Admissions Information

Admission to the Master of Science Program in Speech-Language Pathology is competitive, selective, and limited. Interested students must complete the application process and verify that all necessary materials have been received by the application deadline. Both qualitative and quantitative aspects of applications are reviewed in comparison to the current applicant pool.

Fall 2023 Graduate Program Information Sessions Schedule (Registration Links)

Friday September 22, 2023 11:30 -1:00 (Zoom)

Friday October 20, 2023 11:30 - 1:00 (In-Person)

Friday November 3, 2023 11:30-1:00 (Zoom)

***Beginning this year (Fall 2024 admission cycle) we will be waiving the GRE requirement if you hold a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher***

Cost of Study and Financial Aid

 Cost of Study: Tuition & Fees site. 

The MS in Speech-Language  has a tuition differential $166.67/credit hour ($1500 Max/semester)

Dates & Deadlines

  • February 1 - All application materials, including transcripts and offical GRE scores, must be received by the Graduate School no later than 5:00 pm on February 1.

Notification of Admission Decision

  • Applicants will be notified by email of admission decisions via email and the application portal on or before April 15th.

Application Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Completed application to the Graduate School
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcripts: Unofficial college transcripts can be uploaded as part of your application on the academic history section of the application. In order to be cleared to register for classes, official transcripts from the institution in which a degree(s) (bachelors or higher) are required. Former students of Appalachian do not need to submit official transcripts for their Appalachian coursework, but must provide transcripts from all other institutions where a degree was or will be awarded.In general, successful applicants to our program have a minimum average undergraduate GPA of 3.5. 
  • Three letters of recommendation It is preferable that at least three letters of recommendation are from current or former instructors and/or faculty members. Three academic letters are preferred unless a professional letter can provide information that relates to success in a graduate program.  Choose recommenders who know you well and can speak to your academics, research experience (if applicable), life experiences and personal characteristics The Graduate School will send a link to recommenders for submitting the reference after the applicant enters appropriate contact information.

The Speech-Language Pathology programs adheres to the Graduate School's policy for proof of English proficiency. A passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if your native language is not English, or your undergraduate instruction was not in English is required. Learn more about English proficiency requirements.

Appalachian State University is committed to non-discrimination on the basis of disability and is responsible for adhering to disability compliance requirements. Learn more about the Office of Disability Resources.

Supplemental Information

  • Personal Statement - (This is embedded within the application system.) The personal statement should be a response to the 3 prompts listed below and you may include the OPTIONAL prompt, if appropriate. 
    • The Speech-Language Pathology program is guided by the Core Values of the Beaver College of Health Sciences (BCHS) as we prepare graduates who are ethically and culturally competent and uphold the principles of evidence-based and interprofessional practice. What steps are you taking to prepare yourself to uphold the values of the program? (response should be 400 words or less)
    • What distinguishes you as an applicant and how does this align with the BCHS core values? This may include specific life experiences or situations, personal attributes, research interests, etc. Be specific. (response should be 400 words or less)
    • ASHA, our national professional organization, is committed to diversity and inclusion. What lived experiences (academic/personal/professional) have prepared you to work with diverse colleagues and clients. (response should be 400 words or less)
    • OPTIONAL: Feel free to write about any challenging experiences that have influenced your academic performance? (response should be 400 words or less)
  • Video Submission:  (This is embedded within the application system.) Each applicant must submit a 2-3 minute video recording responding to the following prompt: Effective communication is an essential skill for Speech Language Pathologists. In your video, introduce yourself, tell us your undergraduate major and what university you attend (ed). Then, we would like you to teach us how to do something. Your topic does not have to be related to speech language pathology. It can be something you do everyday, a hobby, related to work experience or just anything you enjoy. We will be evaluating your ability to effectively communicate. We are not looking for perfection. See this document for additional details. 
  • Course Summary Form - (This is embedded within the application system.) Students will submit a list of CSD coursework and ASHA science coursework. Include the name of the course, the credit hours and the semester in which the course was/will be completed. Include classes that will be completed in the spring and summer prior to entering graduate school. Students will also be asked to indicate how many observation hours they have obtained. If admitted to the program, in-field students will be asked to submit documentation of 25 hours of treatment and/or assessment conducted by an ASHA certified SLP and verified by the student's undergraduate program. Out of Field students will acquire observation hours while in the program.

Schedule a Visit

Fall 2023 Graduate Program Information Sessions Schedule (Registration Links)

Friday September 22, 2023 11:30 -1:00 (Zoom)

Friday October 20, 2023 11:30 - 1:00 (In-Person)

Friday November 3, 2023 11:30-1:00 (Zoom)

Typical Cohort Profile


  • Students Admitted: 22 in-field, 10 out-of-field
  • Average GPA of those admitted: 3.7