Applying to the MS in Speech-Language Pathology

Prerequisites

All prerequisites must be completed by enrollment date.

  • Twenty-five guided observation hours in the field signed by a certified speech-language pathologist.
  • Federal and state clearances (e.g., FBI fingerprinting, state police, child abuse, TB test).
  • Undergraduate transcripts and course syllabi that represent the following content:
    • Human biology
    • Physics or chemistry
    • Statistics
    • Social and behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology)
    • Speech and hearing science
    • Anatomy and physiology for speech and hearing
    • Language development
    • Phonetics
    • Audiology +/or aural rehabilitation

If you have not taken a significant number of the above undergraduate courses, you can apply for admission to complete those courses here at IUP (face-to-face instruction, not online). You would be a visiting/non-degree student. Learn more by calling 724-357-2573 or emailing visiting-student@iup.edu

If you would like assistance in deciding whether or not you need pre-requisite coursework, please contact Lisa Price, lprice@iup.edu.

Application Materials

In fall 2022, we will begin using the Centralized Application Service for Communication Science and Disorders programs (CSDCAS) for our application process. Applications on CSDCAS are due by February 15 and include the following: 

  • official transcripts that verify the prerequisite coursework listed above,
  • 2 academic letters of recommendation,
  • written response to a prompt,
  • a video (see below),
  • and a nonrefundable CSDCAS application fee. 

Please be sure that all application materials are submitted prior to February 15 for matriculation in August of the same year. GRE scores are no longer required. 

Video

Applicants will be asked to submit a video on CSDCAS. There are two prompts to respond to: 1) What was your favorite undergraduate class and why? and 2) Discuss a personal attribute of yours that will be beneficial in your career as an SLP. See more information on CSDCAS. 

Open Houses

All students are encouraged to attend an in-person or virtual open house session, especially if they are seeking a graduate assistantship. Sign up: SLP Graduate School Open House

TOEFL or IELTS

Applicants who are non-native English speakers must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test scores taken within the past year. To demonstrate proficiency, applicants must submit a minimum score of 100 on the internet-based (iBT) or 7.0 on the IELTS. International students with an undergraduate degree from an American university do not have to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Similarly, students from countries where English is a dominant language are not required to submit scores. Observation hours and clinical practicum completed in another country will be accepted only if they have been supervised by a speech-language pathologist who holds the appropriate certification from American Speech–Language–Hearing Association (ASHA). 


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