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Ready to apply to our Master of Speech-Language Pathology program?

As you prepare your graduate application to Austin Peay State University’s Master of Speech-Language Pathology program, the faculty are happy to answer specific questions you have.

First read the following:

You may also find helpful information on our Frequently Asked Questions Page .

If you still have questions or want to talk contact us at mslp-info@apsu.edu .

General Information

The application for the APSU MSLP program for Fall 2024 will open October 23, 2023. Faculty will begin reviewing applicants February 29th. The MSLP program is a competitive program and has a limited number of spaces for incoming graduate students. Applicants who meet the February 29th priority review date and meet the requirements have a greater probability of being admitted. In order to be considered in the February 29th priority review pool of candidates, all application materials must be completed prior to 11:59 PM CST on February 29th. Applicants will be reviewed until May 2, 2023 or until all spaces are filled whichever comes first. 

To be eligible for consideration for admission to the APSU MSLP program, all applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in communication sciences and disorders OR be in the process of completing foundational coursework in communication sciences and disorders leading to a bachelor’s degree that will be awarded prior to matriculation. 

If an applicant has a bachelor’s degree in a different professional area they must complete required preparatory coursework in the fall and spring. These required courses do not have to be completed at the time of application but must be completed prior to matriculation. Thus, an applicant for fall 2024 may start their application for the MSLP program while completing the fall-spring sequence.  

Admission to the MSLP Program occurs once per year. Students progress through the program with a cohort. The cohort model emphasizes collaboration and community as a basis for professional development. Each cohort is comprised of 20 students.

Admission is competitive; meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission decisions are not subject to appeal. Applications from one year are not held over to another year. Students accepted into the APSU MSLP program may not defer their start date.

MSLP Requirements

  1. Start your application online at APSU College of Graduate Studies . You will be asked to create an account log in and PIN. Start the graduate application before sending other materials required by the Graduate School and MSLP program.
  2. Pay the application fee: $45.00 domestic and $55.00 international application fee. Note: The application fee is waived for military affiliated applicants.
  3. Have your official transcripts from all colleges/universities sent to APSU. Your institutions should send transcripts directly to: gradadmissions@apsu.edu
  4. Provide verification of lawful presence in the United States (i.e., submit a license or other approved document).
  5. Submit the following program required materials:
    1. It is recommended that applicants earn a minimum grade point average of at least a “B” or a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    2. All applicants to the MSLP program must submit two letters of recommendation forms to gradadmissions@apsu.edu . Recommendations letters from faculty members are strongly encouraged but may also be from professional work supervisor or colleague who can evaluate your potential for success in a graduate program. It is required that one of your recommenders hold a master’s or higher degree. Recommendations from family, friends, or other students are NOT appropriate and will not be reviewed. It is recommended that you download the MSLP Recommendation Form and save the fillable pdf then email the form to your recommender. Also, provide your recommender with the email to grad admissions (gradadmissions@apsu.edu ) so they can submit your letter directly to the admissions office.
    3. Submit a personal statement, that is your original work to gradadmissions@apsu.edu . Your personal statement is a 1-page single-spaced essay in which you explain how you have prepared for the rigor and time commitment of graduate school. The essay also must describe the unique contributions you believe you will bring to the APSU MSLP program consistent with the MSLP mission.

For additional resources and instructions refer to the APSU Graduate School Page. On this page you will find the admissions information for graduate school and the MSLP program.

Interest Days

Join us in Clarksville to see the campus and clinic in person. Meet faculty who are clinical educators, interact with other students and learn about the campus. Pizza party and social September 14 evening.

Visit with the MSLP faculty at the Tennessee Association of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists at the Annual Convention which will take place on the Austin Peay State University Campus September 15-16. Ask questions and learn more about the MSLP program.

Learn about the APSU MSLP program from the convenience of your own home. MSLP faculty are available to answer questions about the MSLP programs, the application process and much more.

Request a personal meeting and campus tour if these dates do not meet your needs: mslp-info@apsu.edu.

Other Considerations

Applicants are encouraged to monitor their application to ensure all required materials have been received. The MSLP Admissions Committee are not responsible for notifying the applicant of missing materials.

Students accepted into the program must provide all transcripts prior to entering the program to document completion of all prerequisite courses with acceptable grades (C or better).

The APSU MSLP program is aligned with the position of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association that students who are non-native English speakers or use different dialects can effectively provide speech and language services to individuals with communication disorders. Students who are not native speakers of English will be required to demonstrate competence in written and spoken English. This can be done by submitting a satisfactory score on the GRE as well as the TOEFL or IELTS, taken within one year of the date of application to the APSU MSLP program. The proposed MSLP will require a minimum score of 114 on the internet-based TOEFL (ibT) with no band less than 22 on Reading and Listening, 26 on Speaking, and 24 on Writing. An overall score of 8 will be required on the IELTS with no band less than 7.0. The TOEFL or IELTS scores must be submitted with the application to be considered for review.

Professional communication skills and dispositions during the admissions process, and any and all communications and interactions with the faculty before and during admission, are considered part of the admission process and may be considered during admission deliberations. Admission may be denied to applicants who communicate or act in a manner that may be considered inappropriate or unprofessional regardless of academic standing.