FAQs for Prospective Graduate Students

Graduate Program Admission Information


Important Dates

February 1
All applicant materials should be complete and submitted to the Office of Admission.

Late March - Early April
All candidates filing by February 1 deadline will be notified of acceptance, rejection, or waiting list status. 

April 15
All candidates who wish to enter an academic year graduate program must accept admission and pay their deposit.

Late April - Early May
Assistantship award letters will be sent out.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, applications to the speech-language pathology program or speech-language pathology with teacher certification program must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and an overall grade point average of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 grading system) in their undergraduate major. 

Students must enter the program during the fall semester.

All applications must include official transcripts from every undergraduate institution attended, as well as documentation of all CLEP and AP Credits, two letters of recommendation that evaluate the applicant’s academic abilities, the application fee, and Graduate Record Examination scores. Candidates applying from institutions outside the USA must have transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES). Students whose native language is not English should visit the Graduate Admission webpage and select Application Process in the left sidebar for information on the TOEFL requirement (website). Applicants seeking assistantships must submit two additional letters of recommendation from independent reviewers (four reviewers are required in all, if applying for an assistantship). 

For comprehensive information about the admissions process, please refer to the most recent Graduate Catalog.

Is the graduate program at Ithaca College Accredited?

Our program is accredited by the Council for Academic Accreditation (CAA) through 2019.  All programs are accredited for a specified number of years and must then reapply. We will reapply at the appropriate time in order to maintain continuous accreditation. We are also accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Are IC undergraduate SLP students automatically admitted into the graduate program?

Currently enrolled seniors in the speech-language pathology and audiology program at Ithaca College are granted automatic acceptance into our graduate program when they submit the online application, if they meet the admission criteria set in place when they entered the undergraduate program. Students should talk with their academic advisors for details.

I did not major in SLP or communication disorders as an undergraduate, can I still be accepted into the graduate program?

We welcome students who have completed undergraduate programs other than SLP/communication disorders. Students who did not major in SLP/communication disorders as undergraduates may be required to take prerequisite courses. For a complete list of prerequisite courses, please click on Application Requirements on the left sidebar and then click on Prerequisites.

Typical Prerequisite Course Sequence:

Fall Spring

Phonetics (SLPA 11010)

Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms (SLPA 21200)

Normal Language and Literacy  Development (SLPA 21600)

Basic Audiology (SLPA 24000)

Articulation and Phonological Development and Disorders (SLPA 22000)

Child Language Disorders: Assessment and Intervention (SLPA 23000)

Clinical Observation (SLPA 37000)

I have completed observation hours and clinical clock hours under the supervision of someone who does not have the ASHA certificate of clinical competence. Can I count those hours toward my degree program?  

All observation and clinical clock hours must be completed under the supervision of an individual who holds the ASHA certificate of clinical competency at the time the supervision is provided. Only supervision provided by individuals who are ASHA certified at the time the supervision is provided will be counted toward the student's 400 clock hours required for ASHA certification. 


Where can I complete my externships?

Traditionally, students have been able to complete their clinical externships in almost any state in the United States. States may elect to institute restrictions on externship experiences that hamper or prohibit externship affiliation agreements; such decisions are outside the control of Ithaca College. The department ensures that students are able to complete their clinical practica  in a timely manner but we are not able to guarantee the location of practica sites available to students in any given semester. Canadian students should plan on completing their externships within the United States.


What happens after I graduate with a graduate degree in SLP?

After you complete either of the graduate programs offered through the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Ithaca College, you will have completed all of the coursework required for eligibility for:

  • Certification as a speech-pathologist through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Licensure as a speech-language pathologist in New York State.

If you have elected to complete the required courses, you will also be eligible for the initial certificate in Teaching Students with Speech and Language Disabilities, enabling you to work with school-aged children (e.g., in a public school setting).

On other sections of our website you can find information about:

a. PRAXIS pass rate

b. Program completion rate

c. Employment rate of students who have completed our program and some of the settings in which they work.