Applying to the MS in Speech-Language Pathology

  • Prerequisites

    In order to meet certification requirements upon completion of our master's degree, an applicant's undergraduate transcript and course syllabi need to include the following content or something equivalent:

    • A biology course with a human component
    • A physics or chemistry course that meets the university's liberal studies requirements
    • Probability and Statistics
    • Several social science courses (e.g., anthropology, psychology, sociology)
    • Clinical Phonology (phonetics)
    • Speech Science 
    • Anatomy and physiology of speech, hearing, swallowing
    • Audiology and/or aural rehabilitation
    • Language Development
    • Neuroscience for Communication Disorders

    Students will also need to have completed 25 observation hours in the field signed by a certified speech-language pathologist as well as federal and state clearances (e.g., FBI fingerprinting, state police background check, child abuse clearance, TB test). 

    If you have not taken a significant number of the above undergraduate courses, you can apply for admission to the Office of Extended Studies in order to take prerequisite courses through the second degree program. You must have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a four-point scale in order to be considered for admission as a second degree student. To request an application, contact the Office of Extended Studies

    If you would like assistance in deciding whether or not you need to apply to the second degree program, please contact Lisa Price, lprice@iup.edu.

    Application Materials

    Application materials are available from and are initially processed by IUP's Graduate School. Your application, official transcripts of all previous college course work, letters of recommendation from two people who are familiar with your academic background, a goal statement, an interview at a scheduled open house or an uploaded video, and a nonrefundable application fee are required. We hold 3 open house sessions during late-fall and early spring during which interviews are conducted. If you cannot attend, you have the option of uploading a short video instead. The video should be no more than 60 seconds describing why you want to be an SLP, what is your specific interest area, and why you are considering IUP.

    Go to the IUP Graduate Admissions page for the link to application materials.

    Again, please be sure that all application materials are submitted prior to February 15 for matriculation at the beginning of the following Fall semester.

    Applicants who are non-native English speakers must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test scores taken within the past year. To demonstrate proficiency, applicants must submit a minimum score of 600 paper-based TOEFL, 100 internet-based (iBT), or 6.5 IELTS. International students with an undergraduate degree from an American university do not have to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Similarly, students from countries where English is a dominant language are not required to submit scores. Observation hours and clinical practicum completed in another country will be accepted only if they have been supervised by a speech-language pathologist who holds the appropriate certification from American Speech–Language–Hearing Association (ASHA).

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