Admission Process and Requirements
Admission to the Master of Science Program in Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is competitive, selective, and limited. Students who wish to be admitted to this program must apply to the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies. The application deadline is February 1st.
Basic Criteria for Consideration
Applicants must complete the necessary application process as required by the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. All application materials, including transcripts, must be received by the ASU Cratis D. Williams Graduate School no later than February 1. Applicants should submit all materials electronically to the Graduate School. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify with the Graduate School (828-262-2130) that all application materials have been received by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Note that admission is on a competitive basis. Therefore, not all students who meet these minimum requirements will be offered admission.
A completed application includes the following
- Completed application form with paid application fee
- Personal Statement: A personal statement must be included with the application. Please submit a personal statement that answers the following questions. Limit your submission to two pages and proofread carefully.
Why are you applying to the Speech-Language Pathology graduate program at Appalachian State University?
What areas of speech-language pathology interest you most and why?
Comment on what distinguishes you as an applicant. This may include specific life experiences or situations, personal attributes, research interests, etc. Be specific.
- Three Letters of Recommendation: It is preferable that at least two letters of recommendation are from current or former instructors and/or faculty members
- Official Transcripts from EACH Institution Attended: To be considered for admission, ALL undergraduate and post baccalaureate transcripts must be included in the application. All transcripts must be received by the ASU Cratis D. Williams Graduate School before the application deadline. Transcripts not received by the application deadline will result in an application being deemed incomplete. Allow 4 weeks for transcripts to reach ASU. In general, successful applicants to our program have a minimum average undergraduate GPA of 3.5. Slight variations in cutoff scores are determined based on the GPA of the applicant pool being considered for admission.
- Official Report of GRE Scores: Applicants must report scores from the GRE using code 5010 to the ASU Cratis D. Williams Graduate School. In general, successful applicants to our program have a minimum GRE verbal score of 150 and a minimum GRE quantative score of 150. Slight variations in cutoff scores are determined based on the GRE scores of the applicant pool being considered for admission.
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders adheres to the Graduate School's policy for proof of English proficiency. A passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if your native language is not English, or your undergraduate instruction was not in English is required. Please use code 5010 for TOEFL reporting.
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders adheres to the University’s policy on disability “…Office of Disability Services works diligently to ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided equal access at ASU by broadening disability awareness, removing barriers to provide an inclusive environment, and providing reasonable accommodations.”
See link: http://ods.appstate.edu
Notification of Admission Decision
Applicants will be notified by email of admission decisions on or before April 15th.
***DUE TO COVID-19, WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HOST ANY CAMPUS VISITS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE***
The Graduate School First Friday visits will be conducted via Zoom. Sign-up with the Graduate School and you will receive an invitation.
Each Fall and Spring, usually the first Friday of each month is reserved for prospective students to meet with the ASU Cratis D. Williams Graduate School, as well as with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Reservations are required. Please contact the Graduate School (828-262-2130) for more details and to make your reservation for the Graduate School Open House and Department of CSD visit. Due to the large number of students interested in the program, visitation dates must be limited to the first Friday visitations.
Fall 2021 "First Friday" Open House Visitation Dates:
- September 3
- October 1
- November 5
- December 3
Assistantships and Scholarships
Learn more about assistantships and scholarships available to graduate students.
If you are interested in a quality program that offers you the opportunity to work with an exceptional faculty and outstanding students from all regions of the United States, please consider submitting an application!