Department of Communication
Sciences and Disorders

West Chester University

Dr. Cheryl D. Gunter, Chair
201 Carter Drive, Suite 400
West Chester, PA  19383
Phone:  610.436.2115
Fax:  610.436.3388
cgunter@wcupa.edu


Application & Admission Procedure

Who May Apply to the Graduate Program

in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)?

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders welcomes qualified applicants from mainstream and diverse cultural backgrounds. An applicant must have completed (or be in the process of completing) an undergraduate degree or its equivalent in communication sciences and disoreders.

Application Process

Applications to WCU's SLP graduate program are managed through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). Please see below for information about CSDCAS:

1. CSDCAS Customer Service Information

Customer Service is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST.

Phone (617) 612-2030

email: csdcasinfo@csdcas.org

2. CSDCAS Applicant Portal Link

The applicant portal link will openon August 2nd..

The link to the portal is here -> CSDCAS Portal

3. CSDCAS address

All official transcripts MUST be sent to CSDCAS at the address below:

CSDCAS Verification Department

PO Box 9113

Watertown, MA 02471

4. CSDCAS Application Deadlines

All application materials must have been received by CSDCAS by January 15th. It is each applicant's responsibility to see to it that the January 15th deadline is met. Materials received later than January 15th will not be considered, and incomplete applications will not be processed.

5. GRE Code

Please provide ETS with the CSDCAS GRE Institution code unique to West Chester University's SLP graduate program. This code is 7710

Required Application Materials

This following materials must be submitted to the CSDCAS portal:

  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • A Supplemental Application documenting the completion of undergraduate coursework that includes at least 30 semester hours distributed among the following areas of study: physics or chemistry, statistics, lifespan developoment, statistics, linguistics, speech and language development, phonetics, speech disorders, languge disorders, hearing disorders, basic speech and hearing science, neurology, and acoustic phonetics. The Supplementary Application form is available at this link -> Supplementary Application Form
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Please see below for the average GRE scores earned by students admitted to WCU's program during the previous year. The GRE exam can be scheduled through the Educational Testing Service (ETS) at https://www.ets.org
  • A 500-word essay (personal statement) describing future goals and how West Chester University can assist in achieving these goals.
  • A "Structured Vita" formatted according to the instructions provided on the Structured Vita instructions available at this link -> Structured Vita Instructions
  • Two letters of recommendation

Additional Information for International Applicants

  • Foreign transcript evaluation must be completed by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member evaluation service like World Education Services (WES). A listing of NACES member evaluators may be obtained at this link -> NACES member evaluators
  • All applicants must demonstrate a reasonable degree of English speech and language proficiency. This may be measured by a written essay and/or personal interview. (This requirement specifically addresses applicants whose dominant language may not be English.)
  • Applicants who accept an invitation to WCU's graduate program will be required to provide documentation of 25 clinical observation hours prior to the first semester of classes.

Average GPAs & GREs of Students Accepted in Fall, 2015

 

Average undergraduate GPA
3.82
 Range = 3.42 to 3.98
Average underegraduate major GPA
3.91
 Range = 3.70 to 4.0
Average Verbal GRE Score
151
 Range = 144 to 159
Average Quantitative GRE Score
148
 Range = 141 to 156
Average Analytical Writing Score
4
 Range = 3 to 5

 

Questions about Prerequisites for Admission or Program Components

If you have questions about the prerequisites or content of the MA SLP program please click on the FAQS tab of the Graduate Program menu

Financial Aid

      Information about financial aid is available at the following website:

      Financial Aid Website

Graduate Assistantships (GAs)

        A limited number of half-time Graduate Assistantships are available for incoming graduate students in SLP.  A Graduate Assistantship provides a waiver for 6 semester hours of tuition per semester and it provides a small stipend. In return, Graduate Assistants provide 10 hours of work per week under the supervision of a professor within the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.. To indicate your interest in being considered for a GA position, please respond to the question about the Graduate Assistantship on the Questions page of WCU's web pages within CSDCAS. The award of GAs is generally made in August.

CONTACT US

If you have additional questions about the application process, please contact Dr. Mareile Koenig, the Graduate Program Coordinator for the Speech-Language Pathology program at MareileKoenig@Gmail.com.