Additional Graduate Program Admission Information
The Department of Communicative Disorders' M.S. in Speech Pathology program is highly competitive, meaning that we have many more applications each year than we have available slots for graduate students wishing to complete our program. Historically, we have had approximately five openings for spring admission and between 15-20 openings for fall admission each year. These numbers will fluctuate depending on the number of graduates we have had the previous semester.
**We are often asked what are we looking for in graduate student applicants. That can be best summed up by saying: We are looking for students with excellent academic records who write well and who can think analytically. Evidence of strong interpersonal skills is also necessary.**
Admission is determined by committee, with each committee person reviewing each student's qualifications carefully reviewing the applicant's GPA, reference letters, personal statement and GRE scores. The committee person's role is to determine which applicants are most likely able to successfully complete the academic and clinical rigors of a graduate program in speech-language pathology based on the materials submitted.
To be competitive for the acceptance into our graduate program, students who apply:
The first meeting of the University of Rhode Island Student Speech and Hearing Association (URISSLHA) chapter of national NSSLHA will be held on Wednesday, September 18th at 7:15PM in the Galanti Lounge (3rd floor of the library).
Barbara Culatta, Professor and Dean at Brigham Young University will be speaking on Thursday, October 17, from 7-9 pm. The talk will be held in CBLS 010 and the title will be “Playful Practice to Teach Language and Literacy Skills”. Graduate students are required to attend; all others are invited to attend.
Professor Irene Walsh, Trinity College, Dublin will present a talk titled, "Identifying the demographic and communication profiles of children with a primary diagnosis of ADHD" on Tuesday, October 29th from 7-9 p.m. in Swan Auditorium (Swan Hall). All graduate students in CMD are required to attend.
Here are our URISSLHA officers (Left to Right below): Mary Loveley, secretary; Kristen Troy, historian; Jaclyn Schiemer, president; Lexi Caruso, treasurer; and Kristy Wallace, vice-president. We thank our outgoing board members: Shannon Witter, Meredith Fitzgibbon, Heidee Pottker and Jess Lally for all of their hard work. Shannon and Meredith are graduating in May, Heidee will be a second-year graduate student, and Jess is heading off to graduate school! Look for information about our first fall 2014 meeting here on the CMD web site.