College of Education & Professional Studies

MS SLP Graduate Program

Masters Degree: Speech Language Pathology

The department provides a full-time residential comprehensive academic and clinical education program for graduate students that culminate in the requisite Master's degree for practice as a state licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. Masters students have numerous opportunities to meet competencies across the lifespan and in both rural and urban settings. Speech-language pathologists in the community described our students as "well prepared," "competent," "creative," "resourceful," "confident," and "good problem-solvers." As a small program, students have one-to-one interaction with the faculty. Graduates have noted that this is one of the program's greatest strengths.

While the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is not presently requiring vaccination against COVID-19 for enrollment as a student, the UW-Whitewater College of Education and Professional Studies wants students to be aware that multiple external sites (i.e., Head Start programs, practicum sites, schools, internship sites, etc.) require the COVID-19 vaccine. These are required placements within the individual programs. Therefore, if you are in a program that requires a placement in an external site, you may be required to submit proof of vaccination. If you are not vaccinated, you may not be able to participate due to the sites’ requirements. Without the required placements, you will not be able to complete the program. UWW cannot exempt a student from a requirement another organization may have.


An undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is not a prerequisite for admission. However, students must successfully complete requisite pre-graduate course work. Students who cannot provide official transcripts documenting the completion of the prerequisites may not be enrolled in the graduate program.

ASHA - Prerequisite Course Content Areas Related to SLP Certification Standards

Prerequisites:

Physics/Chemistry-Acceptable courses in physical sciences should include physics or chemistry. A course in physical sciences specifically related to communication sciences and disorders may not be applied.

Biology- Acceptable biological sciences should emphasize a content area related to human or animal sciences. A course in biological sciences specifically related to communication sciences and disorders may not be applied.

Social Science- Acceptable courses in social/behavioral sciences should include psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health.

Statistics- A stand-alone course in statistics is required. Research methodology courses in communication sciences and disorders may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

Education/Diversity- A course designed to prepare students to understand school settings with diverse populations with attention directed to major educational issues, the experiences of students from diverse backgrounds, and the role of the teacher in a pluralistic society.

Anatomy and Physiology- A course that provides a basic understanding of the structures and functions involved in normal speech and language communication in humans.

Speech and Language Development- A course that covers the process and sequence of speech and language development in children from birth to school-age and discusses the theories of language acquisition and the role of cognition, culture, context, and caregivers.

Speech and Language Disorders in Children- A course introducing theoretical and clinical issues in child language disorders. Principles and methods relating to the assessment and management of developmental language disorder are discussed.

Hearing and Speech Science- A study of the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, physical acoustics, speech production, sound perception, and basic hearing and speech instrumentation.

Phonetics- A course that provides a basic understanding of phonetics and phonology from articulatory and physiological perspectives and trains students to use the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

Neural Bases of Speech and Language- A course that provides a basic understanding of the neuroanatomic and neurophysiologic mechanisms underlying speech and language.

Introduction to Clinical Practicum/ Clinical Observation- A n introduction to the tasks and related competencies associated with clinical practice in speech-language pathology and developed an understanding of treatment principles and clinical practice procedures. Obtain 25 guided observation hours.

Audiometry- A course that is designed to provide information regarding the disorders of hearing and how different auditory evaluation procedures of the auditory system aid in the identification of specific types of hearing disorders.


The following prerequisites are courses that if not completed prior to entry into the graduate program can be completed at the graduate level in addition to the required Masters program courses. A student cannot have more than 3 credits of prerequisites needed in any 1 semester. Adding prerequisites to the full time Masters program will likely require students to incur additional fees for overload credits and may extend time to degree.

The prerequisites that can be taken at the graduate level include:

  • Introduction to Clinical Practicum/ Clinical Observation- An introduction to the tasks and related competencies associated with clinical practice in speech-language pathology and developed an understanding of treatment principles and clinical practice procedures. Obtain 25 guided observation hours.
  • Audiometry- A course that is designed to provide information regarding the disorders of hearing and how different auditory evaluation procedures of the auditory system aid in the identification of specific types of hearing disorders.

The APPLICATION DEADLINE is FEBRUARY 1st. 
Program begins the third week of August. The next application cycle opens on July 15 th

Individuals who have a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders or have completed leveling coursework, are welcome to apply. Applicants will be notified in mid-March concerning their status. The program begins the third week of August.

The program prepares students to be licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and Department of Safety and Professional Service (DSPS). UWW cannot confirm this program meets the requirements for licensure in other states. Other states’ requirements may be viewed at www.asha.org. Because requirements differ by state, applicants should review requirements for their state(s) of interest prior to applying to this program. More information on Professional Licensure can be found on our compliance website.

While the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is not presently requiring vaccination against COVID-19 for enrollment as a student, the UW-Whitewater College of Education and Professional Studies wants students to be aware that multiple external sites (i.e., Head Start programs, practicum sites, schools, internship sites, etc.) require the COVID-19 vaccine. These are required placements within the individual programs. Therefore, if you are in a program that requires a placement in an external site, you may be required to submit proof of vaccination. If you are not vaccinated, you may not be able to participate due to the sites’ requirements. Without the required placements, you will not be able to complete the program. UWW cannot exempt a student from a requirement another organization may have.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for applying to the Graduate Program.

Applications are only accepted electronically through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS).

Preparation of materials for submission includes the following:

  • Official academic transcripts that include FALL grades. Transcripts should be sent to the address:

    CSDCAS Verification Department
    P.O. Box 9113
    Watertown, MA 02471

  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to your ability to perform at a graduate level.
  • A personal narrative: In no more than 750 words, describe the unique skills and qualities you have and the experiences you have had that will enable you to contribute to the diversity, creativity, success, and professionalism of the UWW graduate program.
  • A list of ALL pending relevant coursework (i.e., Any COMDIS courses to be completed in upcoming spring or summer terms).
  • CSDCAS application (activities section) may require information on relevant professional and volunteer activities, experience with foreign languages, and undergraduate research.

* For students that qualify, application fee assistance may be available. See the following link for details: CSDCAS Fee Assistance Program

Questions concerning the electronic application process, including receipt of materials, should be directed to CSDCAS.

CSDCAS
P.O. Box 9113
Watertown, MA 02471

Voice: 617-612-2030
Fax: 617-612-2051
Email: csdcasinfo@csdcas.org

Graduate Application Review and Notification Process for The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech language pathology at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater

Criteria for application to be reviewed

  1. Applications are only accepted electronically through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS).
  2. The application deadline is February 1st. Applications must be verified by 11:59 PM ET on the deadline date. Applications can only be verified once all payments, transcripts, and letters of evaluation have been received by CSDCAS. To ensure your application is verified on time, try to complete your application at least four weeks before the deadline.
  3. All applications that are verified by the deadline are reviewed.

Review Process
Each application is assigned to two reviewers from the department review committee who will independently conduct a holistic review of all of the candidate’s submitted materials. This review takes into consideration applicants' experiences, attributes, academic metrics, and references as well as the value an applicant may contribute to learning and practice.

Candidate Notifications

  1. Students will receive one of three emails from the program by March:
    1. Accepted: Because we use CSDCAS for applications, we have to wait until April 15th (a national deadline) for the first group of accepted students to make their decisions. Once this deadline has passed we can invite additional students to the program if the cohort is not filled and determine our own decision deadlines.
    2. Waitlisted: In no way does being on the waitlist mean that a student is not well suited for the program. Most students are waitlisted because we typically have over 150 applicants for a program cohort of 16. See our graduate program applicant characteristics page for more details (https://www.uww.edu/coeps/departments/comdis/prospective#GraduateProgram#graduate-program-applicant-characteristics). Candidates receiving a waitlist letter need to complete a survey indicating if they wish to remain on the waitlist. Once the April 15th deadline has passed, candidates who indicated they wanted to remain on the waitlist will be invited in order until the cohort is filled. We do not disclose the order of the waitlist because it is always changing. Acceptance letters have gone out as late as the beginning of August. It all depends on when we fill our cohort and if those that accepted the invitation fully commit to the program.
    3. Declined: Students who receive a decline letter will receive no further notification from the department for the current application cycle.
  2. Department Graduate Assistantships (GA position)
    1. The department typically has two 14 hour/week graduate assistantships offered to students in the incoming cohort.
    2. The top non-UWW and UWW student will receive an invitation to apply for the department GA positions. The department GA positions are by invitation only.
    3. There are other GA positions on campus and students are encouraged to submit an application for consideration for those positions. For more information on GA positions see https://www.uww.edu/financialasst
  3. Out of State Excellence Awards
    1. Typically the graduate school provides two excellence awards that the department offers to the top out of state students who have received an acceptance letter but not yet committed to the program.
    2. Out of state students offered this award can receive a tuition credit for 4 full-time semesters (excluding summer) as long as they maintain good standing (GPA of 3.5 or higher). The credit cannot reduce out-of-state tuition below the cost of in-state-tuition.

Students interested in applying for a graduate assistantship should complete an online application at Graduate Assistantships Application. The posted deadline to apply for a Graduate Assistantship at UW-Whitewater is February 15; however, applications received after the Feb. 15th deadline will be accepted and reviewed until positions are filled. This deadline is a month before the Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program acceptances are sent out. A Graduate Assistantship will not be offered until admission into UW-Whitewater's graduate program is confirmed, so it may take until mid-April before our graduate students learn if a GA position is available and offered.

Information about financial aid for graduate students is available at http://www.uww.edu/gradstudies/financialaid.

Scholarship Information is available at http://www.uww.edu/scholarships

Questions, contact the UW-Whitewater School of Graduate Studies.

UW - Whitewater
School of Graduate Studies
Roseman 2013
Whitewater, WI 53190
Phone: (262) 472-1006
gradschl@uww.edu

UW - Whitewater
M.S. - Communication Sciences and Disorders
Student Outcome Data - Program Completion Rate

Academic Year Number Completed on Time Number of Completed After than on Time Number Not Completed Total Completion Rate of Completed on Time
2018-19 14 0 0 14 100%
2019-20 13 0 0 13 100%
2020-21 12 0 0 12 100%
3 Year Average 100%

Praxis Examination Pass Rates of Graduates

Academic Year Number Taking Exam Number Passed Exam Praxis Pass Rate
2018-19 14 14 100%
2019-20 13 13 100%
2020-21 13 13 100%

Employment Rates of Graduates within One Year of Graduation

Academic Year Number of Graduates % of Graduates Employed
2018-19 14 100%
2019-20 13 100%
2020-21 12 100%

UW - Whitewater
M.S. - Communication Sciences and Disorders
Graduate Program Applicant Characteristics

Year # of Applicants # Offered Admission Overall GPA of those Offered Admission Major GPA of those Offered Admission # Admitted
2018 256 54 3.82 3.87 12
2019 221 66 3.52 3.64 14
2020 181 56 3.72 3.9 14
2021 222 61 3.75 3.95 14

Academic Year Admit Rate Yield Rate
2018 21.1% 22.2%
2019 29.9% 21.2%
2020 30.9% 25%
2021 27.5% 23%

Admit Rate: % calculated as # of students offered admission divided by the # of applicants
Yield Rate: % calculated as # of students admitted divided by the # of students offered admission

Resources
Tuition Calculator
Graduate Assistantship
Scholarships (current students only)
Financial Aid Office

Graduate Program Additional Fees

Expense Information Costs
Criminal Background Check
  • Completed upon admission to the graduate program
  • Updates completed as requested by placements
  • Likely 1-2 updates throughout the program
• $35 for the initial check
• $15 for an updated criminal background check
TB Skin Test
  • Offered at the Univeristy Health Center (not required to complete at this location)
  • Update must be completed as requested by placement
  • Likely 2-4 updates throughout the program
$15.00
Subscription for Online Simulation Experiences
  • Required online simulation for clinical experiences
$99 per year
*Anticipated Increase Jan 2023 to $110
Software
  • Required student software
$69.00
Subscription for Online Record Maintenance Tool
  • Required to maintain student records
$100.00 one-time fee
Fees for Licensure
  • Department of Public Instruction (initial application upon completion of the program)
$125.00 for Provisional Licence
  • Department of Safety and Professional Services (initial application upon completion of the program)
$85.00 for Temporary Licence
National Licensing Exam
  • Must pass the Praxis in second year of the graduate program to be eligible for licensure
$146.00
Textbooks
  • Graduate students are required to purchase textbooks; undergraduate students can rent textbooks at UW-Whitewater
  • Cost of books are dependent on intructor requirements
Parking Pass for on-campus parking
  • If you would like to park on-campus, parking spots on campus are either electronically metered or require a parking pass
  • Parking is free from 5p.m. on Friday to 11p.m. on Sunday
  • Street parking is prohibited from 2a.m. to 5a.m. always
 $215
Mileage / Reliable Transportation to off-site placements
  • You will be placed at an off-site placement roughly one hour from UW- Whitewater at the discretion of your supervisor 
Cost of Gas / Maintenance
Chatter Matters Camp
  • Required participation in the summer as part of the graduate program
Cost of Gas
Liability Insurance
  • This can be purchased from any insurance company in the second year of the graduate program
Approximately $100 per year
Personal Portable Computer / Headphones or Earbuds
  • A laptop or portable device that can access and interact in digital platforms
  • Device should allow you to download, edit, and upload files and videos
Cost of Personal Device
Expenses  Information  Cost
WSHA
  • You are encouraged, but not required, to attend
Varies every year
Praxis Book $95 to $125

For questions relating to the UW-Whitewater Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders please contact the main office at 262-472-1301 or comdis@uww.edu or our Graduate Program Coordinator Dr. Lynn Gilbertson at 262-472-5203 or gilbertl@uww.edu.

The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech language pathology at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.