Additional Admissions Information

Individuals seeking admission to the Master of Arts Program in Speech-Language Pathology must have a bachelor’s degree.  The bachelor’s degree may be in any discipline, since our program admits students with or without prior coursework in Speech-Language Pathology. 

Competitive applicants without any prior speech-language pathology courses are not at any disadvantage in the admission process, since the faculty reserves half of the available spaces each year for individuals who have no courses in speech-language pathology.  When these individuals are admitted, they take undergraduate speech-language pathology courses at the same time that they begin to take graduate courses.  Their programs are typically two semesters longer than those of individuals who enter the program with an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology.

Once admitted, graduate students must demonstrate communication skills that will not interfere with clinical practice.  A student who is judged to have questionable skills will be referred to a faculty panel for further evaluation.  If necessary, the student will be referred for assistance.  Students requiring assistance will be reevaluated before they are allowed to enroll in clinical practica.  Enrollment in clinical practica will be postponed until communication skills are judged to be sufficient.

Minimal entry requirements:
GPA: 3.0
GRE: Verbal 450, Quantitative 425 (test taken prior to August 1, 2011)
GRE: Verbal 150, Quantitative 140 (test taken after August 1, 2011)

At least two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the candidate’s potential to succeed in a rigorous graduate program; letters from faculty at institutions of higher learning preferred.

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Undergraduate students who are contemplating a career in speech-language pathology but whose university does not offer speech-language pathology courses might consider a major in psychology, linguistics, or any of the sciences.  The courses in these disciplines will provide students with a sense of the material that they will study in the graduate program.  Information about careers in speech-language pathology is at under the link for “Students”.

To achieve eventual licensure and certification, all individuals must complete the following minimum math and science coursework.  These courses, typically completed as part of an undergraduate degree, are not required for acceptance into the Master’s Program in Speech-Language Pathology.  However, they must be completed before an individual can apply for a NJ state license or for national certification as a Speech-Language Pathologist.

The courses are:

  • 3 credits statistics (math, psychology, education or business)
  • 3 credits physical sciences (an introductory physics course including material on acoustics is strongly recommended; or chemistry)
  • 3 credits biological sciences (biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, human genetics, or veterinary science)
  • 6 credits social/behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health)


For complete information about University admission requirements and the application process, contact the Graduate School.

Applications are available online at

Deadline for application material: March 1st.  New students are only accepted in Fall semesters.

The Graduate School sponsors Graduate Open Houses twice a year.  Faculty representatives from our department are available to provide information about our program and to answer questions.  Watch for the Open House dates at in the Events section.