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Graduate Application Process: MS in Speech-Language Pathology

The Masters of Speech-Language Pathology is a CAA accredited on-campus program at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) located in western Kansas between Kansas City and Denver. Students in the program experience a comprehensive course and clinical experience preparing him/her for work across the lifespan as well as in educational and medical settings.

Admissions Overview

Applicants to the graduate program should submit all materials by February 1st for initial review. Selected applicants will be asked to participate in a phone interview with a member of the selection committee. Information gathered during the interview is then added to the application packet for final review. Applicants will be notified as to the status of his/her application by mid-March at the latest.

You may contact Dr. Fred Britten or Dr. Karmen Porter for more information regarding required coursework or review the prerequisite coursework required for application into graduate school.

Phase One: Submit Application Materials

Admission to the Fort Hays State University graduate program in speech-language pathology is administered through the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). To initiate your application, complete the following steps:

  1. Go to to register.
    • The following materials will be submitted through the CSDCAS application.
      • Official GRE scores - The committee evaluates the overall GRE score as well as the individual subtest scores with the expectation of a 146 in Verbal, 146 in Quantitative, and 3.0 on the analytical writing. If you did not score at the minimum level on the GRE, this discrepancy should be discussed in your personal statement.
        • GRE scores should be sent to CSDCAS using code 7711
      • Three academic letters of recommendation - Three letters of recommendations from academic faculty members who can address your ability to complete graduate academic and clinical coursework are required. If you want to include additional recommendations from other individuals you may do so. **Letters of reference need to be submitted via CSDCAS.  They do not need to be re-submitted when filling out FHSU’s graduate school application.  It is appropriate to leave the reference section blank when filling out the FHSU graduate school application.
      • Resume
      • Personal Statement - This statement should be no more than 2 pages double-spaced and briefly discuss what qualities you possess to be successful in our graduate program, why you choose this field, what your career goals/aspirations are, and any other factors which we should consider.
        • The committee evaluates both the overall GPA and the SLP GPA. It is expected that the overall GPA will be at least 3.2 or higher and the SLP GPA be 3.5 or higher. If your GPA does not meet these expectations, you should discuss this in your personal statement.
    • An official transcript will need to be sent to CSDCAS.
      • You may submit an official transcript during the fall semester for course verification to begin, however, after completion of fall courses, please submit a final fall transcript to ensure a more complete verification process.
  2. The applicant will also need to complete steps one and two of the application instructions for admission into FHSU Graduate School. These steps include:
    1. Complete and submit an application, either on line or by downloading the paper application.
    2. Pay $40.00 to the graduate school.
      • The CSDCAS system provides the graduate school with all other information needed.
      • Note: An official transcript (i.e. proof of graduation) will need to be sent to the graduate school once you have been admitted into the graduate program.

Phase Two: Review and Interviews

Following a review of applications by the departmental committee, interviews will be conducted via electronic media for selected applicants. Information from the interview will be added to the packet. All packet information will be utilized when making acceptance decisions.

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