clinical methods.

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 70-80% of the tuition cost.

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

Q. Can I work while attending your graduate program?
A. Our graduate program is full-time and intensive. Furthermore, if you accept a graduate assistantship that covers the majority of your tuition, you will have limited time to hold down an external job. We encourage you to use the five semesters of graduate school to focus on academics and clinical learning.