Application and Admission Procedures


Thank you for considering the Distance Learning (online) master’s (M.A.) education program at The University of Akron. The program is collaborative with the University of Cincinnati where students apply to and are admitted into only one “home” University. Please review the minimum criteria and application procedures for applying to the University of Akron below.

The University of Akron receives between 60 and 80 applications for this program each year. Approximately 22 students are admitted into the Distance Learning program for Spring semester only. Many students come from different academic/professional backgrounds but have completed the necessary pre-requisite coursework to apply to our program.


Application Process Step-By-Step

  1. CSDCAS Application Portal - Apply Online
    • Create a CSDCAS account

    • In the "Add Program" tab, search for the University of Akron Speech-Language Pathology program and add the program

    • Complete and submit the CSDCAS application with all required materials

    • We recommend completion by mid-May, to ensure the application is processed and verified by the deadline

    • Submit any updates to your CSDCAS application as they occur (GRE scores, transcripts, etc.)

    • More about CSDCAS (PDF)

  2. UA Graduate School - Apply Now 

    • Complete and submit The University of Akron Graduate School application, with the required fee by the deadline 

    • More about the UA application (PDF)

Application/Admission Timeline:

Application Period Opens: March 15, 2022
Application Period Closes: June 15, 2022
Interviews: Late July-early August
Admission Notifications: Early-mid August
Applicant Admission Decision Due: Mid-August
Orientation: October/November
Program of Study Begins: Mid-January of 2023


  • Note: The online distance learning graduate SLP program admits for SPRING SEMESTER ONLY
  • The deadline for Spring 2022 start will close on June 15, 2022
  • CSDCAS application should be VERIFIED (i.e., GPA calculated, application complete, submitted, and CSDCAS fee paid) by the deadline

 

Admission Standards

The listed admission requirements below 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.

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.

Average scores of students admitted to the Distance Learning Graduate Program starting in January 2022 were:

  • Overall GPA: 3.61
  • In-Field GPA: 3.85

Applicants to the program must possess a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology or complete a post-baccalaureate sequence of courses from an accredited university.

  • Applicants must be able to submit transcripts with at least 6 credits of post-baccalaureate courses at the time of their application
  • It is acceptable for students to apply if they are still taking post-baccalaureate courses during the spring/summer semester
  • In order to be considered for admission, applicants must have completed at least 6 credits of post-baccalaureate coursework by June 15th
    • Updated transcripts should be sent to CSDCAS immediately following completion of a Spring course, in order to meet the deadline for verification
    • We will still be able to accept Summer 2022 SLP prerequisite coursework despite our June 15, 2022 deadline. If you are an applicant who is finishing SLP prerequisite coursework in the Summer, please email Caitlin Perry (cperry@uakron.edu) prior to the June 15th deadline to inform her. Applicants in this situation can still be considered for our program despite the June deadline. Final Summer 2022 transcripts will need to be sent directly to the University of Akron Graduate School at gradsch@uakron.edu. CSDCAS will no longer accept transcripts in late July/early August.
  • Once accepted into the master’s program, students will need to have all of the post-baccalaureate courses completed with a B- or above (with transcripts received) prior to the January start of the graduate program

Applicants to the program should complete the academic course requirements for ASHA Standards IV-A (general education) and IV-B (in-field). 

ASHA STANDARD  IV-A: General Education Prerequisite Courses

All students must meet ASHA Standard IV-A course requirements. This coursework does not have to be completed prior to applying to the distance learning graduate program, however it must be completed prior to graduating from the master’s program. These courses must be taken for credit and grade (not pass-fail or audit). In order to count as a pre-requisite, the course should be 3 credit hours or more with a grade of C or higher.

  1. Statistics: one 3-credit hour “stand alone” statistics course (not a research methods course) – may be in either a Math or Psychology department
  2. Biological Science: One 3-credit hour course in the biological sciences (general human anatomy & physiology, biology, neuroanatomy & neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science)
    • This requirement is not met by the anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism course, which is a course requirement needed to meet Standard IV-B
  3. Physical Science: One 3-credit hour course in physical sciences (must be chemistry or physics)
  4. Behavioral/Social Science Coursework: One 3-credit hour course in behavioral social sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health)

ASHA STANDARD IV-B: In-Field Prerequisite Courses

All students must meet ASHA Standard IV-B course requirements. These courses must be completed prior to beginning the master’s program, however students are eligible to apply to the distance learning graduate program if they have at least completed 2 out of 3 in-field (SLP) courses listed below -OR- 6 credit hours of speech-language pathology coursework (regardless of course title). 

The following lists the speech-language post-baccalaureate course requirements for students who are interested in the distance learning (online) graduate program

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

These courses must be completed within 7 years from the date that the student plans to start the graduate program. Applicants must achieve B- or higher in each of the in-field prerequisite courses (Standard IV-B courses), in order to be an eligible candidate. However, this does not guarantee admission to the graduate program. 

Note: This change in the minimum from a C to B- for in-field prerequisite courses (Standard IV-B) will be effective starting with those applying to the distance learning program in 2023.

Please note that all of the ASHA Standard IV-B courses must be successfully completed prior to beginning the master’s program.

Distance Learning (100% Online) Program In-field Prerequisites

  • Language Science and Acquisition(7700:230) - 4 credits; Semesters offered at University of Akron: Fall (on-campus face-to-face) & Summer (online); ASHA Standard IV-B (basic human communication processes - developmental)
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism(7700:365) - 3 credits; Semesters offered at University of Akron: Fall (on-campus face-to-face) & Spring (online); ASHA Standard IV-B (basic human communication processes - biological; neurological)
  • Introduction: Hearing and Speech Science(7700:215) - 4 credits; Semesters offered at University of Akron: Fall (on-campus face-to-face) & Spring (online); ASHA Standard IV-B (basic human communication processes - acoustic)

For additional information regarding our post baccalaureate series for the distance-learning program, please visit our post baccalaureate website at https://www.uakron.edu/sslpa/postbacc.dot, or email Marci Tomajko at marci5@uakron.edu.

English Language Proficiency

If English is not the applicant's primary language, they must demonstrate competency in oral and written communication and language by submitting English proficiency test scores

  • The University of Akron Graduate School requires:
    • a minimum score of 79 on the internet-based TOEFL (CSDCAS code: C122)
      -or-
    • a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS test to enroll
    • Students may not enroll in graduate courses until the English proficiency requirements has been satisfied (https://bulletin.uakron.edu/graduate/general-information/)

Applying to our program requires the submission of two applications:

  1. the basic application to The University of Akron Graduate School
    -AND-
  2. the application through CSDCAS

  • Students must submit both applications in order to be considered for admission.
  • The University of Akron’s Graduate School Application only includes the basic application and fee – no supplemental documents are required there.

A Statement of Purpose essay must be included with the CSDCAS application.

  • Only submit through CSDCAS

  • The prompt for the essay may be found within the CSDCAS’ program application but also presented here: "Please describe your background, your in-field and life experiences, and your aspirations as an SLP" 

  • The essay should be approximately 1-2 typed pages, address the four items in the prompt, and be well-written without grammatical or spelling errors

  • CSDCAS allows applicants to enter different essays for different schools
    • Applicants are highly encouraged to personalize the essay for The University of Akron

Our program requires three (3) letters of recommendation and submitted through CSDCAS

  • Letters sent directly to our department will NOT be considered or evaluated as part of a student’s application

  • At least one letter must be from an in-field instructor (professor, instructor, or teaching assistant)

  • Other letters should be from people who can attest to students’ academic and/or clinical abilities, potential to succeed in a graduate SLP program, and potential as a future clinician
    • Examples of recommenders include: clinical supervisors, faculty in other disciplines, coaches, and job supervisors

Information that is typically found on a resume is collected in the CSDCAS application, in the “Extracurricular and Volunteer Activities” section

  • This includes work experience, volunteer experience, extracurricular activities, organizations, awards, etc. 

  • Please include detailed information for all items entered into the application

  • Please Do NOT submit a separate resume

Official transcripts from ALL colleges/universities attended (including post-secondary) must be submitted to CSDCAS. Once CSDCAS has verified all coursework, the application will be forwarded to our school.  

  • Applicants who are completing a Spring course should request transcripts from their University as soon as official transcripts become available to meet the June 15th deadline

  • Please DO NOT submit transcripts directly to The University of Akron as our Graduate School will accept all official transcripts submitted through CSDCAS. The only exception to this is if you are finishing coursework during the Summer 2022 semester. All Summer 2022 transcripts will need to be sent to the University of Akron Graduate School at gradsch@uakron.edu. CSDCAS will not accept official transcripts in mid-July/early August, and therefore transcripts need to be sent to the Graduate School.

Our program includes, and requires, a virtual interview as part of the application process.

  • Once the faculty admissions committee has reviewed all applications which have been Verified by the deadline, selected applicants will be invited to complete a virtual interview

  • Our virtual interview day is held in late July and is by invitation only

  • Invited applicants will be notified via email, approximately 2 weeks prior to the interview date

  • Applicants who are not invited to interview are typically no longer under consideration for admission to our program
    • They will be notified via email of their status at the time that the interview invitation decisions are made – typically in early to mid July