SLP Admissions and Application

Admissions and Application Information

Academic standards, residence requirements, transfer credits consideration, and program time limits are in accordance with Western Washington University regulations and policies. The following is an overview of admission and application information regarding the Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Master's program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) department. Please see Western's Graduate School website for additional critical details regarding admission requirements and the application process.

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders/Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology from an accredited U.S. college or university or an equivalent degree from a foreign university. The degree must have been completed within the past eight years. Please note: A degree in Speech Sciences or Linguistics is not considered an "equivalent degree".
  • Applicants who have an undergraduate degree in another discipline must complete a Post-Baccalaureate Program or another accredited leveling program in Communication Sciences and Disorders. 
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.00 (B or better) in the last 90 quarter or 60 semester hours of study.

Note: We strongly suggest you complete a neuroanatomy course. A course in aural rehabilitation is required prior to beginning your graduate program.

Application Materials

Apply online directly at the Graduate School admissions page. Within the Graduate School application you will be prompted to: 

  • Upload one copy of unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended at time of application. Official transcript will be requested at time of admission into program.
  • Submit contact information for three references from professors or others who are able to make an appropriate assessment of your academic and professional competence and your potential for graduate level study. It is highly recommended that at least two of the letters be from professors who can attest to your academic skills. Each contact will receive an invitation to upload or enter a letter of reference.
  • Upload a one-page statement of purpose describing why you are interested in graduate level study in audiology and what you bring to the discipline in terms of relevant experiences, academic skills, clinical potential, and career goals.
  • Upload a one-page resume, providing information about educational background, awards, relevant employment and volunteer experiences.

Please do not send unsolicited materials such as term papers, ePortfolios, or course syllabi.


Application materials are due in the Graduate School office no later than January 15 of the year preceding the fall you plan to start graduate studies.

All application materials, including unofficial transcripts, must be submitted by the application deadline. The Graduate School will notify applicants of missing information only if the application is received well before the deadline.

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