Applicants must have a background in communication sciences and disorders also known as speech-language-hearing science. This can be demonstrated by majoring in speech-language-hearing science or communication sciences and disorders on the undergraduate level or completing required prerequisite courses. Please see our online prerequisite completion program PreSLP. We will not review applications from applicants who do not have the required background.
To be accepted for admission to the program, a candidate must:
1. Apply via the CSDCAS Centralized application system https://portal.csdcas.org/
and present the following to the CSDCAS Portal:
2. Request official transcripts as evidence of completing a baccalaureate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders or the equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education with a GPA of 3.0 or above. Also send to the CSDCAS Portal official transcript(s) of all undergraduate studies and graduate studies.
3. Request official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past five years. . Our Designated Institution Code, assigned to La Salle University CSDCAS, is 0717. Please visit http://www.asha.org/edfind/ to find out information on average GRE scores of students offered admission to our graduate program.
4. Request three letters of reference. At least two references must be academic references, meaning those by someone who taught you during your college career and can speak to the level of your academic work.
5. Provide a personal essay in 300 to 500 words, describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study in speech-language pathology. Please include why you are choosing La Salle University. We are interested in reading about your career goals as well as your clinical and research interests. You can also include any special life experiences which you believe will further demonstrate your qualifications.
Do not send any application material directly to La Salle University. All application material must be sent to the CSDCAS Portal. It is the applicant’s responsibility to monitor the CSDCAS portal to insure that all necessary documents have been received and verified.
Please note that verification may take several weeks, after the application is submitted. No application will be considered for admission that has not been verified by CSDCAS by the February 1 deadline. Verification means that applicants must have their application authenticated by CSDCAS (GPA calculation completed) by the February 1 deadline. To ensure the application is verified on time, applications must be completed (e-submitted, payment received, and transcripts received) at least four weeks in advance of the deadline date. Applicants can view the status of their application by logging on to the CSDCAS site.
We strongly suggest in order not to be disappointed, applicants should get all application materials to CSDCAS by January 1st. It is the applicant’s responsibility to meet the verification deadline.
In addition, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders participates in ASHA’s Higher Education (HES) Edfind data system published on ASHA Web site https://portal.csdcas.org/. Data on the HES Web site pertains to current students in the SLP master’s program and indicates their group GPA and GRE scores. Applicants can visit the HES website for data about the GPA and GRE scores of students presently in our program.
The Admission Committee considers each applicant’s accomplishments, experiences, and personal qualities as reflected in his/her personal statement and letters of recommendation. Special consideration may be made on the basis of having successfully completed substantial graduate coursework in a related discipline or noteworthy contributions to the field. A personal interview may be required. We invite applications from all students with a strong commitment to excellence in caring for those with communication and swallowing disorders.
In order for students to meet 2014 ASHA certification standards, see http://www.asha.org/Certification/2014-Speech-Language-Pathology-Certification-Standards La Salle University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders requires prerequisites to graduate study. Upon admission to the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology Program, the student meets with his/her adviser to determine the course of study and review the student’s transcript to verify whether the student has fulfilled all the prerequisite requirements. If the student has not met the prerequisite requirements (equivalent course title and description at the undergraduate institution) the student is required to meet these requirements upon entering the M.S. program. Students must fulfill prerequisite requirements prior to obtaining the master’s degree.
For more information about the Program contact:
Dr. Barbara Amster, Professor, Chair and Graduate Director
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
La Salle University
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Please refer to the University’s Nondiscrimination Policy in the General Reference section of this catalog. Admission is based solely upon applicant’s qualifications.