- Completed online application through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Services (CSDCAS)* which includes:
- Official transcript indicating conferral of a bachelor's degree or a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions
- Minimum 3.0 cumulative Grade Point Average (cGPA) of all college-level courses
- Completion of six (6) Communication Science and Disorders (CSD) prerequisite courses with grades of B- or better (eighteen semester hours). (See PREREQUISITE COURSES tab for more information). Courses must be completed before the first day of the term of matriculation.
- Completion of the four (4) ASHA Knowledge Outcome coursework with grades of C- or better. (See PREREQUISITE COURSES tab for more information).
- 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 guided 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. If not completed as part of a course, the student must include a written statement confirming a discussion between the student and the observed SLP regarding what was observed, etc. Letters are to be on letterhead. 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
* Please note that a CSDCAS Fee Assistance Program is offered to qualifying students. "The Fee Assistance Program waives the CSDCAS fee for the first application submitted. To qualify, students must either be considered Low Income or McNair Scholars." For more information, please use the hyperlink above.
Note: Currently, the GRE is not a requirement for application to the MS-SLP program at Nova Southeastern University
- Undergraduate coursework taken at a foreign institution must be evaluated for U.S. institution equivalence by one of the NACES evaluation services listed below:
- World Education Services, Inc.
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
- Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 415070
Milwaukee, WI 53203
- International Consultant of Delaware, Inc.
3600 Market St., Ste 450
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 222-8454, ext. 603
- Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Education Consultants
7101 SW 102nd Ave
Miami, FL 33173
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 to the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) program is a two-step process. First, complete your application in CSDCAS and then complete the NSU application. Application open and close dates are as follows:
||CSDCAS APPLICATION Deadlines
||NSU APplication Deadlines
||(opens August 2019)
||(opens August 2019)
||(opens August 2019)
For more information, please contact the MS-SLP Admissions Counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (877) 640-0218.
Communication Science and Disorders (CSD): Equivalent courses will be accepted as part of the bachelor’s degree coursework if the applicant earned grades of B- 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 semester hours of prerequisites are required:
- Introduction to Communication Science and Disorders (CSD) (3 semester hours)
[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 semester hours)
- Phonetics (3 semester hours)
- Neuroanatomy (3 semester hours) [typical neuroanatomy and physiology]
- (Normal) Speech and Language Development (3 semester hours)
- Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation (3 semester hours) or Audiology (3 semester hours) AND Aural Rehabilitation (3 semester hours)
ASHA Knowledge Outcomes: Equivalent will be accepted as part of the bachelor's degree coursework if the applicant earned grades of C- 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: Knowledge Outcomes.
- Statistics (3 semester hours): Must be stand-alone course; not part of a research methods course
- Biological Sciences (3 semester hours)
- Physical Sciences (3 semester hours): Must be either Physics or Chemistry
- Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 semester hours)
More specific information on these courses can be found on the ASHA program website under 2020 Standards and Implementation Procedures for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology.