Future students: Graduate admissions
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Our master and Ph.D. application fees will be waived for the 2024 winter, spring/summer and fall semesters.
How to apply
- Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology
The M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology is the entry-level degree that is required to practice as a speech-language pathologist. The M.A. is designed to prepare students to meet ASHA certification requirements and Michigan state licensure requirements for entering clinical practice as a speech-language pathologist.
- Advice on crafting an application from the ASHA Leader
- Eligibility requirements and essential functions for speech-language pathology, developed by the Council for Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD)
- Doctor of Audiology
The Au.D. or doctor of audiology degree is the entry-level degree that is required to practice as an audiologist. The Au.D. degree program is designed to prepare students to meet Michigan state licensure requirements for entering clinical practice as an Audiologist. In addition, students may optionally complete the requirements for ASHA certification.
Recommended reading: Advice on crafting an application from the ASHA Leader
The Ph.D. program in communication sciences and disorders offers an exceptional program through exciting research opportunities with outstanding access to a variety of clinical populations, including speakers of a wide variety of languages and dialects.
Learn more about the Ph.D. program.
Applying as a graduate student assistant
The department has a limited number of graduate assistantships available for the support of students in the M.A.-SLP, Au.D. and Ph.D. programs.
Applicants to the M.A.-SLP, Au.D. and Ph.D. programs are also strongly encouraged to apply for Wayne State's Graduate Professional Scholarship and any other internal or external funding for which they might be eligible.
Good Neighbor Policy
Ohio/Ontario Good Neighbor Policy
Graduate non-resident students who are residents of Fulton, Lucas, Ottawa and Williams counties in Ohio or Ontario, Canada and enroll at Wayne State University in eligible academic programs will have the non-resident portion of tuition waived. This tuition benefit does not apply to certain academic programs, including the School of Medicine M.D. program and the doctor of pharmacy program. Please refer to the tuition and fees page for additional details.
Community college transfer guides
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Get answers to your questions about our graduate admissions process.
What are the grade point average (GPA) and graduate record exam (GRE) requirements? Do they vary?
Both the GPA and GRE requirements are competitive. The GPA requirement is typically 3.0 or greater for your entire undergraduate record (four years +). There is no minimum for the GRE, however, performance on this exam is a competitive part of graduate applications. Depending on the number of applicants and their grades/scores, the averages may be higher.
When can I get a campus tour, and find out more about the program?
Departmental open houses are great opportunities to meet faculty and students, as well as to find out all about Wayne State's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. For the next open house, call the main office at 313-577-3339.
Am I still eligible to apply to your program if I'm a nonmajor (e.g., psychology)? If not, what steps do I need to take to make it so I am?
Most likely, you need to complete some core courses in audiology and speech-language pathology before you apply. The courses can be taken through our post-bachelor program (minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA requirement). For more information, it is best to contact our post-bachelor academic advisor at 313-577-3339.
Are there any courses in otoacoustic emissions?
Yes, there is a course in ABR and OAE together, each comprising half a semester. The class is very detailed on both topics. There is also a couple of clinical placements that have OAE equipment: Hutzel Hospital and Children's Hospital, to name two.
Can a clinician with less than three to five years experience apply to your Au.D. program? Or is there a requirement for a certain amount of years?
There is no specific experience requirement, however, students will need to demonstrate competency in all basic areas of audiology as part of the requirements for completing the program.
How long should be personal statement be?
There is not a standard rule on this. In general, your personal statement should be as long as it needs to be to highlight your interests and goals. Here's a tip: What you say is important but so is how you say it. Grammar, spelling, and organization are also assessed.
How long is the SLP (speech-language pathology) master's program?
The SLP master's program is two years long. It consists of five consecutive semesters of full-time coursework and clinical placements. It is intense but very comprehensive.
I'm interested in working with bilingual populations. Are there any opportunities in Wayne State's program?
Wayne State is located in the multicultural city of Detroit. As you do your practica in the community, you will encounter clients that are bilingual.
I'm not sure where I want to end up working. What are some of Wayne State's practicum settings?
Wayne State offers a variety of practicum opportunities. Each student has opportunities in the schools, the university clinic (with adults and children), and in the area teaching hospitals and clinics.
I am interested in applying to Wayne State but live in Canada and wonder how to figure my GPA for your American application.
You can call WSU admissions at 313-577-3577 for more information.
Is there just one type of program offered in audiology or are there options?
Currently, audiology programs across the United States are transitioning to a clinical doctorate degree as the minimum requirement to "practice." WSU has followed this trend and now offers a four-year clinical doctorate (Au.D.) program for audiology. The Au.D. consists of three years of intense coursework with semester-long clinical rotations and a fourth year consisting of an internship.
I live in Canada and I'm hoping to attend Wayne State next year, can I still work in Canada with an American degree?
Yes. If you want to work in Ontario, you must belong to the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) after graduation. This is a government legislative body for the consumer's protection; it is similar to the American association ASHA. There may be similar requirements in other Canadian provinces. Other than that, you can use your degree in Canada.
Is there any type of tuition assistance offered?
The department offers limited graduate assistantships and the university offers scholarships on a competitive basis.
What is a student's perspective of WSU's graduate SLP program? Also, what about WSU's chapter of NSSLHA?
Wayne State University has an excellent graduate program in speech-language pathology. The coursework is very applied to what you are, and will be, doing clinically. The program is designed to give you experience in many different clinical settings. In addition, you will find that the department faculty are personable and accessible to students.
Regarding NSSLHA question, we have many students that are members of NSSLHA as well as the Wayne State Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (WSSLHA). WSSLHA participates in community projects, sends members to conferences, and promotes the field. It is also a good way to meet other graduate and undergraduate students.
What students like about the audiology program at Wayne State?
One of the best things about the audiology program at WSU is the amount of clinical experience that you will gain. Placements include a variety of settings such as Detroit Medical Center (DMC), private clinics, otolaryngology clinics, and school districts. The atmosphere is also relaxed here. The professors are very knowledgeable, available, and flexible.
Will credit be given to audiologists that demonstrate "expertise" in a specific area (as a result of many years of clinic practice), so they do not have to take a class?
The Au.D. program does not offer academic credit for experience. The program is geared to provide students with advanced skills and knowledge in audiology.
Wayne State University (WSU) is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity in all of its operations, employment status, educational programs and related activities. As part of WSU, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders adheres to this same policy for faculty and students as well as for clients of the department's clinics. Students, faculty, staff and persons served in the department's clinics are treated in a nondiscriminatory mannerthat is, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, citizenship or status as a covered veteran.