SLP Graduate Application FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for Applicants


82-83 credits Non Thesis

88-92 credits - Thesis

Calipso - one time student cost $125

Simucase - annual subscription $100 (renewal required)

Malpractice insurance - annual fee $20 (renewal required)

CastleBranch (clinical onboarding platform) – $110 


All of the fees are estimates and subject to change.  Clinical requirements within CastleBranch might require additional fees.  For example, CPR training, fingerprinting, and some vaccines.  

The average number of applications between 2016-2021 is 161.5 per year

  • 2017 - 21
  • 2018 -  21
  • 2019 - 21
  • 2020 - 20
  • 2021 - 20
  • 2022 - 19
  • 2023 - 19

We no longer require the GRE.


*CSDCAS application is the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service provided by CAPCSD


January 15

3.0 GPA

  • 2018 - avg 3.72 GPA
  • 2019 - avg 3.72 GPA
  • 2020 - avg 3.71 GPA
  • 2021 - avg 3.69 GPA
  • 2022 - avg 3.68 GPA
  • 2023 - avg 3.8 GPA
  • 2024 - avg 3.79 GPA


Additional Questions

Complete online application and upload required document via the Graduate School link.

  • One copy of un-official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Three letters of reference, at least two of which must be from academic sources. Consider requesting 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.
  • A one-page statement of purpose describing why you are interested in graduate level study in speech-language pathology and what you bring to the discipline in terms of relevant experiences, academic skills, clinical potential, and career goals. Please read the prompt on the application carefully and be sure your statement addresses the prompt.
  • 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, CDs, or course syllabi.

No.  We do not accept transfer students.

No.  We expect that your application is for concurrent academic year.  If you are interested in attending in subsequent years then you will make application and be considered within the pool of applicants at that time.

Yes.  We will only accept confidential letters of reference.  We feel that information may be more valid when the recommender knows that the student will not see the letter.

The Graduate School requires a minimum GPA of 3.0.  


We score the applications with a given rubric in the following areas:  GPA, Statement of Purpose, and Reference Letters.  Every applications is reviewed and all aspects of the application are considered.

Yes.  Notifications will be sent to applicants placed on the waitlist. As seats become available due to admit declines, we will reconvene and review our waitlist. Our waitlist is not ranked.

Our initial admission letters are generally sent mid-March and admitted candidates have until April 15th to accept or decline an admittance offer.  Our waitlist will remain active until the start of classes in September

Subject to annual change, as of the academic school year 2022-23, the CSD Department has 3 full-time (e.g. 20 hours per week, full tuition waiver) and 6 part-time (e.g. 10 hours per week, one-half tuition waiver) teaching assistantships (TA) positions. Generally speaking, 1st year graduate students do not receive a TA for fall Quarter. Students apply each quarter for awards the following quarter based on teaching faculty needs, merit, and financial need. We sometimes offer Teaching Assistantships as a component of our initial admittance offer.

No.  Degrees, 8-years or older, are not considered by Western.  You will need to complete a post-baccalaureate program prior to applying to the graduate program.

No.  In such a case, you will need to complete a post-baccalaureate program before being considered for Western's Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program.