Department of Communications Sciences & Disorders
Low-Residency 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?
- 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?
- What kind of financial aid is available and do I have to apply?
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?
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 must be completed with a grade of B- or better.
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. Students entering the Emerson graduate program who decide to take the courses at Emerson will receive a discounted registration rate.
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.
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 67thpercentile 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. One of these letters must be from the Speech-Language Pathologist who is supervising your work as an SLPA, one must be from an academic source and the third should be from someone from a relevant employment setting. 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 your application, you may be invited to interview. These interviews will be arranged individually and can occur in person on campus or by Skype for applicants who are not able to travel to campus. These applicants will meet individually with two members of the faculty.
Detailed information about the application process is available on the Graduate Admission website. Individuals may submit their application directly to Emerson or through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). For application deadlines, consult the Graduate Admission website.
There are two types of financial aid: need-based (i.e., loans, federal work study) and merit-based (i.e., fellowships).
Need-based: If you are interested in applying for loans and/or workstudy, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.
Merit-based: We assume that all applicants are interested in merit-based financial aid (i.e., fellowships) and for that reason no separate application is required. To determine who is offered a fellowship, we rank the accepted applicants on the strength of their application and interview.