Application materials for the M.A. and Au.D. programs must arrive by the deadline of January 7, 2013. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. We cannot guarantee that late applications will be considered.
Ph.D. admissions are continuous and considered year-round. The department’s ability to recruit the best Ph.D. applicants is based on our ability to make admissions and funding decision as early as possible. Competition for admission and funding is high. Failure to meet the January 1st deadline by Ph.D. applicants may put at risk our ability to provide funding to you during your first year if you are admitted.
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There is no required minimum score to be admitted into the program. The GRE score is one of several metrics used in reviewing an application. Our admissions committee reviews each applicant's academic record, letters of recommendation, the personal statement, and any other information that will establish the candidate's potential to be an excellent graduate student.
The Department requires that students have a 3.0 overall undergradaute GPA (on a 4-point scale). GPA is an important indicator of academic achievement and transcripts are reviewed carefully, but like the GRE scores, it is only one indicator. If there are compelling reasons to look beyond grade point average and there are other indicators to predict academic success, we will consider those when reviewing an applicant's credentials.
Students with undergraduate degrees in communication disorders or speech and hearing sciences are expected to complete the M.A. program in two years. Students with no undergraduate background in the field typically complete the degree in approximately three years.
Students with undergraduate degrees in communication disorders or speech and hearing sciences are expected to complete the Audiology program in four years. Students with no undergraduate background in the field typically complete the degree in approximately five.
Students with a background in the discipline generally complete their degree requirements in three to four years. Students with no previous background generally complete their degree in four or more years, depending upon their area of interest.
Yes, the department expects that all students engage in graduate study on a full-time basis. Students typically register for 12-14 credits per semester. In addition, most students register full-time for at least one summer term.
On an average year, we admit 25 new MA students and 8-10 Au.D. students. We restrict the number of graduate students we admit because we want students to have the opportunity to work closely with the faculty. We also have a limited number of places where we can offer students excellent supervised clinical practice.
No, however most students in the M.A. or Au.D. programs have a background in speech and hearing sciences or communication disorders. We do accept some outstanding students who come from a variety of other disciplines such as Spanish, music, law, theater, English, education, social work, Psychology and many others.
Many students entering the Ph.D. program have a bachelor's degree or master's degree in Communication Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, or Speech-Language-Hearing Science. However, students with baccalaureate or master's degrees in other areas are also eligible to enter the Ph.D. program.
No, only courses that were taken as a graduate student can count toward your degree. However, if you have taken courses with similar content, your advisor will help you determine whether a particular course complete at another university covered the content of a comparable core course. You will not need to repeat content already covered at another institution.
Students who enter the M.A. or Au.D. programs without a background in the field may take courses along with undergraduates, but will be fulfilling graduate requirements while doing so. However, it will take approximately three years to complete the M.A. degree and you may not be ready for clinical practicum until your second year.
Some of our students decide during their M.A. studies to pursue further graduate study and obtain a Ph.D. degree. These students can request a change in their graduate program and the faculty will review their request. If you are seriously considering doctoral study immediately after you complete the M.A. degree, please consult with the Director of Graduate Studies about the possibilities for applying to the Ph.D. program.
Please consult with the Director of Graduate Studies at your first opportunity. The University has complete services available through Disability Services.
Yes, you may take courses through the College of Continuing Education without being formally admitted into a graduate program. You may transfer some credits into a graduate program if the courses appear on a graduate transcript. Students sometimes take courses from the core curriculum to demonstrate their ability before applying to the program.
Note that taking courses through the College of Continuing Education is not a guarantee of admission to the graduate program. Additionally, credits taken may not transfer to another institution or graduate program.
Yes, the Graduate School will retain the application file for three years. You will need to complete a new Graduate School online application and pay the application processing fee. You may re-write your personal statement and solicit new or additional letters of recommendation to the department. You will need to submit a current transcript if you have taken additional coursework in the interim.
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