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Master of Science in
Speech-Language Pathology

Admission Requirements

Preparing for the graduate school application process

Watch a video to learn more about the 2019-2020 application process for the M.S. program in Speech-Language Pathology at WVU.

All applications for the M.S. program in Speech-Language Pathology must be submitted through the Communication Sciences & Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS), which can be accessed via the CSDCAS Portal.

2019-2020 Timeline for Fall 2020 Admissions

October 18           On-Campus Open House for prospective students (see the WVU SLP Homepage to RSVP)

November 1          Online Open House for prospective students (see the WVU SLP Homepage to RSVP)

January 4              Recommended date to submit application through CSDCAS to ensure it is verified by Feb 1

February 1            Deadline for verified application

February 28          Interview Day/Graduate Open House for invited applicants
Our program considers applicants for fall semester admissions only. To be considered for admission, applications must be verified on or before February 1st. CSDCAS recommends having your application completed (e-submitted and all payments, transcripts, required documents, and letters of recommendation received) at least four weeks in advance of the deadline, which is by January 4th, to ensure the application is verified by February 1.

Review the CSDCAS website for more information on the program deadline requirements and how long the application process takes through CSDCAS.

The timeliness of the application is considered the responsibility of the applicant. Applications that are not verified by February 1st will not be considered for the current admission cycle.

Required Applicant Qualifications

Applicants will be considered for admission if they have remarkable personal attributes that are predictive of academic and clinical success, high academic achievement, and English proficiency.
  • Personal attributes. Applicants are expected to possess remarkable personal characteristics that are necessary for success in graduate study as well as in professional clinical practice. These characteristics include:
  1. a desire for lifelong learning
  2. critical thinking ability
  3. strong interpersonal and collaborative skills
  4. an openness to receiving constructive feedback
  • Academic achievement. Students must have:
  1. obtained a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning
  2. maintained an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (where A = 4.0)
  3. completed the prerequisite coursework, as listed below
      At least one 3-credit course in each of the following CSD content areas
      • Phonetics/Phonology
      • Language Acquisition/Development
      • Anatomy & Physiology of Speech and Hearing
      • Speech & Hearing Science
      • Introduction to Audiology
          At least one 3-credit course in each related content area
        • Biological Science
        • Physical Science
        • Social/Behavioral Science
        • Statistics
        • For more information on related academic coursework, see the ASHA Coursework Requirements related to certification standards
      • Clinical Observation Hours. The applicant must complete a minimum of 25 guided clinical observation hours under the supervision of an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist according to the 2020 ASHA Certification Standards. The hours obtained must include clients across the lifespan (i.e., both children and adults) and a minimum of 3 different sites. The hours do not need to be completed by the February 1 application deadline, but will need to be completed before beginning the program in the fall.
      • English proficiency. Applicants whose first language is not English are required to document English proficiency. 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 the IELTS is required of applicants whose first language is not English.
      • GRE scores. Although no minimum GRE score is required, scores that meet or exceed the 50th percentile are recommended.

      Required Application Materials

      To be considered for admission, the following required application materials should be submitted directly to CSDCAS:

      1. An official transcript from each college or university attended
      2. An official copy of the applicant’s Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores using ETS Designated Institution Code 6934. Only scores obtained within the past 5 years will be considered.
      3. TOEFL or IELTS scores for any applicant whose first language is not English. Applicants must make arrangements to take the TOEFL or IELTS well in advance of the application deadline.
      4. Three letters of recommendation that reflect the applicant’s academic and clinical abilities, potential for success in graduate studies, and personal qualities necessary for success as a professional speech-language pathologist.
      5. A personal statement that describes how the applicant embodies the personal characteristics to be successful in WVU's graduate program and as a professional speech-language pathologist. There are four personal attributes listed above as characteristics that are necessary for success in graduate study as well as in professional clinical practice: (1) a desire for lifelong learning, (2) critical thinking ability, (3) strong interpersonal and collaborative skills, and (4) an openness to receiving constructive feedback. In your personal statement, select two of the personal attributes listed and describe how you embody those attributes.

      What happens after my application is submitted?

      After applications are reviewed, invited applicants being considered for admission will complete a personal interview with members of the CSD faculty.

      Applicants who have accepted an admission offer will then be instructed to submit a WVU Graduate application, a WVU application fee, and official transcripts that include final grades in order to complete the admission process. Admitted students will begin the program in the fall semester. 


      Questions about your online application should be directed to the CSDCAS Applicant Help Center.

      For more information about the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program at WVU, please contact Dr. Michelle Moore, Coordinator of Graduate Programs (phone: 304-293-8965; e-mail: