Speech Language Pathology

Supported Degree Objectives

  • Master of Science (MS)

Required Supporting Documents

English Proficiency Requirements

Master's Degree Program Requirements

  • In addition to submitting the online Purdue graduate school application, applicants must also apply via the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). Please visit the CSDCAS website for more details on this application which has additional requirements to those listed above.

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree:
    • 3.0 or equivalent (A=4.0)
    • Applicants who do not meet the cumulative GPA requirement will be considered for admission if their GPA for the most recent 60 semester credit hours is at or above a 3.0.
  • Personal interview conducted after an initial review of the written application
  • If accepted, students must pass a criminal background check that verifies they meet state and university requirements to work with vulnerable populations, including children and adults with disabilities

    Prerequisite Coursework

    Students must have completed foundational coursework in biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and statistics that meet the requirements to be certified as a speech-language pathologist by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Additionally, students must have completed undergraduate coursework in the field of communication sciences and disorders sufficient to provide the prerequisite knowledge to enroll in graduate courses.

    Students must have completed, or be scheduled to complete prior to the start of the program, coursework in the following content areas with a minimum grade of C- or higher to be eligible for admission to the program:

    • Phonetics
    • Child language development
    • Speech anatomy and physiology
    • Acoustics
    • At least one course on speech-language disorders

    Students must also have completed, or be scheduled to complete prior to the start of the program, coursework in the following content areas with a minimum grade of C- or higher to be eligible for admission to the program or have a deficiency in only one or two of these areas:

    • Neural anatomy and physiology
    • Audiological assessment
    • Audiological rehabilitation
    • Biological science: a course that is entirely or in part related to human or animal biology
    • Physical science: a course in chemistry or physics
    • Social/behavioral science: a course in psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health
    • Statistics: a stand-alone course in statistics

    Students who have a deficiency in one or two of these communication sciences and disorders coursework requirements (i.e., neural anatomy/physiology, audiological assessment, or audiological rehabilitation) and/or the foundational math and science coursework (i.e., biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and statistics) must meet that coursework deficiency no later than the end of spring of the first year. Accepted students are strongly encouraged to complete any deficiencies via summer courses prior to the start of the program.

    There does not need to be a one-to-one correspondence between the prerequisite communication sciences and disorders content listed above and undergraduate courses. Depending on the curriculum used at the student’s undergraduate university, a single course might meet more than one of these content area prerequisites, or a combination of several courses might meet one content area requirement.

Application Deadlines

  • Summer:  January 15

Program Contact Information

  • Name Dr. Stacy Betz
    Phone 260-481-6409
    Email betzs@pfw.edu
    Web Program Website
    Address Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
    CLCB 118
    2101 East Coliseum Blvd
    Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Additional Information

  • The M.S. education program in speech-language pathology at Purdue University Fort Wayne is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296- 5700. Candidacy is a “preaccreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of 5 years.

Purdue Fort Wayne campus