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How to Apply

The deadline for fall 2019 MA-SLP and AuD applications is January 5, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Applications must be completed online and will become accessible September 5, 2018. 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 should 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 5 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 transcript, 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. Download our checklist for a quick guide on how to know if the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences considers your application complete: SLHS Grad Applicant Checklist.

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Required Application Materials

Materials: How to submit:
Unofficial Transcripts
Unofficial copies of your transcripts should be uploaded in the "Educational Background" 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.
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 should 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.
TOEFL Scores
International students only


You do not need to submit these scores if English is your native language.
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
Our institution code is 6874.
IELTS Scores
International students only.
You do not need to submit these scores if English is your native language or if you have completed at least 16 credits at a college or university in the US, Canada, Australia, Great Britain or New Zealand within 24 months of your desired date of admission.
The University of Minnesota requires a 6.5 overall with 6.5 section scores for both reading and writing.
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
Statement of Purpose
Upload your statement of purpose in the "Applicant Statement" section (Statement #1). Mailed or faxed statements will not be accepted. There is no prompt for the statement of purpose, though help-text is provided in the application. You may upload other statements, but only one statement is required.
Preferred format for the statement of purpose: 12-pt font, 1-inch margins, single-spaced. Typical statement of purpose is 1-1.5 pages in length.
Letters of Recommendation (3)
Three letters of recommendation are required, up to four may be submitted. Indicate your recommendation providers in the "Recommendations" section. The preferred method of receipt is online through the application system.
For 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 brief University of MN recommendation form and upload 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. Click here for instructions.
For Mail Submission:
You will need to provide your recommendation provider with a pre-stamped, pre-addressed envelope, as well as a blank copy of the University of MN Recommendation format. (This form can be downloaded in the “Downloadable Forms” section of your application.) Your recommendation provider should complete that form in addition to their narrative evaluation, and send directly to the department.
Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
164 Pillsbury Drive SE
Shevlin Hall, Room 115
Minneapolis, MN 55455
You can check the completion status of your recommendations by viewing your recommendation provider list. If it is completed, a completed date will be noted.
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 you application.


Optional Application Materials


Materials: How to submit:
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 statement of purpose (Statement #1) to be submitted to your application. There is an option to add an Extenuating Circumstance document under this category.
Program Supplementary Information
This is the section under which you can add your resume. It is not required, but we strongly recommend one. Preferred file format for the resume is PDF.


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