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Applying to the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 1, 2021
 
The Idaho State University Speech-Language Pathology Program values diversity and resilience in our graduate students and future professionals. It was important that we eliminate any policies or procedures that could reduce access to our program or limit our review of deserving students from diverse backgrounds. Therefore, we have made the decision to no longer use or consider GRE scores in our admissions process. If you have questions related to this decision or the ISU Admissions process, please contact csd@isu.edu.
 
ALL application materials including Letters of Recommendation and transcripts (including fall/winter grades if applicable), MUST be received by the February 1st deadline.
 
Within the CSDCAS application, select either the Speech-Language Pathology Online Program or the Speech-Language Pathology Campus Program. Applicants will select a first and second program choice (if applicable). Your options are the Pocatello campus, the Meridian campus, and the Online Program. Applicants must also apply to Idaho State University's graduate school. Application fees are assessed for both CSDCAS and the Graduate School applications. Prior to applying to our online program, please check to see if your state is served.
 
Minimum requirements for consideration:
  1. A BS/BA in Communication Sciences or a BS/BA in another field and completion of the Master of Science in SLP pre-requisite coursework 2020/2021 application cycle. Communication Sciences & Disorders coursework cannot be older than 10 years from the date in which you would begin the Master's Program if admitted. Please contact our department if your CSD coursework is older than 8 years to be sure we will accept it.
  2. A GPA of 3.0 or better on the most recent 60 credits of coursework
  3. 3 letters of recommendation (at least 2 from college level instructors), personal essay, and resume (all submitted through CSDCAS only)
  4. Both the CSDCAS and the Graduate School applications must be electronically submitted with fees paid by February 1 of the year in which you wish to enter the graduate program. ALL application materials including Letters of Recommendation and transcripts (including fall/winter grades if applicable) MUST be received by the February 1st deadline. Please see the Master of Science in SLP Application Instructions for more details.
  5. Twenty-five (25) guided SLP observation hours of an ASHA certified clinician who has completed a minimum of two hours of continuing education in clinical supervision are necessary to meet ASHA requirements. These guided observation hours are required and should be completed prior to beginning our graduate program. Documentation will be required at the beginning of the first fall semester. Please see asha.org for more information regarding guided observation hour requirements.
 APPLY (The CSDCAS application and the Graduate School application can be completed concurrently):
  1. Apply to the Graduate School at Idaho State University (application fee assessed) 
    • Your application must be submitted with fees by February 1 at midnight, MST (Mountain Standard Time) of the year in which you would like to enroll.
    • The 2020/2021 Graduate School application portal will open August 10.
    • Contact the graduate school directly with application difficulties at gradschool@isu.edu or 208-282-2150.
  2. Apply to CSDCAS, the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (application fee assessed) Carefully read the instructions for each section of the application before submitting.
    • Your application must be submitted with fees paid by February 1 at midnight, EST (Eastern Standard Time) of the year in which you would like to enroll. ALL application materials including Letters of Recommendation and transcripts (including fall/winter grades if applicable), must be received by the February 1st deadline.
    • The address and email information you provide to CSDCAS will be used to contact you regarding your application status. Please notify our department if your contact information changes.
    • The CSDCAS application portal opens Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. CSDCAS Customer Service is available Monday thru Friday from 9am - 5pm EST, phone - (617) 612-2030.Help/FAQ
    a. ‘Supporting Information’ - Experiences/Achievements/Conferences:
    • Employment, related academic, volunteer experiences, work, internships
    • Awards, certification areas and endorsements, honors
    • Conferences attended
    b. ‘Supporting Information’ - Letters of Recommendation:
    • 3 letters of recommendation, with at least 2 from college level instructors, must be submitted directly to CSDCAS. Do not send letters of recommendation to our department. Please read the instructions located on the CSDCAS website for details.
    • It is your responsibility to confirm references receive the reference request email and that references have successfully submitted the recommendation letter to CSDCAS.
    c. ‘Program Materials’ - Documents/Questions:
    • Personal Essay (choose either A. or B. and answer in 400 words or less)
      1. Describe a time you encountered an obstacle and the steps you took to overcome the challenge. What did you learn from that experience?
      2. Describe an accomplishment you feel proud of and how you went about achieving it. What helped you prepare for this challenge? Did you encounter any obstacles in the process?
    • CV/Resume
    • Optional – Apply for GTA and paid student worker positions. We expect to have some GTA positions available on each campus. We also have paid student worker positions. To be considered, you must complete the ‘Optional’ section in the CSDCAS application. These positions are not available for students in the online program.
  3. Transcripts
    • Send all college/university transcripts to both Idaho State University Graduate School and CSDCAS. It is very important that you follow application instructions for sending transcripts. Transcripts must be received by both CSDCAS and the Graduate School before your application will be considered for a seat in our program.
IMPORTANT:
Processing time can take up to 4 weeks, so please plan accordingly. Please check the status of your applications often via the online portals you created when applying. It is your responsibility to confirm all application materials are received by both CSDCAS and the Graduate School. ALL application materials including Letters of Recommendation and transcripts (including fall/winter grades if applicable) must be received by the February 1st deadline. We strive to have first round admission decisions made by March 1st.
Questions can be directed to our department at csd@isu.edu (preferred) or 208-282-4544.