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Speech-Language Pathology FAQs

Admission Questions

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline for BW's SLP program has been extended through March 1. To be considered for admission, applications must be submitted and verified in CSDCAS.

Is there a minimum GPA requirement to apply?

It is recommended that candidates for the SLP program have a minimum GPA of 3.3 in the major area of study and prerequisite coursework, and a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.

Is there a required interview as part of the admission process?

No, individual interviews are not required as part of the admission process. Admitted student events will be held throughout the spring semester to allow for candidates to get to know BW's SLP Program. More information on these events will be shared soon.

Do I need to complete all the prerequisites before applying?

Candidates can still be in the process of completing their prerequisites while their applications are being reviewed by the admission committee. All prerequisite courses and observation hours must be completed before the program begins in August.

Does the program offer prerequisite waivers?

While it is the preference of the SLP program that all prerequisite courses be completed within the last five years, older prerequisite coursework may be considered from candidates who completed their bachelor's degrees within the last five years. For more information, please contact Kate Glaser, director of admission, graduate and professional studies, at (440) 826-8016 or

Is the GRE required and what is BW's school code?

The GRE is not required as part of the admission process for BW's SLP Program; however, if you have taken the GRE and would like to submit your scores BW's code is 7005.

Is preference given to certain applicants?

No, the SLP program utilizes the same criteria to evaluate all candidates. Selection for the program is based on a combination of factors including academic performance, letters of recommendation, essay responses, multilingual abilities, research experience, etc.

Do you require shadowing hours?

Yes, all incoming students must complete a minimum of 25 guided observation hours in the area of speech-language pathology prior to enrollment in the graduate program. These hours can still be in progress when you apply.

Program Questions

How long is the program and is it offered online?

The SLP program is a two-year, full-time program that takes place over the course of five semesters and begins in August. This program cannot be taken online.

How many students are in each cohort?

The average cohort size for the SLP program is between 20-25 students.

Can I work while attending the SLP program?

Due to the intensity of coursework, clinical experiences, and program requirements, the SLP program does not encourage nor is it recommended that students work while in this full-time program.

Are graduate assistantships offered through the SLP program?

Limited graduate assistantships (GA) are available for BW Speech-Language Pathology students. View GA details and positions.

Is the trip to Zambia included in the overall program costs and is it required?

The trip to Zambia is included in the overall program costs - however, the cost of immunizations, passport and minimal transportation deposit must be paid out of pocket. While it is highly encouraged, students are not required to take the trip to Zambia. Regardless of whether a student chooses to participate in the trip to Zambia, the cost for the trip to Zambia is still included in the overall SLP program costs.

Please note that due to current COVID-19 restrictions, incoming students may participate in a virtual Zambia experience where they will collaborate with community partners in Zambia, actively partake in interprofessional educational experiences and cultural exchanges, and have in-depth conversations with leaders in Zambia from a variety of disciplines.

What is your PRAXIS pass rate?

100% of BW's 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2023 graduating cohorts passed the Praxis exam in Speech-Language Pathology.