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Admission Requirements

Applicants will be considered for admission if they have remarkable personal attributes that are predictive of academic and clinical success, high academic achievement, and English proficiency.

  • Personal attributes. Applicants are expected to possess remarkable personal characteristics that are necessary for success in graduate study as well as in professional clinical practice. These characteristics include:
    1. a desire for lifelong learning,
    2. critical thinking ability,
    3. strong interpersonal and collaborative skills, and
    4. an openness to receiving constructive feedback.

  • Academic achievement. Students must have:
    1. Obtained a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning,
    2. Maintained an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (where A = 4.0),
    3. Completed the prerequisite coursework listed below:
      • At least one 3-credit course in each of the following CSD content areas:
        • Phonetics/Phonology
        • Language Acquisition/Development
        • Anatomy & Physiology of Speech and Hearing
        • Speech & Hearing Science
        • Introduction to Audiology
      • At least one 3-credit course in each related content area listed below:
        • Physics or Chemistry
        • Social/Behavioral Science
        • Statistics
        • Biological Science
      • For more information on related academic courses, see the ASHA Coursework requirements related to certification standards.
  • Clinical observation hours. The applicant must complete a minimum of 25 guided clinical observation hours under the supervision of an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist according to the 2020 ASHA Certification Standards. The hours obtained must include clients across the lifespan (i.e., both children and adults) and a minimum of 3 different sites. The hours do not need to be completed by the February 1 application deadline, but will need to be completed before beginning the program in the fall.

  • English proficiency. Applicants whose first language is not English are required to document English proficiency. WVU accepts either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as the measure of English language proficiency. A score of at least 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, or 79 on the internet-based TOEFL, or a score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS is required of applicants whose first language is not English.

  • GRE scores. Although no minimum GRE score is required, scores that meet or exceed the 50th percentile are recommended.

  • Eligible to obtain Speech-Language Pathology-Assistant licensure in West Virginia. Students in this program will need to be eligible for a Speech-Language Pathology license in the state of West Virginia as well as follow the guidelines of the West Virginia Department of Education for Speech and Language Assistants.

  • Certain application requirements may be waived based on a preliminary review of an application by the program. 

Who to Contact

Questions about your online application should be directed to the CSDCAS Applicant Help Center.

For more information about the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program at WVU, please contact School of Medicine Admissions at