Communication Disorders Graduate Program

Communication Disorders Graduate Program

Admissions Process

*All application materials should be sent to the following address:
Marshall University
Graduate Admissions Office
100 Angus E Peyton Drive
South Charleston, WV  25303-1600

Materials must be received by February 1. Please refer to the following website for directions:


Minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the M.S. program for speech-language pathology:

  1. An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
  2. An undergraduate major or the equivalent in Communication Disorders. Students with deficits in undergraduate coursework or those wishing public school certification may need to complete additional requirements.
    • Request your official transcript at a time to ensure that it includes your most recent academic information (for example, the fall semester before you apply if you are currently enrolled).
    • If you will be taking additional CD coursework that will not be reflected on the transcript, include that information within your application for full consideration of your background.
    • For applicants with degrees in another major, completion of preparatory work will be required prior to admission. Please contact the department for information.
  3. An overall and communication disorders grade point average of at least 3.0 for regular admission; a student may be admitted for provisional enrollment with a GPA between 2.5 - 3.0 when the applicant possesses a degree and shows academic promise but does not meet the criteria for full admission.  Refer to the Graduate College for further explanation of "provisional enrollment."
  4. An official copy of GRE scores (within the last 5 years).
  5. A personal statement addressing applicant’s goals for graduate study in communication sciences and disorders.
  6. Three (3) letters of recommendation, written on appropriate letterhead, from individuals who can comment on the applicant’s academic and clinical performance and potential. All letters must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office, in sealed envelopes that have the recommender’s signature across the flap (or must come directly from your University career services center).
    • At least one letter must be from one of the applicant’s classroom instructors in communication disorders.
  7. A departmental application, available here.
  8. A university application.

The graduate program in Communication Disorders requires 6 semesters of consecutive, full time study (including summers), beginning in the Fall semester after admission. Generally, more students apply than can be accepted; therefore, the selection process is competitive. Students admitted to the program who fail to enroll in the following Fall semester, as well as students already in the program who fail to enroll for a semester without prior permission from their academic advisor, are considered withdrawn from the program and are not eligible for future enrollment.

NOTE: Applicants who are accepted for the graduate program will be simultaneously admitted as students in the Graduate College.

Student Admission Data

Average  2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Verbal GRE 150 149 150 421 406 416
Quantitative GRE 146 147 145 478 533 497
Analytic Writing 3.9 3.80 3.80 3.94 3.97 4.00
GPA (overall) 3.64 3.69 3.59 3.60 3.56 3.48
GPA (CD)* 3.70 3.77 3.73 3.61 3.64 3.54

* Students with a degree in other fields are encouraged to apply to the program. The CD GPA may not be applicable for this student.

Average  2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
# Applications 180 124 97 69 68 60
# Admitted 54 45 35 39 33 38
Class Size 27 21 19 33 23 21

Prerequisite Courses for Prospective Students

Students with undergraduate degrees in a field other than communication disorders will be required to take foundational courses. Application to the graduate program will vary depending on individual student needs. The program plan is developed in consultation with a designated department advisor.

Courses typically required prior to admission: (Course Catalog)

CD 241, 228, 229, 239, 322, 328, 330, and 460

If admitted, additional foundational courses may be required within the graduate plan of study.

Question related to graduate admission in speech-language pathology may be directed to Craig Coleman, MA (Chair, Graduate Admissions) at