Program FAQ

Program Information

I am interested in your graduate program and was wondering if you have additional information available? Is there a way I can get more information about the program along with some courses I may be taking?

Please visit our Graduate Speech-Language Pathology Program page. There you will find much information about our program, including the academic course sequence and clinical information. You will also find information regarding admissions and the application process.

How long is the program?

Please visit our Graduate Speech-Language Pathology Program page. Our traditional, on-campus program takes 5 semesters, or 2 years - beginning in August of the 1st year and finishing in May of the 2nd year.

I am interested in making a visit to Akron to tour the graduate school and gather more information on the program.

We would be happy to meet with you! In fact, we encourage students who are potentially interested in applying to our program to come and visit us. If you would like to schedule an individual visit to The University of Akron Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program, please contact our Graduate Coordinator, Dr, Charles Carlin, at carlin@uakron.edu.

Program Options

Is there an option to take the program completely online?

We do offer a distance learning option. This program is a collaboration with the University of Cincinnati, and is a completely separate program from our traditional, on-campus graduate program. Information about the distance learning program can be found at the Collaborative Distance Learning (Online) Graduate Program page.

Coursework

Do you allow any students to take any prerequisite or remedial courses during the graduate program?

No. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to beginning the graduate program. The same goes for any remedial courses.

Assistantships

Does the program offer GA or TA positions?

No, we do not offer graduate assistantships for this program. There are other funding opportunities you can pursue. More detailed information can be found on the Financial Aid section of our website.

Advising - Graduate Program

Do I need an appointment to see an advisor?

The short answer is yes! If you are a student enrolled in our graduate program already, you will be assigned an academic advisor at the beginning of your program. Each faculty member sets his or her own schedule for advising, and you should contact him/her to arrange an appointment.

If you are interested in our program, but are not yet enrolled, and would like to meet with someone in our department, you will need to arrange an appointment. Contact information is below.

Dr. Charles Carlin, Associate Professor (carlin@uakron.edu) - Admissions for the Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Degree (traditional, on-campus program)

Mrs. Caitlin Perry, Distance Learning Coordinator SLP (cperry@uakron.edu) - Admissions for the Distance Learning (Online) Graduate Degree

Mrs. Marci Tomajko, Director Student Success Center - CHHS (marci5@uakron.edu) - Post-baccalaureate and pre-requisite coursework)


Admission FAQ

Admission Requirements

I have a Bachelor's Degree in another field and was wondering if the Master's program requires a degree in Speech-Language Pathology for admission?

We require students who have bachelor's degrees in other fields to first complete a series of leveling, or pre-requisite, courses prior to entering our graduate program. Please see the Admission Standards page of our website. Information on our post-baccalaureate program and the courses we offer here at UA is listed on our website under Post Baccalaureate Requirements. For additional information regarding our post baccalaureate series for the campus-based or distance-learning program, please email Marci Tomajko, Director Student Success Center - CHHS at marci5@uakron.edu.

I am interested in receiving more detailed information regarding admission requirements and tuition.

See the Graduate Speech-Language Pathology Program page and the Graduate Tuition and Fees page.

Number of Applicants

How many students do you accept each year? How many have applied this year?

For the past several years, we have had between 250-300 applicants. We are able to admit a maximum of 30 students into our traditional (on-campus) graduate SLP program.

Time of Admission

Do you have rolling admission or do you only accept people in the fall?

Our "traditional" on-campus program admits for Fall semester only; we also offer a distance-learning MA program, which admits for Spring semester. See the Collaborative Distance Learning Graduate Program section of our website for additional information about this option. Specific questions can be directed to Dr. Catherine Richards at richarc@uakron.edu.

GPA and GRE

What are the requirements in terms of the GPA and GRE to get into the graduate program? On average what GRE scores do you look for?

The GRE Requirement is Temporarily Waived for the 2021-2022 (Fall 2022 Start) Admissions Cycle

Admitted Fall 2019 Admitted Fall 2020
Overall GPA 3.72 3.66
In-field GPA 3.79 3.72
Verbal GRE 42nd percentile   41st percentile 
Quantitative GRE 33rd percentile  27th percentile 
Writing GRE 4.0 3.8

Admission FAQ

I have an undergraduate degree in another field and was wondering if the Master of Arts program requires a degree in Speech-Language Pathology for admission?

We require students who have bachelor's degrees in other fields to first complete a series of leveling, or pre-requisite, courses prior to entering our graduate program. Please see the Admission Standards page of our website. Information on our post-baccalaureate program and the courses we offer here at UA is listed on our website under Post Baccalaureate Requirements. For additional information regarding our post baccalaureate series for the campus-based or distance-learning program, please email Marci Tomajko at marci5@uakron.edu.

 

I am interested in receiving more detailed information regarding admission requirements and tuition.

See the Graduate Speech-Language Pathology Program page and the Graduate Tuition and Fees page.

How many students do you accept each year? How many have applied this year?

For the past several years, we have had up to 200 applicants. We are able to admit a maximum of 30 students into our traditional (on-campus) graduate SLP program.

Do you have rolling admission or do you only accept people in the fall?

Our "traditional" on-campus program admits for Fall semester only; we also offer a distance-learning MA program, which admits for Spring semester. See the Collaborative Distance Learning Graduate Program section of our website for additional information about this option. Specific questions can be directed to Mrs. Caitlin Perry at cperry@uakron.edu.

What are the requirements in terms of the GPA and GRE to get into the graduate program? On average what GRE scores do you look for?

The GRE is temporarily waived for our program for the 2021-2022 Admissions Cycle (Fall 2022 Start)

  Admitted Fall 2019 Admitted Fall 2020
Overall GPA 3.72 3.66
In-field GPA 3.79 3.72
Verbal GRE 42nd percentile  41st percentile
Quantitative GRE 33rd percentile 27th percentile
Writing GRE 4.0 3.8

Application FAQ

Do I have to complete the post-baccalaureate (post-bacc) classes before applying to the graduate program?

We require that you have completed, and submit transcripts for, at least one semester of post-bacc coursework at the time of your application, so that we can see your academic potential in SLP courses. All post-bacc courses need to be completed by the time you begin the graduate program.

When is your graduate school admission application deadline? If I should miss the deadline, can I apply as a non-matriculate student?

Applications must be VERIFIED by CSDCAS by December 15th for admission to the program the following fall. Please see the Admission Procedures section of the website.

Students cannot apply as non-matriculate students to the graduate SLP program. If you miss the deadline, you can apply for the following year.

 

Can I send in my application while waiting to take the GRE exams?

GRE scores are required to complete and process your CSDCAS application.

 

I completed my application via CSDCAS by the deadline for the graduate program. It will take 4-6 weeks to verify my application. If my CSDCAS application has not been verified but it is complete, would my application be considered late?

Yes - we require that your application be "verified" by CSDCAS by the deadline. Note that we also require that you have submitted your University of Akron Graduate School application and fee by the deadline. We recommend that you submit your CSDCAS application well in advance of our deadline, in order to insure timely delivery of your application materials to us. Please refer to the Admission Procedures.

Is it still a requirement to apply through the website and through CSDCAS for this year?

Yes! Full information and instructions are posted on the Admission Procedures section of our website.

 

What needs to be sent to Akron's Grad Program and what needs to be sent to CSDCAS?

Full information, instructions, and links are posted on the Admission Procedures section of our website.

ALL application documents must be submitted through CSDCAS - we will not accept any documents that are sent directly to us - all transcripts, letters of recommendation, essay, etc. should ONLY be sent to CSDCAS. They will process and then send your application to us.

The only things that you will submit to The University of Akron's Graduate School is our Graduate School application and fee.

 

Should I send supplemental paperwork directly to the department to ensure the department receives my information in a timely manner?

No! We will not accept any documents that are sent directly to us - all transcripts, letters of recommendation, essay, etc. should ONLY be sent to CSDCAS. The best way to ensure that our department receives your application materials in a timely manner is to submit your application to CSDCAS well before the December 15th deadline.

 

Do I still need to send in a copy of my resume?

For your resume, you do not need to send anything to us directly - the information that you enter in the CSDCAS application is sufficient.

 

Is there a topic or prompt for the essay portion of the CSDCAS application?

In CSDCAS, your essay should respond to the following prompt:

1) DESCRIBE YOUR BACKGROUND, 2) YOUR IN-FIELD EXPERIENCES, 3) LIFE EXPERIENCES, AND 4) YOUR ASPIRATIONS AS AN SLP.

Keep the following in mind:

  • At a minimum, the essay should address the four above noted items in the prompt
  • Essay should be well-written, without grammatical or spelling errors
  • Essay should be directed specifically to The University of Akron
  • Recommended length: 1-2 typed pages, double spaced, and in 12 point font
  • In addition, the essay may also highlight any unique, clinical, and/or leadership experiences and factors that make you a good fit for our program

 

I had a few questions regarding the recommendation form. Does this form supplement a recommendation letter? Or do they only fill out this form as the recommendation?

As part of the CSDCAS application, you  will enter your references' information and a link will be emailed to them to submit their letters of recommendation electronically.  The recommendation includes a short questionnaire/form for the recommender to complete, and an option to upload (or attach, if using hard-copy) a letter if they choose to do so. Please note that your recommenders should only be completing the CSDCAS forms - NOT the general University of Akron forms!

 

Do the people who are writing my letters need to submit a hard copy or upload them to the online component for the University of Akron's online application?

See answer above. All letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically through CSDCAS. No letters of recommendation should be sent directly to The University of Akron.

 

What kind of letters of recommendation does your university look for?

In the Application and Admission Procedures section of our website you will find the information about how many letters we require, and from whom recommendation letters are acceptable. One letter of recommendation should be from an in-field course instructor.

I sent my transcripts to CSDCAS - is this enough or do you also need a copy sent directly to the school?

The Graduate School at the University of Akron does not need a separate transcript - the one we receive as part of your CSDCAS application will be sufficient.

 

Do I need to complete the coursework section on the CSDCAS application, since I will already be sending my transcript to your school?

YES!!! You must fill out the coursework/transcript section of the CSDCAS application! They will not process your application, or forward it to us, without that section. Please refer to CSDCAS' instructions and FAQ section for detailed information about your transcripts. They must also receive an official transcript from EACH institution you have attended, in order to verify all of your coursework.

Please do not wait until the end of fall semester to submit your transcripts to CSDCAS. Additionally, do not ask your university to hold your transcript request until your fall transcripts are posted. In either case, your application will not be verified on time, and it will not be considered by the Application Committee. In order for your application to be processed and verified by the deadline (12/15), you should send CSDCAS your Fall transcripts through an Academic Update.

Again, your application will not be processed or sent to us without this step being completed. You do not need to send a transcript directly to The University of Akron.

 

I received an email stating that I needed to send transcripts in order for my application to be processed. Are the transcripts via CSDCAS sufficient?

Yes - our Graduate School will accept the transcripts which are part of the CSDCAS application as "official transcripts," since they have been verified by CSDCAS. You do not need to send additional transcripts. Once the Graduate School receives a copy of your CSDCAS application, they will process your UA application.

The GRE is temporarily waived for our program for the 2021-2022 Admissions Cycle (Fall 2022 Start). 

If you still wish to send GRE scores as part of your application, you will not submit any scores directly to The University of Akron. An official GRE score report MUST be sent to CSDCAS for our program, using code 1722.

I am planning to reapply to The University of Akron this year - does your department still have my GRE test scores and other materials, or do I need to resend them?

 Please refer to the FAQ section of the CSDCAS website  (https://portal.csdcas.org/csdcasHelpPages)for detailed information. Some information can be carried over from your previous application. Please also note our program's re-application policy. ("For Prospective Students"). You must submit a new UA Graduate School application.

How will I know if the University of Akron has received all of my application materials?

The Admissions Coordinator of the Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program will send you email notifications via CSDCAS, as each portion of your application is received by our program. If you need to check on something that was submitted to The University of Akron's Graduate School ( UA application, fee), you may contact our Graduate School directly. Their email address is gradsch@uakron.edu and their phone number is (330) 972-7663.

NOTE: please be sure that your email address on your CSDCAS application is correct and complete - as this is the only means by which we will contact you during the application process!