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Graduate Program

The Two-Year Program

Students who hold a bachelor's degree in Speech-Language Pathology or a related discipline may apply to the six semester Master of Science degree program.  Applicants are eligible for direct admission to the graduate program provided they have an undergraduate degree in the discipline (e.g., speech-language pathology, communication sciences and disorders) that included the course work listed below or if they have earned an undergraduate degree outside the discipline and have completed the following course work or their equivalents:

Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
Normal Speech and Language Development
Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
Introduction to Audiology
Phonetics (IPA transcription)
Speech Science
Introduction to Biostatistics
Introduction to Psychology

To meet national certification requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), prospective graduate students must have completed coursework in: biological science, physical science, social science, and statistics.  The social science and statistics requirements are met by the required statistics and psychology courses listed above.  Physics is the preferred physical science.  General human anatomy and physiology is the preferred biological science course.

To be considered for admission, applicants to the graduate program must have earned an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in their previous academic studies.  Truly special circumstances for lower GPAs should be addressed in the personal statement (see statement prompt below).

Graduate Applicants Offered Admission for Fall 2014
Average Range
Overall GPA 3.74 3.48 - 3.98
GRE Verbal 157 / 72%-ile 152 - 162
GRE Quantitative 152 / 49%-ile 148 - 154
GRE Written 4.25 / 67%-ile 3.5 - 4.5

Applicants seeking Pennsylvania teacher certification (as speech-language pathologists) must complete an approved teacher preparation program.  At DU special education courses equivalent to GSPED 503: Social Justice & Empowerment: Special Education and GSPED 603: Response to Intervention are required.  These courses can be completed as overloads during the first two semesters of graduate study.  Additional teacher preparation content is imbedded in graduate speech-language pathology courses.

Duquesne's SLP program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Our teacher certification program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the National Council For Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Application to Duquesne University's SLP program is a three step process

First, applicants must complete the on-line centralized application (CSDAS) by February 1st.  To be complete an applicant must also submit to CSDCAS ALL college/university transcripts (including, if applicable, Fall semester 2014 grades), three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.  Additionally, all fees must be paid to CSDCAS.  For the personal statement please address the following:  

"What are your career goals and how would the program at Duquesne University assist you in achieving those goals? Also, discuss anything in your background that you would like the admissions committee to understand." 

Second, applicants must complete a free supplemental Duquesne University application.  This supplemental application should take no more than five minutes to complete.  Please do not complete the supplemental application until after you have completed the CSDCAS application and have paid the required fees to CSDCAS.  The supplemental application allows us to process the CSDCAS application.  There are a couple important points for you to remember.  When asked which term (semester) you are applying for indicate ‘Fall’; that is the only semester the SLP program starts.  Also, if you are applying to the SLP two-year graduate program, indicate 'Graduate' when asked. 

Third, have official GRE scores sent by ETS to CSDCAS (Duquesne University Department of Speech-Language Pathology) using the Designated Institution code 0736.  There is no minimum GRE requirement.  Applications are reviewed holistically with GRE scores as one piece of information.

An application is not complete until all three steps have been completed:  (1) an application to CSDCAS including all transcripts (with Fall semester 2014 grades), letters of recommendation, and fees have been submitted; (2) a supplemental application to Duquesne University has been submitted; and, (3) official GRE scores are received by CSDCAS.

The CSDCAS deadline for Duquesne University is February 1st.  This is the last date when an applicant can submit their on-line application.  If an applicant does not submit their on-line application prior to the deadline, they will not be able to apply to our program.  PLEASE NOTE that the CSDCAS deadline is for a "Completed" application.  This includes all transcripts, letters of recommendation, and payments. 

Before filling out the on-line application read the Frequently Asked Questions and Instruction pages on the CSDCAS web site.

Questions about the on-line application should be directed to CSDCAS Customer Service at 617.612.2030 or at csdcasinfo@csdcas.org

For questions about the Speech-Language Pathology program or to visit the Department, please contact us at 412.396.4225 or speech-lang@duq.edu