In addition to the following requirements, all applicants must meet the minimum admissions requirements set by the Graduate School.
Please complete all the sections of the online application, even if doing so duplicates information from your resume or transcripts. Only complete applications will be reviewed by the admissions committees for all programs.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of Recommendation can only be submitted online via the CU Boulder online application. Please do not tell recommenders to mail letters to the department. An email address is required for each recommender to submit a letter. Make sure to complete each field in the online application when adding a recommender. When your recommenders log into the online recommendation form, they will be asked to complete a rating list and provide a narrative. We prefer that they upload a letter using their own letterhead. You will receive an automatic confirmation email for each letter submitted. You can send a request for recommendation before submitting your application, and letters can be received before your application is submitted. The admissions committee prefers 2 letters from academic faculty whenever possible, especially from students who graduated within the last 2 years. The third letter can also be from an academic faculty, or it may be from someone with knowledge of your performance in a work, clinical, research, leadership, or teaching context. For applicants who have been out of school for several years or more, two letters do not need to be from academic faculty but please know that we do prefer to see at least 1-2 letters from faculty, if possible. You may tell your recommenders we are most interested in their comments about your academic promise, interpersonal skills, communication skills, respect for others, work ethic, responsiveness to critique/feedback, and maturity.
Each program has a separate personal statement that applicants should be prepared to answer. The prompts are included in the application. Students should leave plenty of time to review the prompts and begin the application before the deadline.
A one or two-page resume is required. A standard submission will contain sections with headings similar to those listed below, but you may have additional sections.
MA-SLP applicants should indicate on their resume which experiences fall into the following categories:
Detailed descriptions of experiences are welcome. The page limit for resumes is 3 pages.
For review and decision purposes, you are required to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) in the online application. Official transcripts are not required for admissions purposes. We require one unofficial transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you attended. This includes community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs. While credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of a second institution, unofficial transcripts must be submitted from each institution, regardless of the length of attendance, and whether or not courses were completed. Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university.
Applicants should have the necessary prerequisite coursework and content knowledge prior to the start of the program. Admitted students will be asked to submit a prerequisite form.
Required Content Knowledge
The AuD curriculum does not address the following content knowledge. Students must have this content knowledge in order to meet ASHA 2020 Standards for Certification in Audiology.
Strongly Recommended Content Knowledge
AuD courses are taught based on the assumption that students have background content knowledge described below. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to acquire this knowledge before taking related AuD coursework.
Applicants to the two-year program should have the necessary prerequisite coursework and clinic observation hours prior to the start of the program. Prerequisite coursework and clinic observation hours do not need to be completed before applying. Admitted students will be asked to submit a prerequisite coursework form and submit their observation hours. Students with any gaps in these requirements should work with the MA-SLP advisor and/or the MA-SLP Director of Clinic to ensure these gaps in requirements are completed in a timely manner. Applicants to the three-year program will complete these requirements in their first year of the program.
AHSA Prerequisite Coursework
Students must have this content knowledge in order to meet ASHA 2020 Standards for Certification in Speech-Language Pathology. Descriptions of acceptable courses for each requirement can be found on the ASHA website.
Coursework must be completed at the undergraduate or graduate level at an accredited institution. AP coursework is accepted. Coursework from massive open online courses (MOOCs) are not accepted. Examples of MOOCs include, but are not limited to: Educause, MOOC.org, edX, Coursera, and Khan Academy. Coursework in the areas of biological sciences, physical sciences, social/behavioral sciences, and statistics cannot be related to speech-language pathology, audiology, communication sciences, hearing sciences, or logopedia.
Speech, Language, and Hearing Prerequisite Coursework
Students must have coursework that covered the following fundamental content. These six requirements do not necessarily need to be met by separate courses. For example, a student may meet requirements 2 and 3 by taking a Speech and Hearing Sciences course and a course covering Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanism.
Admitted studnets will be required to provide proof of 25 guided observation hours signed by an ASHA-certified SLP. Since the beginning of 2020, the ASHA requirement is that observation hours from any source be “guided,” meaning that there must be some discussion with the supervising SLP(s) about the cases/sessions that were observed. You can obtain observation hours over the summer in community settings, such as schools, hospitals, and private practices. Additionally, the SLHS clinic will allow student observations over the summer, if you are in Colorado.
In addition to the above materials, all MA-SLP (two-year and three-year) applicants will be asked to fill in a supplemental questionaire.
Application Review & Timeline
SLHS receives a large number of applications and admission to our graduate programs is extremely competitive. We review applications holistically, understanding that our goal continues to be a graduate student cohort of future leaders, full of diverse life experiences and perspectives that will add new dimensions to our existing graduate community. SLHS receives a large number applications. We typically notify applicants of decisions in early March. Your decision letter will be emailed to the preferred email address listed in the online application. SLHS adheres to the April 15th guidelines for the acceptance of admissions offers; however, given the large number applicants, notification of non-acceptance is appreciated as early as possible.
|Application Opens||Mid July|
December 15 (international)
January 3 (domestic)
Late August (fall semester)
MA-SLP students in the 2-year track will start in the early August