St. Mary's College of Maryland

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Congratulations on choosing speech-language pathology / audiology as your future career field! Here are some resources designed to get you started with your application process.

Official Association: American Hearing and Speech Association (ASHA)

Application Service: CSDAS

  • Note that this application service is not yet widespread.
  • Check out the speech pathology program directory and the audiology program directory to determine which schools currently utilize CSDAS.
  • Schools not currently using CSDCAS will have their specific application requirements and instructions on their websites.

Tips for surviving SLP/Audiology grad school applications (pdf)

Choosing Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology programs...

Typical Prerequisites...

  • Speech Pathology
    • Introduction to Psycholinguistics
    • Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
    • Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology of the Auditory System
    • Introduction to Phonetic Science
    • Speech and Language Development
    • Introduction to Hearing Science
    • Introduction to Audiology
    • Principles and Methods in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
  • Audiology
    • Introduction to Psycholinguistics
    • Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology of the Auditory System
    • Speech and Language Development in Children
    • Bases of Hearing Science
    • Principles and Methods of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
    • Statistics
  • *Additionally, for both speech pathology and audiology, ASHA certification requires at least one course in each of the following areas: life sciences, physical sciences, behavioral sciences, and mathematics beyond college algebra.
    • If you haven't completed all of those general requirements at St. Mary's, some graduate programs allow you to take necessary undergraduate classes concurrently with the graduate classes.

Entrance Exam for SLP and Audiology Programs: The GRE...

  • Most SLP and Audiology programs require the GRE as part of the application process, and most do not currently require any GRE Subject tests.
  • Some resources for preparing for the GRE...
  • Note that the GRE changed in August 2011, so any study guides / books published before then will be obsolete.
  • Register early, and start studying even earlier! Staying on top of the admissions test will help make application season less stressful.

Funding Options for SLP/Audiology students...

For those who may be interested in research in the speech and language sciences...

  • Many schools offer a Ph.D program in speech pathology that puts the focus on research, rather than clinical practice.
  • Some schools offer programs that allow you to get your clinical master's / Au.D. in a combined program while you work toward the Ph.D.
  • You also have the option of going back to school to pursue a doctorate after finishing the speech pathology master's program.
  • A good resource from ASHA: Considering a PhD

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