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 150 and 200 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

CSDCAS Application Portal - Apply Online

    • Note: The CSDCAS application will not be available until the application opens on March 15th

    • 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 (i.e., transcripts)

    • More about CSDCAS (PDF)

Application/Admission Timeline:

Application Period Opens: March 15, 2024
Application Period Closes: June 15, 2024
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 2025

  • Note: The online distance learning graduate SLP program admits for SPRING SEMESTER ONLY
  • The deadline for Spring 2025 start will close on June 15, 2024
  • 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 2024 were:

  • Overall GPA: 3.56
  • In-Field GPA: 3.82

The University of Akron does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, age, handicap, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loans programs, or other school-administered programs.

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 2024 SLP prerequisite coursework despite our June 15, 2024 deadline. If you are an applicant who is finishing SLP prerequisite coursework in the Summer, please email Caitlin Perry ( 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 2024 transcripts will need to be sent directly to the University of Akron Graduate School at 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 speech-language pathology 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 beginning 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) 
  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 & C: In-Field Prerequisite Courses

All students must meet ASHA Standard IV-B & C 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 6 credit hours of speech-language pathology coursework. 

The following lists the speech-language post-baccalaureate course requirements for students who are interested in the distance learning (online) graduate program. 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 & C courses), in order to be an eligible candidate. However, this does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

The following ASHA Standard IV-B (in-field) courses should 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

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

    1. Observations and Clinical Techniques

ASHA Standard V-C should also 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 guidance 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 ASH certification. During the observations there should be communication between the clinical education 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. Guided observation hours must be current within 5 years from the start of the program. A record form needs to be completed and maintained for all 25 guided clinical observation hours, which includes: date, population (adult/pediatric), type (evaluation/treatment), site, supervisor license numbers (state/ASHA), supervisor signature, guided discussion completed (yes/no), and number of minutes observed.

Please note that all prerequisite courses must be successfully completed prior to beginning the master’s program.

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

Course Number Course Name # Credits Semesters Offered ASHA
Standard IV-B
 SLPA:210 Introduction to Clinical Phonetics 4 credits Fall (on-campus face-to-face) & Summer (online) basic human communication processes - linguistic
SLPA:230 Language Science and Acquisition 4 credits Fall (online) & Summer (online) basic human communication processes - developmental
SLPA:365 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism 3 credits Fall (on-campus face-to-face) & Spring (online) basic human communication processes - biological; neurological
SLPA:446  Observations and Clinical Techniques 4 credits Fall (online) & Summer (online) Clinical Methods class
SLPA:215 Introduction: Hearing and Speech Science 4 credits Spring (online) 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, or email Marci Tomajko at

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)
    • 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 (

Applying to our program requires the submission of an application through CSDCAS

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 or instructor)

  • 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 2024 semester. All Summer 2024 transcripts will need to be sent to the University of Akron Graduate School at 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