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How to Apply

The deadline for fall 2021 MA-SLP and AuD applications is Monday, January 11, 2021. Applications must be completed and submitted online through the university. We do not consider incomplete or late applications.

If you are applying for the master's in speech-language pathology (MA-SLP) or the doctor of audiology (AuD), you must list your application under the fall term. We only conduct one round of admissions for these programs each year, so MA-SLP and AuD applications listed under spring or summer terms will not be considered. PhD applications are considered year-round, but all applicants seeking funding should meet the January 11 deadline.

Questions?
Graduate School: gsquest@umn.edu
Program: slhsgrad@umn.edu

Instructions

All applicants must complete the Graduate School application. Instructions for all applicants and on how to apply to each degree program are outlined below. All required materials along with the application must be submitted by the deadline, the department will not consider incomplete or late applications. You do not need to contact the department to check the status of your application. This can be done online when you follow these instructions.

Application Requirements for All Applicants


BACHELOR'S DEGREE
Admission to a UMN graduate program requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S., or a comparable degree from outside the U.S.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
International and domestic applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. The department requires the TOEFL or IELTS exam.
 
Test scores are not required for applicants who have completed at least 16 semester credits or 24 quarter credits of post-secondary coursework (does not include ESL coursework) within the past 2 years in the United States, Canada [except Quebec], United Kingdom/Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and most current and former British and U.S. territories in the Caribbean/Central and South America.

Official TOEFL Scores

University of Minnesota Minimum Scores for Admission:
Total Score: 79
Writing Subscore: 21
Reading Subscore: 19

Applicants must meet the university requirements and the department expects a total score of 100 or higher.
 
Our institution code is 6874.
 
Official IELTS Scores

University of Minnesota Minimum Scores for Admission:
Total Score: 6.5
Writing Subscore: 6.5
Reading Subscore: 6.5
 
Applicants must meet the university requirements and the department expects a total score of 7.0 or higher. 
 
Scores must be received directly from the test center. Please contact the test center where you took your test and request that your official test scores be sent to:
 
Office of Graduate Admissions
University of Minnesota
309 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN  55455

TRANSCRIPTS AND CREDENTIALS 
Unofficial copies of all post-secondary coursework and degrees are required with your application. Please follow instructions on the Transcripts & Credentials page, as well as the specific information given on the International Student Resources page. If you are accepted to a graduate program, you will be required to submit official transcripts.
 
APPLICATION FEE
The application fee is $75 for U.S. citizens/permanent residents and $95 for international applicants.

The department will provide application fee waivers for individuals who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color who apply to our AuD in Audiology program, MA in Speech-Language Pathology program, or PhD program. 

 

Equal Opportunity Statement: The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, familial status, disability, public assistance status, membership or activity in a local commission created for the purpose of dealing with discrimination, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
Application Requirements for MA-SLP and AuD Applicants


PERSONAL STATEMENT
Submit a statement that responds to the following two prompts in a single document:

1. Describe how your lived experiences, education, background, and interests have prepared you for graduate studies and professional training at the University of Minnesota (400 words or less).

2. The University of Minnesota’s Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences seeks applicants who have effective problem solving, communication, and advocacy skills, and a strong work ethic. Choose two of these traits and provide specific examples of how you have demonstrated these traits in a way that is not fully reflected elsewhere in your application materials (400 words or less).

Below we list four key traits that we seek in our professional students. Listed under each trait are specific characteristics that we believe are features of successful students in our programs. 

MA/AuD Values

(1) Problem Solving

  • Creativity
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Resourcefulness
  • Management of unexpected challenges
  • Intellectual curiosity

(2) Good Communication

  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Listening skills
  • Teaching skills
  • Working well with others
  • Adjusting communication for the listener

(3) Advocacy

  • Commitment to equity and justice
  • Ability to work outside of one’s comfort zone
  • Critical self-evaluation
  • Empathy
  • Respectfulness 

(4) Work Ethic

  • Motivation
  • Self-reliance 
  • Integrity
  • Courage
  • Perseverance
  • Resilience

DIVERSITY STATEMENT
All applicants are required to submit a diversity statement following the University of Minnesota’s prompt (no longer than two single-spaced pages). Please read more about the department’s commitment to justice, equity, and anti-racism here: https://cla.umn.edu/slhs/about/why-speech-language-hearing-sciences.

Prompt: Supporting the development of a diverse student body is central to the University of Minnesota's mission. This mission is enacted by the inclusion of academically excellent students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and/or a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Please write a statement that identifies the distinctive characteristics and/or life experiences, such as successfully overcoming obstacles or hardships, that  you would bring to your graduate program and how that could contribute to the education and enhanced perspective of fellow students at the University of Minnesota.

RESUME
Submit a 1-2 page resume that highlights your education, work, and volunteer experiences that are most pertinent to the profession.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION (2)
Two letters must be submitted on your behalf from individuals who can speak specifically about your potential as a graduate student in speech-language pathology or audiology. Examples of such individuals include, but are not limited to, instructors, professionals in the field, and research supervisors.

You may submit your application before all of your recommendations have been received. Do not wait for recommendations to submit your application.

GPA
Possess a 2.8 or higher GPA in the last 60 semester credit hours (90 quarter credit hours) of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate education. Graduate coursework will not be used in the GPA computation, but will be reviewed by the graduate admissions committee.
 

Provost's Professional Education Diversity Fellowship
Eligible MA and AuD applicants will be considered for the Provost's Professional Education Diversity Fellowship. The fellowship is intended to assist professional degree programs in promoting a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas through the recruitment and support of academically excellent students with diverse ethnic, racial, economic, and educational backgrounds and experiences.
Application Requirements for PhD Applicants


PERSONAL STATEMENT
Address each of the following points in a single document (two single-spaced pages):

  1. What are your research interests and goals? Why?
  2. What research, academic, and/or personal experiences have led you to your interest in the PhD in SLHS?
  3. List the faculty member(s) with whom you would like to work with, and why. 
  4. What are your long-term career objectives/professional plans after graduate school?
  5. Why are you choosing the University of Minnesota to pursue your doctoral degree?
  6. What experiences tell us about your character and preparation that are not reflected elsewhere in your application?

Helpful Hints for PhD Applicants:

  • PhD applicants should contact individual faculty members within the University of Minnesota’s Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences prior to submitting an application to help ensure a good fit.
  • We want to know how you can contribute to our graduate program; therefore, your statement should focus on how your undergraduate, graduate, and/or professional experiences have prepared you for our PhD program.
  • In your statement, be specific about how you fit into the program. Talk about the work of specific professors at the university with whom you would like to work. 
  • Personal information is less helpful than your professional goals, which can convince the admissions committee that you are serious about doing graduate level work. Providing anecdotes about how you got interested in the field is less helpful than demonstrating that you are prepared for scientific work. 
  • Show an understanding that a PhD is a jumping off point for a career that a PhD prepares you for.  

DIVERSITY STATEMENT
All applicants are required to submit a diversity statement following the University of Minnesota’s prompt (no longer than two single-spaced pages). Please read more about the department’s commitment to justice, equity, and anti-racism here: https://cla.umn.edu/slhs/about/why-speech-language-hearing-sciences.

Prompt: Supporting the development of a diverse student body is central to the University of Minnesota's mission. This mission is enacted by the inclusion of academically excellent students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and/or a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Please write a statement that identifies the distinctive characteristics and/or life experiences, such as successfully overcoming obstacles or hardships, that  you would bring to your graduate program and how that could contribute to the education and enhanced perspective of fellow students at the University of Minnesota.

RESUME/CV
Submit a 1-2 page resume or a professional CV that highlights your education, work, and volunteer experiences that are most pertinent to the profession.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION (2)
Two letters must be submitted on your behalf from individuals who can speak specifically about your potential as a PhD student in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences. Examples of such individuals include, but are not limited to, instructors, professionals in the field, and research supervisors.

You may submit your application before all of your recommendations have been received. Do not wait for recommendations to submit your application.

WRITING SAMPLE

  • Provide an academic paper or thesis for a previous course/program, or for publication, that incorporates existing research and/or original findings or ideas on an area of inquiry.
  • If you’ve been involved in published research, please provide a reprint of each published paper, and describe the nature of your contribution.

GPA
Possess a 2.8 or higher GPA in the last 60 semester credit hours (90 quarter credit hours) of post-secondary education. 

 

Diversity of Views and Experience (DOVE) Fellowship
Eligible PhD applicants will be considered for the DOVE Fellowship. The fellowship is available for incoming graduate students in research-based programs and promotes a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative excellence.