The Master of Science in Communication Disorders is designed to prepare professional speech pathologists to meet the needs of the communicatively impaired in hospitals, clinics, nursing facilities, and schools. This program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is designed to meet the academic and clinical requirements of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), leading to national certification and state licensure.
The Communication Disorders Department at Western Kentucky University (WKU) was established in 1975 and was a ccredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1993.
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.
The minimum requirements for acceptance are as follows:
2. Submit Required Materials:
3. Apply to the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders for admission into the Speech-Language Pathology program.
It is solely the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all steps are completed accurately and that all materials are received prior to the deadline for application.
For additional information visit the SLP Graduate Admission and Application Requirements page.
Sixty semester hours are required for both the thesis and non-thesis option. The research tool requirement (3 hours) may be met by successful completion of SLP 500: Research Methodology in Communication Disorders (or equivalent). Additionally, the student must complete at least 400 clock hours of clinical experience by graduation.
In addition to courses outlined above, students must complete 9-12 approved elective credit hours.
Please note the following as you plan your program of study:
Financial Aid includes grants and loans for educational purposes. The government requires the student to file a form online to the government agency for this purpose which is called FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov to apply. Once that form is completed and filed, the student will receive an email from WKU about the status. All financial aid comes through the WKU Student Financial Aid office and they communicate mostly through email. The email will explain all the grants and/or loans that are available to the student and how to receive the money.
Nearly all students are eligible for some form of financial assistance. In fact, over 90% of the students who applied for financial aid in recent years received an award offer. Every effort is made to assist you and your family in obtaining the resources necessary to meet the difference between the total cost of attending Western Kentucky University and your ability to contribute toward your education.
If you would like to apply for financial assistance (loans, grants, scholarships, veteran's benefits) the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. Please refer to the Financial Aid Guide for additional information and complete instructions.
Please keep in mind, student must maintain satisfactory academic progress to continue to qualify for financial aid. For additional information on receiving, and keeping your financial aid, please refer to the WKU Financial Aid website to review the complete policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress atwku.edu/financialaid/sap.php.
On Demand courses may also be covered by financial aid if the student has met basic eligibility requirements and has a current FAFSA on file. Students must fill out an On Demand Agreement found on the WKU Financial Assistance website. Students receiving financial aid must complete their course(s) in the current semester. For more information please contact the Student Financial Assistance office at (270) 745-2755.
All college courses offered by On Demand have been approved for veterans and other persons eligible under the provisions of the GI Bill. Each student must assume the responsibility for submitting the proper forms to assure payment of appropriate entitlements. Please contact the Veterans Coordinator in Student Financial Assistance.
Program Advisor for Full-Time Students: Dr. Richard Dressler
Phone: (270) 745-6280
Program Advisor for Part-Time Students: April Hardison