Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
Loyola University participates in the Communication Sciences & Disorders Central Application Service, known as the CSDCAS application. Please submit ALL materials via CSDCAS.
To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program, the materials noted below must be submitted to CSDCAS by February 15 (postmarked by this date). Once the materials and application are verified by CSDCAS, they will be reviewed by Loyola's admission committee. The verification process may take up to 4 weeks. Please note that it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that a completed application and all materials are submitted by the application deadline.
It is important to understand the application process before submitting your application. Please read the CSDCAS instructions and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at the start of the application process.
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In addition to the electronic CSDCAS application, applicants must submit the following materials directly to CSDCAS.
- Personal Essay. A two-part essay must be submitted directly to CSDCAS specifically addressing 1) why you wish to enroll in Loyola University Maryland’s graduate program in speech-language pathology and 2) answering a question related to a hypothetical scenario in speech-language pathology. The essay (both parts) must not exceed 2 pages.
- Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended must be submitted directly to CSDCAS. Please note that fall 2023 grades are required (via transcript or Academic Update feature in CSDCAS).
- Three academic/professional letters of recommendation must be submitted directly to CSDCAS. Three letters of recommendation are required and only the first three received will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Please only submit letters from faculty, supervisors, and other professionals who are able to discuss your ability to succeed in a graduate program in speech-language pathology, including academic and personal characteristics that may contribute to your achievement.
- Optional: Resume
- Prerequisite Course Information Form. This form is required only for applicants who will not be or have not completed an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology or communication science disorders. Only prospective students who will not or do not have a speech or communication science disorders degree and who include a completed Prerequisite Course Information Form (plus all other required documents) will be considered for admission.
Important Note: The Speech-Language Pathology program does not GRE scores as a part of our application process. Any GRE score reports sent to CSDCAS or to Loyola University Maryland will not be reviewed.
Application Clarifying Interviews
For the Fall 2024 admission cycle, the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program may require virtual, invitation-only interviews for candidates as deemed necessary by the admission committee. If deemed necessary for an application, an invitation to schedule an interview will be sent via email. If you do not receive an invitation to an interview no further action is required to be considered for admission. Neither an invitation to an interview nor no invitation to interview is to be interpreted as a favorable or unfavorable indicator of admission.
International Applicants (Supplemental Materials)
In addition to the documents above, the following documents are also required if applicable.
- Official English language examination scores are required for applicants who have not earned (or will not be earning) a bachelor's or higher degree from a college or university where English is the sole language of instruction. A list of accepted English language exams can be found on the English Language Examination Requirements page. Applicants submitting TOEFL scores should submit them to CSDCAS using Institution Code C122. Applicants submitting other English examination scores should contact the Office of Graduate Admission at email@example.com.
- International Student Supplemental Forms is required only if a student visa is needed. Send this form directly to Loyola University Maryland and not to CSDCAS.
- All non-U.S. transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an approved international academic record evaluation service and sent to CSDCAS. Visit the International Academic Records page for a list of approved services.
In accordance with the 2020 Standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology
, Standard V-A, "The applicant must have demonstrated skills in oral and written or other forms of communication sufficient for entry into professional practice." Further, "For oral communication, the applicant must have demonstrated speech and language skills in English, which, at a minimum, are consistent with ASHA's current position statement on students and professionals who speak English with accents and nonstandard dialects
. In addition, the applicant must have demonstrated the ability to write and comprehend technical reports, diagnostic and treatment reports, treatment plans, and professional correspondence in English."
Questions regarding the application process and submission of documents?
CSDCAS Customer Service- Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
Questions about the Loyola Speech-Language Pathology program?
Loyola University Office of Graduate Admission
Toll-free 800-221-9107, ext. 5020
Additional Application Information
It is the policy of departmental admission committees to give promising applicants the opportunity to undertake graduate work. A careful examination of an applicant's academic qualifications (and professional background, if applicable) precedes every admission decision. The Speech-Language Pathology Admission Committee looks for previous academic achievement by considering an applicant's undergraduate and graduate records. Academic and/or professional references and the application essay are also given significant weight in making the decision.
Notifications of admission decisions are sent by email. Prior to matriculation, individuals will be informed of additional courses or prerequisites requiring completion before commencing their graduate studies. Please see the list of requirements in Degree Requirements. Applicants who accept an offer of admission must submit an enrollment deposit to secure a position in the program. This deposit is applied toward the first semester's tuition. An orientation for Speech-Language Pathology graduate students is scheduled in late August.
Additionally, admittance to the Master’s program in Speech-Language Pathology is contingent upon passing a criminal background check. Each applicant who accepts an offer of admission into the program will be required to obtain, pay for, and pass a criminal background check. These background checks are routinely required by the Loyola Clinical Centers, schools, hospitals and other agencies that participate in the clinical education of our students. Failure to pass a criminal background check may make an applicant ineligible to complete requirements and result in revocation of acceptance into the graduate program. Additional information regarding the criminal background check process is included at the time of admission.
Prior to matriculation, students are required to provide health and immunization documentation to Loyola University Maryland.
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