Admission to the SLP Master's Program


GVSU offers two tracks for completion of a master’s degree in speech-language pathology.

  • Track 1 is an intensive 16-month program leading to a Master of Science degree (i.e., 4 consecutive semesters). The length of the program may be more than four semesters for students who opt to complete a Thesis or in exceptional conditions when special accommodations are necessary. Students interested in pursuing Track 1 must complete a series of prerequisite courses at the undergraduate level.
  • Track 2 is an admission program for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in another field, and have not completed the prerequisite coursework in communication sciences and disorders.

The profession of speech-language pathology is a licensed field of practice that typically requires completion of a graduate degree from an accredited institution. It is not possible to become licensed as a speech-language pathologist without a graduate degree. Professional certification is also available to practitioners that demonstrate to the public that the speech-language pathologist has completed rigorous academic and clinical preparation and is considered competent to practice the profession. The master’s degree program at GVSU prepares students to qualify for licensure and validates that students have completed all academic preparation to qualify for national certification.

Questions about admissions can  be directed to Ms. Josie Fowler,
Questions about the program can be directed to Dr. Courtney Karasinski,

Frequently asked questions and answers regarding the program, application, admissions, finances and more.

Admission to Program:

M.S. in SLP and COVID-19:

Please visit “Lakers Together” for the most up to date information regarding GVSU’s response to COVID-19 including face coverings, vaccination clinics, and plans for in-person classes this Fall. Please be aware that our community partners for clinical practicums may require a vaccination to be on-site at their location; therefore, we strongly encourage vaccination for all of our graduate students. (updated 5/26/21)

Admissions for Fall 2021 for the Track 1 and the Track 2 programs will be done through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS)

CSDCAS must receive:

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts
  • 3 Electronic Recommendations
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Essential Functions Document-the completed/signed document needs to be attached to the Documents Section of the CSDCAS application

Completion of the Supplemental Form via the link provided:

A completed application and all items above should be submitted and verified in CSDCAS by:

  • January 15, 2021 for the Track 1 program
  • June 15, 2021 for the Track 2 program

As a reminder Track 1 is designed for students with a bachelor's degree and all prerequisite coursework. Track 2 is designed for students with a bachelor's degree WITHOUT prerequisite coursework.

Questions about admissions and applications can be directed to Ms. Josie Fowler at

Requirements for Admission to the Speech-Language Pathology Master's Degree Program

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must satisfy both the general and the specific requirements:


Required for Track 1 and Track 2:

  • Competitive GPA (minimum of 3.0)
  • Courses:
    • Statistics course
    • Biological Sciences course
    • Physical Sciences course
    • Psychological OR Social Sciences courses
  • Attend interview, if invited
  • English Proficiency:  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), or PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic) for applicants whose native language is not English.  The following minimum scores are expected:  TOEFL = 80; IELTS = 6.5; MELAB = 77; PTE Academic = 53.  Exceptions can be requested but are not usually granted. 

Note that the GRE is no longer required.

Please see GVSU's Course Catalog for further details.


Track 1

Track 2

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships available by application.

  • Questions regarding assistantships for special projects within the department can be sent to Dr. Denise Ludwig,
  • Questions regarding departmental research assistantships can be sent to Dr. Courtney Karsinski,
  • Please refer to The Graduate School website for information regarding assistantships outside of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Statistics of Admitted Track 1 Students (previous admissions cycle):



Cumulative GPA


Prerequisite SLP coursework GPA


Statistics of Admitted Track 2 Students (previous admissions cycle):



Cumulative GPA