Admission Requirements


You must possess a bachelor's degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university by the time you begin the program.

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For Your Consideration

In Fall 2017, our program reviewed 189 applications for 30 open slots. Of those offered admission:

  • Average Overall GPA was 3.31
  • Average GPA in CSD major courses was 3.48
Admission Requirements

To be considered for admittance to the Master of Speech-Language Pathology, you must meet the following requirements:

  • An overall GPA of 2.85 or higher at the time of application, as verified by CSDCAS, and at the time of enrollment in the program.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher in courses directly related to the study of communication sciences and disorders at the time of application and at the time of enrollment in the program.
  • GRE scores are not required for admission to St. Ambrose University's Master of Speech-Language Pathology program
  • The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences. Acceptable courses include content in human anatomy and physiology or genetics. Documentation of meeting this requirement (transcripts submitted to CSDCAS)1:
    • At least one course in Biology with a grade of B or higher
    • A Physics or Chemistry course with a grade of B or higher
    • At least one course in Statistics with a grade of B or higher
    • At least one course in Social/Behavioral sciences with a grade of B or higher
  • Completion of these pre-professional courses (below) prior to enrollment in the SAU MSLP Program2:
    • Phonetics
    • Articulation and Phonological Disorders
    • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms
    • Speech and Hearing Science
    • Language Development
    • Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation
  • Submit your online application. This application portal is generally available in August and is the only way to apply to the SAU graduate speech-language pathology program. You do not need to apply separately to St. Ambrose.
  • Documentation of 25 hours of observation. *Applicants do not submit this at the time of application and are not required to submit it through CSDCAS. Documentation must be received before fall enrollment from applicants who receive offers of admission to our program.
  • Three letters of recommendation, submitted electronically through CSDCAS.
  • Official transcripts must be submitted through CSDCAS.

Interview Dates for Fall 2018 Entry

February 17, 2018
March 3, 2018

Interview process

Once considered eligible for interviews after review of their completed files, applicants will be notified of available interview dates and invited by the MSLP Program's Admissions Committee to schedule an on-campus interview. There is the possibility of a remote interview for applicants outside of a six-hour driving distance.

A typical interview day involves participation in the following activities: an interview with a group of faculty and current students and/or alumni; a tour of our facility; question and answer session with our Clinical Director and Program Director; and opportunities to talk informally with current students/alumni. Students will also be asked to provide a writing sample in response to a prompt. Interview and writing sample responses will be evaluated using rubrics established for this purpose. Your application, interviews, and writing samples are evaluated using rubrics that were developed by the MSLP Program.

1A grade of a B minus or lower, or a passing grade in a course taken pass/fail, does not count towards meeting any of these general education requirements.

2Courses listed do not need to be completed when you apply, but applicants must have a plan in place for completing them before fall enrollment in the SAU - MSLP program. The CSDCAS application provides a section for in-progress and planned coursework.

Pre-Professional Courses

Students wishing to enroll in the Master of Speech-Language Pathology program should take the courses listed below (offered at St. Ambrose). Course descriptions are in the online course catalog.

MSLP 400 - Phonetics (3 credits)
Offered: May 2018, May 2020, May 2022
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

MSLP 420 - Articulation and Phonological Disorders (3 credits)
Offered: Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Summer 2020, Fall 2020
Prerequisite: MSLP 400 Phonetics and consent of instructor.

MSLP 410 - Neurology, Anatomy, and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms (3 credits)
Offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2018, Fall 2019, Summer 2020
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

MSLP 430 - Speech and Hearing Science (3 credits)
Offered: May 2017, May 2019, May 2021
Prerequisites: consent of instructor

MSLP 450 - Language Development and Disorders
Offered: Summer 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2019, Spring 2020
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor

MSLP 440 - Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation
Offered: Summer 2017, Spring 2019, Summer 2019, Spring 2021
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor

Transfer to SAU

Students accepted into the SAU MSLP program for graduate study as a transfer from an accredited Speech-Language Pathology program at another institution of higher education will have their transcripts reviewed to determine which courses are transferable. The student must show evidence that the course(s) taken are similar in content to the corresponding courses offered at SAU. Evidence will generally take the form of a course syllabus and notes from the course.

A plan of study will then be established accordingly. No more than 3 credits of graduate level coursework in the area of speech-language pathology will be allowed to transfer. If the graduate transfer student obtained clock hour credit for clinical practicum, those clock hours will be accepted toward the requirements for certification as long as they were obtained while attending an accredited institution of higher education and under the requirements set forth by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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