Gannon University and the Speech-Language Pathology Program receives and reviews applications for the Master of Speech-Language Pathology program and all applicant credentials exclusively through the Centralized Application Service for Communication Sciences
& Disorders Programs (CSDCAS), provided by the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) and Liaison.
The program is designed as a full-time course of study. Transfers to the program will be considered on a case-by-case basis. A maximum of 6 credits may be accepted for transfer, if a grade of B or higher was achieved, and approved by the program director.
Prior to matriculation in the program, students must complete and fulfill the following requirements:
- Baccalaureate degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders or completion of equivalent coursework from an accredited college or university.
- Cumulative prerequisite course grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale; Grades below a “C” are not acceptable.
- Overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
- Prerequisite courses should be completed within five years preceding entrance into the graduate program.
- All prerequisite courses must be completed by June 30 in the year of enrollment.
A minimum TOEFL iBT score of 80 for all applicants from non-English speaking countries.
Prerequisite Course Requirements
- Biological Sciences - 3 credits (e.g.. Human Anatomy and Physiology, Introduction to Biology)
- Social/Behavioral Sciences - 6 credits (e.g. courses in Psychology, Sociology, Public Health)
- Physical Sciences - 3 credits (e.g. college-level Chemistry or Physics)
- Statistics - 3 credits (e.g. college-level Statistics course that is computational and not remedial or historical in nature)
*Equivalent coursework includes a minimum of one course in each of the following six subjects:
- Normal Speech & Language Development in Children
- Anatomy & Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms
- Speech & Hearing Sciences
- Introduction to Audiology
- Introduction to Communication Disorders
- Personal interview. Spoken English skills, as well as ethical, personal and professional qualities to fulfill the role of a speech-language pathologist will be assessed during the interview process.
- Three letters of recommendation, which address the applicant's ethical, personal and professional qualities.
- Twenty-five (25) hours of observation of clinical practice by an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist; observation hours should vary across settings, ages, and disorders. These hours are only shadowing hours prior to admission; they are not
part of the 400 hours required by ASHA, which should be completed as part of our academic program. View and print the SLP hours template.
- Personal Statement/Essay - Practice as a healthcare professional requires the ability to communicate in both verbal and written form. The Speech-Language Pathology Program expects admitted students to demonstrate graduate level competence in verbal
and written communication. A writing sample is required of each applicant to assess his/her graduate level competence for written English. Writing samples will be blinded and scored by SLP faculty as part of the admissions process.