Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Fall admission only: The application deadline is January 15

The Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Master of Science (M.S.) Program has a specific deadline. All application materials must be received in the Graduate School office by January 15. This is not a postmark deadline, but a receipt deadline. Therefore, all applications received prior to the deadline missing supporting documents on file after January 15th will be considered late. Space is limited to 40 students and admission is competitive. If Towson is one of your top choices school, we encourage you to apply well before the deadline. Students are encouraged to submit all materials in the fall, including their transcript – prefall grades. However, an additional transcript must be sent once fall grades are posted. Applicants do not have to submit all materials at once. In fact, we encourage applicants to initiate their application and fee in the fall. The remaining materials can be submitted throughout the fall (e.g. 3 recommendation forms and letters from university faculty, personal statement, GRE scores, transcript from a regionally accredited college or university** with pre-fall grades, and post-fall transcript). Please use the Apply Now link to visit the admissions webpage.

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.

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Graduate Program

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. Students who completed a pre-requisite 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)

American Speech-Language Hearing Association 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), physical sciences (physics or chemistry recommended), 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 score of 600 or above is required (250 on the computer version of the TOEFL). 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.

  • Students must have completed at least ¾ of the ASHA pre-requisite courses before entering the grad program

Application Materials

To complete your application to the SLP Master's program, please submit the following by January 15th.

  • An Application for Graduate Studies
  • Official GRE scores
  • Three Letters of Recommendation - Email addresses of recommenders must be entered on the graduate application. Recommenders should be individuals who can speak to the applicant's potential for scholarly and/or clinical work. An accompanying narrative letter that highlights the applicant’s potential for study in a Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program is also encouraged.
  • A one-page single-spaced personal essay describing why you have chosen this profession (Times New Roman 11 point font, 1 inch margins)

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 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