Application Requirements

Communication Sciences and Disorders Foundational Coursework

To apply to Speech@Emerson, you must hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline, from a regionally accredited university or college. If you did not study speech-language pathology (also known as Communication Sciences and Disorders) during your undergraduate program, the Speech@Emerson program offers foundational courses online to help you prepare for applied graduate-level study.

If you have already taken foundational coursework, also known as prerequisite courses, at another institution, these courses and your grades will be reviewed when you apply to the program. All students are required to take and pass foundational courses (with a grade of “B” or better) before enrolling in applied graduate courses.

General Education Coursework in Statistics and Basic Sciences

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certification standards for speech-language pathology require that all applicants for ASHA certification demonstrate undergraduate-level knowledge of statistics and the basic sciences. Applicants must show evidence of completion of courses in statistics and the basic sciences in order to graduate from the Speech@Emerson program. The program does not offer courses in statistics or the basic sciences. Please note the following required features of this coursework:

  1. These courses can be taken at any accredited institution within the United States and must appear on a transcript. Classes taken at the high school level are not eligible to meet this requirement, with the exception of advanced placement (AP) courses that appear for credit on your college/university transcript. Coursework from massive open online courses (MOOCs) are not accepted.
  2. These courses may be taken online; a lab component is not required.
  3. These courses must be worth a minimum of 3 credit hours each.
  4. You must earn a passing grade (C- or better) for these courses.

The statistics and basic science courses are as follows:

  • One stand-alone statistics course. Research methodology courses in a CSD program may not fulfill this requirement.
  • One biological science course related to human or animal sciences, such as biology, human anatomy/physiology, neuroanatomy/neurophysiology, human genetics, or veterinary science.
  • One physical science course, such as physics or chemistry. Astronomy, geology, and environmental science, or any physical science other than physics or chemistry, do not count toward this requirement.
  • One behavioral or social science course, such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health.

Applicants from the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Oregon will need to demonstrate that all basic science courses and foundational courses are complete in order to meet the 75 total credit hour requirement to satisfy the educational requirements for state licensure.

Find out more about which states the program operates in here.

In addition to the online application, you must submit the following to apply:

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts are required from any institution where you earned a degree, took more than 12 credits, or took foundational courses. All non-US transcripts must be sent to an evaluation agency and should include a course-by-course evaluation, GPA, and degree equivalency.

All official transcripts should be submitted electronically through or by mail to the following address:

Emerson College
Application Processing Center
PO Box 30096 005-001
College Station, TX 77842

Please note: To be considered an official transcript, the transcript must be sent directly from your institution(s) or through an electronic transcript vendor retained by that institution. Transcripts submitted by enrolled or prospective students are considered unofficial documents, even if they are in a sealed envelope provided to you by the issuing university.


You must submit a current résumé that includes relevant professional and volunteer experience.

Official GRE Scores

GRE scores are required for admission. GRE waivers are available to applicants who already hold a graduate degree. If you are not a native English speaker, you will also need to submit scores for one of the following English language proficiency tests: TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or Pearson.

Please Note: Many testing facilities have been closed due to the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, Speech@Emerson is waiving the GRE requirement for all 2021 cohort applicants.

Letters of Recommendation

You must submit three letters of recommendation from people best able to assess your educational and professional qualifications for academic study and clinical work as a speech-language pathologist, including your motivations, goals, and clinical potential.


You must submit an essay that answers the following prompt: Reflecting on your work, life, and educational experiences, describe how you decided to pursue a career in communication disorders/speech-language pathology.


An interview, which will be scheduled following the submission of your online application, is required for admission and will be scheduled by your admissions counselor. The interview will be conducted over video, recorded, and included in your completed application.

Application Fee

The application fee for the program is $75, and it is nonrefundable.

Take the Next Step

Apply now to take the next step toward becoming a speech-language pathologist with a Master of Science in Communication Disorders.

Have questions? Request information and an admissions counselor will reach out to answer them.

Apply Now