Master of Education in Communication Disorders

Program Coordinator

Admission Deadlines

Additional Links

Dr. Corine Myers-Jennings Fall Semester: March 1 Retention/Dismissal/Readmission Policy
Spring Semester: July 1 Graduation Requirements
Phone: 229-219-1327

Summer Semester:October 1

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Admission Requirements

Below are the requirements for admission consideration.  For full admission, you must meet state regulations before beginning classes.  If you meet admission requirements, but not state requirements, your application may be admitted for a later semester if your materials are competitive.

Required Documents

Admission Requirements

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

Official transcript from your bachelor’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 bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution in Speech-Language Pathology, Communication Disorders, or Audiology/Hearing Disorders.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 Scale. GPA will be calculated on all attempted undergraduate coursework in which a letter grade was awarded.
  • Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Graduate Record Exam


Miller Analogies Test

  • Minimum GRE Requirements:
    • 750 overall (Verbal score plus either Quantitative score or Analytical score) with a Verbal score no less than 350.
    • If taken July 2011 or later: 283 overall (Verbal score plus either Quantitative score or Analytical score) with a Verbal score no less than 143.
  • Minimum MAT Requirement: 375
  • Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. 
Passing scores on the GACE Basic Skills Exam or evidence of exemption eligibility
  • Applicants may submit a copy of the score report receive when they complete the exam.
  • To document a GACE Basic Skills exemption for state certification requirements, applicants may submit official scores that meet the following thresholds on the following exams:
    • GRE taken before August 2011: 1030 (Verbal + Quantitative)
    • GRE taken August 2011 or later: 297 (Verbal +Quantitative)
    • SAT: 1000 (Verbal + Quantitative)
    • ACT: 43 (English + Math)
  • SAT and ACT scores may be documented by: official high school transcript, official college transcript with scores posted, or a score report from the testing service.

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.

Important Program Information

  • Meeting program minimums does not guarantee admission to the program.
  • Please note: applicants with the most competitive and successful applications tend to have GRE scores of at least 450 (old scoring scale)/150 (new scoring scale) on the verbal section of the GRE and 500 (old)/144 (new) on the quantitative section.
  • Students with the highest GPAs and test scores are considered for admission first.  Even though a student may meet the minimum requirements, admission is competitive and not guaranteed.
  • No letters of recommendation are required.
  • The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders does not offer probationary admission.
  • For tests taken July 2011 or later, we are currently using the concordance information provided by ETS.  A new evaluation scale that includes the new GRE scores is currently under development and will be published once it is approved.

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.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) ExamInternational English Language Testing System (IELTS), English Language Centers 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.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

Admission Classifications

  • The Communication Disorders 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 graduate major.
Admission Questions 

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

  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5







  • Visit Us: Converse Hall (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100