The School of Communication Science & Disorders offers a main-campus graduate program leading to the Master of Science. The curriculum provides advanced study in speech-language pathology for students preparing for professional careers in clinical, research and teaching environments. A graduate degree is required to gain clinical certification and professional licensing as a speech-language pathologist.
A master’s degree is the minimum educational level for entrance into the profession, and graduate-level training is required for professional specialization and fulfillment of requirements for national certification, state licensure, and state teacher certification.
Professionals in the field work in many settings such as schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing care facilities, industry, government health facilities, research laboratories, and private practice. Although regulations differ, most states require licensure for all employment settings except in the public schools or federal agencies. In addition to practicing directly with persons having disorders, professionals may pursue research, teach, or enter into administration of programs and agencies in the field.
Application to our graduate programs is a two-step process. Prospective students must apply to the Florida State University and pay the university application fee before the School of Communication Science & Disorders admissions committee will review an applicant’s file. For details and instructions on completing your application to the university and providing all information and documents required by the School, please see our Admissions page or click on the following link:
Master’s Program Admissions Policy
Note: Applicants may only apply to one graduate program in the School of Communication Science and Disorder per academic year.
Note: Our application process has changed. Applicants no longer use the FSU Graduate Portal, please read content below carefully.
Admission to the master’s program is contingent upon meeting The Florida State University policy on admission for the advanced degree. Academic standards, residence, transfer credits, and time limits are in accordance with regulations of the university. We admit students to the main campus master’s program for fall semester only.
Deadline: January 15. Admissions decisions will be sent by mid to late March.
Minimum Admission Requirements
Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The minimum requirements include the following:
- A baccalaureate degree (master’s for advanced master’s applicants) from an accredited college/university. For non-Communication Science and Disorders majors, prerequisite courses are highly recommended to increase the chances of admission to the graduate program. For information about prerequisite courses, see information about the Bridge Program. Please note that admission to the Bridge Program or any other Prerequisite Program does not ensure admission to the Graduate Program in Communication Science and Disorders.
- An upper division cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). The undergraduate degree is calculated beginning at 60 credit hours.
- Completion of the verbal, quantitative and writing sections of the GRE test. The recommended minimums for each portion of the GRE: Verbal – 154, Quantitative – 151, Writing – 4.0. We recommend that you take the GRE no later than two months before the deadline to ensure we receive the scores by the application deadline.
- For International Applicants: TOEFL score of 550 for paper-based exams, 213 for computer-based exams, and 90 for Internet-based exams (from ETS, school code, 5219).
- Note: Although not required for admission into the program, coursework in biology, chemistry or physics, statistics, and behavioral or social science is required for SLP competence by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Students are strongly recommended to complete the coursework before initiating a graduate program. For more information on the ASHA Standards, please refer to the ASHA’s website.
Application Supporting Documents and Procedures
All application materials including transcripts and test scores must be submitted by the School of Communication Science and Disorders application deadline. We cannot guarantee your application will be reviewed if we do not have all documents and test scores.
- Apply online through CSDCAS. After completing the CSDCAS application, you will be directed to an FSU webpage where you will pay the $30 non-refundable FSU application fee.
- The following supporting documents must be submitted to the online CSDCAS application:
- Three letters of recommendation (academic references from your instructors and/or professors are preferred but 1 reference may be professional) – You should have already contacted your recommenders about writing letters on your behalf; the CSDCAS application system will contact them directly to request the letters and provide instruction for uploading them. Do NOT send letters to the School or agree to relay your own letters of recommendation
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Statement of Intent
- The following supporting documents must be sent separately and cannot be uploaded to the online application:
- Official GRE and TOEFL scores should be sent from ETS electronically to the Office of Admissions using FSU School code 5219. Test scores must be 5 years or less. We recommend that you take the GRE no later than 4-6 weeks before the deadline to ensure we receive the scores by the application deadline.
- One copy of all official transcripts sent to the school of Communication Science and Disorders.
- The address for submitting transcripts is: 201 W. Bloxham, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1200 (The online application may ask you to send your transcripts to the University but in order for us to receive your document by the application deadline, please send it to this address. We will forward the official copy to the Office of Admissions.)
- Once you have applied, you can check the status of your application in CSDCAS.
School of Communication Science & Disorders
Telephone: (850) 644-2253
Accreditation statement: The School of Communication Science and Disorders education program in speech-language pathology at Florida State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
Complaint statement: Institutions of higher learning that offer graduate degree programs in audiology and/or speech-language pathology can voluntarily seek accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Any student, instructional staff member, speech-language pathologist, audiologist, and/or member of the public may submit a complaint about any accredited program or program in candidacy status. All complaints must be signed and in writing to the vice president for academic affairs (vice president), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville Maryland 20850. The burden of proof rests with the complaint. Complaints will not be accepted by email or facsimile. See the website below for additional information:
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