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We accept 30 students in the full-time track and 30 students in the part-time summers track, but typically receive several times more applications.
Prospective studentThank 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.
Program tracksThe Master's degree in Clinical Speech-Language Pathology is NOT offered as an online program. The CSD department offers four MS 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 track is 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 classes in Flagstaff usually begin the first or second week in June and run for 8 to 8-1/2 consecutive weeks.
- The Accelerated BS to MS program is offered to eligible students currently enrolled in the BS program interested in completing the undergraduate and graduate degrees in a comprehensive manner. Students graduate with an MS approximately one year earlier than students on a traditional BS to MS trajectory. Special application and admission procedures apply. Contact Mary.Harmon@nau.edu for further information.
Admission statisticsUse 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 submit official GRE scores directly to CSDCAS (code: 6964 Northern Arizona U CSDCAS). The GRE scores cannot be more than five years old. Read the GRE section under NAU Graduate College carefully for details.
GPAApplicants 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 requirementsFoundational 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. Prerequisite courses Applicants must also complete seven undergraduate prerequisite courses from the speech-language pathology discipline.
- If you are applying to the Part-time Summers 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.
Registering for Leveling Courses at NAURefer 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 or graduate 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)If 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. Some 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 program.
SLPA and leveling courses information and contactsFor details about the undergraduate SST leveling classes or the online SLPA Certificate Program at NAU, go to /CHHS/Health-Sciences/Degree-Programs/SLPA-certificate/. Mt. Campus academic advising (for individuals who are interested in attending the Flagstaff campus): Extended.Campuses@nau.edu. 1-800-426-8315. Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation Officer at NAU
- Contact: Marian.Griffin@nau.edu