M.S. SLP Graduate Admissions
The SLHS Department is committed to recruitment processes that are inclusive of diverse students as well as admission principles that account for the diversity of applicants’ education and experiential background.
The mission of the SLP graduate program at MSU Denver is to provide a diverse urban population with an inclusive graduate program committed to the interprofessional education and cultural competence of students seeking clinical certification in speech-language pathology. Graduate programs at our institution are charged with converging excellence and innovation; our SLP graduate program converges knowledge with skill-based learning to close the theory-practice gap. Amidst changing landscapes in education and healthcare, our program encourages students to think critically and make informed decisions.
We prioritize values that reflect those of the university at large including a shared commitment to community, accessibility, diversity and respect. We aim to:
Our vision is to graduate reflective practitioners who serve diverse populations in the clinics and classrooms of the future.
The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in Speech Language Pathology (residential) at the Metropolitan State University of Denver is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Candidacy is a “preaccreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of 5 years.
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Submit your application through the Central Application System for Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSDCAS).
Applications must be completed by January 15th. Our graduate program starts in early June.
Click here for more details on specific information required in your CSDCAS application.
For initial consideration, students only need to apply through Central Application System for Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSDCAS).
As of 7/2023, CSDCAS charges $139 for the first program applied to and $56 for each additional program.
Individuals who need assistance covering the application fee should first submit a fee-waiver request through CSDCAS. The qualifications and steps to complete the request are available through the CSDCAS application fees and fee waivers link. If you do not qualify for fee-assistance through CSDCAS email our program, [email protected], to discuss alternative options. All requests for financial assistance must be received by December 15.
You need to submit two letters of recommendation to CSDCAS. You will provide the name and contact information for your recommenders on CSDCAS. CSDCAS will then send the recommenders a secure link to directly submit their recommendation.
You will need to provide CSDCAS with official transcripts from all universities you have attended regardless of whether or not you received a degree from that university. Instructions on how to have your transcripts submitted to CSDCAS will be on the application. Do not try to request your transcripts prior to starting your application with CSDCAS.
You will also be required to answer a series of question related to your professional experience as well as respond to several short-essay prompts. See application for detailed instructions, including length requirements.
MSU Denver requires that you have a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 (B or better) in your SLHS (or similar) courses. This does not include courses in science or math that are required by ASHA for certification.
If your cumulative GPA in SLHS (or similar) courses is below a 3.0, but you are still taking courses at the time of your application and anticipate that your cumulative GPA will be 3.0 or higher, you are still welcome to apply to the program. If you are currently enrolled at MSU Denver and have questions about your GPA, sign up for an advising appointment today!
Please visit the MSU Denver Office of Graduate Studies – Cost page for cost of tuition and fees.
The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) allows residents of the 17-member states/ U.S territories (Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federal States of Micronesia, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) to request the WRGP tuition rate for graduate programs at MSU Denver.
To be considered for the WRGP tuition rate, which is currently the same as in-state tuition, you must apply and be accepted into one of MSU Denver’s master’s programs or graduate-level certificates. Once accepted and before the census date, you must apply by completing the WRPG PDF and returning it to [email protected].
You can learn more about the WRGP by visiting The Office of Graduate Studies website.
Check here for information about available graduate financial aid programs.
Our program also offers scholarships as well as graduate research assistantships. Information about these opportunities will be shared with students admitted into our program.
According to the Council on Academic Accreditation’s Handbook (page 54): Candidacy status is awarded to a newly developed entry-level graduate degree program that meets all institutional and programmatic eligibility requirements, including that the program has no students currently enrolled and that it has been granted authorization through the governance process of the parent institution and the appropriate state authority to offer the graduate degree program(s) for which candidacy is sought. Candidacy status requires compliance with the Standards in a logical sequence over several years. This allows new programs to evolve over time and to secure the necessary resources to administer the program while being closely monitored by the CAA.
As stated in Standard II of the 2020 Standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP), graduates from programs in candidacy are eligible for ASHA certification.
At this time we do not have a part time or an online option; anyone accepted to the MS SLP program will be expected to attend full time, in-person.
M.S. SLP students may choose to work while enrolled in the program, but you should not expect to be able to work full time or at a job that does not have a flexible schedule.
The M.S. SLP program at MSU Denver is 23 months or 6 consecutive semesters (summer, fall, spring), beginning with the 1st summer and finishing in spring of your 2nd year. You can view the course sequence here.
We admit 24 students for each new cohort.
We hope to communicate our admissions decisions by early March. This will depend on the number of applications we receive, so please be patient with us. You will receive an email informing you of your acceptance status.
In order to be considered for the MS SLP program you must have a bachelor’s degree in speech, language, hearing sciences; communication sciences and disorders; or similar. If you do not have a bachelor’s degree in one of these areas consider our leveling certificate!
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