Admission Requirements

Applicants to the SLP Master's program come from a variety of educational backgrounds.  Some applicants have completed an undergraduate major or minor in communication sciences and disorders and have completed 18 or more credits of undergraduate coursework in speech, language, and hearing.  Others have had different undergraduate majors, such as psychology, linguistics, education, biology, and Spanish, to name just a few, and have not completed the pre-professional coursework.  These latter students, once admitted, will take those pre-professional courses as part of their program of study.

Students who are accepted will be assigned into one of two cohorts:

1.  Students With a Background who will have completed or are enrolled in undergraduate preparation that includes the following three courses: Introduction to Language Development, Phonetics, and Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing.

2.  Students Without a Background who are not enrolled in all three of these courses at the time of application.  Once you apply, you will be considered a student without a background, so don't take additional classes.

Cohort placement determines your work program- what courses you are required to take and what courses you will take each semester.  The cohort placement cannot be changed after acceptance.  The curriculum for students without a background is typically two semesters longer than for a student who has a background in communication disorders.

In reviewing the applications, the Speech-Language Pathology admissions committee will evaluate the submitted transcript(s) to determine if an applicant has successfully completed or will complete the pre-professional courses. If accepted into the program applicants can be placed in a work program similar to the attached sample program

Minimum requirements for admission to the master's program:

  • GPA greater than or equal to 3.0;
  • Verbal GRE scores of 150 or higher*
  • Quantitative GRE scores of 140 or higher*
  • Two letters of recommendation. Each recommender should attest to the applicant's potential to succeed in a rigorous graduate program. Letters should come from faculty at institutions of higher education
  • Submit an original essay
  • Transcripts or undergraduate and graduate work (WES evaluation, if necesary)
  • Review and determine if you meet the requirements specified in the Eligibility Requirements and Essential Functions Document.
  • Review the policy on Background Checks for students enrolled in the clinical education programs at Montclair State University
  • Submit the application fee ($60)

*The minimum GRE scores are from tests taken on or after 8/11/2011. Please note that individuals with a previous master's degree can request a waiver of the GRE requirement. The form to request a waiver is available on the Graduate School website. However, the GRE exam must have been taken in the last five years.

NOTE:  The Speech-Language Pathology program will not defer a student's acceptance to the following year.  You would have to reapply to the program if you are unable to start the program in the Fall that you applied.


An undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology and audiology (SLPA) or a degree in communications sciences and disorders (CSD) is not required for admission to the SLP program. This is required in order to meet licensing requirements in some states and to be recognized as eligible for the Certifcate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP).

Pre-requisite courses in Communication Sciences and Disorders include:

  • Introduction to Language Development;*
  • Phonetic Study of Speech Sounds;*
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Systems;*
  • Neurophysiological Bases of Communication;
  • Clinical Procedures in Audiology.

*These three classes must be taken in order to qualify for a student WITH a background in speech.

And one foundational course from each of the following categories.  If it is determined that you are missing any of these classes, you would be asked to complete the missing classes before graduating from the program in order to obtain your CCC's:

  • Biological science
  • Physical science
  • Behavioral science (2 courses are required to be eligible for a license to practice Speech-Language Pathology in New Jersey)
  • Statistics

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For complete information regarding the Graduate School admissions requirements and the application process, please contact the Graduate School at (973) 655-5147 or review the Graduate Schools website

Deadline date for receipt of applications is February 1st. New students are only accepted to begin study in the fall term. The Graduate School recommends that you submit your application materials as far in advance as possible to the semester you plan to begin your studies to ensure a timely review of your application.