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Admission Requirements

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:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Application and Fee for both the WKU Graduate School and Dept. of Communication Sciences & Disorders for the SLP program.
  • Official copy of Transcript(s)
  • 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 not included.)
    • Please Click Here to see an explanation of how to calculate your GPA in our Frequently Asked Questions.
  • 12 Prerequisite Courses
    • WKU offers a Pre-SLP Program beginning each summer for students who lack any prerequisite coursework.
    • The 12 prerequisite courses are composed of 8 core courses and 4 basic science courses.
    • Generally, the Pre-SLP coursework will require one academic year to complete prior to beginning the graduate program.
    • Click to Download the Pre-SLP Brochure
  • Essay
  • References
  • The GRE or GMAT IS required for admission into this program.
    • 143 on the new scoring system (350 on the old scale scoring system) for the Verbal portion.
    • 3.5 score for the Analytical Writing portion.

Application Process

1. Apply for admission

  • Visit the Distance Learning Admission Page for more information.
    • A Step By Step Guide for completing the application process: Application Tutorial
    • There is a $65 application fee.
  • Complete the WKU Domestic and International Graduate Application
    • Under Planned Course of Study Section, Choose:
      • Category of Study >>> Masters
      • Planned Course of Study >>> Speech-Language Pathology (0466) (T)
      • Choose a Group>>> Comm Disorders: online fulltime OR parttime.

2. Submit Required Materials:

    • Request ALL official transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions you have attended.
    • You must send all transcripts from the institutions where you completed the coursework, regardless of whether it appears on another transcript as transfer credit.
    • The transcript must be forwarded from the college or university registrar electronically or directly to the Graduate School. 
    • Send your official transcripts from each college attended to Graduate Admissions.
      • You may request electronic transcripts through the National Student Clearinghouse. This speeds up the admissions process considerably. If your school is not listed with the Clearinghouse, please contact them directly to see if they have another process in place for electronic submissions or request that an official copy be sent by mail.
    • Submit an official GRE score report taken within the last 5 years.
    • Submit a written essay describing why you want to be a speech-language pathologist using the following guidelines.
      • The essay must be no more than 1 page typed, using a 12-point Times New Roman font, and double-spaced.
      • The applicant’s name and the date on which the essay was written should be noted at the top. 
    • Essay Information may be emailed to
    • List of 3 references and contact information.
    • Reference form can be found Here.Your references will be contacted as needed via email for further information
    • Do not send letters of recommendation. (Letters will not be considered or kept on file by the department.)
    • Reference form may be emailed to

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.

  • Click on the appropriate application form below and complete the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department Application.
  • Be sure to open the form with Adobe Reader to fill it out and please use Internet Explorer or Firefox to submit. 
  • This year we are adding a video component to the departmental application process.  Instructions for creating the video are found on the departmental applications.
  • Print out the completed form and sign by hand, then scan OR Sign the form digitally (instructions for digital signatures Here)
  • Save form to your computer.
  • Completed forms are submitted via email as an attachment to

  Deadlines for Admission Applications & Transcripts

  • Fall Semester: Deadline for Fall 2018 admissions is February 1, 2018 Midnight (12:00am) CST
  • Spring Semester: Not offered at this time.
For additional information visit the SLP Graduate Admission and Application Requirements page.

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 Last Modified 10/18/17