Frequently Asked Questions
Specific Graduate Program Information
Yes, beginning 2017/2018 application cycle, we will require a $200 deposit to secure your seat. The deposit will be credited towards tuition for your first semester of classes.
- You will have 14 days, from the time you are officially accepted by the graduate school into our Master’s program, to make the deposit.
- The deposit will be forfeited if you withdraw before starting the program.
Our campus program is generally a full-time, 2-year program that consists of 6 semesters (fall, spring and summer). Our online program is a part-time, 3-year program consisting of 9 semesters. Our master’s program consists of 60-64 credits.
Our program usually begins the 3rd full week in August.
We accept 19 students on each campus and 20 students in our online program for a total of 58 students.
- We have two campus programs - Pocatello, ID and Meridian, ID.
- When you apply, you will choose your program preference(s). You must list a first choice. You may list a second choice, but it is not required. Please do not list a second choice if it will not be an option for you. Listing a second choice does not increase your odds of receiving an offer to attend our program.
We received over 600 applications last year. More than half of those applications were for our online program.
- Our department participates in the WRGP program (see more information below).
- We have approximately 3 graduate teaching or research assistantships positions available on each campus. We also have paid student worker positions available for graduate students. (See GTA/GRA section below for more information and how to apply for the positions.)
- The application for all positions must be submitted under the “Questions” section of the application.
- We currently do not offer departmental scholarships. If you need assistance with funding your education, please visit the Financial Aid Office website.
- The WRGP program allows graduate-level students who have legal resident status in one of the WICHE member states to enroll at participating institutions outside of their home state and pay instate tuition.
- If you are admitted to our program, and qualify for the WRGP tuition credit, we will submit the required paperwork for you. You will receive a tuition credit approximately 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Fall classes begin approximately the 3rd full week in August.
- All out-of-state online students receive the same tuition credit as our campus students that qualify for WRGP. All Online students are assessed online fees, which are currently an additional $480 per credit.
- The 15 WRGP participating western states are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Learn more about the cost of our program
Send transcripts to both the ISU Graduate School and Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders
ISU Graduate School
921 S. 8th Ave Mail Stop 8075
Pocatello, ID 83209‐8075
CSDCAS Transcript Processing Center
PO Box 9113
Watertown, MA 02471
Only ISU will accept ‘unofficial’ You may e-mail unofficial transcripts to ISU at email@example.com. ‘Official’ transcripts will be required if you are offered a seat in our program. CSDCAS will only accept official transcripts. Official transcripts must come directly from your institution.
You cannot send transcripts yourself, even if sealed and marked ‘official’.
ISU Graduate School will accept electronic transcripts. Transcripts must be in pdf form and include the institution’s full name along with your full name. Official transcripts may be electronically submitted from your University directly to our University at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please, carefully follow the instructions in CSDCAS for sending electronic transcripts to CSDCAS.
No, but, CSDCAS will require all your transcripts.
- To be considered for the speech language pathology program, you must have taken the GRE within the last 5 years. All applicants are required to take the GRE. At least one subsection score (Quantitative, Verbal, or Analytical) from the GRE must be at or above the 40th percentile.
- Note, however, that successful applicants to the program usually have more than one subsection score at or above the 40th percentile. If any subsection percentile score(s) are single digits, we highly recommend you retake the GRE.
You may upload a copy of your GRE scores directly into your ISU graduate application via the CollegeNet portal. Official scores will be required if you are offered a seat in our program.
- We do not have a department code.
Our application deadline is January 15. GRE scores will be accepted no later than February 15. You can check if your GRE scores have been processed by the graduate school via the ISU College.Net application portal. If you have questions regarding the processing of your GRE scores, please contact the Graduate School directly at email@example.com.
Letters of Recommendation
3 letters are submitted through CSDCAS only. Please do not send letters directly to our department.
Letters of evaluation must be completed via the online evaluator portal through CSDCAS and must be completed BY THE EVALUATOR THEMSELVES and written at the time of your request. It is highly recommended that you contact the reference in person prior to submitting their information to CSDCAS. Once you have chosen your references, be certain to inform them of the process and that they will be filling out the reference electronically. Obtain their preferred e-mail address and make sure they are monitoring their e-mail inbox for your reference request e-mail. Please, carefully read the instructions located on the CSDCAS website.
The recommendations may be from a college or university instructor/faculty member, employer, supervisor, or volunteer work supervisor, etc. Letters should not be from family members or friends. Seek recommendations from those who can address your potential for success in the graduate program, academically and/or clinically. We recommend two of the three letters be from academic faculty members.
Personal Essay and Resume
Submit it in the Program Materials/Documents section of the CSDCAS application (maximum 500 words for the essay).
- why you've chosen to pursue a career in Speech-Language Pathology
- what aspect of your previous SLP coursework or related experiences will be most interesting for you to apply clinically in graduate school
- why ISU is a good choice for you
When entering your transcripts in CSDCAS, you can select ‘in-progress’ or ‘planned’ for those pre-requisites that have not yet been completed, are in-progress, and/or those that you plan on taking. Also, in the ‘Program Materials/Questions’ section, there is a place for you to list those same pre-requisites.
- You must complete the majority of the required pre-requisite coursework by the spring/summer prior to the start of the master’s program. Our program begins approximately the 3rd full week in August.
- You may be able to incorporate one, possibly 2 missing pre-requisite courses into the Master’s program, depending on the pre-requisite(s) that you are missing. It may extend the length of the Master’s program. If you are admitted to our program and are notified of missing pre-requisites, it is highly recommended you take them the summer prior to beginning our SLP Master’s program.
CSD 4417 is only offered at ISU. You will take CSD 5517 the first spring semester of the master’s program.
To be considered for our speech language pathology master’s program, you must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on your most recent 60 credit hours. Most of the applicants currently offered a seat in our program have a 3.4 GPA or higher.
- The Graduate School uses your most recent 60 credit hours of coursework, as does CSDCAS.
- We also carefully consider your CSD coursework and undergraduate GPA.
Your CSDCAS application must be electronically submitted with fees paid no later than midnight, Eastern Standard Time, on January 15. We realize processing time can take 2-4 weeks. We expect applications to be processed and finalized with all application materials received no later than February 15.
Your Idaho State University Graduate School application must be electronically submitted with fees paid no later than midnight, Mountain Standard Time, on January 15. Applications are not required to be processed and finalized by January 15, but they must be submitted with fees paid by January 15.
GRE scores should be submitted by January 15 but may arrive as late as February 15. If GRE scores arrive after February 15, your application will not be considered.
GTA/GRA and paid student worker positions
We have approximately 3 GTA/GRA positions available on each campus. We also have paid student worker positions available. To apply for positions, you must complete the Optional ‘Program Materials/Questions’ section of the CSDCAS application. These positions are not available for students in our online program.