Graduate Admission

All applicants seeking graduate admission to Western Michigan University must complete the procedures outlined in the online graduate application. All international students must follow a separate application procedure for graduate admission through the Haenicke Institute's International Admissions and Services office. See the section on English language proficiency requirements for further details on international applicant requirements. In addition to Western Michigan University's application, the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology uses an online application process in which electronic applications must be submitted through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service. Both applications must be submitted by Feb. 1 in order to receive optimal consideration for admission to graduate study beginning the following fall.

The typical applicant must apply by completing the following steps:

Prospective graduate students, including those who have completed an undergraduate major or equivalent coursework in speech-language pathology and audiology or individuals applying with degrees in other disciplines or areas of study, will need to submit the following:

  • A personal statement on the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service, which should address: 
  1. Reasons you have decided upon a career in speech-language pathology or audiology.
  2. Any plans you have for advanced education and eventual professional objectives, including job settings and disorder types of interest.
  3. Reasons you are applying to Western Michigan University.
  4. Any way in which your admission might further the department's interest in promoting diversity of background and experience within the profession.
  • Three letters of recommendation to the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service. Letters of recommendation are accepted electronically only, and the applicant must provide a valid email address when filling out the references section.
  • GRE scores to the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service. All applicants must use the GRE code 6131 to submit to CSDCAS. Applicants to the Doctor of Audiology degree (Au.D.) only must submit their GRE scores to Western Michigan University using the GRE code 1902, in addition to the CSDCAS with GRE code 6131.
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended graduate and undergraduate institutions to both the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service and the Western Michigan University Office of Admissions.
    • CSDCAS Verification Department
      P.O. Box 9113
      Watertown MA 02471
    • Western Michigan University
      Office of Admissions (MS 5211)
      1903 W Michigan Ave
      Kalamazoo MI 49008-5211
  • If you have questions about the online process or require further clarification, email sppa_info@wmich.edu or call (269) 387-8045.

    *For a list of speech-language pathology and audiology graduate programs participating in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service click here. Please click to review the program profiles for the speech-language pathology and audiology programs at Western Michigan University. CSDCAS Customer Service can be reached by telephone at (617) 612-2030 or by email at csdcasinfo@csdcas.org. It is strongly encouraged for applicants to read the frequently asked questions prior to submitting an application.

    English language proficiency requirements

    The speech-language pathology and audiology programs abide by Western Michigan University's admission procedures published in the graduate catalog, with respect to requirements for documentation of English proficiency and other languages of service delivery. The department policy is aligned with the University's requirements for unrestricted enrollment, also available through the Haenicke Institute's International Admissions and Services office. International applicants must demonstrate English proficiency through a TOEFL paper based score of 550 (213 CBT, 80 IBT). Candidates who do not achieve this score through CELCIS must enroll in additional English courses prior to application to the department. In addition, the department offers post-admissions support procedures and accommodations for international students who are English language learners through its programs in the Van Riper Language, Speech, and Hearing Clinics. If a student would require accommodation to assist in English speaking skills, an ESL program is available in our clinic for WMU students.