Detailed Information for Applicants to the Master's Degree Program in Speech-Language Pathology
The Master’s Degree Program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) [2200 Research Blvd., Rockville, MD 20850; (800) 498-2071]. Students who earn the Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology will meet the academic and clinical practicum requirements for ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) and will also satisfy the requirements for Texas state licensure in speech-language pathology. For more details on Texas state licensure requirements, see: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/speech/sp_req.shtm.
You can find additional information about careers in speech-language pathology, on our Careers page http://speechandhearing.unt.edu/careers. The page includes links to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association career information web pages.
Please call 940-565-3716 or send an e-mail to SLP-Admissions@unt.edu if you wish to make an appointment for a departmental tour. Applicants to the Master’s Degree Program in Speech-Language Pathology are invited to make an appointment to tour the department and its clinical facilities. Departmental tours are led by current UNT SPHS graduate students. Tours are offered during the year on Fridays by appointment only. To arrange for a UNT campus tour, applicants are invited to contact the UNT Campus Tours Office: http://tours.unt.edu
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAM IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY
Yearly admission to the Master’s Degree Program in Speech- Language Pathology is one time per year in the Fall. The application deadline for Fall admission is February 1. (In years for which February 1 falls on a weekend, application materials will be accepted as a courtesy until 5:00pm on the Monday immediately following that weekend.) All application materials must be received on or before the application deadline date to be considered. Incomplete application portfolios are not reviewed by the admissions committee.
The links for online submission of personal statements and letters of reference will be available on or about October 15, 2017.
2018 APPLICATION COMPONENTS: MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAM IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY--PLEASE CHECK BACK IN SEPTEMBER FOR UPDATED INSTRUCTIONS
1. Toulouse Graduate School application components:
(a) Application form: Required
Complete the UNT Graduate Application via the Toulouse Graduate School (tsgs.unt.edu). Designate Speech-Language Pathology as your intended major field.
(b) Graduate Record Examination (General Test): Required
All applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) — Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing subtests — and to report all their GRE scores to UNT. Please arrange for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send your scores to The University of North Texas (ETS Code 6481). NOTE: You should double verify that you use the correct ETS Code. There is more than one institution within the UNT System. ETS Code 6481 is the code for the flagship (Denton) campus. Applicant-reported GRE scores are not routinely shared among the UNT System institutions.
The department considers all reported GRE scores received on or before the application deadline, not only the most recent. A process called “super scoring” is used, i.e., your highest subtest scores (and their associated percentiles) are taken into account in the application review process. Applicants will often compare their overall GRE score with that of previous cohorts of students admitted to the master’s program as one index of the competitiveness of their scores. (See “3-year Statistics” link at the bottom of this web page.) Generally, subtest scores above the 50th percentile are considered competitive. GRE numeric scores and their corresponding percentiles are found on the ETS website: www.ets.org.
Many applicants take the GRE during the summer prior to their application year. This allows the applicant who wishes to re-take the GRE sufficient time to re-take the GRE and to submit their score report to Toulouse prior to the application deadline.
Some applicants have previously taken the GRE, perhaps years prior to the time of their application to UNT. Applicants who took the GRE within five years of the time of their application do not need to re-take the GRE for application to UNT. Because ETS maintains score reports up to five years after the time of testing, the applicant should contact ETS to request that score reports be sent to UNT (ETS Code 6481).
Applicants who took the GRE over five years before the time of their application will be unable to request that ETS submit their scores to UNT, because ETS does not maintain these records beyond five years. Applicants who took the GRE more than five years ago and who have the original, hard-copy ETS score reports in their possession may submit these scores for consideration by taking the original, hard copy ETS score report, in person, to the Toulouse Graduate School. Applicants who took the GRE more than five years ago but who do not have the original, hard copy ETS score report in their possession will be required to re-take the GRE and to submit the new GRE scores to Toulouse Graduate School as part of their application.
(c) Official Transcripts: Required
Please arrange for all official transcripts (both undergraduate and graduate transcripts, including community college transcripts) to be mailed directly to:
Toulouse Graduate School
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle # 305459
Denton, TX 76203-5017
2. Departmental application components:
(a) Letters of Recommendation—Required
Three recommendations are required, using the recommendation form provided.Recommendations written by individuals who are familiar with your academic background and who can speak to your ability to handle the challenges of graduate-level academic work are strongly preferred. The number of recommendations from individuals outside of academia (e.g. employers, community leaders) should be kept to a minimum, and they may be weighted differently based on their relevance to academic-specific information. It is recommended that students submit letters from at least two faculty members from their undergraduate or graduate programs.
Click on the link below and enter the email addresses of the people from whom you have requested a letter of recommendation. Your recommenders will be sent an email to complete a form given your name and identification number.
Letter of Recommendation Form (Online)
(b) Personal Statement--Required
Compose a personal statement describing your professional goals and your preparation for graduate study in speech-language pathology. Please limit the length of the statement to one page single-spaced, or two pages double-spaced.
Convert your personal statement to a PDF file and then click on the link below to upload your personal statement.
Personal Statement Upload Form
(c) Basic Human Communication Coursework Form—Required for out-of-field applicants (i.e. leveling applicants) and strongly recommended for in-field applicants “Basic Human Communication Coursework Form”
Applicants to the UNT Master’s Program in Speech-Language Pathology whose bachelor’s degree is in a field other than communication sciences and disorders (e.g., biology, business administration, education, etc.) are termed “leveling” applicants or “levelers”. Levelers are required to successfully complete basic human communication coursework (“leveling coursework”) for admission into the master’s program. A course is considered to be successfully completed if the student earns a course grade of ‘B’ or higher. Completion of the Basic Human Communication Coursework Form documents the applicant’s previous completion and/or current enrollment in this basic human communication coursework.
Applicants whose bachelor’s degree is in the field of communication sciences and disorders (CSD) are termed “in-field” applicants. For in-field applicants, the Basic Human Communication Coursework Form is a recommended part of their application, but it is not required. If an in-field applicant has not taken one or more of these courses, he or she may still be admitted into the graduate program. However, in-field applicants are strongly encouraged to study those content areas in which their knowledge base may be deficient prior to entry into the graduate program. The graduate faculty assumes that all admitted applicants possess basic knowledge in each of these content areas.
Download the file, complete it, and then click on the link below to upload your Basic Human Communication Coursework Form. Be sure to save the form and catalog course description(s) in the same PDF file.
Basic Human Communication Coursework Form Upload
(d) Scholarship Application
All applicants to the UNT Master’s Program in Speech-Language Pathology are automatically considered for competitive departmental scholarships. No additional scholarship application is necessary at the time of application to the program. Should additional information be needed by the department, the department will invite individual applicants to provide this information.
(e) Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, and Administrative Assistantships
The UNT Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology is pleased to be able to offer competitive assistantship support to many of its master’s students on a competitive basis throughout the academic year. All applicants to the Master’s Program in Speech-Language Pathology are automatically considered for competitive departmental assistantships. No additional assistantship application is necessary at the time of application to the program. Should additional information be needed by the department, the department will invite individual applicants to provide this information.