How to Apply
To apply to Boston University’s MS-SLP program, please submit an application through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). All credentials and application materials are processed through CSDCAS. Please do not send any application materials to BU. To begin, follow these steps:
- Review our application requirements below
- Familiarize yourself with the instructions in the CSDCAS Applicant Help Center
- Begin your CSDCAS application
For assistance with application-related questions, contact CSDCAS customer service by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 617-612-2030, or via online chat. For all other questions about the MS-SLP program, please contact us directly at email@example.com.
Please submit your application by January 5, 2021 for study beginning September 2021. Your CSDCAS application and transcripts must be received by 11:59 PM ET on this date. To ensure items arrive on time, we strongly encourage you to submit all documents several weeks before the deadline.
In addition to submitting an online application through CSDCAS, the following items are required to be considered for admission to the MS-SLP program:
Applicants should send all official transcripts directly to CSDCAS (not Boston University) by following these instructions. We strongly encourage you to submit all transcripts in advance of the application deadline, as CSDCAS requires approximately three to four weeks to verify transcripts.
We require a formal course-by-course evaluation of all foreign transcripts by a third-party verification organization such as World Education Services (WES). Foreign transcript evaluations should be sent directly to CSDCAS (not Boston University) by following these instructions.
All students admitted to the MS-SLP program must complete a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution prior to matriculation.
Standardized Test Scores
GRE scores are not required to apply to the MS-SLP program. Any GRE scores received by the MS-SLP program will not be considered by the admissions committee.
For international students whose first language is not English, official TOEFL scores are required unless you have completed a baccalaureate degree at an institution where the primary language of instruction and course requirements is English. TOEFL scores should be submitted electronically through ETS to CSDCAS (not Boston University) using the institutional code C122. Students who are most competitive for admission will have a composite TOEFL score of at least 90-100 and minimum scores of 20 in each section.
Letters of Recommendation
Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. We strongly recommend that two letters be from college-level instructors who are familiar with your academic ability.
Letters of recommendation must be submitted through CSDCAS by following these instructions.
Personal Statement / Essay
Boston University requires applicants to submit a personal statement/essay that addresses the following prompt:
As we review your application, what more would you like the Admissions Committee to know as we consider your candidacy? While the content of the statement is completely up to you, examples of topics you might address include: your motivation to seek a career in speech-language pathology, experiences that have influenced your educational pursuits, how your worldview has shaped your aspirations, and unique aspects of your educational or personal history.
Your personal statement/essay should be limited to 750 words and uploaded within the CSDCAS application when prompted.
Highly qualified candidates are invited to participate in an interview in late February. Candidates will meet individually with two members of the faculty. On-campus interviews are highly recommended, but virtual interviews are available for those applicants who are unable to travel to Boston.
For international students whose first language is not English, proficiency in spoken English must be demonstrated during an oral interview with the MS-SLP admissions committee.
Boston University values a diverse student cohort and welcomes students with or without an educational background in CSD. Our cohorts purposely include a relatively equal number of CSD majors and non-CSD majors. As a result, Boston University does not require completion of any prerequisite coursework prior to applying to the program. However, some coursework must be completed prior to matriculation. There are two categories of prerequisites for students to consider:
- General coursework (completed as part of a bachelor’s degree)
- Field specific coursework
Category A: General Coursework
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) requires that one course be completed in each of the following areas:
- Biological Sciences (no lab required)
- Physical Sciences (Physics or Chemistry; no lab required)
- Social/Behavioral Sciences
- Statistics (must be a stand-alone course and not part of a Research Methods course)
This coursework is not required to apply. While we highly recommend that these courses be completed prior to matriculation, they may also be taken on a non-graduate-credit basis concurrently with graduate study. Please note that ASHA requires that this general coursework be completed prior to graduation from the master’s degree program. These courses may be taken at any accredited university in a face-to-face or online format, and must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. AP credits are acceptable with a score of 4 or 5. Additional information on these general course requirements is available on the ASHA website.
Category B: Field Specific Coursework
Boston University requires the following field specific coursework:
- Phonetics (SAR SH221)
- Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism (SAR SH522)
- Language Acquisition (SAR SH524)
- Diagnostic Audiology/Introduction to Audiology (SAR SH535)
- Introduction to the Clinical Process (SAR SH547)
- Aural Rehabilitation (SAR SH542)
This coursework is not required to apply. However, courses #1-4 listed above must be completed prior to matriculation. For students who have not completed course #5, Introduction to the Clinical Process, we strongly encourage students to take this course at Sargent College in the first semester of the program. This course was specifically designed for non-CSD majors and includes guided observation hours and required coursework on the methods and procedures used to treat individuals with communication and swallowing disorders. Course #6, Aural Rehabilitation (SAR SH542), may be completed prior to matriculation or during the program, typically in the summer between year 1 and 2. All field specific courses may be taken at any accredited university in a face-to-face or online format.
NOTE: All applicants should familiarize themselves with this additional program information on Technical Standards and Criminal Background Checks.
Combined MS/PhD Program:
Applicants interested in being considered for the Combined MS/PhD program should follow the above instructions but make note of the following:
- MS/PhD applicants should identify a research mentor in their personal statement/essay, and when prompted in the Questions section of the CSDCAS application.
- While official GRE scores are not required for the MS-SLP program, GRE scores are required for the combined MS/PhD program. Scores should be sent from ETS to CSDCAS (not Boston University) using the institutional code 0681.