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Online Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology 

New! Online  |  Part-Time  |  Three Years  |  Three Short Campus Visits

Choosing the right graduate program is an important step in preparing for a career in speech-language pathology.  Our residential program is long-standing and our graduates are very successful, but we know that many of you have life situations that prevent you from moving to a campus to study full-time. That's why we developed this new part-time online program with the same rigorous curriculum as our residential program, and taught by the same UW-Eau Claire faculty who teach the residential courses. It's our same high-quality education, just a more flexible schedule. Our recent applicant information includes:

  • Number of completed applications received – 78
  • Average overall GPA of admitted students – 3.41
  • Average major GPA of admitted students – 3.76
  • Average GRE verbal score – 149.9
  • Average GRE quantitative score – 145.5
  • Average GRE writing score – 3.92

I hope you'll review the information we've provided here.  If you have questions, you can reach us by email or call 715-836-4021.

Marie Stadler, Ph.D. CCC-SLP
CSD Department Chair

The next cohort begins June, 2015.  The application for the 2015 cohort will open as of August 1st, 2014. The priority application deadline is November 1st, 2014.

Successful completion culminates in a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Our curriculum prepares students to meet academic and practicum requirements for national certification and state licenses (See Credentialing and Licensing Information).

Graduate Program Accreditation


All coursework is completed online over a three-year period, with measurement of competencies taking place on campus in Eau Claire during three summer residency sessions, each one week in length. You will begin the program in residency on our campus the first full week of June, 2015. Your second and third residency weeks will be scheduled in 2016 and 2017, respectively. (See Program Residency Requirements). You are also encouraged to come to campus 2-3 days before the May commencement ceremony at the end of the third year to complete program/certification requirements.

This is a part-time graduate program and all students are expected to register for 2-6 credits each term. Students earn a total of 54 graduate credits: 36 credits of coursework (See Academic Requirements) and 18 credits of clinical practicum (See Clinical Requirements). Students are admitted as a cohort and must move through the program together (See Program Overview Chart). Some students may need to add other credits in order to meet credential and/or licensure standards. These additional courses may include human or animal biology, chemistry or physics, child/human development, statistics, neurology, sign language, assessment and treatment for voice, articulation/phonology, child language, fluency, hearing disorders, and guided clinical observation (during which you earn 25 observation hours). Students with such deficiencies may apply to the graduate program, but must understand that additional coursework will be required before beginning the program or during the course of the program. You must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to remain in good standing. All students must successfully complete a written comprehensive examination prior to graduation.


Minimum Criteria 

(Note: Meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission – Admission is competitive and the size of the cohort is limited.)

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university. A minimum of 30 earned semester credits in CSD coursework prior to matriculation into the graduate program (See Post Baccalaureate Sequence).

    • The 30 minimum credits must include college-level courses in each of the following five areas:
      •  Anatomy & Physiology of Speech and Hearing
      •  Speech & Hearing Science
      •  Normal Communication/Language Development
      •  Phonetics
      •  Audiology

    • The 30 minimum credits must also include college-level coursework appropriate for certification as a speech-language pathologist* (i.e., not coursework specifically for SLPA certification) in at least three of the following five categories of disorders:
      •  Phonology/Articulation
      •  Child Language
      •  Voice & Resonance
      •  Fluency/Stuttering
      •  Aural Rehabilitation

      * Appropriate disorders courses cover content in both assessment and intervention

  • A minimum cumulative overall GPA of 2.75 in all college level coursework and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in CSD coursework.

  • A grade of B or better in any graded CSD practicum experience.

  • Priority deadline for submission of all required application materials is November 1. Late applications will be considered if openings occur.

Application Materials

  • Application for the summer 2015 graduate cohort opens on August 1, 2014. Do not use any application materials or instructions that you downloaded prior to this date!

  • University application with official transcripts from each institution that granted credit applied toward completion of your bachelors (or any higher degrees) and from any institution from which you have completed coursework necessary for licensure or certification as an SLP.  Apply here beginning August 1, 2014.

  • GRE scores from within the last 5 years (have your scores sent to UW-Eau Claire using the code 1913).
  • Applicants should submit the following printed (hard copy) materials together in one envelope addressed to: Graduate Admissions, Schofield Hall 111, UW-Eau Claire,  Eau Claire, WI  54702-4004:

    • Departmental application with letter of intent (See CSD Application).
    • Three letters of recommendation (See Letters of Recommendation form). At least two of the letters should be from CSD instructors. Ask those who write letters for you to place the recommendation form and their letter in an envelope, seal the envelope, and sign across the seal. Recommendation letters and forms that are not in signed, sealed envelopes will not be accepted.

All of the application materials listed above must be received by Graduate Admissions by November 1 (See Admission Checklist). The faculty reviews all application materials and a subset of applicants will be invited to participate in a distance-format interview in December or January. After you have started or completed the application process as directed, CLICK HERE to check on the status of your application. (For the full instructions for checking on an application, CLICK HERE.)

For applicants reapplying to our graduate program, you must submit the following documents:

  • A new University Application. You will not have to pay another application fee if you are re-applying within two years (four full semesters) of your initial application to our graduate program.

  • A new CSD Application and Letter of Intent

  • If you want to update other application materials (e.g., your letters of recommendation or your transcripts), contact Graduate Admissions at (715) 836-4733 or email

International Student Applications / English Proficiency Requirements

This program does not meet the regulatory requirement for issuance of an I-20 or DS-2019; F and J visas cannot be issued for this program.


Program Expenses

  • Tuition and fees for the first year are estimated at $625 per credit, pending Board of Regents approval. This may increase as much as 5% per year. The UW System Board of Regents sets tuition rates each summer for the following year.

  • Required textbooks and other required course materials/supplies (varies from course-to-course).

  • Registration with the program's CALIPSO management system ($85 one-time fee, paid by each student directly).

  • Travel to and from Eau Claire for the required residency periods.

  • Liaison supervision costs, when applicable (will vary from site-to-site).

  • Payment for annual criminal background checks (covered through course fees).

  • Immunization or TB testing costs if applicable.

  • Technology required (See Technology Requirements).

Financial Aid

  • The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offers financial assistance to graduate students. Part-time graduate students are typically eligible for loans only.

  • The "Financial Aid Year" consists of terms Fall/Spring/Summer. If you are accepted to the program and plan to apply for financial assistance, you will need to have filed a FAFSA for both the summer of the academic year you begin the program plus the following year. For example, students admitted for Summer 2015 will need to have filed a FAFSA for the academic year 2014-15 (to be eligible for Summer 2015 aid) plus a FAFSA for the following 2015-16 academic year (to be eligible for Fall 2015, Spring 2016, and/or Summer 2016).

  • Once admitted into the graduate program, financial aid will apply to graduate-level classes only; costs for any remaining pre-requisite classes taken at the undergraduate level will not be included in the financial aid award.

  • Admitted students are advised to contact the Office of Financial Aid, (recommended), or call 715-836-3373, regarding potential adjustments for travel expenses and Winterim classes.

Questions about our online graduate program? Call 715-836-4021 or email CSD Online Graduate Coordinator.