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 2021/22 application for all SLHS graduate programs will open on July 10, 2020.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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
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
  • AuD applications should have the necessary prerequisites
  • Official GRE scores
  • 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 GRE is required of all applicants and must be received by the deadline above. Please arrange to take the GRE test at least one month before the deadline. Your GRE scores must be reported in the Test Scores section of the online application. In addition, official test scores must be reported by the ETS directly to CU Boulder. The institution code for CU Boulder is 4841. No department or program code is required. GRE scores are valid for a period of five years following the date you took the test. 

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

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.