Thank you for your interest in the
graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at NAU; this
program leads to a Master of Science in Clinical Speech-Language Pathology. Our
program tracks are Full-Time Regular, Full-Time Leveler and Summers-Only. Applicants to this program must have a
bachelor's degree completed in any area prior to entering.
Please refer to our CSD web page to network through program and admission information, last year’s
admission statistics, peruse our various programs of study, become familiar
with our program requirements, including undergraduate prerequisite courses,
and access other important links, such as our CSD Graduate Student Handbook.
Please read all links on the Program Overview > Admissions page for detailed
information about our admission application process. Please keep in mind that
admission to all of our program tracks is through a competitive process.
Refer to our CSD Program Overview to help choose the track best for you.
- The Full-Time Regular trackentails a rigorous load of coursework during the fall, spring and
summer semesters for two full consecutive years.
- The Full-TimeLeveler
a rigorous load of coursework during the fall, spring and summer semesters for
two full consecutive years, plus an additional fall semester.
- The Summers-Only
trackis designed specifically for individuals who are
already working in the speech-language pathology field; specific requirements for
eligibility apply. This track comprises a rigorous load of coursework during three consecutive
summers on the Flagstaff Mountain Campus, online course work during the
intervening academic years, two clinical practica at your work site, and one
non-school/medical site in the fourth summer.
The CSD Summers-Only classes in
Flagstaff usually begin the first or second week in June and run for 8 to 8-1/2
master’s degree in Clinical Speech-Language Pathology is NOT offered as an
Application for Admission is accomplished in
two separate stages: application to the NAU Graduate College and
application through the Central Application System (CSDCAS). For complete
application information and deadlines, refer to our CSD
Admissions web page. You may apply to the CSD Full-Time
Regular or the Full-Time Leveler track (but not to the Summers-Only
track) during the semester in which your undergraduate degree is being
completed. However, your degree must be posted prior to beginning any CSD
Use information on our CSD
Admissions web page to see the GPA and GRE
rankings of students recently admitted into our program.
GRE (Graduate Record Examination)
ALL applicants are required to have ETS (Educational Testing Services) submit directly to NAU your official GRE scores which are no
more than five years old. CSD does not
specify minimum GRE scores but uses values from all three sections of the general
GRE to rank applicants. We recommend that you prepare thoroughly for the exam
and do as well as you can. You may take the GRE multiple times. Subtest scores below the twentieth percentile
are not competitive.
Applicants generally should have an
undergraduate GPA of not less than 3.0 to be competitive in our application
process. If your overall GPA is below
the statistical average of the overall GPA for individuals previously invited
to our program (refer to the statistics link above), you may want to take, or
re-take, some or all of the undergraduate course prerequisites. If you choose
to include in your personal essay the unofficial GPA score for just your
undergraduate prerequisite courses, that information will be reviewed and taken
Undergraduate Prerequisite Courses
Undergraduate Foundational Requirements
Applicants must complete foundational
courses in four areas from outside of
the Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology) discipline
prior to entering the program. These foundational course titles, along with the
grade you earned, must be listed on your NAU application.
Prerequisite “leveling” courses
Applicants must also complete
seven undergraduate prerequisite courses from
the speech-language pathology discipline.
- If you are applying to the
Summers-Only track, you must have prerequisite grades posted on your
transcript prior to applying to our program.
- For the Full-Time Regular track, you
must complete the leveling courses prior to entering our program, i.e.,
the final prerequisite courses may still be in the “In Progress” stage at the
time of your application.
- If you are accepted into our Leveler
track, the appropriate prerequisite courses will be added to your CSD graduate
program of study.
- If some, but not all, of the
Discipline prerequisites have been met, the student's Leveler track program of
study would be adjusted so that the remaining Discipline deficiencies are built
into their graduate program of study.
It is the expectation that these courses are
all passed with grades of “B” or better in order to be competitive. We offer an exception to only one of our
prerequisite courses. If you are unable to take Neurological Foundations of
Speech-Language and Hearing or its equivalent before applying, we can
incorporate that course into your NAU graduate program of study.
The NAU Graduate College admission application
will ask you to list the courses and the grades you earned that meet these
requirements. Do your best to equate which courses on your transcript meet the
requirements. The courses you list should include the same key words as those
in the descriptive titles of our prerequisite courses. For example, a CSD
course that might be equivalent to Neurological Foundations should have the
term “neuro” in the title. Do not list
the same course twice. The CSD Admissions Committee will assess equivalency
only after receiving your complete program application materials. You may then be
requested to submit a class syllabus or a course description from your
institution’s online academic catalog.
You may take the prerequisite courses
or their equivalents through any accredited institution. At NAU, the catalog
prefix for prerequisite leveling courses is “SST”. The SST undergraduate leveling courses are
NOT offered through the CSD master’s program and we cannot answer questions about those classes or help you enroll
into those classes. For details
about the undergraduate leveling classes at NAU, please refer to the following
Web: SLPA Certificate
Contact: Brianna Heisey
Ph: 1 800 426 8315, ask for Brianna Heisey
Registering for Leveling Courses at NAU
Refer to the Registrar’s web page for calendars and course schedules by semester. For
course availability, select the LOUIE link in mid-page and go to Class Search/Browse Catalog; select a semester from the drop down menu and press “GO”. Call 928-523-0291 for advising to take an
NAU undergraduate SST course. You may
apply for admission to NAU as either a degree-seeking or a non-degree-seeking
student at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Note:
“non-degree-seeking” status may limit your financial aid opportunities and how
many classes you can take each semester; refer to the admissions office or your
financial aid officer for specific restrictions related to a non-degree-seeking
Tuition and fees
For current tuition and fees, go to Student
and Departmental Account Services. Refer to the CSD Graduate Student Handbook and search under Student and Departmental Account Services for
Potential students are encouraged to visit the NAU campus and our
department; schedule an appointment through the NAU Graduate College.
Refer to the NAU home page for additional NAU
Careers in speech-language pathology
the careers, professions and various studies, market trends, and regions that
are looking for qualified Speech-Language Pathology service providers, please
visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website.
Speech-language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)
Some people choose to become licensed
SLPA’s (or their state’s equivalent), intending to apply to our CSD master’s
program at a later time. If you are
seeking a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)
Certificate, you may take those classes through any accredited institution.
Be sure to include all seven of our prerequisite courses as part of your SLPA
certificate program. Refer to the undergraduate
Health Sciences web site for information about the online SLPA Certificate Program at
NAU. If you have questions, call 1 800 426 8315 and ask for
Brianna Heisey, or email Brianna.email@example.com.
you plan to be employed as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant in Arizona,
the SLPA license is issued by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Direct ALL questions about the SLPA application and about receiving an Arizona SLPA license to that State department.