Speech-Language Pathology

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Master of Arts (M.A.)
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.


Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – 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.

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.

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations

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.

Prerequisite requirements:

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.

Course Summary Sheet:

To be considered for the post-baccalaureate program, applicants with undergraduate majors in other fields should submit a list of Speech–Language Pathology courses, if any, that they will complete prior to enrollment in the graduate program. No form or standard sheet is required. Please simply type your SLP courses into a document and upload it.

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 107
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