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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 wach year
Minimum overall college undergraduate GPA of 3.0
Minimum CSD GPA of 3.4
No grades below a B- in CSD and CSD-supporting courses listed below
Completion of CSD, or equivalent, courses:

  • Introduction to CSD
  • Anatomy, Physiology, and Science of Speech
  • Anatomy, Physiology, and Science of Hearing
  • Phonetics
  • Speech and Language Development
  • Audiology
  • Neural Bases of Human Communication

Aural rehabilitation and research methods are highly recommended. 

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
  • Linguistics is highly recommended

Letters of recommendation submitted through CSDCAS

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

Submit CSD essay through CSDCAS that addresses the following question: Please submit a personal statement of no more than 3000 characters in which you respond to one of the following two quotes. Support your response with specific examples from your life experiences. "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” - Helen Keller “If all my possessions were taken from me, with one exception, I would choose to keep the power of communication- for with it, I would regain all the rest.” - Daniel Webster

Junior-year admission

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

Apply during the spring semester of junior year through Augustana's Application System and then in the fall of senior year, submit application through CSDCAS.

Criteria:

Minimum overall college GPA of 3.0
Minimum CSD GPA of 3.4
No grades below a B- in CSD and CSD-supporting courses
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?

Complete an interview with CSD faculty

To maintain junior admission, students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a CSD major GPA of 3.4 or higher and receive grades of B- or higher in CSD and CSD-supporting courses. 

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 meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum overall high school GPA of 3.4
  • No grade below a B- in any science class
  • Meet all items on the Essential Functions checklist
  • Submit a 400-word CSD essay: How would a liberal arts undergraduate education prepare you for a career as a speech-language pathologist?
  • Interview with CSD faculty

To maintain direct admission status, students must throughout their undergraduate program at Augustana achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0, a minimum CSD major GPA of 3.4, and receive grades of B- or higher in CSD and CSD-supporting courses.