Applicants: Applications for 2018 admissions are closed. Applications for 2019 admissions will open August 15, 2018.
By day, you'll be getting clinical experience. By night, you'll be in the classroom, learning from experts.
In just six or seven semesters, you will know how to assess and treat a variety of communication and swallowing disorders. Our competitive program, offered on our Dallas and Denton campuses, admits students for the summer and fall semesters.
Why the SLP On-Campus Venue at TWU?
- A balanced workload including 9-10 hours of academic coursework plus clinical placements 2-5 days a week each semester, depending on the site
- Small classes taught by knowledgeable and supportive faculty in specialized areas of research
- A program with an exceptional Praxis exam pass rate and job placement rate for graduates
Attend our Open House
Join us at an open house event where you will visit with current students and learn more about the master’s program. Your visit to Denton will include a tour the TWU Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic.
February 8, 2019 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Denton Campus MCL building room 710
March 8, 2019 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Denton Campus MCL building room 710
Total Required Hours – 61
- 41 hours of required coursework completed over six or seven semesters (full-time enrollment)
- Two hours of electives
- Six semesters of clinic (18 semester hours)
You must pass a comprehensive exam prior to degree completion and graduation.
See the Graduate Catalog for more specifics on course requirements.
Clinical placements include six different experiences which are arranged for you:
- A semester in the TWU Denton Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic
- A semester in the Stroke Center - Dallas
- Remaining semesters in adult and pediatric clinics, schools and medical facilities throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth and Denton areas
- The first three semesters require 2-3 days at the assigned pediatric practicum site. The last three semesters have a 3-5 day requirement depending on the adult/medical site.
Each long semester, you will take 6-10 semester credit hours of academics plus practicum (3-6 hours in summer plus practicum) for a total of 9-13 hours each long semester (6-9 in summers).
It is difficult to work while attending this graduate program. If you do need to work while attending graduate school, check out our distance education option.
- A bachelor's degree in communication sciences or a bachelor's degree out-of-field and completion of pre-master's leveling courses at TWU or another university. You may apply before these are completed as long as the degree or leveling courses will be completed before graduate coursework begins.
- Completion of college-level coursework in the following four areas in compliance with ASHA's Standard IV-A (No communication sciences courses can count toward this requirement.)
- Statistics (a stand-alone course in statistics is required; can be math statistics, psychology statistics, business statistics, etc.)
- Biological science (biology, human anatomy, microbiology, etc.)
- Physics or chemistry (must be chemistry or physics -- not a physical science course)
- Social or behavioral science (psychology, sociology, anthropology, public health, etc.)
TWU follows ASHA’s guideline for meeting this standard. For more information on what classes count toward this requirement, see ASHA’s Course Content Guide.
- A minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours of college coursework. (The average GPA of incoming students in our program is 3.7. Range:3-45-4.0)
- An official GRE score submitted by the application deadline. No minimum scores are required but scores should be competitive. (The average GRE score for incoming students is 149 (Range: 141-170) for the verbal, 145 (Range: 136-161) for quantitative, and 3.8 (Range: 3.5-5.0) for writing.)
Additional Program Requirements
- Immunizations: You must submit documentation showing all required immunizations are current to Student Health Services at TWU. Immunizations must also remain current throughout enrollment. Without immunizations, you will not be able to participate in required externships, clinical rotations or client interactions on campus.
- Background check: Before any clinical experience, a background check is required and provided by TWU upon entrance to the program with instructions provided during clinic orientation. Some externships require additional background checks that are your responsibility to complete at your expense.
- Drug screening: Some externships require students to submit to drug screens. Drug screening is done through a designated third party at the student's expense. Any student with a non-negative drug screen result or who refuses the test will be dismissed from the SLP master's program.
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training (CPR): Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association is required of all students in clinical rotations. Instructions for completing this requirement are provided after program admission and done at the student's expense.
- Health insurance: Many practicum sites require you to have health insurance and documentation must be provided to the clinical site
How to apply
Please read through ALL instructions before applying. TWO online applications are required in order to be considered for the SLP program: Apply Texas and CSDCAS (Communication Sciences and Disorder Centralized Application Services).
Application #1: Apply Texas
- Step 1: By Jan. 1, 2019, you must submit an online application through Apply Texas. The application fee must also be submitted according to instructions in the application. You do not need to enter your recommenders or your GRE scores on this application, but you must submit your official transcripts for every institution attended to:
TWU Office of Admissions Processing, P.O. Box 425649, Denton 76204
- Step 2: Set up a Pioneer Portal account. Once you have a Pioneer portal account, you will receive emails regarding the status of your application and can track your application status on your portal account.
Application #2: CSDCAS
- Step 3: Submit your application to CSDCAS. Create an account if you are new to CSDCAS.
If you have created an active account during the 2016-17 OR 2017-18 cycle, instead of clicking “Create New Account,” sign in with your previous login information to begin the process for the current cycle.
The following are required components for the TWU application through CSDCAS:
- Complete general information and payment of fee as required.
- Respond to TWU supplemental questions within CSDCAS application
- Arrange for three letters of recommendation, which will be posted by each recommender directly to CSDCAS
- Upload a personal essay using the prompt given (under Documents)
- Upload a resume or other supporting documentation (optional, under Documents)
- Upload an OPTIONAL video about yourself to give us additional information (in the TWU supplemental questions)
- Input all coursework into the CSDCAS system to be verified
- By Jan. 1, 2019, GRE scores should be received by CSDCAS. TWU code: 7462
- By Jan. 1, 2019, an additional complete set of official transcripts must be sent directly from each of your previous universities and received by the CSDCAS Transcript Department. Transcripts must come from the universities; they cannot come from you. Have transcripts sent to:
CSDCAS Verification Department, PO Box 9113, Watertown, MA 02471
Once CSDCAS starts receiving your application and documents, your status will be marked as "received." Once all of your documents have been received, CSDCAS will update your status to "complete". Just because you requested items to be sent does not mean that they were received at CSDCAS.
Once all of your materials have been processed by CSDCAS, your status will change to "verified," and the TWU admissions committee will review your application. As long as your application status is "complete" by Jan. 1, your application will be reviewed.
Check the status of your application in CSDCAS on your dashboard.
All application materials must be received by Jan. 1, 2019. Please request/send materials in early December to ensure receipt during the holiday season. You are responsible for verifying everything is received by CSDAS and TWU.
If you need assistance with your CSDCAS application, please contact:
CSDCAS Customer Service:
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern Time
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