Admission Standards

The following are the minimum criteria used by the Graduate School and the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in processing admission applications. It is not unusual for many more qualified individuals to apply than can be admitted to the program; therefore, meeting these requirements does not guarantee that an applicant will be admitted to the program.

Full Admission

Students with a minimum overall and in-field GPA of 3.0 or higher will be considered for the speech-language pathology program. Admission is competitive.

Applicants to the program must possess a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology or complete a post-baccalaureate sequence of courses in speech-language pathology and audiology from an accredited university. The CSDCAS application, which includes the letters of recommendation, resume, essay, transcripts, and GRE scores, is required of all applicants. Applicants must also demonstrate competency in oral and written communication and language.

Average scores of students admitted to the Graduate Program in 2017 were:

  • Overall GPA:  3.71
  • In-Field GPA:  3.77
  • GRE Verbal:  50th Percentile
  • GRE Quantitative:  55th Percentile
  • GRE Writing:  47th Percentile

Pre-Requisite Coursework

Applicants to the program should complete the academic course requirements for ASHA Standards IV-A (general education) and IV-B (in-field) prior to entering the graduate program.  These courses must be taken for credit and grade (not pass-fail or audit). In order to count as a prerequisite, the course should be 3 credit hours or more with a grade of C or higher:

  1. Biological Science - any human/animal biological science other than the anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism 
  2. Statistics – “stand alone” statistics course (not a research methods course) – may be in either a Math or Psychology department
  3. Physical science – chemistry or physics required
  4. Social science - psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health

The following ASHA Standard IV-B (in-field) courses should also be completed at the undergraduate level:

  1. Biological bases - anatomy of the speech and hearing mechanism
  2. Acoustic bases - speech and hearing science
  3. Developmental bases - language acquisition/development
  4. Linguistic bases - phonetics or linguistics

All in-field courses must be taken for credit/grade.

Our program has a 7-year limit for undergraduate coursework.  Students wishing to apply to our graduate program, who have a bachelor’s degree in SLP that is greater than 7 years old, will need to take some of the pre-requisite courses again.  These would be considered as post-baccalaureate courses.  We will work individually with students, based on their transcripts and experiences, to determine which courses need to be taken.