Choosing the right graduate program is an important step in preparing for a career in speech-language pathology. 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 our three-year, part-time online program with the same rigorous curriculum as our residential program, and taught by the same faculty. It's our same high-quality education, just a more flexible schedule. Our state-of-the-art graduate program is rigorous and innovative, and requires a short residency each summer.
Being an online graduate student at UW-Eau Claire has been an amazing experience that I will cherish forever. I have made life-long friends who have helped me achieve something I have dreamed of for a long time. UW-Eau Claire has helped me achieve my dream of becoming a speech-language pathologist.
Everything you need to know about our online program
Curious if you qualify for admission into our graduate program? The graduate application process is competitive, so meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission, as the cohort size is limited each year. Check out the criteria below to determine if you are eligible to apply:
- A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 from each post-secondary degree earned.
- A minimum GPA of 3.25 in CSD coursework.
- A grade of B or better in any graded CSD practicum experience.
· A minimum of 30 earned semester credits in CSD coursework, or a bachelor’s degree in CSD, by the beginning of your graduate program (see post-baccalaureate courses link below).
- The 30 minimum credits must include college-level courses in each of the following five areas:
- Anatomy & Physiology of Speech & Hearing
- Speech Science
- Normal Communication/Language Development
o The 30 minimum credits must also include at least 3 of these 6 courses or ones that are equivalent:
- Phonological/Articulation Disorders
- Child Language Disorders
- Voice & Resonance Disorders
- Aural Rehabilitation
- Clinical Methods/Procedures (with 25 hours of guided observation)
- Neuroscience for Speech Language Pathologists
o Additional CSD coursework required for our graduate program:
- Sign Language
- Disorders coursework specifically for SLP Assistant preparation will not be accepted.
· The required prerequisite coursework for our program totals 36 credits. Although only 30 are required for admission to the graduate program, if not completed prior to entry into the graduate program, the remaining courses must be taken during graduate school.
- Appropriate disorders courses must cover content in both assessment and intervention. Determination of course equivalency to the required courses listed above is made by the department chairperson and graduate program coordinator.
· All applicants must pass a Criminal Background Check prior to full admission to the program.
How do I apply?
- Complete the University application (except for the essay item) at https://apply.wisconsin.edu and pay the $56 fee before November 1. Do not send any application materials to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire or the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
- Complete all other application steps through the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Services (CSDCAS) at https://csdcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login beginning July 15. The deadline for receipt of all materials is November 1. Contact CSDCAS customer service with questions and problems: 617-612-2030 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Follow instructions on the CSDCAS site for submission of three (3) letters of recommendation. At least two must come from CSD instructors or supervisors.
- Follow instructions on the CSDCAS site for submission of your personal essay. You will be asked to address all of the following prompts:
- 1. What traits do you have and what experiences have you had that will support your success and excellence within our graduate program and within the field of speech-language pathology.
- 2. Discuss the most applicable aspects of your background or experiences that would enrich the diversity of the campus community (including both virtual and on-campus communities in CSD).
- 3. Describe a situation where you had to learn from negative feedback and how you grew from that experience.
- In addition to entering all completed coursework from your transcripts, we require that applicants list all planned and in-progress coursework so we can help you plan your graduate program.
- Please submit your application after you have completed your sections within CSDCAS. Your letters of recommendation, transcripts, and GRE scores may arrive after you have submitted your portion, and will be added to your application as they are received.
It is our understanding that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing some GRE testing dates to be shifted. Do not be overly concerned about changes dates. Simply move forward this fall to take the GRE when it is available to you. As long as your part of the CSDCAS online application is complete by the due date, the GRE score from ETS can follow later this fall during the grad admissions procedure.
Send your GRE scores to CSDCAS with our code: 1743. GRE must have been taken within the past five (5) years. Send all official transcripts to CSDCAS: CSDCAS Verification Department | P.O. Box 9113 | Watertown, MA 02471
3. Complete the video chat interview, if invited, in early January. Decisions are based on application materials and the interview.
Application instructions and checklist
We know the application process for graduate school can be overwhelming, so we are here to help! Below is an admission checklist for your reference. Use this checklist to make sure you have completed all of the steps in the application process. The checklist includes links to all of the websites and documents you will need in order to complete your application. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the online graduate program coordinator. Application for the summer 2021 graduate cohort opens on July 15, 2020. (Do not use any application materials or instructions that you downloaded prior to July 1, 2020).
The UW-Eau Claire CSD grad program application process is now handled by CSDCAS.
All application materials are due by November 1, 2020. Applications that are incomplete after this date will not be reviewed. It is your responsibility to meet the deadline requirements.
Compare to the most recently admitted cohort
- Number of completed applications received - 153
- Average overall GPA of admitted students - 3.42
- Average major (CSD courses) GPA of admitted students - 3.85
- Average GRE verbal score of admitted students - 151.8
- Average GRE quantitative score of admitted students - 147.3
- Average GRE writing score of admitted students - 4.0
Academic and clinical requirements
All coursework is completed online over a three-year period, with measurement of competencies taking place on campus in Eau Claire during three required residency sessions, each one week in length. You will begin the program in residency on our campus one full week of June, 2021. Your second and third residency weeks will be scheduled in 2022 and 2023, respectively. (See Program Residency Requirements below). 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: 40 credits of coursework (See Academic Requirements below) and 14 credits of clinical practicum (See Clinical Requirements below). Students are admitted as a cohort and must move through the program together (See Program Overview Chart below). 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, hearing disorders (aural rehabilitation), 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. For additional information refer to the current CSD Online Graduate Program Handbook below.
Is this program accredited?
The Master of Science program in speech-language pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
Wisconsin is a SARA state (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is a SARA-approved institution.
"The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state." http://nc-sara.org/
Important Notice to Students: If you are considering an online academic program that leads to a professional license, it is highly recommended you contact the appropriate licensing agency in the state where you plan to apply for your license before beginning your academic program. SARA does not provide reciprocity for state professional licensing requirements. Academic programs and individual graduates must meet standards set by that state's licensure requirements in order for a graduate to be eligible for a license.
The SARA provision for this requirement can be found on pg. 10 herein: http://nc-sara.org/content/faqs
The Communication Sciences & Disorders graduate program at UW‐Eau Claire prepares students for licensure in the state of Wisconsin. Students are responsible for obtaining information about licensure in any other state.
What does the program cost?
- Tuition and fees for the first year are estimated at $700 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, arranged by the student according to instructions from the College of Education & Human Sciences
- Immunization or TB testing costs if applicable.
- Technology required.
Is financial aid available?
- 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 2021 will need to have filed a FAFSA for the academic year 2020-21 (to be eligible for Summer 2021 aid) plus a FAFSA for the following 2021-22 academic year (to be eligible for Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and/or Summer 2023).
- 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, email@example.com (recommended), or call 715-836-3373, regarding potential adjustments for travel expenses and Winterim classes.
- Applicants who have been invited into our summer graduate cohort and accept admission will be eligible to apply for several CSD scholarships that are available to our first-year graduate students. Additional CSD scholarships and Foundation Fellowships are also available for the second/third year of your program. More information about financial aid for graduate students is available on our Graduate Studies site.
Can international students apply?
No, 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.
Reapplying to the online graduate program
For applicants reapplying to our online graduate program:
Submit a new University application at https://apply.wisconsin.edu.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.
Complete an application through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Services (CSDCAS) beginning August 2. The deadline for receipt of all materials is November 1, 2020. It is your responsibility to meet the deadline requirements. Contact CSDCAS customer service with questions and problems: 617-612-2030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Follow instructions on the CSDCAS site for submission of three (3) letters of recommendation. At least two must come from CSD instructors or supervisors. Previously submitted letters of recommendation will not be transferred to your CSDCAS application.
- Follow instructions on the CSDCAS site for submission of a personal essay. You will be asked to address specific prompts. Your previously submitted personal essay will not be transferred to your CSDCAS application.
- Send your GRE scores to CSDCAS with our code: 1743. The GRE must have been taken within the past five (5) years. Your previously submitted GRE scores will not be transferred to your CSDCAS application.
- In addition to entering all completed coursework from your transcripts, we require that applicants list all planned and in-progress coursework, so we can help you plan your graduate program.
- Send all official transcripts to CSDCAS: CSDCAS Verification Department; PO Box 9113; Watertown, MA 02471.
Your previously submitted official transcripts will not be transferred to your CSDCAS application.