James Madison University

Admission to the Program- Master's Degree in Communication Science and Disorders (Clinical)

Pre-requisite Coursework

  • CSD 207      Phonetics
  • CSD 208      Anatomy & Physiology of the Ear & Voice Mechanism
  • CSD 209      Acoustics of Speech and Hearing
  • CSD 300      Language Development
  • CSD 301      Introduction to Audiology
  • CSD 314      Phonological and Language Disorders

The Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), the SLP credentialing organization, requires that you have all of the following coursework: one biological science, one physical science (chemistry or physics), one statistics course and one social science. 

Students who have not successfully completed a course in Aural Rehabilitation (graduate or undergraduate level), will be expected to complete the coursework in order to meet competencies.

The application process opens October 1, 2016 and closes February 1, 2017. Check your mymadison.jmu.edu account regularly for the status of your application. If you have problems accessing your account, please contact tgs@jmu.edu. Questions about the program and open houses should be directed to slp@jmu.edu 
Thank you.

Application Process

The application is a TWO-PART process:
Part 1

  • All applicants must apply to and be admitted to the JMU Graduate School. An application to the graduate school is completed online:  https://www.applyweb.com/apply/jmug/index.html.  You must submit:
    • Application
    • Application fee
  • Applicants do NOT need to submit letters of recommendations with the Graduate School application.
  • Applicants do NOT need to submit transcripts with the Graduate School application.  If you are offered admission to the CSD program, you will need to send original transcripts to the JMU Graduate School prior to beginning classes.
  • Applicants do NOT need to submit GRE scores with the Graduate School application.

Part 2

  • All applicants must also apply to the CSD Program through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS) at https://portal.csdcas.org/. Be sure you are applying to your intended program (residential versus online program).
  •  Complete all aspects of the CSDCAS application including:
    • Personal written statement regarding your career goals and reason for pursing a clinical master's degree in speech-language pathology at JMU.  No more than two pages.
    • Official GRE scores, be sure to use DI Code 1043
    • Official transcripts
    • Names and contact information for two references (letters of recommendation are not required)

Applications to both the Graduate School and CSDCAS must be submitted by February 1. You must have a status of Verification (green) in CSDCAS in order to be considered for admission.  The Graduate School and CSDCAS forward only completed applications to the CSD program for review.  In order for an application to be considered by the CSD program, the Graduate School and CSDCAS applications must be received by the CSD Program by February 1.  

More information on the GRE is available at the official web site of Educational Testing Service.

Related Information

The Clinical Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology is a competitive admissions process. There is a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the major required for application. There is no minimum GRE score, although successful applicants generally score above the 50th percentile.

View information on pre-requisite coursework

Are you interested in visiting our Program?  We regret that we cannot offer individual tours. The Communication Sciences and Disorders program will be hosting open houses for persons interested in admissions to the Residential and Online Masters in Speech Language Pathology Masters degree programs in the fall and spring semesters.

Date: Friday, November 11, 2016 
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM 
Location: Health and Behavioral Studies Building, Room TBD

Date: Friday, December 2,  2016
Time:  3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Location:  Health and Behavioral Studies Building, Room TBD

Date: Friday, January 27,  2017
Time:  3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Location:  Health and Behavioral Studies Building, Room TBD


  • November 19-27
    Thanksgiving Holiday.
  • December 10-16,
    Final Examinations
  • December 16,
    Graduate School Commencement
    7:00 p.m.
  • December 17,
    Undergraduate Commencement
    10:00 a.m.
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