Application Requirements

The departmental application deadline for the master’s program in speech language pathology is January 15 for the following fall semester. All entering graduate students will begin in the fall semester.

Please note that the UA Graduate School recommends that application materials be in no later than 6 weeks prior to the departmental deadline in order to ensure processing documents on time.

To be considered for unconditional admission to the graduate program in speech pathology, all applicants must have at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA and a minimum score of 300 on the GRE. In certain cases, applicants with lower test scores may be considered for conditional admission. This means that the student must earn an average of B or better in the first 12 semester hours of work completed. If the 12 hours are completed in a term in which the total credits exceed 12, the evaluation is made on the basis of all graduate-level work completed at the end of that term of enrollment.


We anticipate having decisions completed by the end of March-early April. We will enter decisions online and students who are accepted or added to the wait list will also be send a letter to the mailing address listed on their application. All students will receive an email notification as their status is changed in our system.

How to Apply

1. Apply online through the UA Graduate School website. Most application materials (applicant form & data sheet, statement of purpose) can be submitted and managed online.

2. Submit letters of recommendation electronically, or by having them mailed directly to the department at the following address:

Department of Communicative Disorders
The University of Alabama
Box 870242
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

NOTE: Students who graduated with a BA in communicative disorders from The University of Alabama DO NOT need to submit letters of recommendation.

3. Send remaining documents, such as transcripts & test scores, to the UA Graduate School at the following address:

Graduate School Office
The University of Alabama
Box 870118
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0118

Applying as a Non-Background Applicant

It is possible to complete our master’s program without having earned a degree in Communicative Disorders. Some of our best students have had degrees in everything from English to Psychobiology.

If your undergraduate GPA is at least 3.0 and you have a minimum GRE of 300, you can apply for graduate school just like any other prospective student. Your program will start in the fall semester and will take an additional two semesters (7 total), with your first two semesters devoted to basic undergraduate courses in communicative disorders.

Course Requirements for Non-Background Applicants

You will need to have completed undergraduate courses equivalent to Psychology/Sociology 101, Biology, Statistics and a Physical Science (Chemistry or Physics). The science courses must both be 4 credit-hour courses with a lab.

Some undergraduate courses in the communicative disorders department will be required prior to starting the graduate curriculum; view these additional courses in the section on Specific Course Requirements.

It is also possible to take the required undergraduate prerequisites in two semesters as a non-degree seeking student, and then apply to graduate school.

If you need to speak to someone about your options for graduate school, please call (205) 348-7131.

Graduate Assistantship

The department selects a limited number of qualified applicants as graduate assistantships each semester. All successful applicants to our program are considered for available scholarships and graduate teaching assistantships.

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