James Madison University

Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology (Residential)

Admission to the Program- Master's Degree in Communication Science and Disorders (Clinical)

Pre-requisite Coursework


  • CSD 207      Phonetics
  • CSD 208      Anatomy & Physiology of the Ear & Voice Mechanism
  • CSD 209      Acoustics of Speech and Hearing
  • CSD 300      Language Development
  • CSD 301      Introduction to Audiology
  • CSD 314      Phonological and Language Disorders

The Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), the SLP credentialing organization, requires that you have all of the following coursework: one biological science, one physical science (chemistry or physics), one statistics course and one social science. 
http://www.asha.org/Certification/Course-Content-Areas-for-SLP-Standards/

Students who have not successfully completed a course in Aural Rehabilitation (graduate or undergraduate level), will be expected to complete the coursework in order to meet competencies.

The application process opens October 1, 2017 and closes February 1, 2018. Check your mymadison.jmu.edu account regularly for the status of your application. If you have problems accessing your account, please contact tgs@jmu.edu. Questions about the program and open houses should be directed to slp@jmu.edu 
Thank you.

Application Process


The application is a TWO-PART process:
Part 1

  • All applicants must apply to and be admitted to the JMU Graduate School. An application to the graduate school is completed online:  https://www.applyweb.com/apply/jmug/index.html.  You must submit:
    • Application
    • Application fee
  • Applicants do NOT need to submit letters of recommendations with the Graduate School application.
  • Applicants do NOT need to submit transcripts with the Graduate School application.  If you are admitted to the CSD program, you will need to send original transcripts to the JMU Graduate School prior to beginning classes.
  • Applicants do NOT need to submit GRE scores with the Graduate School application.

Part 2

  • All applicants must also apply to the CSD Program through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS) at https://portal.csdcas.org/.
  •  Complete all aspects of the CSDCAS application including:
    • Personal written statement regarding your career goals and reason for pursing a clinical master's degree in speech-language pathology at JMU.  No more than two pages.
    • Official GRE scores, be sure to use DI Code 1043
    • Official transcripts
    • Names and contact information for two references (letters of recommendation are not required). If you are applying for other programs through CSDCAS, contact information for the two reference letters will be automatically included in your JMU CSDCAS application. No further action is necessary.

Applications to both the Graduate School and CSDCAS must be submitted by February 1. You must have a status of Verification (green) in CSDCAS in order to be considered for admission.  The Graduate School and CSDCAS forward only completed applications to the CSD program for review. For an application to be considered by the CSD program, the Graduate School and CSDCAS applications must be received by the CSD Program by February 1.  

More information on the GRE is available at the official web site of Educational Testing Service.

Related Information


The Clinical Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology is a competitive admissions process. There is a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the major required for application. There is no minimum GRE score, although successful applicants generally score above the 50th percentile.

View information on pre-requisite coursework

Are you interested in visiting our Program?  We regret that we cannot offer individual tours. The Communication Sciences and Disorders program will be hosting open houses for persons interested in admissions to the Residential Speech Language Pathology Master's degree program for fall 2018. Please note that we are not accepting new students for the on-line program in 2018.

Date: Friday, November 3,  2017
Time:  3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Location:  Health and Behavioral Studies Building, Room 1001

Date: Friday, January 26,  2018
Time:  3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Location:  Health and Behavioral Studies Building, Room 1001

Academic Advising


Each student is assigned an academic advisor who will assist you with all academic matters. The Director of Clinical Education will guide your practica enrollment. The CSD Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Council serves as each graduate student's program committee. The role of the student's program committee is to oversee each student's educational experience and to provide a support system during your matriculation. If an academic problem occurs during the student's graduate career, the student's advisor, and if necessary, the SLP Council will assist to resolve this problem.