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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:

1) As an Augustana College prospective first-year student (Direct Admission);
2) As an Augustana College junior CSD major (Junior-Year Admission);
3) As a senior-year student pursuing a bachelor’s degree or as a bachelor’s degree-holder (Regular Admission).

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

Direct admission

Prospective first-year students applying to Augustana, competing for up to 10 secured spots
Enrolled into graduate program after earning B.A. at Augustana.

Apply through Augustana's Application System (managed by the Office of Admissions)

Application process:

Students must first be accepted into Augustana College
Students inform Admissions that they would like to be considered as a direct admit student into the Master's Program in Speech-Language Pathology 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 an Admissions counselor

Applicants who meet the above criteria are forwarded to CSD.

Selection process (CSD Department)

Interview with two CSD faculty members
Evaluation of CSD essay

Notification (Office of Admissions)
Admissions will notify all applicants of decision

Maintaining a secured spot (CSD Department)
Minimum overall college GPA of 3.0
Minimum CSD GPA of 3.4
No grades below a B- in CSD and CSD-supporting courses

Junior-year admission

Augustana CSD juniors may compete for a limited number of spots in the MS-SLP program and if admitted, enrolled into Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Program after earning B.A. at Augustana.

Apply through Augustana's Application System (managed by the Office of Admissions)

Application process:

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?

Selection process (CSD Department)

Interview with two CSD faculty members
Evaluation of essay
Evaluation of work completed to date

Notification (Office of Admissions)

The Office Of Admissions will notify all applicants of decision.

Maintaining a secured spot (CSD Department)

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

Regular admission

Bachelor’s degree-holding individuals should apply for Augustana College’s MS-SLP program using the Centralized Application Service for Communication Sciences and Disorders Program (CSDCAS).

Enrolled into graduate program upon acceptance

Application process (managed by the Office of Admissions)

Bachelor’s degree
Minimum combined verbal and quantitative GRE score of 300. (Note that the GRE requirement is waived for the 2020-21 academic 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
  • Aural Rehabilitation
  • Neural Bases of Human Communication
  • Research Methods

Completion of CSD-supporting courses, or equivalent:

  • Biology (human or animal focused)
  • Human Development
  • Statistics
  • Physics or Chemistry
  • Linguistics

Letters of recommendation submitted through CSDCAS

Meet all items on Augustana's Essential Functions checklist that is completed before interviews are scheduled

Submit CSD essay through CSDCAS: How did your undergraduate education prepare you for a master's program in speech-language pathology?

Submit resume through CSDCAS.

Selection process (CSD Department)

Interview with two CSD faculty members
Evaluation of work completed to date

Notification (Office of Admissions)

Admissions will notify applicants of decision.