Application Requirements

Earn Your Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology

Whether you are a current undergraduate student studying communicative disorders or a recent graduate, our speech language pathology master’s degree will help you raise your knowledge and skill level to do great things for individuals with communication disorders. Working with clients of all ages, you will learn to assess, treat, and understand individuals whose communication skills are affected by stroke, traumatic brain injury, developmental delay, autism, Down syndrome, or other factors. Through small class sizes and a tight-knit community, you’ll receive the personal instruction you need to pursue your interests, develop research opportunities, and work closely with a mentor who understands your goals and wants to see you exceed beyond what you thought possible.

Our program will prepare you to go immediately into the workforce or further your study in a doctoral program.

Who Should Apply

  • College seniors, recent college graduates, and working adults
  • Individuals who want to help others by providing the necessary communication skills to enhance quality of life
  • Individuals interested in developing exceptional professional skills

Prerequisites

  • Introduction to Communicative Disorders
  • Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • Phonetics
  • Speech & Hearing Sciences
  • Introduction to Audiology
  • Language Development
  • Clinical Methods and Supervised Observation
  • Statistics
  • At least one course in the biological sciences, e.g., Introduction to Biology
  • At least one course in the physical sciences, e.g., Introduction to Physics, Acoustics, etc.
  • At least one course in the behavioral sciences, e.g., Developmental Psychology

Course descriptions for the prerequisites can be found in the Bulletin beginning on page 175.

How to Strengthen Your Application

For those still in school

  • Complete the prerequisite courses
  • Engage in leadership opportunities
  • Gain practical experience through clinical internships
  • Build relationships with your professors to secure letters of recommendation

For those currently working

  • Brush up on required courses including statistics
  • Continue developing your leadership skills
  • Reconnect with professors and former supervisors to secure letters of recommendation

Application Requirements

  • All applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, or related field, from a regionally accredited college or university, or the international equivalent. Candidates are normally expected to have maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA in undergraduate coursework.
  • Submission of a completed CSDCAS application
  • Official transcripts from every college or university attended (mailed to CSDCAS)
  • GRE scores (use code 6970). Only scores submitted to code 6970 will be considered.
  • Three letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or professional abilities, focusing particularly on the potential for success
  • Personal statement that addresses reasons for pursuing an advanced degree in speech language pathology, professional objectives, and how Saint Mary’s aligns with personal and professional goals
  • A brief admission video submitted through the questions section of the CSDCAS application

Applications for the fall term open on August 2. Saint Mary’s College uses the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) application system.  You must complete the application form, submit the application fee for CSDCAS (no additional fee is collected by Saint Mary’s), and provide all supporting documents through the CSDCAS application system.  Please allow enough time to complete your application so that it is verified by the deadline. The application deadline is February 1. 

CSDCAS Information

  • CSDCAS Customer Service information
    • Customer Service is available Monday thru Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM EST
    • Phone – (617) 612-2030
    • E-Mail –csdcasinfo@csdcas.org
  • Use the CSDCAS Applicant Portal to apply
  • GRE Code
    • The GRE Code for Saint Mary's College for CSDCAS is 6970
  • CSDCAS Application Deadlines
    The application deadline is February 1.  If an applicant does not submit their on-line application prior to the deadline, they will no longer be able to apply to the program for that entry term. It is the applicant's responsibility to meet the deadline requirement.  Please note that it may take several sessions in the CSDCAS applicant portal to complete the application.
  • All official transcripts MUST be sent to CSDCAS at the address below:                      

CSDCAS Verification Department
P.O. Box 9113
Watertown, MA  02471