A note from SLHS about COVID-19

We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has been disruptive to all and that student experiences in the wake of this have not been equitable. In response to these events, we recognize that some applicants will have concerns about the impacts these events could have on admissions. The graduate programs at the University of Colorado Boulder are dedicated to recruiting and supporting diverse, talented students, employing holistic application review processes and supporting students when they arrive on campus. 

We want to be clear that we understand 

  • students have been facing and will face unprecedented challenges during this time. 
  • testing centers have suspended operations, or moved to remote testing.
  • many students and institutions have chosen to adopt the Pass/Fail (or Credit/No Credit) option due to these events.
  • due to this disruption students may not have performed to their usual abilities during times of remote study or challenging classroom adjustments. 
  • some research projects will have been interrupted or will be incomplete as a result of university and facility closures. 
  • many students will be unable to take on internships and summer research programs or other professional development initiatives.
  • there are myriad other challenging circumstances that have arisen in individuals’ experiences.

We will take this all into consideration as 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. The SLHS department will waive the GRE requirement for all SLHS graduate programs for the 2021/22 and 2022/23 application cycle in order to support students who may have been disrupted by impacts of COVID-19.  If you have any questions about the admissions process, please contact the SLHS Department directly at SLHSGrad@colorado.edu.


Information on Applying to SLHS Graduate Programs

Please make sure to read all of the information on this page carefully and complete all the sections of the online application, even if doing so duplicates information from your resume or transcripts. We highly recommend completing your application before the deadline to avoid any last minute issues. Only complete applications will be reviewed by the admissions committees for all programs.

The 2022/2 application for all SLHS graduate programs will open in mid-July. Updates to the 2022/23 application will be posted below in early summer. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Information Sessions

Programs and Deadlines

Summer admissions only

Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology
The M.A.-SLP program prepares students for clinical practice and professional certification in speech-language pathology. This program has both a 2-year and 3-year track, depending on whether the student has completed all the prerequisite classes. Both tracks will apply using the same M.A.-SLP application (there is no separate application for the 3-year track). The M.A. committee will determine which track the student will enroll in based on the student's academic history. Students who are accepted to the 2-year track program will begin in the Summer term (begins in early August). Students accepted to the 3-year track program will begin studies in the Fall semester (late August).

Fall admissions only

Doctorate of Audiology
The Au.D. program prepares students for clinical practice and professional certification in the field of audiology. This 4-year program consists of academic coursework, clinical practicum experiences, a capstone project, and advanced clinical rotations.

Fall and Spring admissions

Spring admissions are rare because decisions for financial aid are made during the spring term of the following academic year.

Doctorate of Philosophy (suspended for Fall 2021)
The Ph.D. program is for students with a specific area of interest within the disciplines of speech, language, and hearing sciences. Students will work closely with a faculty member during the coursework of the program. Options are available for dual Ph.D. in SLHS and Neuroscience or Cognitive Science. 

Master's degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
The M.A.-SLHS program is for students who want to pursue research in the field of SLHS without clinical preparation. 

Program Application Deadline Begin Program
M.A.-SLP (clinical track) January 15th

Early August (Summer semester) for students in the 2-year track

Late August (Fall semester) for students in the 3-year track

M.A.-SLHS (research track)

January 15th
October 1st

Late August (Fall semester) or mid-January (Spring semester) 
Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) January 15th Late August (Fall semester)
Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) January 15th
October 1st
Late August (Fall semester) or mid-January (Spring semester)
Ph.D./Au.D. (dual program) January 15th Late August (Fall semester)
Submit one application for each program

* Due to increased processing time, the international application deadline is December 30th for the Fall semester and September 15th for the Spring semester. 

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent from an accredited college or university
  • Recommended overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.25
  • MA-SLP applicants should have the necessary prerequisites and 25 observation hours
    • Note: prerequisites and observation hours do not need to be completed before applying. Students applying for the 2-year track should have these requirements completed before the program begins. 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. 
  • AuD applications should have the necessary prerequisites
  • Official GRE scores (waived for the 2021/22 application cycle)
  • Four letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Current resume

Applications will not be given to the Admissions Committee for consideration until all required items below have been submitted:

One Transcript for Every College or University Attended
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. 

Official GRE Scores

The SLHS department will temporarily waive the GRE requirement for all SLHS graduate programs for the 2021/22 application cycle in order to support students who may have been disrupted by impacts of COVID-19. 

Four 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 to 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 applicaiton, and letters can be received before your application is submitted.

Personal Statement
SLHS has no required format for the personal statement, but the length should not exceed two pages single spaced. Be specific about your academic, clinical, and research interests. You may want to include experiences relevant to the program of study, and any special skills you have, including experiences with other cultures or languages. However, you do not need to address each of these issues if it does not seem relevant to you. You may find this article helpful: Leave Dr. Suess Out of it

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

  • Education: institution names, dates of attendance, GPA, etc.
  • Employment or volunteer experience(s)
  • Clinical experiences (if any)
  • Skills or certifications, including technological skills
  • Language skills in languages other than English

Graduate Admissions Application Fee
Graduate Admissions requires an application fee ($60 domestic; $80 international). The online application displays different paying options, but please do not mail checks to the SLHS department. 

Please visit the Bursar's Office website for tuition rates and university mandated fees for graduate students. The SLHS Department is part of the College of Arts and Sciences. 

To determine whether you qualify for in-state tuition, visit the Tuition Classification website. There are some exceptions that apply to the Colorado residency requirements. The Tuition Classification check will not be conducted until after you are accepted and admitted. 

Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)
Through the Western Regional Graduate Program, the Western Interstate Commision for Higher Education (WICHE) makes the Au.D. and M.A.-SLP graduate programs available at in-state tuition rates to residents of the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washinton, and Wyoming. Please indicate in the Residency section of the online application if you qualify for the WRGP. You will apply to the WRGP after you have been admitted and confirmed your intent to enroll. 

SLHS only accepts applications through the CU Boulder Online application. You can check the status of your application in the same portal. 

The online application system is managed by Graduate Admissions. If you have issues using the online application website or technical support, please contact gradadm@colorado.edu.

If you have questions about the program or the application, feel free to email us.

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Application Review and Notification
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.