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Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology requirements

There are three time periods when students can apply to the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program:

Regular Admission for college seniors who are pursuing a bachelor's degree or an applicant who has already completed a bachelor's degree.

Junior Year Admission for current Augustana College CSD majors in their junior year in the program.

Direct Admission for high school seniors who plan to receive their B.A. from Augustana College.

The processes and requirements for the three types of applications follow.

Regular Admission

Students with a bachelor’s degree may apply for Augustana College’s MS-SLP program using the Centralized Application Service for Communication Sciences and Disorders Program (CSDCAS).

Application requirements

Bachelor’s degree completed prior to enrolling in our MS-SLP Program, which begins in June each year.
Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
Successful completion of the following CSD, or equivalent, courses:

  • Anatomy, Physiology, and Science of Speech
  • Anatomy, Physiology, and Science of Hearing
  • Phonetics
  • Speech and Language Development
  • Audiology

Completion of CSD-supporting courses, or equivalent:

  • Biology (human or animal focused)
  • Social science course (e.g., Psychology, Sociology, or Anthropology)
  • Statistics
  • Physics or Chemistry

The following courses are recommended, but not required for admission: aural rehabilitation, linguistics, introduction to communication sciences and disorders, neural bases of human communication.

Letters of recommendation submitted through CSDCAS

Meet all items on Augustana's Essential Functions checklist completed prior to enrollment.

Submit a personal statement on CSDCAS that explains your reasons for pursuing graduate study in speech-language pathology and the experiences you've had that have prepared you for this goal.

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission.

Junior-Year Admission

This option is for Augustana CSD majors in their junior year, who, if admitted, enroll into the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program after earning their B.A. at Augustana.

Junior-year admission students apply during the spring semester of junior year and then in the fall of senior year, submit a final application through CSDCAS.


Minimum overall college GPA of 3.0
Meet all items on the Essential Functions checklist
Submit 400-word essay: How is your Augustana education preparing you for a vocation in speech-language pathology?

To maintain junior admission, students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

Direct Admission

This option is for high school seniors who are interested in securing a spot in in Augustana’s MS-SLP program after they earn a B.A degree at Augustana.  

Apply through Augustana's Application System during senior year of high school and then in the fall of their undergraduate senior year, submit application through CSDCAS.

Application process:

Students must first be accepted into Augustana College.

Students inform Augustana's Office of Admissions that they would like to be considered as a direct admit student into the Master's in Speech-Language Pathology program if they receive no grade below a B- in any science class.

To maintain direct admission status, students must throughout their undergraduate program at Augustana must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0.