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SPL - Admissions


Note: The SLP graduate program begins Summer Semester (June). Application 

Deadline: January 15th


Students pursuing a master's degree in speech-language pathology must have a bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders or the equivalent undergraduate prerequisite courses, either from USU or another accredited university.


Admission to COMDDE graduate programs is extremely competitive.  The requirements listed below are the minimum requirements to apply.  Students offered admission typically score much higher across all application components. 

  • GPA: 3.0 or better for last 60 credits (USU Graduate School Requirement)
  • A bachelor's degree in communicative disorders (Students already having a bachelor's degree in another area must either complete a second bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders or take the undergraduate Communicative Disorders courses as post-bachelor's courses.)
  • GRE Scores - Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytic: (Verbal and Quantitative Score above the 40th percentile - USU Graduate School Requirement)
  • Proof of current immunizations prior to initiation of clinic coursework
    Criminal background check is required at the time of admissions
  • Top-ranked candidates may be invited for an interview.


COMDDE accepts a limited number of Outreach graduate students** based on the same criteria as campus-based applicants. Employment as a speech-language technician in a rural or under-served district within the state of Utah is required. Anyone with a background in communicative disorders (bachelor’s degree or equivalent) may apply, but preference is given to highly qualified applicants working for rural and under-served Utah school districts who participate in most courses through USU's broadcast distance education program. If applicants in those areas do not apply or are not highly qualified, applicants from other locations within Utah may be considered. Students must apply by the January 15th 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. Highly-qualified students working for rural and under-served areas of Utah will have top priority for admission.


In addition to regular tuition, there will also be differential tuition for COMDDE courses. (Refer to the last page of the tuition table). Graduate students from participating states may qualify for a WGRP non-resident tuition waiver.


The application deadline is January 15th.

All applications are processed through the School of Graduate Studies at Utah State University. Applications will be considered once a year between March 1 and March 15. No application will be considered until all the required information is submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. APPLY NOW.


  • On the application under "Planned Course of Study", choose "First Choice of Study" and select "Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education – MA".  (If you are applying for the Outreach Masters of SLP, also select MA)
  • Allow 3 weeks for the School of Graduate Studies to process your application
  • Plan ahead to ensure all application components are received by the graduate school by the COMDDE deadline