Speech-Language Pathology

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Master of Arts (M.A.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

As part of GW’s nationally ranked speech-language pathology graduate program, students receive in-depth education on all aspects of communication and hands-on experience evaluating patients and administering therapy treatments. The program is fully accredited by the Council of Academic Programs in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Part of the social and behavioral sciences discipline in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the program provides full insight into communication, including the consequences and rehabilitation of communication disorders for individuals and society.

The master’s program for students with a B.A. in speech-language pathology includes two years of intensive full-time study. Learning environments encompass traditional classroom instruction and clinical education with mentors in the GW Speech and Hearing Center.

The doctoral program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences (SLHS) is an individualized, mentored, and interdisciplinary research degree aimed at educating future members of the SLHS professoriate, industry researchers, and clinical practitioners. The program’s aim is to provide education and preparation in basic and translational research and teaching related to human speech, language, and hearing sciences. The translational nature of our research involves scientific methods and lines of inquiry that address real-world problems SLHS domains. Under the guidance of a dissertation director and advisory committee, doctoral students will demonstrate depth and breadth of knowledge in their area of specialization, conduct and communicate scholarly research, and demonstrate competence in professional skills. Students develop expertise in working with the diverse populations of an ever-connected global society.


** Ph.D. Program is not accepting applications for Fall 2021.**



Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall M.A. - Admission is offered on a rolling basis.  Applications are reviewed beginning in January.  Applicants seeking funding are strongly encouraged to submit their completed applications no later than February 1. GW will be using CSDCAS application, the common application for Speech-Language Pathology programs, in addition to the GW application. You can find the login portal for CSDCAS here. Your application will not be reviewed until both applications are submitted.

Standardized test scores:

GRE general test (institutional code 5246)

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the PTE Academic is required of all applicants except those who hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States or from an institution located in a country in which English is the official language, provided English was the language of instruction. 

Minimum scores for the M.A. program are:
  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0; or
  • TOEFL: 550 on paper-based or 80 on Internet-based;  or
  • PTE Academic: 53

Students who score are admitted with the requirement to take an English for Academic Purposes course may be required to take this course in the summer preceding enrollment in the program.

Minimum scores for Ph.D. program are:
  • Academic IELTS: no score below 6.0
  • TOEFL:  100 - IBT

Recommendations required:

M.A. - Two (2) recommendations (sent through the CSDCAS recommender portal)

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.

For M.A. Applicants: Submit transcripts to both the GW application and CSDCAS.

Prerequisite requirements:

M.A. - A bachelor's degree with a major in speech and hearing science or its equivalent. Applicants without a speech major may be considered for the post-baccalaureate program.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application. If you are applying for an assistantship or fellowship, you should also describe any teaching experience you have had.

For M.A. Applicants: A personal statement uploaded to the Documents section of CSDCAS.

Additional Requirements:

M.A. - Resume or CV uploaded to the Documents section of CSDCAS.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

For more information on the admission process, please visit the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate Admissions Office
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 215
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday