Admission Requirements and Criteria



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Minimum Admission Requirements 

Meeting the minimum admission requirements listed below does not guarantee admission to the program. CSD allows students to enroll ONLY under Regular and Unclassified admission status. To be considered for regular admission to the Master of Science program in Communication Sciences & Disorders, an applicant must hold an undergraduate degree, meet University requirement, and satisfy the CSD program requirements


Southeastern's Graduate Admission Requirements           

1. Submit an online application for admission to the University and pay the application fee

2. Provide a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score *

3. Provide immunization records *

4. Provide all transcripts of college level academic work *

*GRE scores, immunization records, and transcripts should be sent directly to:

Graduate Admissions
North Campus Main Building
SLU Box 10752
Hammond, LA 70402

Program of Communication Sciences & Disorders Requirements

1.Grade Point Average:

  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. Minimum 3.00 GPA on the last two years (approximately 60-70 semester hours or 90-100 quarter hours) of upper level undergraduate academic course work.

2. GRE Scores:

  • An applicant must have a minimum score of 138 on the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning, and a 3.0 on the Analytical Writing.

3. Calculation of Admission Score:

  • A score of at least 1225 based on the following formula: (Cumulative GPA x 100)+ (last 60 hours GPA x 100) + (GRE verbal x 2.35) + (GRE quantitative x 2.35) > or = 1225* *A total of 1225 does not guarantee admission.
  • The Analytical Writing Score from the GRE will be considered separately.

4. Letters of Reference

Three Letter of Reference Forms must be submitted by individuals who are familiar with the student's potential for completing a graduate program in communication disorders.


5.  Writing Sample:

  • A 1-2 page writing sample with standard formatting (single-space, 1 inch margins, Times New Roman, 12 point font) in response to the following writing prompt: "Share an experience that changed/shaped your thinking or actions. We would like you to tell us how and why it changed you". The writing sample will be scored on organization, focus, originality, writer's voice, freedom from error, and overall writing success.

6. Resume:

  • A resume of previous work and /or volunteer experience. Consideration will be given for applicants with previous clinical experience, research experience, awards, and other experiences.

The Letters of Reference, Writing Sample, and Resume should all sent to:

                                 Graduate Coordinator, CSD
                                 Southeastern Louisiana University
                                 SLU Box 10863
                                 Hammond, LA 70402


See below for the average scores from the past two admission cycles:

Average scores from past admission cycles

Spring 2021



GRE - Verbal


GRE - Quantitative


GRE - Writing


60 hr. GPA


Cumulative GPA




Program Application Deadlines 

All application materials must be completed and on file* by:

  • March 1 for fall admission

  • October 1 for spring admission 

*Please allow at least three weeks for admission materials to arrive and be processed.


Students without a CSD undergraduate degree

Students who have not completed an undergraduate program in speech, language, and hearing may complete the following courses without being accepted into the Graduate Program. Taking these courses does not guarantee admission into the Graduate Program.

  • CSD 201, 205, 212, 213, 309, 327, 328, and 415.


Criminal Background Check

Students who have been accepted into the CSD graduate program will be required to complete a criminal background check at their expense as a requirement of Regular Admission status.


Essential Functions and Technical Standards: 

Students who have been accepted into the CSD program will be required to meet the Essential Functions and Technical Standards requirements for speech-language pathology.