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Admissions for Speech-Language Pathology, M.S.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester enrollment: January 15

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Program Requirements

For consideration to the program all admissions materials must be received by the university. Applications will be reviewed based on availability in the program and the program's admissions committee will rank eligible candidates for a limited number of admissions.  To be eligible for consideration, applicants must meet the following requirements.

  • Completion of a Bachelors Degree with a minimum 3.0 grade point average in the prerequisite coursework
  • Successful completion of any undergraduate prerequisite courses
  • Ability to perform all essential functions specified by the program (you can find the Essential Functions document here)
  • Submission of all required admission materials, including:
    1. Completed graduate application for admission
    2. Personal written statement
    3. Professional vitae or resume
    4. Three letters of recommendation.  Enter contact information for these individuals in the GVSU online application. GVSU will contact them electronically.  A pdf version of the recommendation form is also available here.
    5. $30 nonrefundable application fee (unless you have previously applied to Grand Valley)
    6. Official copies of transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Transcripts must be sent from those institutions directly to the GVSU Admissions Office. NOTE:  We do not require official transcripts from Grand Valley
    7. General GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, and writing)
    8. Test scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) for applicants whose native language is not English (both international applicants and US citizens whose native language is not English.). Only original score reports will be accepted. Based on recommendations from ASHA and the Council for Clinical Certification, the minimum scores are:
    •  TOEFL - passing score of 106, including at least 28 on the speaking section, with no section’s score less than 24.
    •  IELTS - passing score of 7.5 overall, including at least 7.5 on the speaking section, with no section’s score less than 7.0.

Notes on Admission

GVSU organizes its applications by admission date. An applicant may choose to begin either Fall or Winter admission, based on preference to begin the program. If a candidate applies to begin in one semester and is not granted admission, the applicant can reactivate his/her application for the next semester admission consideration by notifying the Admissions Office; there is not an additional application fee for those who reactivate their application for the next admission semester.

Students applying for admission to the M.S. program in Speech-Language Pathology should be aware that some of the clinical placement sites in which students are required to complete for graduation will require the student to produce a current criminal records check. It is the student's responsibility to arrange for the check, to keep it current in order to comply with the requirements of the various clinical sites, and to advise the university and program if the status of the student's criminal record changes at any time during the student's program of study.