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 2019 were:

  • Overall GPA:  3.72
  • In-Field GPA:  3.79
  • GRE Verbal:  42nd Percentile
  • GRE Quantitative:  33rd Percentile
  • GRE Writing Overall Score: 4

Minimum GRE Admission Requirements:

  • Quantitative and Verbal – scores at or above the 40th percentile (Quantitative score approximately 150, Verbal score approximately 149 and above) are preferred. Scores at or above the 10th percentile are required. 
  • Analytical Writing – a score of 3.5 or above is required.  Applicants whose writing score is 3.0 or below will not be considered for admission to our program.
  • Our program will accept, and use for admission decisions, the highest score in each of the three test areas, if applicants submit more than one score report.  It is strongly recommended that applicants retake the GRE if scores are below the preferred scores (above).

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

ASHA Standard V-C should be taken at the undergraduate level and prior to any direct contact with clients. Students should take a course that addresses clinical methods and techniques and allows them to accrue 25 guided clinical observation hours.  The observation hours must be within the ASHA Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology and must be under the supervision of a qualified SLP who holds a current ASHA certification. During the observations, there should be communication between the clinical educator and observer, rather than passive experiences where the student merely views sessions and/or videos. Guided clinical supervision may occur simultaneously during the student’s observation or afterwards through review and approval of the student’s written reports or summaries. Students may use video recordings of client services for observation purposes.”

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.