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Division of Communication Disorders
1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3311
Health Sciences, 265
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-6427
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Email: comdis@uwyo.edu

 

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

*Do not apply to the University.  Apply through CSDCAS.  See Application Procedure 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.

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). A course in each of phonetics, speech and language development, and anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing, along with at least one other Leveling course, are required before beginning the graduate program. A file review will be conducted on acceptance into the program to determine other missing courses, which will be completed during the graduate course of study. If a needed course is not on the transcript, such as a planned summer course, applicants should note the this in the Candidacy Statement.

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. 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.   Candidacy Statement

A candidacy statement must be submitted. It consists of a short essay (maximum 400 words) on the applicant's qualifications for a graduate degree in speech-language pathology. Statement prompt: Explain why you should be among the select group that is chosen for this educational and career opportunity.

6.   Campus Track only admission for Fall, 2014

For Fall 2014 admission, there is only the Campus track option.  The Distance Track graduate curriculum is being restructured, so we will not be admitting students in it for Fall, 2014.

7.   English language proficiency

International students from non-English-speaking countries need a TOEFL score of 600 (internet equivalent of 100) 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 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 to be considered competitively for admission.

Requirements Following Offer of Admission

Students who accept an offer of admission to the program must then apply to the university for formal admission. University procedures and forms can be obtained at the Graduate Education resources page. Students will be required to submit one set of official transcripts and one official GRE score report to the university admissions office (university code 4855, division code 620) and pass a criminal background check.  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

Admittance 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 may determine admission to our program. Please see the College of Health Sciences website for the policy and procedures document.

 

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