Frequently Asked Questions

What is the length of the master’s degree program?

A minimum of 61 hours of graduate credit which includes the completion of 400 clock hours of supervised clinical experiences in the practice of speech language pathology is required. Murray State University operates on a 17-week semester system. Summer sessions are required and can last up to six weeks. Full time students will register for four academic semesters and two summer sessions.

The graduate program in speech-language pathology is designed for full time students. Students will begin their studies in either the summer or the fall. Members of the Admissions Selection Committee assign students to the cohorts at the time admissions decisions are being made.

What is the minimum GRE score you require?

We do not require minimum GRE scores at this time. However, GRE scores are evaluated across the applicant pool. Writing scores of 3 and above are preferable as we have found the GRE writing score is more closely aligned with student success than the other two scores.

How can I check on the status of my application?

You may email the department about the status of your application at

Due to the volume of applicants please allow at least one week for a response.

When will I know if I am accepted?

Applicants will be notified in early march of the Admissions Selection Committees’ decision. Students will be notified they have been accepted for admission, denied admission or that they are on our wait list.
Just as applicants compete for positions in graduate programs, Murray State University also competes with other universities for the best students. It is customary that we may invite a student who has a different first choice school that they were not initially admitted to. They may accept our offer of admission, however later discover they were admitted at their first choice school. When they notify us they will not be accepting our offer, a new position at Murray State University has opened up. We return to our wait list applicant pool and invite another applicant. We do not rank our wait list Being placed on a wait list, is not a bad thing, as admissions are very competitive across the country and there are always far more applicants than positions. Please be patient with us, as this process covers the span of weeks. When all our positions have been accepted you will be notified by Murray State University.

Can I complete the program as a part-time student?

No, our program is structured for students who are admitted full time. Students are expected to be available for courses and clients throughout the week. Clinic schedules vary given the breadth of settings we offer.

Is the program accredited?

Yes our program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

Is there a clinic on campus?

Yes, the Murray State Speech-Language Clinic is a very active and diverse clinic that provides a broad base of clinical experiences. All clinical activities are under the supervision of a Murray State faculty member who holds the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence and a Kentucky State License.

Where do I complete my off-site practicums?

You will complete your off-site practicums in Kentucky although we do have a few sites in bordering areas of west Tennessee. Off-campus practicums are completed during the last two semesters of your program.

Do I have to take comprehensive exams?

Yes, students in the Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology are required to take and pass a comprehensive examination in order to meet graduation requirements. The exam is completed early in your last term of the program.

Do I need to complete a thesis in order to graduate?

No, our program does not require the completion of a thesis. Thesis is an option for students who are academically above level and who enjoy independent learning.  Students taking thesis will have a slightly different program of studies than those who don’t. A completed thesis takes the place of the comprehensive exam.  

When will I start graduate school at Murray State University?

Students admitted to the summer start cohort start the Tuesday after Memorial day with orientation. The summer session lasts until the end of June. Students admitted to the fall start cohort will start the week classes begin in the fall term, the date will vary.

Why do you have two cohorts?

The faculty of the graduate program in speech-language pathology value their students and always seek excellence in their academic and clinical endeavors. Our faculty are committed to developing critical thinking in our students and we have found that a smaller class size enables us to better build relationships with our students that assure them the learning environment is a safe place for them to tackle important clinical problems and develop new conceptualizations. We therefore, created a second cohort of students in order to reduce our cohort size. Each cohort completes the same program of studies but the sequence of academic and clinical experiences is different. 

course sequence summer and fall cohorts

Do you have any graduate assistantships?

Yes, you may submit the application to the program. You will find additional information here.

My undergraduate degree is not in communication disorders. What do I need to do?

Applicants who do not have a baccalaureate degree in communication disorders or the prerequisite coursework should apply for the post-baccalaureate program. Post-Baccalaureate Program

How many students apply for your graduate program each year?

We receive over 175 applications each year.

My GPA is kind of low, will I get admitted?

Admission to the graduate program in speech-language pathology is highly competitive. In order for an application to be reviewed by the faculty and be considered for admission, the application must be complete and the student must have a minimum GPA of 3.00.

Do I need a science class?

Yes, Standard IV-A of the 2014 Standards and Implementation Procedures for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in SLP adopted by the CFCC effective Sept 1, 2014 requires the applicant have demonstrated knowledge of biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics and the social/behavioral sciences. The Murray State program faculty have agreed that a course in physics or chemistry is required.

How much does it cost to attend Murray State as a graduate student?

The following link will take you to current information on Murray State tuition: Costs

I live in Tennessee can I pay in-state tuition rates?

The following link will take you to current information on Murray State tuition: Costs

What are the prerequisites for acceptance into the Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology?

Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements for admission. In addition, applicants must have:

  • a baccalaureate degree in communication disorders or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution
  • a minimum 3.0 undergraduate grade point average
  • submission of official Graduate Record Examination scores by application deadline
  • successful completion of the following prerequisite courses (or their equivalents) at the time of application
    • CDI 215 Clinical Phonetics
    • CDI 310 Anatomy and Physiology
    • CDI 315 Speech Science
    • CDI 325 Pediatric Speech Disorders I
    • CDI 340 Speech and Language Development
    • CDI 345 Pediatric Language Disorders I
    • CDI 405 Audiology
    • CDI 451 Aural Rehabilitation
    • CDI 465 Neuroanatomy
    • CDI 470 Pediatric Speech Disorders II
    • CDI 472 Pediatric Language Disorders II