- Completed online application through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Services (CSDCAS) which includes:
- Official transcripts indicating conferral of a baccalaureate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution (minimum 3.2 Grade Point Average [GPA] required)
- Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions
- Completion of six (6) Communication Science and Disorders (CSD) prerequisite courses with grades equivalent to 3.0 or better (eighteen credits). (See PREREQUISITE COURSES tab for more information). Courses must be completed before the first day of the term just prior to the term of matriculation.
- Completion of the four (4) ASHA Knowledge Outcome courses with grades equivalent to 2.0 or better. (See PREREQUISITE COURSES tab for more information). Courses must be completed before the first day of the term just prior to the term of matriculation.
- Two written essays (essay prompts to be found in the online application)
- Three letters of recommendation from three (3) different individuals (e.g., instructors, supervisors, etc.) who can attest to the applicant’s ability to succeed in a master’s degree program (see forms in the online application)
- Completion of 25 hours of clinical observation of (an) ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist(s) with appropriate documentation. Appropriate documentation is either a letter verifying completion, including name, signature, date of signature, statement re time period of completion, and ASHA certification number of the person verifying completion OR a log of all completed observations, signed by each ASHA-certified SLP observed, with the ASHA certification number of each SLP observed. Letters are to be on letterhead or some sort of official documentation. There is NOT a standard form for logging hours. You can create your own, following the guidelines above.
- Completed Nova Southeastern University application
- Pay the nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University
- Application interview (for qualifying applicants)
- Once admitted, all students must travel to Ft. Lauderdale/Davie, Florida and successfully complete the mandatory orientation weekend
Note: Currently, the GRE is not a requirement for application to the MS-SLP program at Nova Southeastern University
For Non-Native English Speakers
Applicants whose native language is not English may be required to demonstrate English proficiency. The standardized tests listed below satisfy the university's English requirement for non-native English speakers. Test results must be sent directly from the testing agency to NSU's Enrollment Processing Services (EPS):
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Score of 213 on the computer-based test or 79-80 on the Internet-based test
- International English Testing System (IELTS): Score of 6.0 on the test module
- Pearson Test of English – Academic: Score of 54
- American College Test (ACT): Minimum score of 20 on the verbal section
Proof of English language competency can also be in the form of a degree at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university
For International Students
International students living in the United States must present verification of student visa or residency status.
Due to the limited availability of ASHA-certified supervisors, students who live outside of the United States are not eligible for admission to the MS-SLP. Furthermore, students accepted to the MS-SLP program cannot relocate outside of the United States before the completion of the degree.
Application open and close dates for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) program in CSDCAS are as follows:
||APPLICATION DATES IN CDSCAS
||August 1 – January 2
||November 1 - February 1 (The NSU application deadline has been extended to March 1)
||December 1 – April 2 (The NSU application deadline has been extended to May 2)
For more information, please contact the MS-SLP Admissions Counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (954) 262-1101.
Communication Science and Disorders (CSD): Equivalent courses will be accepted as part of the bachelor’s degree coursework if the applicant earned a grade equivalency of 3.0 or higher in each course. Courses will only be accepted if completed within the past 10 years of the date of enrollment in the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) program. CSD courses MUST be completed before matriculating to the graduate program.
The following 18 credits of prerequisites are required:
- Introduction to Communication Science and Disorders (CSD) (3 credits)
[Note: If the applicant has earned a bachelor’s degree in CSD, this course requirement will be waived.]
- Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms (3 credits)
- Phonetics (3 credits)
- Neuroanatomy and Physiology (3 credits) [typical neuroanatomy and physiology]
- Normal Speech and Language Development (3 credits)
- Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation (3 credits) or Audiology (3 credits) AND Aural Rehabilitation (3 credits)
ASHA Knowledge Outcomes: Equivalent will be accepted as part of the bachelor's degree coursework if the applicant earned a grade equivalency of 2.0 or higher in each course. There is no expiration date on the ASHA Knowledge Outcome courses. Courses cannot be part of a CSD curriculum course. Courses must be completed at the college level and earned from accredited colleges or universities. Courses MUST be completed before matriculating to the graduate program. For more information see the ASHA program website under Standard IV-A: Knowledge Outcomes.
- Statistics (3 credits): Must be stand-alone course; not part of a research methods course
- Biological Sciences (3 credits)
- Physical Sciences (3 credits): Must be either Physics or Chemistry
- Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
More specific information on these courses can be found on the ASHA program website under Course Content Areas for 2014 Certification Standards.