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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

Applications are no longer being accepted for fall 2022 entry.  The fall 2023 application will open on July 14 in CSDCAS.  Faculty will start to review applications in late-2022 with a final application deadline of January 15, 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.​​


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.​

Additionally, students should be able to provide proof of successfully completing the following prerequisite courses, online or in person, by the start of the program. 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.

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 Science
  • Speech Sound Disorders
  • Aural Rehabilitation (highly recommended before starting the graduate coursework)​
To apply, please submit the following via the online application system CSDCAS:
  • Online application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Personal statement
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from professional and academic references who can comment on the academic, clinical and professional experiences of the applicant