The College of Education and Rehabilitation Department of Speech-Language Pathology accepts applications to the Master of Science program only through the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS).

The processing of applications by CSDCAS ( begins August, one year prior to the year of desired enrollment. Applications must be submitted on or before April 1 of the year of desired enrollment.
  • Student application reviews begin when an application is verified by CSDCAS.
  • Interviews are scheduled and initiated, beginning in October.
  • Candidates meeting the requirements are admitted on a weekly basis until class capacity is reached.
See a profile of the most recent Entering Class (PDF)

It is to an applicant’s advantage to apply as early as possible to ensure priority consideration for admission. 

Apply at CSDCAS 

Criteria & Prerequisites

The College of Education and Rehabilitation actively seeks individuals with an undergraduate degree and diverse life experiences who desire to become speech-language pathologists.

To be considered, an applicant must: 

  • Submit a properly completed application to the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS)( Detailed instructions regarding the completion of the application and the essay are provided on the CSDCAS website.

  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (or currently attending) directly to CSDCAS.

  • Complete a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate college or university. It is recommended that an applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 grade scale from their graduating institution. Students with less than a 3.0 GPA should consult with the Salus University Office of Admissions prior to applying.

  • Complete admissions prerequisites (see below) at the college level with a grade of ‘B-’ or better.

  • Report satisfactory score results (50 percentile rankings or higher recommended) on the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) offered by Educational Testing Services (ETS).
    • Results may be submitted directly to CSDCAS (Designated Institution code is 7157). 
    • Completion of the GRE is required within three years of your desired entrance date to the Program.
    • Applicants who have received a Master's degree are exempt from this admissions requirement. 
  • Obtain a minimum of 25 hours of directed clinical observation of a certified speech-language pathologist (CCC-SLP) in a live, interactive clinical setting with his/her client(s) present in that setting. Videotaped clinical session observations will not be approved to complete this prerequisite. A minimum of two (2) different SLP settings are highly recommended. Observations may be performed as a volunteer and/or via employment in a non-speech-language pathology capacity.
  • Submit three (3) letters of recommendation reflecting on your ability to handle the rigors of graduate studies as well as characteristics you possess as a future health scientist in the discipline of speech-language pathology. Arrange to have forwarded directly to CSDCAS the following letters of evaluation:
    • One letter from a ASHA-certified, state licensed speech-language pathologist regarding your personality, work ethics, shadowing/observation experiences;
    • One letter from a college/university faculty member at the undergraduate level, post-baccalaureate pre-requisite coursework level; or a research supervisor who can assess and write to your ability to complete graduate studies and those character traits that as a future speech-language pathology professional;
    • One letter from another person of authority (i.e., faculty, clinically related work supervisor, speech-language pathologist) regarding your work and/or who can assess your qualifications for graduate studies, your ability to complete graduate work and the contributions you can make as a future speech-language pathologist to adult and/or pediatric populations who are mentally and/or physically challenged.
  • International Students, please review below any additional requirements needed.
  • All credentials submitted on behalf of an applicant become a part of that applicant’s file with the University and cannot be returned.
Recommended read: - The ASHA Leader - January, 2014 Article - Craft a Stand-Out Application


The following prerequisites are based on the latest credentialing standards set forth by the Council on Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (effective September 1, 2014) and the standards of Salus University.

All required course work must be completed at the college level with a grade of 'B-' or better. An applicant need not have completed all prerequisites prior to filing an application, but must be able to complete all outstanding prerequisites prior to enrollment.

Credit by examination (such as AP credits) is permitted for any prerequisites needed to apply for the speech-language therapy program. No credit is given for experiential learning.

The applicant must have successfully passed three semester credits of each of the following courses with a 'B-' or better:

  • Biological Science (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science) –   1 semester
  • Physical Science (e.g., ​physics or chemistry) – 1 semester
  • Social/Behavioral Science (psychology, sociology, anthropology or public health) – 1 semester
  • Statistics (math, biology or psychology) – 1 semester
  • Introduction to Communication Disorders – 1 semester 
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism – 1 semester
  • Phonetics – 1 semester
  • Speech and Hearing Science – 1 semester
  • Introduction to Audiology – 1 semester
  • Normal Speech-Language Development – 1 semester
  • Articulation and Phonological Disorders – 1 semester
  • Language Disorders – 1 semester

Please note: Courses in the biological, physical, and the social/behavioral sciences ​should include​ content areas that will assist students in acquiring the basic principles in social, cultural, cognitive, behavioral, physical, physiological, and anatomical areas useful to understanding the communication/linguistic sciences and disorders.

The University highly encourages - but does not require - additional coursework in Neurology of Communication Sciences (Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology), Voice and Fluency, Diagnostics, Treatment Considerations and Linguistics, and lab work for either biological or physical science.


Prerequisite credits completed ten or more years prior to the anticipated entrance date will be reviewed for approval on an individual basis. 

Please note: Course prerequisites have changed for the Entering 2018 admissions cycle. The previous biological/physical science lab prerequisite is no longer required. (updated: 6/22/17)
International Students & Practitioners


For international students and practitioners who have completed their college degree(s) outside of the U.S. or Canada, please provide the Office of Admissions with the following information:

  • A course-by-course credential review from an accredited agency, which evidences all post-secondary studies completed.  Please consult agency’s web site for requirements to complete the evaluation. 
  • An official evaluation must be sent from the agency directly to:
    • Salus University, Office of Admissions
      8360 Old York Road
      Elkins Park, PA  19027
  • These services are provided by various agencies including:  
    • World Education Services
      PO Box 5087, Bowling Green Station
      New York, NY 10274-5087
      Phone: 212-966-6311


Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in a Salus University academic program as well as to help ensure patient/client safety and/or effective communication with members of a healthcare or educational team. Official results from the TOEFL (or IELTS) examination are required for all students for whom English is a second language (ESL).
Exceptions will be made for ESL applicants who hold degrees or diplomas from accredited post-secondary institutions in countries where English is the official language and in which English is the language of instruction (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand).  

The TOEFL (or IELTS) examination must be taken within two years prior to the start date of the entering class to which an applicant seeks admission. 
  • If submitting TOEFL scores, please use the CSDCAS code of C112.
  • If submitting IELTS scores, please send scores directly to Salus University, Office of Admissions.
Admissions Selection Process

The Admissions Committee has established policies that include the selection of applicants best qualified to serve the public and the profession in the years to come. Many factors are considered in selecting students for our program, including:

  • academic performance
  • motivation
  • extracurricular activities and interests
  • related and unrelated work experience
  • personal achievements
  • essays
  • letters of evaluation
  • communication skills, including a demonstrated command of the English language, both written and oral
When evaluating academic performance, the applicant’s grade point average, performance in prerequisite courses, number of college credits completed, degree status and GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores are taken into consideration.

Admissions Selection Process - Speech-Language Pathology Program

Individuals successfully meeting the required admissions selection criteria may receive an invitation to visit our campus for an interview, which provides further insight into the applicant’s character and motivation, and allows an applicant the opportunity to meet with an Admissions staff member to discuss his or her application, tour our campus and meet with faculty and students.


An applicant may be notified of his or her acceptance as early as October, prior to the desired year of enrollment. Upon receipt of acceptance, an applicant is required to pay a $1,000 matriculation fee to the University prior to the start of classes. The process for securing a seat in the entering class is as follows:
  • Return the matriculation form within 14 days of the date of the acceptance letter to indicate your intention to enter the program.
  • A $1000 matriculation fee is due April 15.
  • All monies received above are non-refundable and will be applied toward first term fees.


An accepted student to the Salus University Speech-Language Pathology program with an unforeseen, extenuating circumstance prohibiting them from matriculating may request a deferment of admission in writing. The request must be directed to both the Dean of Student Affairs and the SLP Program Director, and made via the Office of Admissions. 

For deferment consideration, the following is required:

  • A deferment request submitted in writing by May 15, before the August start of the academic year. Please note, submission of a deferral request by the deadline does not guarantee approval.
  • Official documentation verifying the reason(s) for the requested deferment.
  • All non-refundable deposit fees and the matriculation supplement must be received (as directed in the University’s official Letter of Acceptance.)
If deferment is approved:
  • Admission will be extended to August matriculation of the next academic year.
  • A deferment will not extend beyond one admission cycle.
  • The student must contact the Office of Admissions, in writing, by April 1st of the deferred admission calendar year regarding his/her intention to resume enrollment.
  • The student will be required to meet with a member of the Admissions Committee prior to matriculation.

If a deferral request is denied:

  • A student has the option to withdraw acceptance from the Program, or reapply through CSDCAS for future admission. 

For questions regarding this policy, please contact the Office of Admissions at


Enrolled students who withdraw or are dismissed from the University will be responsible for the payment of tuition in accordance with the institutional refund schedule.