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Speech-Language Pathology
(M.A.)

An image of a calendar icon that is brown with light tan page markers on a gold background with a red border.     Application deadlines

Applicants are admitted once per year in the Fall on an annual basis. Application requires submission of the following to both the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) at https://portal.csdcas.org/, and Western Michigan University’s Graduate College at https://wmich.edu/apply/graduate/. The application deadline for the WMU application is January 15. Be advised that it can sometimes take CSDCAS up to two weeks to verify application materials; therefore, it is recommended that students submit materials at least two weeks before 15 January. Contact CSDCAS directly with any questions pertaining to their portal. The process of reviewing applications is extensive, and it may take several weeks before applicants hear a response (usually mid-March).

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A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is required; please submit within the online application system.

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This program requires the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with those scores submitted within the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS).

Note: International applicants may have to provide evidence of English language proficiency. More information can be found within the online application.

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This program requires 3 letters of recommendation from individuals able to comment on the applicant's academic and practicum achievements and potential for successful graduate work.

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This program requires written responses to the following prompts within the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS):

(1) Discuss your experiences and attributes that contribute to your preparation for professional education. Please discuss how your background and experiences may contribute to a diverse learning environment;

(2) Discuss your career goals and objectives

An image of a brown typewriter with a light tan page in it on a gold background with a teal border.     Previous written work

This program does not require any previous written work be submitted.

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This program does not require any other program materials to be submitted.

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Prerequisites include:

1. A grade point average of at least 3.00 in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.
2. Completion of an undergraduate major, or equivalent undergraduate course sequence, in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences. The student who has not completed these requirements as an undergraduate will need to do so before enrolling in departmental graduate courses.
3. Undergraduate preparation must include courses that provide information on basic human communication processes. There should be at least one course in phonetics, one course in speech and language development, and one course in the science of speech and hearing.
4. Undergraduate preparation must also include coursework that provides basic information on speech, language, and hearing disorders.
5. Completion of course work or transcript credit is required in each of the following areas: (a) biological science, (b) statistics, (c) physical sciences (physics or chemistry); and (d) behavioral sciences. The student who has not completed this course work as an undergraduate will need to do so as a graduate student in order to meet ASHA standards for clinical certification.

If you have any questions, please review the website below for program and contact information.

Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology — College of Health and Human Services

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An official transcript from the institution from which you received your bachelor degree is required, as well as a transcript from institution(s) where any graduate level courses or degrees have been taken/completed. Applicants are not required to submit an official transcript of courses taken/completed at WMU.

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