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Graduate Admission and Application Requirements

We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2015.  Please come back to this site in October when we will have application requirements and procedures updated for Fall 2016.

Applications to the Graduate Programs in Speech-Language Pathology are considered to be selective acceptance.  Admission is quite competitive. This means that not all who apply will be accepted as there are limited seats and external clinical placement sites available.

Your application consists of ALL the steps below and ALL materials must be received by the deadline specified. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all materials are received by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and The Graduate School prior to the deadline for application. Failure to do so will result in not being considered for admission to the program.

Minimum GPA and GRE Requirements of Applicants:

  • 3.5 GPA for the last 60 credit hours of college coursework (There must be a minimum of 60 credit hours with a letter grade. Only courses with a letter grade will be used. Pass/Fail grades are not included.) Please click here to see an explanation of how to calculate your GPA in our Frequently Asked Questions
  • 143 on the new scoring system (350 on the old scale scoring system) for the Verbal portion of the GRE (GRE must have been taken within 5 years of application date).
  • 3.5 score on the Writing portion of the GRE (GRE must have been taken within 5 years of application date)
*If an applicant does not meet ALL 3 of the above minimum requirements the application will not be considered for admission to the program.  To view statistics regarding those accepted to our program in the past click here.

** Please note: The regulations for beginning student teaching in Kentucky changed effective September 1, 2013.  Consequently, students graduating from the Master's program after September 1, 2014 will not be considered eligible for teacher certification in Kentucky until further notice.  Speech-language pathologists do not need teacher certification to work in Kentucky schools although some districts prefer that its employees have it.  Students seeking school-based employment in other states should determine which credentials are needed then decide if this CSD program can meet their needs.


  • Transcripts will be evaluated to determine the GPA for the most recent 60 hours of completed coursework (for details on calculation click here) which will then be utilized in determining admission.
  • The verbal and writing scores from the GRE will be analyzed.
  • Essay will be analyzed for compliance with instructions (see below), content, grammar, and spelling.
  • Transcripts and Prerequisite Coursework Worksheet will be evaluated to make certain that all prerequisite courses have/will be completed prior to the semester in which you are applying to begin the graduate program - The prerequisite course requirements and worksheet can be found within the Departmental Application in Part 2 below.
  • References may be contacted via phone or email for further information – do not send letters of recommendation. Letters will not be considered or kept on file by the department.  Click here for reference form.  

The Department reserves the right to only admit students from locations where it is confident that students will have sufficient access to externship placements where appropriate and diverse clinical populations are available.

Explore the Clinical Experience tab at the top of this page for specific clinical requirements. You can search on the ASHA website for ASHA certified SLPs in your area.


There are 3 cohorts available for our graduate program. An applicant must choose only ONE to apply to and must specify which cohort applying to. If you are unsure of which cohort fits you best please review the graduate program information and all three options by clicking here.

Please note ALL application materials must be received by the date listed:

  • Distance Learning – Worldwide – February 17, 2015
  • Distance Learning – UFT/New York City – March 17, 2015 – Unfortunately, due to loss of grant funding WKU is no longer able to offer the graduate program through the partnership with the UFT and NYC DOE.  If you are still interested in our program please email to find out more about the options available.
  •  Residential – March 3, 2015


It is recommended that you print this page and use it as a checklist as you complete each step. A complete application will include all documents presented on this page. It is solely the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all steps are completed accurately, that all documents are received by the university, and to send any additional information requested by the department or The Graduate School upon request prior to the deadline specified above.

Your application will not be reviewed by the Department of Communication Sciences and  Disorders until the application is complete. Applications that are not completed by the deadline will not be considered for admission.



PART 1 – Apply to WKU Graduate School (all information in Part 1 is to be submitted to the Graduate School, NOT the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. Once all of the application materials listed in Part 1 have been submitted to the Graduate School they will forward to the CSD Department for consideration for admission):

  • APPLICATION TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL - Complete the Online Application for The Graduate School. Click here to access application. When completing this application it is extremely important that you complete it in its entirety including submitting the application fee. Make certain apply to begin in the Fall 2015 term and to choose the cohort for which you are applying to so that your application is considered in the correct applicant pool. If either of these is incorrect it may cause your application to not be considered for acceptance.
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS - Submit ALL official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended. This includes those courses that show as transfer credit on another transcript. You must send all transcripts from the institutions where you completed the coursework regardless of whether it appears on another transcript as transfer credit. Failure to do so will result in a delay in your application being complete and possibly not being considered for acceptance if all transcripts are not received by the deadline. Some institutions will take longer than others to issue transcripts, be sure to request them well before the deadline. If you have a foreign transcript you must adhere to the Graduate Studies requirements for a transcript evaluation which you will find by clicking here and then choosing International Degree Seeking
  • GRE SCORES - submit an official GRE score report taken within the last 5 years.
  • ESSAY – Submit a written essay describing why you want to be a speech-language pathologist using the following guidelines. The essay should be in 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and should not be longer than one page.  The essay should have your full name and date at the top of each page should you choose to submit more than one page.
  • REFERENCES - List of 3 references and contact information. Click here for form to use.

Mail above listed items to:

The Graduate School

Western Kentucky University

1906 College Heights Blvd #11010

Bowling Green, KY 42101-1010

Phone (270) 745-2446

Essay and Reference Information may be emailed to

PART 2 – Apply to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

  • Click on the appropriate application form below and complete the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department Application. Note: Be sure to open the form with Adobe Reader in order to fill it out. Some students have reported that this application is not compatible with Mac computers. Students have also reported issues with Google Chrome, so please use Internet Explorer or Firefox to submit this. This form must be completed and then e-mailed as an attachment to We no longer accept mailed applications therefore DO NOT MAIL this form.
  • Click the link for the application you need (you may only apply to ONE - Distance Learning - Worldwide, Distance Learning - New York City/UFT, or Residential).
  • Fill out form. All fields must be completed. 
  • Save form to your computer.
  • Attach form to email and send to
  • Click on ONE of the following applications and complete as specified above:
  • Applications will not be reviewed fully until after the deadline.  Once the deadline has passed the department will consider all completed applications. You will receive notification of our decisions (accepted, alternate, or not accepted) within approximately 6 weeks of that deadline via email. Be sure to include on your application an email address which you will be checking regularly.


If you applied to the program in past years then you will need to complete all of the above steps except for submitting transcripts and GRE scores. The Graduate School will have any transcripts and GRE score reports submitted previously on file (however, it is always best to double check with their office to be certain they do have them). You will need to send any updated transcripts or new GRE score reports.  You must apply again to both The Graduate School and the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department but you will not be required to pay the application fee again if you sign back in to the application which you will be prompted to do. Our admission requirements changed for applications beginning 2012 so be certain you review and submit all of the above information.

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