Thank you for your interest in the graduate
program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at NAU. This program leads to a Master of Science in
Clinical Speech-Language Pathology. Our program tracks are Full-time Regular, Full-time
Leveler and Part-time Summers-Only.
The CSD department offers three tracks:
- The Full-Time Regular track entails a rigorous load of coursework during the
fall, spring and summer semesters for two full consecutive years.
- The Full-Time Leveler track comprises a rigorous load of coursework during
the fall, spring and summer semesters for two full consecutive years, plus an
additional fall semester.
- The Summers-Only
designed specifically for individuals who are already working in the speech-language
pathology field; specific requirements for eligibility apply. This track comprises a rigorous load
of coursework during three consecutive summers on the Flagstaff Mountain
Campus, three online
courses during the intervening academic years, two clinical practica at your
work site, and one non-school/medical site in the fourth summer. The
CSD Part-time Summers-Only classes in Flagstaff usually begin the first or
second week in June and run for 8 to 8-1/2 consecutive weeks.
- The master’s degree in
Clinical Speech-Language Pathology is NOT offered as an online program.
Application for Admission is accomplished in two separate
stages: application to the NAU Graduate College and application through the
Central Application System (CSDCAS). For complete application information and
deadlines, refer to our CSD Admissions web page. You may apply to the CSD Full-time Regular or
the Full-time Leveler track (but not to the Part-time Summers-Only
track) during the semester in which your undergraduate degree is being
Use information on our CSD
Admissions web page to see the GPA and GRE
rankings of students recently admitted into our program.
GRE (Graduate Record Examination) (within the last 5 years)
REQUIRED: http://www.ets.org/gre/. ALL applicants are required to have ETS (Educational
Testing Services) submit directly to NAU (code 4006 Northern Arizona University) your official GRE scores which
are no more than five years old. CSD
does not specify minimum GRE scores but uses values from all three sections of
the general GRE to rank applicants. We recommend that you prepare thoroughly
for the exam and do as well as you can. You may take the GRE multiple times. Subtest scores below the twentieth percentile
are not competitive.
Applicants generally should have an undergraduate GPA of not
less than 3.0 to be competitive in our application process. If your overall GPA is below the statistical average
of the overall GPA for individuals previously invited to our program, you may want to take, or re-take, some or all of
the undergraduate course prerequisites. Grades
of “C” or below in Pre-requisite courses
are not competitive. Previous admission statistics are available under Program Overview > Admissions (on the blue menu bar).
Course eligibility requirements
Foundational Science/Math Requirements
Applicants must complete foundational courses in four areas from outside of the Communication Sciences
and Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology) discipline. It is strongly encouraged
that these courses are completed prior to entering the program. These course
titles, along with the grade you earned, must be listed on your NAU application.
Applicants must also complete seven
undergraduate prerequisite courses from the speech-language pathology
- If you are applying to the Part-time Summers-Only
track, you must have prerequisite grades posted on your transcript prior
to applying to our program.
- For the Full-time Regular track, you must
complete the leveling courses prior to entering our program, i.e., the
final prerequisite courses may still be in the “In Progress” stage at the time
of your application.
- If you are accepted into our Full-time Leveler
track, the appropriate prerequisite courses will be added to your CSD graduate
program of study. If some, but not all, of the CSD prerequisites
have been met for the Full-time Leveler track, the program of study will be
adjusted so that the remaining pre-requisites are built into the graduate
program of study.
It is the expectation that these courses are all passed with
grades of “B” or better in order to be competitive. We offer an exception to only one of our discipline
prerequisite courses. If you are unable to take Neurological Foundations of
Speech-Language and Hearing or its equivalent before applying, we can
incorporate that course into your NAU graduate program of study.
NAU Graduate College admission application will ask you to list the courses and
the grades you earned that meet the requisites above. Do your best to equate
which courses on your transcript meet the requirements. The courses you list
should include the same key words as those in the descriptive titles of our
prerequisite courses. For example, a CSD course that might be equivalent to
Neurological Foundations should have the term “neuro” in the title. Do not list the same course twice. The CSD
Admissions Committee will assess equivalency only after receiving your
complete program application materials. You may then be requested to submit a class
syllabus or a course description from your institution’s online academic
may take the prerequisite courses or their equivalents through any accredited
institution. At NAU, the catalog prefix for the discipline prerequisite leveling
courses is “SST”. The SST undergraduate
leveling courses are NOT offered through the CSD master’s program and we cannot answer questions about
those classes or help you enroll into those classes. Please see appropriate contact information
Registering for Leveling Courses at NAU
Refer to the Registrar’s web
page for calendars and course schedules by
semester. You may apply for admission to NAU as either a degree-seeking
or a non-degree-seeking student at either the undergraduate
level. Note: “non-degree-seeking” status
may limit your financial aid opportunities and how many classes you can take
each semester; refer to the admissions office or your financial aid officer for
specific restrictions related to a non-degree-seeking status.
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)
you plan to be employed as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant in Arizona, the
SLPA license is issued by the Arizona
Department of Health Services.
people choose to become licensed SLPAs (or their state’s equivalent), intending
to apply to our CSD master’s program later.
If you are seeking a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) License,
you may take those classes through any accredited institution. Be sure
to include all seven of our discipline prerequisite courses as part of your
SLPA and leveling courses information and contacts
details about the undergraduate SST leveling
classes or the online SLPA
Certificate Program at NAU, go to http://nau.edu/CHHS/Health-Sciences/Degree-Programs/SLPA-certificate/.
Mt. Campus academic
advising (for individuals who are interested in attending the Flagstaff campus):
academic advising (for individuals who are
interested in online undergraduate
SST classes): Extended.Campuses@nau.edu
Tuition and fees
students are encouraged to visit the NAU campus and our department; schedule a
visit through the NAU
Graduate College. If you cannot come during one of the dates
available through the Graduate College, you may also take a “virtual tour” from
their web page. See the Graduate College Events Calendar. Refer to the NAU home page for
additional NAU information.
Careers in speech-language pathology
To explore the careers, professions and various studies,
market trends, and regions that are looking for qualified Speech-Language
Pathology service providers, please visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing