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Admission & Application|Division of Communication Disorders

 

Admission to the M.S. Degree Program
in Speech-Language Pathology

*Do not apply to the University.  Apply through a centralized application system called CSDCAS.  See below.*

Admission Requirements

Admission to the master's program in speech-language pathology is made on a competitive basis.  For grades, test scores, completion rates, and employment rates for students accepted into and graduating from our M.S. program, see Program Performance The required application components are listed below. Applicants may also be invited to attend a brief on-line interview. Applications from UW students receive additional consideration, but all complete applications are considered. See Gradate Student GRE/GPA Data for information on typical class composition. Please check the website in October of each year for current application instructions and information. 

Students can apply for the on-campus or distance tracks (see our website for a program description). We accept students to start in the fall of each year. Minimum requirements for full admission to the master's program in speech-language pathology are the following:

1.   Academic Transcripts

Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be submitted. These must show progress toward completion of a bachelor's degree and coursework in communication disorders. An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale) is required for full admission. Grades for the fall courses and enrollment in the spring courses prior to application should be present on the transcripts. An official transcript showing completion of the bachelor's degree will be required by the first semester of graduate study.

2.   Communication Disorders Coursework

Official transcripts showing undergraduate coursework in communication disorders are required. See the Division website for the recommended and required coursework (Leveling). In our Division, there are four prerequisite courses that address the following areas: phonetics, speech and language development, and anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing, and audiology. These four courses or equivalent courses that cover the listed areas are must be completed before beginning the graduate program. If one of these courses is not indicated on the submitted official transcripts, but will be taken during the summer, applicants should note this in their Personal Essay. If the courses are not listed and the Division is not made aware that the course will be completed in time, the application will not be considered for admission. A file review will be conducted upon admission into the program to determine other missing courses, which must then be completed during the graduate course of study. We strongly recommend having no more than two missing courses to complete during the master's program.

3.   GRE Report 

Both old and new versions of the GRE scores will be accepted. Official report of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Quantitative, Verbal, and Writing scores must be submitted to the centralized application system called CSDCAS. A cumulative score of at least 291 (900 minimum score with old GRE scoring system) on the verbal and quantitative sections is required for full admission. The Division requires all applicants to report their GRE score, regardless of whether they already have a graduate degree. 

4.   Recommendation Letters

Three letters of recommendation must be submitted. At least two of the letters should be from previous instructors who are familiar with your academic performance and can address potential for success in graduate school.

5.   Personal Statement

Applicants must respond to the following five personal statement prompts. The responses provide information about qualifications and potential for success in the University of Wyoming graduate SLP program. For each prompt, the maximum number of characters and spaces is 1,000 (approximately 150 words per prompt). 

  1. In your undergraduate program you may have memorized factual information to prepare for a test. However in graduate school, you must problem solve, integrate and apply information by taking the initiative and using critical thinking. Provide a specific example of a time when you used critical thinking and took the initiative to find a solution to a problem.
  2. In graduate school you will encounter different approaches to feedback about your academic and clinical performance. Describe a time when you were given constructive feedback. Explain how you responded and describe what changes resulted.
  3. Our graduate students are faced with the challenge of balancing multiple responsibilities and demands on their time (e.g., coursework deadlines, clinic preparation, graduate assistantship). Describe how your specific life experiences demonstrate an ability to manage your time, balance responsibilities, and show persistence.
  4. Our SLP graduate program is rigorous and requires you to work with people. What might be most challenging for you in our program? How would you compensate for these challenges?
  5. Our program seeks to create a community of students richly diverse in cultural backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints. We embrace diversity of thought and inter-professional education. State one or two ways in which you would contribute to our diverse community.

 

6.   Campus and Distance Program Tracks

There are separate applications for the Campus and Distance program tracks in CSDCAS. Individuals who wish to be considered for both tracks must complete both applications. 

7.   English language proficiency

International applicants from non-English-speaking countries need a TOEFL internet score of 100 (equivalent to the old paper score of 600) or equivalent to show English proficiency. Additional sources of evidence may be requested by the Division to make a final decision. English proficiency must be sufficient for success in graduate school and certification as a speech-language pathologist in the United States, even if the applicant intends to remain in his or her native country. 

Conditional Status

An applicant may be admitted conditionally if he or she does not meet the GPA or GRE requirements for full admission, and the Division determines that there are sufficient areas of strength for success in graduate school in comparison to other applicants. Conditions will be placed on admission, such as graduate grade point average, performance criteria, or completion of certain courses. Conditional students are not eligible for graduate assistantships.

Application Procedure

Applications to our master's program must be made outside the University, through an electronic, centralized application service: the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service for Clinical Education in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (CSDCAS). Go to https://portal.csdcas.org to apply. 

The new CSDCAS application will open to applicants beginning in mid September. CSDCAS Customer Service is available Monday thru Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM EST: Phone – (617) 612-2030; E-Mail – csdcassinfo@csdcas.org.

The deadline for application submission to CSDCAS is January 15. 

Applications submitted after this date will not be considered for admission in that year. Applications must be verified by CSDCAS to be reviewed for competitive admission. The 2-4 week verification process does not commence until the application is submitted and all transcripts are received. In your CSDCAS application, use the Designated Institution (DI) code 0675 to have your official GRE score linked to your University of Wyoming application. The final verified application must include fall course grades and spring course enrollment for students who are completing undergraduate communication disorders coursework. CSDCAS will add grade updates to applications in the verification process. We strongly advise that you order official transcripts in November (with fall grade transcripts sent again in December if applicable) to ensure that your application is verified in time for consideration for our program. 

Applicants will be notified of the division's decision on acceptance, alternate, or denial by mid-March. Applicants must respond to the offer by April 15. Alternates will be offered positions that become available after April 15.

International students submit to CSDCAS too. The same deadline applies, but applicants should start the process earlier because applicants must have transcripts translated and assessed for equivalency to the American university system program.

Applicants must have the background check completed for the Division to approve the applicant in the university system. The procedure, conducted by Viewpoint Screening, is initiated at the Division homepage (http://www.uwyo.edu/comdis/. Please see the College of Health Sciences website for the policy and procedures document on this matter.

to be considered competitively for admission.

Requirements Following Offer of Admission

Applicants who accept an offer of admission from the Division must then apply to the University of Wyoming for formal admission. University procedures and forms can be obtained at the Graduate Education resources page. The full UW application procedure is not required. Instead, each applicant begins the university application procedure, the Division is notified of the pending application, the Division approves the applicant, then the applicant completes the application procedure, which includes submitting a fee and a .pdf copy of the applicant’s CSDCAS application.

Applicants whose CSDCAS application file does not show awarding of their bachelor’s degree are provisionally admitted. Provisional admissions can engage in all normal enrollment and orientation procedures. Their status will change to full admission when the university receives a final official transcript showing awarding of the degree.

For International applicants offered positions, the student must provide the university with additional information, including determining whether financial resources are sufficient for study here (see the International applicants part of the Graduate Student Resources material in the Admissions section of the University website).   

Criminal Background Check

Admission to the graduate program in speech-language pathology is contingent upon passing a criminal background check. Each student recommended for admission into program will be required to obtain, pay, and pass a criminal background check. These background checks are routinely required by schools, hospitals, and other agencies that participate in the clinical education of our students. The results of the background check determine admission to our program.

Applicants must have the background check completed for the Division to approve the applicant in the university system. The procedure, conducted by Viewpoint Screening, is initiated at the Division homepage (http://www.uwyo.edu/comdis/. Please see the College of Health Sciences website for the policy and procedures document on this matter.

 

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