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Admission Requirements

​​​​How to apply

Online applications must be submitted through CSDCAS. CSDCAS is the online, centralized application service for Communication Science Disorders and Speech-Language Pathology programs nationwide. Visit the CSDCAS Applicant Help Center​ for detailed application instructions.  There is not a supplemental application through DePaul's website- please only submit a CSDCAS application. You will, however, be asked to fill out one form upon verification of your CSDCAS application so please watch for an email from​

Application Deadline

The fall 2023 application is available now through CSDCAS.  The priority application deadline will be January 16, 2023 at 11:59 pm EST.   We recommend submitting your application via CSDCAS 4-6 weeks ahead of the deadline to allow time to verify your application credentials. We will only review applications complete or verified by the deadline. If you do not receive a confirmation email from DePaul University, CSDCAS has not yet verified your credentials and should be contacted.  Applications will be reviewed after the deadline until the fall cohort is filled.​​


The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) program is designed as a full-time course of study. Students must complete and fulfill the following requirements upon application:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: To be eligible for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program, students must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) including the courses listed below OR a bachelor’s degree in any area other than CSD with completion of the prerequisite coursework. 
    • Applicants must have a previous grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. We are looking for a minimum 3.0 GPA in Communication Sciences and Disorders coursework as well. 
    • The GRE is not a requirement for this program in any application cycle.​
    • You can apply while you are still enrolled in undergraduate degree program or while you are completing prerequisite coursework.​
  • Prerequisites:  Any of the prerequisites may be in progress when an application is submitted but all must be complete before the start of the SLP program. Prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or above.  Prerequisites must be completed at regionally-accredited colleges or universities. DePaul offers these SLP prerequisite courses to current students or students enrolled in our SLP Post Baccalaureate Program​
    • Prerequisite Courses- one course in each of the following subject areas:
        • ​Biological Science (e.g., Human biology, Human anatomy and physiology, Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, Human genetics, Animal biology/veterinary science)
        • Physical Science (e.g. Physics, Chemistry)
        • Social/Behavioral Science (e.g. Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Public Health)
        • Statistics
    • Communication Sciences & Disorders Courses- one course in each of the following​:​
        • ​Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech & Hearing Mechanism
        • ​Introduction to Audiology
        • Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
        • Normal Child Language Development
        • Phonetics
        • Speech & Hearing Science
        • Speech Sound Disorders
        • Aural Rehabilitation (highly recommended before starting the graduate coursework)​
    • ​Do you have questions about whether a course you have taken or plan to take will meet a prerequisite, please email with the school and course number/name for review.
  • Personal Statement/Essay: Limit answers to 500 words (about 2 pages double spaced) per prompt.
    • Why are you pursuing a career in speech-language pathology? Specifically explain why you are interested in attending DePaul's SLP program. Discuss any other pertinent information you feel is important for us to know.
    • Speech language pathologists work with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds. As a future speech language pathologist, share what diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to you and why they are important. 
    • If your academic record does NOT accurately reflect your capabilities, please describe why it does not. Present any inform​ation that may assist the admissions committee in interpreting and evaluating your academic history or credentials.​
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) letters of recommendation (e.g. professor, supervisor, or employer), on professional letterhead (recommended), who can comment on the academic, clinical and professional experiences of the applicant should be submitted via CSDCAS.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts of all undergraduate coursework will be submitted directly to CSDCAS.

International Students 

Applicants with international undergraduate degrees who do not require a student visa to participate in University courses and/or degrees can be considered for admission.  All instruction in the MS-SLP program is conducted in English. To be considered, a candidate must submit:
  • Course -by-course credential evaluation report (including transcripts). Applicants can send an official WES evaluation directly to CSDCAS.  DePaul also accepts evaluations from: One Earth, Educational Perspectives or ECE which would need to be sent directly to DePaul (not CSDCAS). We will not accept credential evaluations from any other service.
  • Official English proficiency exam scores- TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test are accepted for applicants whose education was completed in a language other than English or their native language is not English.

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If you need assistance to complete your application and/or have questions, contact the CSH Graduate Admission office at (773) 325-7315 or​​