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How To Apply to the Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology - Master of Science



How to Apply:

***Applications will be accepted until Midnight on February 5, 2015***




1. Apply to MSU

To apply for admission to Murray State University, applicants may apply online:  http://www.murraystate.edu/Students/Graduate/ApplyforGraduateSchool.aspx

This is a necessary step that includes the university application and a $40.00 non-refundable application fee. Note you are required to have an official transcript mailed directly to MSU Admissions from each college you have attended.


2. Supplemental application

To apply for admission to the Murray State University Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology complete the online application. There are no additional fees. The graduate admissions office will forward your MSU application, transcripts and other materials to the Center for Communication Disorders.

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The supplemental application includes a field to submit a link for the required video submission. See item number 4 below for details.


3. Letters of recommendation (Recommendation Form)

Your application will include three letters of recommendation.  Letters should be submitted by the letter writer. We recommend you provide each reference with stamped envelopes posted to the address below:


Center for Communication Disorders

125 Alexander Hall

Murray, KY 42071


Letters written by academic professors, clinical supervisors or advisors are preferable ( a minimum of two are required). In instances where life experience is relevant, a recommendation from a supervisor/employer is acceptable. Letters from friends or intimates are not acceptable.  


4. Supplemental materials  

Supplemental materials are reviewed by the Admissions Selection Committee for the Center for Communication Disorders only, not the Office of Graduate Admissions.  You are required to submit a video and written essay.


Video Submission

When you open the link for the supplemental application you will have a field to paste a link to your video submission. Limit required video submission to 3 minutes. Briefly describe how you interact with others, your motivation to complete your course of study in graduate school, and your work ethic.  Please explain why you are a match for our Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology.

Writing Sample

The Murray State University Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology requires a writing sample.  These writing samples allow us to gain a more complete understanding of an applicant. We use these writing samples to assess not only effectiveness in written communication, but also to learn more fully who the student is and what he or she values. You will be rated on your professional writing abilities. Be sure not to plagiarize and direct quotes are not permitted.

Writing Sample

You are to provide a one page single spaced essay not to exceed 500 words that addresses the following:

  • Describe any experiences in your life-time that have or will enhance your success in graduate school. This encompasses clinical experiences, service activities, volunteer or care-giving experiences with an individual or family member, study abroad experiences, educational background, employment history, research experience or experience in a school or health care setting.

  • Describe your skills and abilities that you will have at the time of entry to graduate school. These may include active listening, problem solving, written and oral communication, critical thinking or being multilingual. Provide anecdotal support.

  • Describe your personal and professional characteristics that may include resilience, integrity, adaptability, persistence, motivation, intellectual curiosity and empathy. Provide anecdotal support.

  • Tell us a little bit about your understanding of basic human communication processes in the context of one of your clinical experiences, observations or applications. This may include your understanding of biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic or cultural bases for communication.

Mail your essay to: 

Center for Communication Disorders

125 Alexander Hall

Murray, KY 42071


5.  Graduate Assistant Application
If you would like to apply to be a graduate assistant to the program, please fill out the generic Graduate Assistant Application and mail directly to the Center for Communication Disorders above.  If you send it to the Graduate Coordinators Office, we will not receive it.

Admission Information For Non-English Speakers

* Students who are not native speakers of English must 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. The Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology requires 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 is required on the IELTS with no band less than 7.0. The TOEFL or IELTS scores must be on file in the Graduate School prior to receipt of the application for graduate study. 


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