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Students who have completed all prerequisite courses, obtained 2 letters of recommendation, taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and written a narrative statement, may apply for admission to the Department of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology master of science degree program through the Hunter College Graduate Admissions Office. Graduate Admissions accepts electronic applications. 

  • February 1 is the deadline for admissions each year
  • Prerequisite courses are important! The necessary prerequisite courses are set by the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) which is a semi-autonomous credentialing body of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Their purpose is to lay a foundation of knowledge in communication sciences, physical sciences, biological sciences, social sciences, statistics and English. Clinicians applying for ASHA certification in speech-languge pathology must show proof of completing these requirements. As Hunter College is an accredited program, the CFCC depends on the department to verify completion of these prerequisites. Click here for a prerequisite worksheet.

Communication Sciences prerequisites include at least 3 credits in each of the following topic areas. Only a grade of "B" or better is accepted by Hunter College. Pass/fail courses are not accepted:

    • Introduction to language, language development, or introduction to linguistics
    • Phonetics (American English with transcription)
    • Anatomy and physiology of speech mechanisms
    • Introduction to speech pathology (an overview course about the field of speech pathology)
    • Introduction to audiology (an overview course about acoustics, anatomy & physiology of auditory system, hearing testing and rehab) 

In addition, according to CFCC/ASHA certification standards, clinicians entering the field must also complete include at least 3 credits in each of the following topic areas. Only a grade of "B" or better is accepted by the Department of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology. Advanced placement (AP) will be accepted as long as the course is on an official college transcript, and, meets the topic requirmentPass/fail courses and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) are not accepted by this department.

    • Physical science (chemistry or physics (no lab is required)
    • Biological science (biophysics, cell and molecular biology, computational biology, ecology and evolution, environmental biology, forensic biology, genetics, marine biology, microbiology, molecular biosciences, neurobiology, anatomy and physiology of the body, veterinary science and zoology)
    • Statistics (psychological or mathematical statistics - must be a stand alone course, not part of other coursework)
    • Social sciences (a minimum of 6 credits are required for this area) courses include: psychology, criminology, anthropology, archeology, gender and sexual studies, economics, political science
    • English (intensive writing course)

Finally, for the New York State certiifcate, Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) the following coursework is required, each at a minimum of 3 credits. Only a grade of "B" or better is accepted by the Department of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology. Advanced placement (AP) will be accepted as long as the course is on an official college transcript, and, meets the topic requirmentPass/fail courses and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) are not accepted by this department.

    • English literature
    • Arts (drawing, photography, art appreciation, music appreciation, dance, acting, cinematography)
    • Non-English language (American Sign Language, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, etc.; fluency in another language will not suffice, only coursework will; literature of another language that is taught in English will not be accepted)
    • Humanities (history, political science)

Note: Applications showing less than 3 completed of the 5 courses listed above will not be reviewed by the admissions committee and considered non-competitive. The remainder of these prerequisite credits must be completed prior to the Fall semester to which the applicant is admitted. No student can be extended an offer of matriculation unless all prequisites have been completed.

  • All components and information in the application must be present and correct
  • Each year, the applicant pool sets the acceptable GRE scores and grade point averages (GPA)

Prospective students whose native language is not English and who have completed all or part of their post-secondary education in a country where English is not the native language must possess the ability to read English with ease, understand rapid idiomatic English as used in lectures and group discussions and express thoughts quickly and efficiently in spoken as well as written English. Admission is offered only to those students who are fully prepared in English as demonstrated in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL requirement is determined by your academic background and is not affected by your US legal status (US citizenship or US permanent residency do not exempt you from the TOEFL requirement)

The following minimum scores must be obtained:

Paper Based Test: 550
Computer Administered Test: 213
Internet Based Test: 60 (less speaking component)

Admissions to the Department of Speech-Language & Audiology master of science degree program is highly competitive with each applicant pool generating its own level of qualitative standards. Applicants are advised to ensure all components of their applications are accurate and contain correctly entered information.

The Department of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology does not offer prerequisite courses. 

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