CD Graduate Admission FAQs
- May I enter the graduate program if I don’t have an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders?
- What coursework does Emerson require if I don’t have an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders?
- Do I have to take the undergraduate background preparatory courses at Emerson?
- Is there any other undergraduate coursework that I will need besides Emerson's pre-requisite courses?
- Can I take graduate courses before entering the program and transfer the credits toward Emerson's master’s degree requirements?
- When do I start clinical work?
- Can I obtain the required observation hours on my own?
- What are the GRE and GPA requirements for admission?
- Beyond the GRE and GPA, what else is required in the application?
- Can I visit the program?
- Is an interview part of the admissions process?
- How do I apply?
- Is priority given to applicants with an undergraduate major in Communication Disorders?
- How is merit-based financial aid determined? Do I have to apply?
- What percentage of students receive merit-based financial aid?
- Are there opportunities to work with the departmental faculty?
May I enter the graduate program if I don’t have an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders?
Yes! The only requirement is that you have completed our required pre-requisite coursework. Approximately half of each entering graduate class have undergraduate degrees, and often careers, in other areas.
We require undergraduate courses that cover the following content: anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms, phonetics, speech science, audiology, language development, and an introductory survey course about communication disorders. You may take these at one or more institutions, depending on what best suits your circumstances.
The courses do not have to be completed prior to applying for admission; however, they must be completed with a grade of B- or better prior to beginning the program. To facilitate this, the department offers these courses during the fall and spring semesters as well as in a concentrated format during the summer.
Do I have to take the undergraduate background preparatory courses at Emerson?
No. These may be completed through any undergraduate program. You may take these at one or more institutions, depending on what best suits your circumstances.
For ASHA certification purposes, you must have had one college-level course in each of the following areas: biological science, a course in physics or chemistry, statistics, and social/behavioral sciences. These must be completed prior to finishing the graduate curriculum. If you have not completed these courses before entering the graduate program, they should be completed by end of the first year in the program.
High school Advanced Placement (AP) courses can fulfill this requirement if the courses were accepted for undergraduate credit and are listed on an undergraduate transcript with the course titles.
Credit for up to two graduate courses may be transferred if they were completed at an ASHA-accredited graduate program before you entered Emerson, earned a grade of B- or better, and are approved by the Emerson Graduate Program Director. Transfer credit is only approved following review of a course syllabus. Transfer credits cannot have been counted toward any other completed degree.
We require at least 23 observation hours be completed prior to beginning clinical work.
Students entering the program with completed observation hours will begin clinical work during their first semester. These observation hours must be documented with signed verification from faculty within a college- or university-based course in Communication Disorders.
Students who enter the program without 23 verified observation hours will acquire these hours during their first semester and will begin clinical work during their second semester.
No. We accept observation hours that were acquired through an undergraduate course of study, associated with a particular course and verified by the course instructor. If you enter our program without completing the observation hours, you will obtain them during your first semester through coursework in the graduate program.
The application must include GRE results (unless you have already earned a graduate degree) and your transcripts.
We do not have a minimum GRE score requirement, although we aim to enroll a class with strong GRE results. For the most recent cohort, the class average for the Verbal subtest was at the 67th percentile and Math subtest was at the 64th percentile.
There is no minimum GPA required. We assess the overall GPA from all institutions attended and review the distribution of stronger and weaker grades with special attention to the courses related to our field of study. The most recently accepted class had an average undergraduate GPA of 3.61.
We require a personal essay addressing the prompt: “Reflecting on your work, life, and educational experiences, describe how you decided to pursue a career in communication disorders/speech-language pathology. Since we can't interview all applicants to our program, this essay is our opportunity to get to know you.” The essay allows us to evaluate your writing ability and learn more about what motivates you to pursue this graduate degree. Tell us things that are not apparent from the rest of your application. The essay is not meant to be a resume or a review of your coursework. Make it interesting and informative.
We require three letters of recommendation and will read only three. The letters should inform the admission committee about your potential to succeed academically and clinically in a rigorous program. Ideal recommenders are instructors and supervisors who have firsthand knowledge of your work.
Yes. The best opportunity to visit and learn about the program is at the graduate open house each fall. Contact the Office of Graduate Admission (617-824-8610 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for information about the open house and to receive an invitation. At the open house, you will be able to meet and talk with faculty members and current graduate students, have your questions answered, and tour our facilities. A wealth of information is also available on Emerson’s Graduate Admission website.
If you are not able to attend the open house, please contact Sandra_Cohn_Thau@emerson.edu to arrange a visit and have your questions answered.
Based on the strength of each application, we invite a selected group to interview during the last two weeks of February. These applicants will meet individually with two members of the faculty. Interviews occur in person on campus or by Skype for applicants who are not able to travel to campus.
Detailed information about the application process is available on the Graduate Admission website. Individuals may submit their application through either the direct route on the Emerson website or by using the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service. For application deadlines, consult the Graduate Admission website.
No. All academic backgrounds are accorded equal consideration when the admission committee reviews application files.
We assume that all applicants are interested in merit-based (i.e., non-loan) financial aid and for that reason no separate application is required. To determine who is offered merit aid, we rank the accepted applicants. This ranking is based on GPA and verbal and quantitative GRE scores.
More than a third of each entering class is typically awarded some form of merit-based financial aid. The majority of our fellowships and scholarships are for four semesters as long as the individual maintains a 3.2 GPA. A smaller amount of merit aid is available to continuing students who did not receive aid when they entered the program.
There are many opportunities to work with faculty in the department and across the College through Emerson Employment and work-study. Each of the department faculty has the opportunity to hire a graduate student to work with them. Graduate students also volunteer to participate in faculty research for the experience or as part of a master’s thesis. Some faculty have research grants and hire students to help them on specific projects. Look at the e-Campus website for job listings or contact the department administrator for more information (617-824-8303).