What are the prerequisites for the Master's degree?
Students pursuing a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology must have a Bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders or the equivalent undergraduate prerequisite courses, either from USU or another accredited university.
Does your program accept students with undergraduate degrees in a field other than communicative disorders?
A student with a bachelor's degree in another field who desires to receive a master's degree in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education (COMDDE) must obtain a 2nd bachelor's degree in COMDDE or have the equivalent junior and senior level COMDDE courses and extra-departmental courses before he/she will be considered for acceptance into the master's degree program.
What is the minimum GPA for admittance into the program?
Students must have a 3.0 or better for the last 60 credits. Competitive GPAs are often much higher.
What are the minimum requirements for the GRE for admittance into the program?
Verbal and Quantitative scores must be in the 40th percentile or better. Competitive scores are often much higher.
Will the admissions committee still review my application if I have a good GPA but did not do well on the GRE?
The admissions committee looks at all applications. A number of qualifications, including your GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, experience, and personal attributes will be evaluated.
What is the application deadline?
The application deadline is February 1.
What should I include in my personal statement?
Your letter of intent that is part of your online graduate school application should specifically reflect your educational and professional interests and qualifications. Detailed information about prior professional experience, research experience, teaching experience, related service, other degrees, etc. will help those evaluating your application to have a more detailed and accurate perception of your qualifications. Your personal statement should also reflect your best writing skills.
How can I apply for departmental awards and scholarships?
Scholarships and assistantships are available on a competitive basis at the time of application. Recipients are chosen based on academic performance, financial need, work-related experience, and participation in community service. To view funding opportunities within the Speech-Language Pathology department, please see Funding.
When will I be notified of the admissions decision?
Students will be notified of their acceptance status by March 20th.
What is the usual duration of study at the master's level in your department?
Students must complete all academic coursework and clinical practica (including off-campus externships). This is generally completed in two years (five semesters).
How many of your students pass the Praxis Exam each year?
The University has a pass rate of 99% since 2005.
When are students expected to enter the master's program? Is it possible to begin any other time?
Students begin the master's program in the Summer Semester (June). This is the only admissions date.
Can I get a Master's degree on a part-time basis?
A part-time graduate status is not available.
Do you have a summer only or weekend only program for master's students?
There is no summer or weekend program for master's students. However, we do offer the graduate SLP Outreach program. Graduate students accepted in this program work in the public school setting during the year under the supervision of a school-based SLP and take intensive graduate courses in the evenings during the summer.
What if I am presently interested in only taking a few courses but not applying for admission to a graduate program?
USU offers online courses for the undergraduate and second-bachelor's degrees; however, the graduate courses are not available online.
Is the tuition for the Outreach program the same as the on-campus Master's program?
Tuition will be the same as in the on-campus university graduate program, but other costs (lodging, food, etc.) are generally significantly less because students live in their home communities during the majority of the program. Therefore, overall educationally-related costs are typically less than in a residential on-campus graduate program. Registration is completed through the Distance Education Division at USU. Tuition amounts, instructions for registration, and tuition deadlines will be given to each accepted student prior to the beginning of each semester.
How many new Outreach students will be accepted?
In addition to accepting campus-based SLP students, COMDDE also accepts a limited number (~5) of "outreach" graduate students**. Accepted students must be speech technicians working for rural and under-served Utah school districts who participate in most courses through USU's broadcast distance education. Students must apply by the February 1st deadline to be considered for an "outreach" position.
**The “outreach” portion of the graduate program is supported by the Utah State Office of Education (USOE). The availability of State Office of Education funding, through federal flow through money, will not be known until approximately April. If State Office of Education funding is not available, or is significantly reduced, there will be no outreach broadcast program and the newly accepted outreach students would be offered an on-campus space in the graduate program instead.
Do I have to be employed by a school district before I apply to the Outreach program?
No. Accepted students may find placement in a school doing assistant or technician work in speech-language pathology once they are accepted.
Can I apply to both the Outreach master's program and the on-campus master's program at the same time?
Yes. You may indicate in your letter of intent that you wish to apply for both programs. Please explain which program you would prefer. Your application will be considered first for the program that is your priority. If you are not accepted into that program, and there are still openings in the other program, your application will then be considered for the second program.
When do Outreach students take courses?
Outreach students take courses every semester, typically for 5 or 6 consecutive semesters beginning in the summer.