Application Process

Application Process

1.  Complete the online application.

2.  Pay the application fee.

3.  Include two letters of recommendation that evaluate the applicant's academic abilities (Additional letters will not be read. Additional materials such as résumés or personal essays will not be read.). However, applicants seeking graduate assistantships must submit one additional letter of recommendation from an independent reviewer (a total of three letters are required if applying for an assistantship). 

4.  Include all official undergraduate transcripts from every undergraduate institution attended, as well as documentation of all CLEP and AP Credits. If you have not already done so, review our GPA and prerequisite course requirements.

5.  Review tuition costs and apply for financial aid or a graduate assistantship, as needed. Students seeking a graduate assistantship must check the box on the online application form, and submit one additional letter of recommendation (in addition to the two required letters).

Observation Hours

ASHA requires a minimum of 25 observation hours. All observation hours must be completed under the supervision of an individual who holds ASHA’s Certificate of Clinical Competence at the time the supervision is provided.

Students are encouraged to complete these hours prior to beginning the graduate program. In the event that an accepted student has not completed these hours prior to beginning the program, they must be completed by the end of Block 1 of the first fall semester.

Health Certification

Accepted students will be expected to submit a health certification report, providing information about health and immunization history, prior to the first day of classes.

Speech, Language, and Hearing Screening

All graduate students in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology will participate in a mandatory speech, language, and hearing screening at the start of their first fall semester. The purpose of this screening is to identify any communication behavior that may interfere with the student’s ability to address the communication needs of clients and their families. If necessary, students will be referred for further assessment and potential remediation. If deemed appropriate, the student will enroll in services for as long as is considered necessary by the Graduate Chair and Clinic Director in consultation with the service provider. These services will not preclude a student from pursuing a degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Speech-Language Pathology with Teacher Certification. A student who chooses not to participate in a remediation program might be unable to fulfill ASHA’s Scope of Practice requirements.

Prerequisite Requirements and Application Deadlines

Learn more about our prerequisite requirements and the application deadlines.


Mary Pitti, M.S., CCC-SLP
Graduate Chair and Clinic Director
301 Smiddy Hall
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Fax: (607) 274-1137

(607) 274-1765