Admission Requirements

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  1. Prospective Applicant Letter
  2. Instructions for submitting application materials 
  3. Forms
  4. Admission Application Checklist


Admission is competitive. Applicants must meet the following requirements for regular admission:

  • A baccalaureate degree in communicative disorders, speech-language pathology, or speech and hearing sciences from a regionally accredited college or university.  If students have degrees in professions other than speech-language pathology, they must first  complete specified prerequisite courses with a grade of “B” (on 4-point scale) or better.


  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on 4-point scale) for courses completed during the junior and senior years, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on 4-point scale) at the undergraduate level.


  • A satisfactory Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score, including the writing subtest.


  • A personal typewritten statement that includes the applicant’s

~ reasons for pursuing graduate study in speech-language pathology;

~reasons for pursuing graduate study specifically at Jackson State University;

~professional goals;

~strengths that will contribute to success in the graduate program at Jackson State University;

~limitations, if any, that may need to be addressed in order to successfully pursue graduate studies in speech-language pathology; and,

~past work, research or volunteer experiences, if any, that have helped to prepare the applicant for graduate studies.


  • A typewritten response of items a-c

(a)    What is critical thinking and analysis?  In your response, include examples from your experiences (educational, professional, and personal)?

(b)   Writing skills (e.g., spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence and paragraph structure, proper citation of sources) are important for educational and professional development, and are essential for success in the master’s program.  Explain how you plan to equip yourself to maintain a scholarly level of writing throughout the master’s program.

(c)    What is the role of the student in graduate school?  What is the role of the faculty member?

  • Three recommendation forms from speech-language pathology instructors and/or clinical supervisors. (Students with degrees in professions other than speech-language pathology may obtain these from instructors in their major area of study.) Students who obtained their last degree more than 5 years ago may obtain their references from current supervisors.


  • A satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) from international applicants and those whom have English is a second language.



Applicants with baccalaureate, master’s or specialist’s degrees in professions other than speech-language pathology must complete courses in the areas listed below with a grade of B or better, before regular admission is obtained.

  • Phonetics
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Speech and Hearing Science
  • Language Development
  • Articulation Disorders
  • Language Disorders in Children
  • Introduction to Audiology


Grades in other Communicative Disorders courses (e.g., Fluency, Diagnostics) will also be reviewed.

Additionally, applicants must have completed the following with a grade of C or better:

(a)    One course in biological sciences, one course in physical sciences, and one course in statistics for a total of 9 hours; and,

(b)   Courses in behavioral and/or social sciences for a total of 6 semester hours. [1]

Applicants are also responsible for completion of 25 hours of clinical observation with a licensed speech-language pathologist.

Prerequisite courses in the professional area taken more than 10 years before the initiation of the graduate program may not be accepted.



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