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Master of Science in
Speech-Language Pathology

Admission Requirements

All applications for the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program must be submitted through through the  Communication Sciences & Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). To access CSDCAS, please visit https://portal.csdcas.org. It is only possible for admitted students to begin the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program in the fall semester.

To be considered for admission the application must be completed on or before January 15

A complete application is one that has been e-submitted and all transcripts, scores, statement, letters of recommendation, and payments have been received by CSDCAS and attached to the application. Documents should be sent several weeks prior to the January 15 deadline to ensure that items arrive on time. The timeliness of the application is considered the responsibility of the applicant.

All applicants must present the following:

  1. A baccalaureate degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning;
  2. One official transcript from each college attended 1 ;
  3. An overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (where A = 4.0); 
  4. An official copy of the applicant’s Graduate Record Examination ( GRE ) scores 2
  5. Proof of English language proficiency for any applicant whose first language is not English 3 ;
  6. Three (3) letters of recommendation that reflect the applicant’s academic and clinical abilities, potential for success in graduate studies, and personal qualities predictive of professional success as a speech-language pathologist; and
  7. A personal statement that addresses the applicant’s goals, aspirations, and motivation for pursuing professional graduate study in speech-language pathology, particularly at West Virginia University.

Furthermore, it is expected that applicants will have successfully completed an undergraduate major in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology  or Communication Sciences and Disorders. For applicants with other undergraduate majors, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has outlined minimum and recommended preparatory coursework for graduate study in speech-language pathology. In some cases, applicants without preparatory coursework in speech pathology and audiology may be considered for graduate admission, but the program of study will require two (2) additional semesters of added coursework.

All applicants being considered for admission will be provided with a personal interview with members of the CSD faculty. Applicants subsequently recommended for acceptance will then be instructed to submit a WVU Graduate application, a WVU application fee, and official transcripts that include final fall grades to complete the admission process.

1. Please submit all official transcripts directly to CSDCAS:
CSDCAS Verification Department
P.O. Box 9113 
Watertown, MA 02471

2.  GRE Scores must be submitted to CSDCAS using the ETS Designated Institution code 6934. Applicants may have their official scores submitted from the newly revised GRE or from the older version,  if taken within the past 5 years. Although no minimum is specified for either test version, GRE scores that meet or exceed the 50th percentile are recommended. View most recent WVU graduate admissions summary data.

3.  WVU accepts either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as the measure of English language proficiency. A score of at least 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, or 79 on the internet-based TOEFL, or a score of at least 6.5 on theIELTS is required of applicants whose first language is not English. Applicants must make arrangements to take the TOEFL or IELTS well in advance of the desired date of enrollment at WVU.

The  CSDCAS helpline  is available Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm EST
(Phone: 617-612-2030; e-mail: csdcasinfo@csdcas.org). 

For more information about the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program at WVU, please contact Professor Mary Ellen Tekieli Koay, Director of Graduate Study in Speech-Language Pathology
(Phone: 304-293-2639; e-mail: MKoay@wvu.edu).