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How to Apply

The deadline for fall 2020 MA-SLP and AuD applications is Monday, January 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Applications must be completed online and will become accessible September 5, 2019. We do not consider incomplete or late applications.
Visit the Graduate School for application instructions and general information.

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 6 deadline.

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.

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In order for your application to be considered complete, the Graduate Admissions Office requires that you submit your demographic information, educational information, unofficial transcripts, and indicate recommendation providers. The Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, however, has additional requirements. If you have not submitted all of the items listed below under our "Required Application Materials", the department will not consider your application complete, and your application will not be reviewed. 

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Required Application Materials

Materials: How to submit:
Unofficial Transcripts


Unofficial copies of your transcripts should be uploaded in the "Academic History" section of the application using the “Upload Transcripts” button. Mailed or faxed transcripts will not be accepted. You must upload a transcript from each college or university you have attended.
Additional information on uploading transcripts can be found here.
Official transcripts are not needed for the application process. If you are accepted to our graduate program, both the Graduate Admissions Office and our department will require official transcripts, and we will follow up with you about them.
Official GRE Scores



All applicants must take the GRE General Test. GRE subject tests will not be accepted. You may submit a self-reported score in the test information-self reported section, but your official scores must be available by the application deadline. Scores must be sent directly to our institution from ETS.
Institution code: 6874
After your official scores are made available, there is typically a 5-10 day delay for confirmation in your online submitted application. After that time period, you can check the status of your test scores online by following these directions.
For scores or applications submitted after 12/24: It is important to know that your application may not list the receipt of your GRE scores by the January deadline. Calling or emailing the department will not speed up this process. Please only follow up with us 14 days after application submission and anticipated receipt of official scores by the University.
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 24 months 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:
The University of Minnesota requires a minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL with minimum scores of 21 on the writing section and 19 on the reading section. The department expects a total score of 100 on the internet-based test.
Our institution code is 6874.
Official IELTS Scores:
The University of Minnesota requires a 6.5 overall with 6.5 section scores for both reading and writing. The department expects a 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
Personal Statement


Upload your personal statement in the "Materials" section (Statement #1). Mailed or faxed statements will not be accepted. There is no prompt for the personal statement, though help-text is provided in the application. You may upload other statements, but only the personal statement is required.
Preferred format for the personal statement: 12-pt font, 1-inch margins, single-spaced. Typical personal statement is 1-1.5 pages in length.
Preferred file format for the resume is PDF.
Letters of Recommendation (3)



Three letters of recommendation are required, up to four may be submitted. Indicate your recommendation providers in the "Recommendations" section.
Online Submission:
See here for instructions on how to request recommendation providers submit recommendations online. A link will be emailed to your writers with a unique identifier. They can then log in at their convenience to complete the recommendation by uploading their narrative evaluation as a PDF or Word document.
Applicants with online recommendation providers who have not yet submitted their recommendation are encouraged to re-notify their recommendation providers.
If your recommendation providers are having trouble submitting their recommendation, you can have them contact the department directly via phone (612-624-9535) or email (

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


Optional Application Materials


Materials: How to submit:
Graduate Program Additional Material - Awards and Activities
If you feel the awards you have received and the activities in which you have participated have been adequately stated elsewhere in your application, you do not need to upload a document in this section.
Applicant Statements
We require one personal statement (Statement #1) to be submitted to your application. There are options to add additional statements under this category.
Extenuating Circumstances
Provide an explanation of circumstances that contributed to your test scores or GPA.
Diversity Statement
PhD Students:
If you would like to be considered for the Diversity of Views and Experience (DOVE) Fellowship, please submit a diversity statement. The DOVE fellowship is available for incoming graduate students in research-based programs. The DOVE fellowship program promotes a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative excellence.
MA/AuD Students:
If you would like to be considered for the Provost's Professional Diversity Fellowship, please submit a diversity statement. 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.


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