MA in Speech-Language Pathology

Fall 2024 applications are now closed. Applications for Fall 2025 will open on October 1st. All required materials along with the application must be submitted by the deadline. Before submitting, please double check your application and all documentation. Once you submit your application, you cannot make any changes. The department will not consider incomplete or late applications. Please use the university's online application portal to apply.

There is no rolling admission; all applications are reviewed after the deadline. Do not contact the department to check the status of your application. Please log in to the application status page to view the status of your graduate application(s). 

Our information sessions for Fall 2024 entry have concluded. If you would like more information, please email

University Fellowship

Eligible MA-SLP applicants will be considered for the 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.

Program Selection

Campus: University of Minnesota Twin Cities
College: Liberal Arts
Program: Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences – Speech-Language Pathology MA
Term: Fall 2024


The application fee is $75 for U.S. citizens/permanent residents and $95 for international applicants.

First-generation students (none of your parents received a 4-year college or university degree) can apply for a fee waiver. Please fill out this fee waiver application form to request one. 

The Graduate School offers application fee grants to McNair Scholars. 

Admission to a UMN graduate program requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the US or a comparable degree from outside the US.

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. The exam date should be within two years of the graduate program start date. 

Exemption: Test scores are not required from applicants who meet the Graduate School’s "Education" standard.  

Official TOEFL Scores

University of Minnesota Minimum TOEFL Scores for Admission

Score Category Minimum Score
Total Score 79
Writing Subscore 21
Reading Subscore 19

Applicants must meet the University's requirements and the department expects a total score of 100 or higher.

The institution code is 6874.

Official IELTS Scores

University of Minnesota Minimum IELTS Scores for Admission
Score Category Minimum Score
Total Score 6.5
Writing Subscore 6.5
Reading Subscore 6.5

Applicants must meet the University's requirements and the department expects a total score of 7.0 or higher. 

Official IELTS scores can be sent electronically to the Graduate Admissions Office. When prompted, please select University of Minnesota Graduate Admissions All Campuses from the drop-down menu.

Official IELTS scores can also be sent by physical mail to the Graduate Admissions Office. When prompted, please enter the following address:

University of Minnesota Twin Cities Graduate Admissions

309 Johnston Hall

101 Pleasant St SE

Minneapolis, MN 55455

The department does not require the GRE and test scores will not be reviewed. 

The department does not require letters of recommendation and letters of recommendation will not be reviewed. 

Transcripts and Credentials 

Unofficial transcripts for all post-secondary institutions are required with your application (under the Academic History tab). Do not submit a grade audit or summary. All documentation must be in a transcript format.

Please follow instructions on the Transcripts & Credentials page, as well as the specific information given on the International Student Resources page.


There is no minimum GPA requirement. The preferred GPA is an undergraduate degree GPA of 2.8 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).

Personal Statement

Every person has a story that has led them to a career. Because there are a variety of professions that “help” others, please go beyond your initial interaction or experiences with speech-language pathology and share your unique path that has confirmed your decision to specifically pursue speech-language pathology as your career. Additionally, describe how your lived experiences, education, background, and interests have prepared you for graduate studies and professional training at the University of Minnesota. (The statement must be answered in the application and there is a 750 word limit.)

If you wish to explain factors that affected your past productivity, such as family care responsibilities, military service, or other personal challenges (including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic), please address them in your personal statement.

Note: The SLHS admissions committee is looking for you to use this statement to persuade the reader that speech-language pathology is the right fit for you and that you are prepared for graduate school. Please keep this in mind as you complete your personal statement.

Diversity Statement

SLHS is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please describe your experiences in any of these areas and help us to appreciate how these personal experiences will contribute to our graduate program and to the broader discipline. (The statement must be answered in the application and there is a 750 word limit.)

Submit a resume using the SLHS Resume Template