Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology (S.L.P.D.)
- Graduation & Retention
Total Credit Hours: 56 Degree Format: Traditional
The objective of the program is to prepare advanced practitioners and future university clinical faculty in Communication Sciences and Disorders through provision of an affordable, rigorous, high quality clinical doctorate. The clinical doctorate would have emphasis on the social and cultural aspects of communication sciences and disorders (speech and language pathology) as it applies to both allied health care and educational services to under-served populations.
This clinical doctorate is designed to deepen the knowledge, leadership, and problem-solving skills of current practitioners with a focus on coursework and applications that incorporate current research, ethical decision-making, and models of best practice. The curriculum will prepare doctoral students to analyze, synthesize, and apply research-based theory to their current work environment and through the development of the applied dissertation.
- Fall Semester: April 1
- Summer Semester: No Admission
- Spring Semester: No Admission
Online Graduate Application
- Application Fee (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
- Apply Online
Official transcript from your master's degree-granting school and from any graduate coursework.
- Must hold a minimum of a Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from a regionally-accredited institution.
- GPAs will be calculated on all attempted coursework in which a letter grade was awarded.
- Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
- Minimum GRE Requirements:
- Verbal score of 450
- If taken July 2011 or later: Verbal score of 150
- This program only considers the GRE.
- Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology Letter of Application
- Focus on career goals including acquisition of advanced clinical knowledge and ability to improve services for under-served populations.
- Must have 3 years minimum experience as a speech-language pathologist.
- Must hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC)
- Must hold or be eligible for state Professional Practice license.
- General Recommendation Form Required
- Recommendations from professionals who can assess potential of the candidate for leadership in improving services to under-served populations. Letters must be accompanied by the above required General Recommendation Form.
- Please enter the name and email of your recommenders as you complete the application. They should receive an email inviting them to compelte the recommendation after that. If they do not receive the email (or find it in their spam folder), they may submit their recommendation as an email attachment to email@example.com. The General Recommendation Form can be used if the email from the online recommendation system does not arrive.
- Letters must be accompanied by the required form or submitted through the online recommendation system.
VSU Medical Form
- The VSU Medical Form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
- This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
- Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form
Verification of Lawful Presence(For applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)
- This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
- This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
- Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
- Check out a complete list of accepted documents and residency information here.
Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.
PETITION FOR ADMISSION BY EXCEPTION
- Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA or test score requirements stated above may submit a request for admission by exception to the Graduate School.
- The petition should be in the form of a letter. It should state any extenuating circumstances the applicant wishes to have considered and must state why the applicant believes that he or she will be successful if admitted to the program. The letter should be addressed to the Departmental Doctoral Admissions Committee. The letter should be submitted as part of the application packet.
IMPORTANT PROGRAM INFORMATION
- Meeting program minimums does not guarantee admission to the program.
- This is a hybrid program. The coursework involves a combination of face-to-face and online delivery. If you are not a resident of Georgia, please be aware of the out-of-state tuition rates, available here.
- Doctoral candidates considered for admission by the Doctoral Admissions Committee may be required to appear for an interview before final decisions are rendered.
- The Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology program ONLY admits Regular status students. Probationary Status, Irregular Admission, and Non-degree Admission is not available for this program.
International applicants must meet all admission criteria and documentation requirements as defined by the program, however, additional documentation may be required. Please review the information below for specific information and guidelines.
Prospective students whose first language is not English and those who completed coursework or degrees outside the U.S., please review the information below for specific information and guidelines.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam, International English Language Testing System (IELTS), English Language Centers Level 109, or completion of Level 6 at VSU's English Language Institute – Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit one of the above. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the language proficiency requirement.
- Certificate of Finances- The Certificate of Finance is required of any applicant requiring a student visa to enter the United States to complete his or her studies. This document is considered a part of the application for admission and applications will not be reviewed without this document. Applicants who do not require an I-20 student visa to complete their studies are exempt from this requirement
- Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework. This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.
HAVE QUESTIONS?For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.
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- A candidate must successfully complete, defend and submit a dissertation.
- A candidate must successfully complete a written comprehensive examination before admission to candidacy.
- A candidate must have a GPA of 3.25 or above on all doctoral coursework.
- A candidate must complete an application for graduation one semester prior to their expected graduation date.
RETENTION, DISMISSAL, & READMISSION POLICIES
- The academic residency requirements are satisfied upon completion of two consecutive semesters of six semester hours or more of coursework.
- No more than 6 semester hours of post-master's academic work may be transferred from another institution into a Dewar College of Education doctoral program. Transfer credit will be evaluated after admission, by the academic department. To be eligible, credit must be no more than seven years old at the time of admission unless otherwise approved by the program.
- Earning grades below "B" in graduate courses will result in the following consequences: Students admitted Fall 2011 and thereafter will be dismissed from the Graduate School if they accumulate three or more academic deficiency points unless otherwise indicated by individual program policy. A grade of "C" (although it may be counted toward a degree) equals one deficiency point. A grade of "D," "WF," or "F," or "U" (none of which will be credited toward a degree) equals two deficiency points. Candidates admitted BEFORE Fall 2011 and receiving two grades below "C" ("D," "F," "WF," "U") will be dismissed from the program. One grade below a "C" results in a warning.
- If dismissed from the program a student will not be considered for readmission.
- Candidates failing to maintain a 3.25 GPA on all doctoral coursework may face academic sanctions as determined by the Doctoral Coordinating Committee.
- A comprehensive exam must be successfully completed prior to entering candidacy. Candidates are permitted two attempts to complete the comprehensive exams. Candidates who fail to successfully complete the comprehensive exam after two attempts will be dismissed from the program.
- Doctoral candidates may take up to five years from the term in which comprehensive exams are taken and passed to complete their dissertation work. A one year emergency stop-out may be requested by the student through the Emergency Stop-Out Form. During the stop-out the student must register for a minimum of 1 hour of dissertation credit per term. If the dissertation proposal has been approved before the stop-out year then an updated and reapproved proposal is required by the end of the first semester following the stop-out. An additional extension of two years beyond the 5+1 year limit would require successful completion of a second comprehensive exam that is scheduled, taken, and graded within one term of the expiration of the 5+1 year limit. The two years will begin in the term after the second comprehensive exam is passed. The dissertation proposal must be updated to reflect current literature. The updated proposal must be approved by the dissertation committee during the first term of the two year extension. Failure to pass the second comprehensive exam will terminate the dissertation process.
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