Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Get the details on how to apply to the Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.) program.

Application Deadline

The Speech-Language Pathology Master of Science (M.S.) program uses CSDCAS, the Centralized Application Service for Communication Science and Disorders programs. All application materials must be received by CSDCAS by January 15. You must also submit a Towson University online admissions application by January 15. Space is limited to approximately 50 students and admission is competitive. If Towson University is one of your top choices school, we encourage you to submit all materials to CSDCAS and TU well before the deadline.

Students who apply will receive a decision offer in late February or early March, and will have until April 15 to accept the offer of admission.


Students with a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology and audiology (or who will have completed a bachelor's degree prior to year of fall admission year) and a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the major and a minimum GPA of 3.00 for the last 60 credits of study can apply to our master's program. If students have more than one bachelor's degree or a post-baccalaureate certificate, the last 60 credits will be used to calculate GPA. Students who completed a prerequisite program must have completed the following courses:

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory and Vocal Mechanism (3 credits)
  • Phonetics of American English (3 credits)
  • Language Development (3 credits)
  • Articulation/Phonology (3 credits)
  • Language Disorders (3 credits)
  • Speech Science (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Audiology (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation (3 credits)
  • *Observations/Clinical Methods Course (3 credits) (*Must include minimum 25 documented observation hours under supervision of ASHA CCC-SLP certified practitioner)

Admission Requirements

The American Speech-Language Hearing Association's minimum requirements for application for the Certificate of Clinical Competence includes: transcript credits for course work, CLEP, or advanced placement (AP) examination in each of the following areas: biological sciences (human/animal focused), physics or chemistry, social/behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology, etc.), and statistics. In addition to transcript credit, applicants may be required to provide further evidence of meeting these requirements. Students without these courses will have to take them as part of their graduate program.

Speech-language pathologists must have sufficient proficiency in the English language to meet certification standards of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. For international students and students whose first language is not English, a TOEFL IBT score of 100 is required with a minimum of 26 on speaking, 22 on reading, 22 on listening and 24 on writing. A U.S. degree does not waive the requirement of TOEFL for this program. In addition, an interview with the graduate program director is required.

NOTE: No more than two ASHA prerequisite courses may be incomplete at the time of application

Students with Degrees in Different Fields

For students with bachelor's degrees in other fields who wish to become speech-language pathologists, there are several options. To be eligible to apply to the master's degree program in speech-language pathology, choose one of the following options:

  1. Complete a 2-year second bachelor's degree program. Towson University has a second bachelor's degree program.
  2. Complete a prerequisite program at an accredited university. Towson University does not have one of these programs.
  3. Complete all required prerequisite courses at various regionally accredited universities. Towson University does not allow non-degree students to complete speech-language pathology and audiology courses.

How to Apply

Towson University’s Speech-Language Pathology Master of Science (M.S.) program uses the Communication and Sciences Disorders Central Application System (CSD CAS). Please complete the following steps to apply. All of this information can also be found on our CSDCAS application. All materials must be submitted by January 15.

  • Complete the CSDCAS application 
  • Request that official transcripts from all U.S. institutions attended be sent to CSDCAS
  • Request that official evaluations of transcripts from all foreign institutions be sent to CSDCAS as follows:

    Use the World Education Services (WES) link in the Academic History section of the application to order your official WES evaluation or use the “Download Evaluation Request Form” in the Academic History section of the application to request an evaluation from an evaluation service other than WES.
  • Submit a personal statement/essay according to instructions and prompts on CSDCAS. 

  • Request 3 letters of recommendation be sent through the CSDCAS recommender portal, we require that at least 2 of the 3 letters be from professors. The third letter may be from a professional contact or a professor
  • Complete Towson University’s supplemental application 

For questions about the graduate program please e-mail . If you have questions about the status of your application please contact Graduate Admissions at 410-704-2113 as they will have the most updated status.

International Students

International students or students with undergraduate degrees from foreign universities should check the Towson University Graduate Admissions Application Requirements for international students.

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions