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  • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Graduate Studies

  • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

    Program Coordinator: Nancy Paul, Ph. D
    Murray 223F (218) 477-4642

    Admission Requirements

    See the online application materials at the Graduate Studies link:

    The following is a checklist of materials the applicant will submit to Graduate Studies and /or via the centralized online application system.

    1. Baccalaureate degree in Speech/Language/Hearing Sciences or Communication Disorders from a regionally accredited institution.
    2. Completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study form.
    3. Completed Speech Language Hearing Sciences Departmental Application for Graduate Study Form
    4. Letters of Recommendation(3 required)
    5. Non-refundable $20.00 fee to Graduate Studies for first-time applicants to Minnesota State University Moorhead.
    6. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended.  
    7. 3.0 cumulative GPA
    8. Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Only official scores are accepted; new version of the GRE requested.

    Degree Requirements

    • Minimum of 53 credits, including required courses, elective courses, a research experience (thesis or portfolio)
    • Students who wish to transfer credits from other institutions or have taken courses before admission to the graduate program should refer to the "Residence and Transfer of Credit" section in the Graduate Bulletin for further information.
    • Comprehensive examination based on ASHA certification examination (PRAXIS).
    • Plan A Thesis or Plan B Portfolio
    • Oral Examination
    • 3.0 grade point average

    Course Requirements

    Research Requirements (5 - 6 Credits)
    SLP 601 Research Design in Speech-Language Pathology (2)
    SLP 695 Portfolio (Plan B) (1,2)
    SLP 699 Thesis (Plan A) (4)

    Clinical Requirements (20 Credits)
    SLP 646 Clinical Experience (1-4)

    Academic Requirements (28 Credits)
    Students will need to earn 28-29 SLP credits depending upon whether they have selected SLP 696 or SLP 699. All students are required to earn at least 53 credits to complete the degree.
    SLP 621 Seminar: Cleft Palate and Phonological Disorders (2)
    SLP 623 Seminar: Voice Disorders (3)
    SLP 624 Seminar: Stuttering and Related Fluency Disorders (2)
    SLP 627 Communication in Normal Aging and Dementia (2)
    SLP 630 Adult Neurogenic Language Disorders (3)
    SLP 631 Pediatric and Adult Motor Speech Disorders (2)
    SLP 642 Augmentative and Alternative Communication (3)
    SLP 647 Diagnostic and Appraisal Procedures (3)
    SLP 681 Pediatric and Adult Swallowing Disorders (3)
    SLP 682 Social & Cognitive Correlates of Communication Disorders (2)
    SLP 683 Seminar in Child and Adolescent Language Disorders (3)

    Additional Graduate Courses
    SLP 690 Topics (1-4)
    SLP 697 Independent Study (1-4)
    SLP 698 Continuing Registration (1)
    SLHS 573 Rehabilitation Audiology (4)

    Additional Information

    Speech-Language Pathology Website

  • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

    Admission Requirements:


     Admission Requirement



    Online graduate application

    Graduate Online Application

    • Only click on "complete application" one time to submit an application
    • If you click on this item again, it will generate a new application
    • Click on "check status" to review/upload required items


    $20 Non-Refundable application fee for first time MSUM applicants

    After you complete the Graduate Online Application:

    • Log in to the Graduate Online Application site
    • Select “Check Status
    • Select eServices at the top of the page. You will be able to pay the application fee using a credit or debit card.


    Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

    Contact ALL  the colleges and universities you have attended and have your transcripts sent to:

    Graduate Studies Office
    MSU Moorhead
    1104 7 Ave. S. 
    Moorhead, MN 56563

    You do not need to order transcripts from MSUM or other MnSCU institutions. See Transcript Policy for more details.


    Baccalaureate degree in Speech Language Hearing Sciences or Communication Disorders from an accredited institution OR  post-baccalaureate leveling courses in the major

    The Graduate Studies Office and the Speech-Language Pathology Department will check this item once we have received all of your transcripts.


    Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0

    The Graduate Studies Office and the Speech-Language Pathology Department will check this item once we have received all of your transcripts.


    Speech Language Pathology Application Form in Word format

    The department application form is a fillable word document.  Save the form on your computer, re-open the form, complete the form in its entirety and upload it to the Graduate Online Application site as follows:

    • Log in to the Graduate Online Application site
    • Select “Check Status
    • Look under “Program Specific Requirements”
    • Click on “Upload Now” button by the Program Application requirement and follow the instructions


    Letter of Intent

    Prepare a letter that will support your application in regard to content and writing abilities; limit to two pages, double-spaced. Put your name on both pages. Upload it to the Graduate Online Application site:

    • Log in to the Graduate Online Application site
    • Select “Check Status
    • Under “Program Specific Requirements”, click on “Upload Now” button by the “Letter of Intent”


    Graduate Record Examination (GRE); new version required; only official scores accepted; no more than 5 years old

    Schedule your test early. Allow 4 weeks for MSUM to receive your scores. When prompted at the test site, enter MSUM as a receiving school, code 6678.


    Three recommendations; minimum of two from Speech/Language/ Hearing Sciences or Communication Disorders Department

    • Log in to the Graduate Online Application site
    • Select “Check Status
    • Click on “Submit References Now” under “Program Specific Requirements”
    • Follow directions for selecting your references.
    • After you indicate who your references are, the online system will send them a link to fill out a recommendation form. Your dashboard will show “recommendation submitted” when your reference submits the recommendation form.
    • Once the graduate office has received the reference, we will attach it to your file.  Your file will then indicate a status of "requirement complete"
    • If your reference has lost the link, it has expired, or they cannot find it (have them check their junk mail): log in to your application, delete your reference, re-add their information, and it will generate a new link.


    Special Note to MSUM undergraduates only

    When asking MSUM faculty and staff to write letters of reference, you are required to complete a Reference Permission Form and give the form to your reference writer along with a current resume.

    If you have any questions about the application process,
    please call the Graduate Studies Office at: 
    If you have specific program questions, please contact the program coordinator: 
    Nancy Paul, Ph.D. 


    ***If you have trouble opening any of these documents, please try opening them in a different web browser and an updated version of Word and Adobe.  If you continue to have problems, please contact the graduate office at



    Re-admission Requirements


    If you have applied to MSUM graduate school for the SLHS department before, please be advised that you need to re-submit ALL documents.  The only items that will not be required again are transcripts and GRE scores, unless you have continued your education and/or have retaken the GRE test since you last submitted the materials to MSUM. 



     The Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) graduate program at MSUM admission procedures align with the university mission of preparation of graduates to meet state and regional needs. The SLP graduate program admission process places particular emphasis on:

    • Retaining the strongest students at MSUM.
    • Addressing the shortage of SLP’s in the region by giving preference to highly qualified applicants who reside in the region and/or are likely to seek future employment in the region.
    • Seeking to add diversity to the SLP profession by encouraging applications from under-represented populations which include males and other culturally and linguistically diverse applicants.

    Students should be aware that acceptance into a graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology(SLP) is a competitive admission process. The number of qualified students applying for admission is often much higher than the program capacity. Similar to most other SLP programs in the country, while the minimum GPA to apply is 3.0, the mean GPA for students gaining admission to the MSUM program is significantly higher. You may review the program statistics from the Student Outcomes link for the mean and range of GPA and GRE scores from the last three years. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association provides useful information for students seeking admission to SLP graduate programs at the following link under the Admission to Graduate School section

    The Speech Language Hearing Science department at MSUM will notify applicants if they are invited for an admission interview process. Interviews are anticipated on the following dates: Friday, Feb. 20 and 27, 2015. with limited opportunity on an alternate date of Wed., Feb. 25.