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Yes, the CSD Department offers tours once every Fall and Spring semester.  The purpose of the session is to provide potential students and families with general program information, answer advising questions, and tour the Communication Disorders Clinic and Academic Complex.  Please visit the following link for information on the next Meet and Greet:  http://www.wku.edu/communicationdisorders/undergradadmission.php
Yes, for all students admitted to WKU Fall 2015 and after.
There is no minimum ACT score.  Your GPA and ACT will be multiplied to create a GAP score.  Students will be ranked by score for admittance to the program.
The minimum GPA for admittance is a 3.5 for all students admitted to WKU Fall 2015 and after.  Prior to Fall 2015, the minimum GPA is 3.2.  Your GPA and ACT will be multiplied to create a GAP score.  Students will be ranked by score for admittance to the program.
We accept approximately 30 students every spring semester to begin the following fall.
No, when formally admitted to the undergraduate major in the spring semester, students must start the following fall semester.
Students are advised by professionals in the Advising and Career Development Center until formally admitted to the CSD program.
Complete form on TopNet and take to CSD Office 104B in Academic Complex.
The CSD Office Associate will give CSD course passes to all students during the first week of registration.

Yes, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association requires students have courses in four areas:

  • Biological sciences should emphasize content related to human or animal sciences.  Students are required to enroll in BIO 131 – Human Anatomy & Physiology. This also meets the Colonnade requirement for Explorations: Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World – Natural & Physical Sciences.
  • Physical sciences include physics or chemistry.  Students are encouraged to enroll in PHYS 130 – Acoustics of Music and Speech.* This also meets the Colonnade requirement for Explorations: Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World – Natural & Physical Sciences.
  • Social/behavioral sciences should include psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health.  Students are required to enroll in PSY 100 – Introduction to Psychology. This also meets the Colonnade requirement for Explorations: Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World – Social & Behavioral Sciences.

A stand-alone course in statistics is required (a course in research methodology does not meet this requirement).  Students are encouraged to enroll in one of the following statistics classes: MATH 183 – Introduction to Statistics (This also meets the Colonnade requirement for Foundations: Intellectual and Practical Skills – Quantitative Reasoning), PH 383 – Biostatistics in Health Services, SOCL 300 – Using Statistics in Sociology or PSY 301 – Statistics in Psychology.

Students admitted to WKU Fall 2019 and after are required to take BIOL 131 - Human Anatomy and Physiology and ENG 300 - Writing in the Disciplines.

Students are encouraged to take the GRE during the spring semester of their junior year.  Students often take the GRE more than once and this will allow time to study and prepare before applying to graduate school.
Dr. Reagan Brown offers a GRE Prep Course every fall semester.  Visit the following link for specific information:  http://people.wku.edu/reagan.brown/gre.htm




The program is completely online. No travel is required.
This program will not prepare you to work as a SLP. You will not earn clinical hours or receive a bachelor’s degree after completion. This program is designed to provide the prerequisite coursework required for application to graduate school in the area of communication disorders.
At this time, students are only accepted into the program to begin courses during the summer.

The department will look specifically at the last 60 hours coursework and determine the GPA for this portion of your coursework. We require a 3.20 GPA for the last 60 hours coursework.  This GPA is what will be used as a criteria for admission to the program. To figure your own last 60 hours GPA look at your college credits, begin at last semester completed and work backwards until you have 60 hours worth of credit, if this stops in the middle of a semester then you must add the remaining hours for that semester (this will give you more than 60 hours). Figure the GPA for those courses using strictly A, B, C, etc. No +/-.  We round up from the third decimal therefore a 3.17 does not qualify as that is less than 3.20.

GPA calculators are available on the internet to assist in calculating your GPA, however, please keep in mind that the GPA calculator provides only a "guesstimation" of the GPA.
Current tuition information is available at http://www.wku.edu/bursar/. The Pre–SLP courses are considered undergraduate distance learning courses. Distance learning tuition rates are the same for in–state and out–of–state students.
The program is now eligible for financial aid.




Yes, the GRE is required and scores must be less than 5 years old (no exceptions).
For information regarding the GRE please visit www.ets.org
We require a minimum of 143 or if taken prior to August 2011 a minimum score of 350 on the Verbal section and a minimum of 3.5 on the Writing section. 

Cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the last degree earned or the degree in progress

We accept 50 students into the on-line graduate format and 24 students into the on-campus graduate format each year.
No, cohorts begin once a year and you must apply and be admitted into the program.

Yes.  To accept your seat, you must include a $300 deposit with your acceptance letter.  It will be applied to your first semester’s tuition.  However, if you decide not to attend our program, you will NOT receive a refund.  The deposits must be paid by cashier’s check or money order only – NO personal checks, cash or debit/credit cards. 

There are 8 core classes and 4 basic sciences that must be completed prior to beginning any graduate courses. Those courses are:

Core Classes:

CD 405 Applied Phonetics

CD 481 Normal Speech & Language Development

CD 483 Articulation Disorders (or CD 440 which combines Artic and Language Disorders)

CD 484 Speech Anatomy & Physiology

CD 485 Diagnostic Procedures for Communication Disorders

CD 482 Audiology

CD 486 Language Disorders (or CD 440 – which combines Artic and Language Disorders)

CD 347 Science of Speech and Hearing (formally titled: Bases of Speech)

Basic Sciences (one 3 credit course from each of the following categories; suggested course types are listed in parentheses): ASHA does not accept remedial-level courses, methodology courses (methods of teaching), or courses modified for CD such as speech science (which includes some acoustics, but would be credited as a basic CD processes course). **WKU only accepts

 CLEP exams or AP credit for credit by exam** **WKU does not accept DANTES exams unless a person is on active military duty**

Biological Science (Intro to General Biology, Human Biology, Ecology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Animal Biology, Cell Biology, Microbiology, or CLEP: Natural Science or Biology)

Statistics: A 3 credit course in any STATISTICS course.  Research Methods courses are not acceptable.  Examples: Introductory Statistics, Introduction to Statistics, Statistics in Social Work, Psychology Statistics, etc.

Social Science (Behavioral) Psychology (including Dev. Psych or Applied Behavioral Analysis), Sociology, Anthropology, Human Geography, Gerontology, CLEP: Psychology)

Physical Science Physics, Acoustics (not the same as speech and hearing sciences), Chemistry, CLEP: Chem.
Look at the Department Application in the Graduate Admission section of this website.  There is a worksheet to determine how courses will match the prerequisite coursework along with course descriptions and instructions to assist.
E-mail or mail to catherine.martin@wku.edu the course number and title along with a transcript and syllabus for each course you would like to be considered for graduate transfer credit. All graduate transfer credit must be evaluated by our Coursework Evaluation Committee. The cumulative GPA on the transcript must be 3.0 or greater in order for the course to transfer. All coursework towards the Master of Science in Communication Disorders must be completed within 6 years, therefore, courses taken more than 4 years before beginning the program would not transfer. The committee meets monthly and you will be e-mailed their decision as soon as your coursework is reviewed.
Yes, students are required to come to the WKU campus the first summer in the program for approximately 6 weeks for our Summer Clinic. This is a requirement of the program and is not optional.
No, students can enroll in only one externship per semester.

A maximum of 25 observation hours and 50 clinical (treatment or evaluation) hours from undergraduate may be transferred to the graduate program with department approval. All clinical hours earned while enrolled in a graduate communication disorders program will apply toward the 400 hours required by ASHA. However, graduate students must fully complete SLP 590 Clinical Internship and six credit hours of SLP 591 Clinical Externship meeting the minimum requirements for each section completed. At least 200 hours must be completed through WKU.

Policies for transferring observation and clinical hours:


Students must complete 25 hours of observation prior to beginning the graduate program or during the first semester of the program. Observation hours must be earned under the auspices of university coursework. (See procedure under policy 4b)


Students will be allowed to transfer a maximum of 25 observation hours and a maximum of 50 clinical clock hours from an undergraduate clinical experience. PROCEDURE: Transfer hours must be submitted in writing. A written statement from the program director or designee of the institution where the hours were earned is required. The statement must indicate that the hours were earned under the supervision of an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. The statement MUST be a signed document on official letterhead from the institution. The letter should be mailed to the CSD departmental address to the attention of Catherine Martin or sent to catherine.martin@wku.edu via email. Observation hours do not have to be listed or broken down into categories. However, if you have clinical hours that need to be transferred, those do need to be specific and categorized by child/adult, hearing, treatment/diagnostic, and according to the 9 areas of competency.

Summative evaluations are required by WKU Graduate School and our accrediting agency. This department uses the departmental comprehensive exam as the summative evaluation.  Students who successfully defend a thesis are exempt from taking this comprehensive exam.

The dates for passing the comprehensive exam are:

  • If graduating in Spring:  January 15 - May 15
  • If graduating in Summer:  April 15 - August 15
  • If graduating in Fall:  August 15 - December 15
There are a number of resources available at www.wku.edu/online to help you decide if an online learning format would be a good fit for you.
Click here to go to the admissions and application page.
You'll be sent an agreement that stipulates what courses you may still need to complete before the start of the fall semester.



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