Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology

Program Coordinators

Admission Deadlines

Additional Links

Dr. Mary Gorham-Rowan   Fall Semester: April 1 Retention/Dismissal/Readmission Policy
Email:   no Spring Admission Graduation Requirements
Phone: 229-219-1321  

no Summer Admission

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Admission Requirements

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Required Documents

Admission Requirements

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. 

(Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School

  • 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.

Graduate Record Exam

  • 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.

Three Recommendations

(General Recommendation Form Required)

  •  Recommendations from professionals who can assess potential of the candidate for leadership in improving services to under-served populations.

VSU Medical Form

  • The 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.
  • Complete list of accepted documents and information on residency.

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.

International Applicants 

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) ExamInternational 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. 

Admission Classifications:

  • The Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology program ONLY admits Regular status students.
  • Probationary Status is not available for this program.
  • Irregular Admission is not available for this program.
  • Non-degree Admission is not available for this program.


For more information:

 For additional program information, please contact the program director:

Dr. Mary Gorham-Rowan


For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.

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