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Frequently Asked Questions about the SLP Graduate Program

How long is the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology?
For a student with a bachelor degree in Speech Pathology the program will take 6 semesters to complete. For a student with a degree in another discipline the program typically takes 8 to 9 semesters to complete (this will vary based on the specific undergraduate background).

How many students do you accept into the Speech-Language Pathology program each year?
We typically admit 35 to 40 students each academic year.

How many students apply for your graduate program each year?
Approximately 110

Is the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) required for admission to the graduate program? If yes, does the department have a minimum score requirement?
The GRE is required as part of the department's admission process. There is currently no stated minimum GRE score required. The department's admissions standards are made of several factors (GRE, GPA, recommendations, letter of application). Poor performance in one area does not necessarily constitute a basis for non-admittance, but is viewed as part of the composite of measures being reviewed. Admission to our program is a competitive process.

Is there a cutoff GPA for acceptance into the graduate program?
While the department does not have a cutoff GPA, you should be aware that the graduate program is highly competitive. The Graduate School at Ball State University does require a 2.7 overall GPA to be admitted into the Graduate School. The average cumulative GPA of the students admitted into our graduate program over the past several years has been 3.4 (on a 4 pt scale).

Can I schedule a visit to the Department?
Yes, we strongly encourage you to call and set up a time to tour the facilities as well as meet the faculty and students. Call 765-285-8160 and request to meet with the department chairperson.

Can I complete the degree requirements attending part-time?
Most likely no. Our program is structured for students who are admitted full time. Students are expected to be available for courses and clients during the day every day of the work week.

Is the program accredited?
Yes, our program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

Is there a speech clinic on campus?
Yes, the BSU Speech-Language clinic is a very active and diverse clinic. On average our students are provided with opportunities to work with both individual clients as well as group situations. We also have a client base that is diverse and provides our students with a very broad clinical experience. On average we provide services to 120 clients a year.

Where can I do my off-campus clinical internships?
We prefer that you complete your student teaching experience in Indiana. You are able to complete your medical internship anywhere in the U.S. that we can find a qualified supervisor who will enter into a supervisory contract with the department. Both of these off-campus experiences are done during the last two semesters of your program of study.

Do you have comps?
Yes, students are required to pass a comprehensive examination in order to meet graduation requirements. This exam is typically completed during the 5th semester of your program of study.

Do I need to complete a thesis in order to graduate?
No, the SLP graduate program does not require the completion of a thesis. Completing a thesis is an option for our students which is encouraged by the faculty. Students taking the option of completing a thesis will typically still be able to complete the program in 6 semesters.

If admitted, when can I start the program?
Students admitted are given the choice of beginning in either the summer or fall semester.

Will I have to attend class during the summer?
Yes, students are required to take courses during the summer semester.

How big is your department?
We currently have 18 faculty members and two office personnel. In our undergraduate program we typically have 80 to 100 students, 70 to 80 students in our SLP grad program, and approximately 30 in our Au.D. program.

Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology to attend BSU?
No, we do accept a small number of students who have undergraduate degrees in unrelated areas of study. These students will need to meet with the graduate advisor to determine which undergraduate courses they will need to complete prior to registering for graduate courses. These students will most likely take an additional year to complete the program.

Do you have any graduate assistantships within the department?
Yes, we have 5 assistantships in the SLP program. These are awarded to students based on academic performance as well as letters of recommendations. Many of our students have been awarded assistantships elsewhere on campus. Be sure to mark on the graduate application that you are interested in an assistantship. Once admitted you will want to check with the Graduate School to find out about assistantships across campus.

When will I find out if I have been admitted?
Students are typically notified of the committee's decision in late March/early April. Applicants will receive one of three types of letters: letter of admission, letter placing you on a waiting list, or a letter of denial of admission into the SLP program.

When should I apply to the graduate program?
Graduate applications are reviewed each Spring for summer or fall admissions. There are no Spring admissions. The application deadline is February 1st . All required materials must be received by this deadline in order to have your application reviewed by the committee.

Are there pre-requisites for the SLP graduate program?
Yes, undergraduate coursework in SLP must be completed, and at least 30 hours of clinical practicum. Students not meeting these requirements will be required to take these courses and clinical practicum at the graduate level (which may extend the length of their program of study).

Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
Arts and Communications Building, Room 104
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8 a.m-5 p.m. Monday-Friday (Summer Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Phone: 765-285-8161
Fax: 765-285-5623