FAQs for Graduate Admissions

Welcome to the GW Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences FAQs. Here you will find answers for typical questions about admissions to our graduate program.  If you don't find what you are looking for, please contact the Chair of the Admissions Committee, Michael Bamdad at 202-994-7357.

 


 

Q1. Is your program accredited?

A. YES. The Dept. of Speech & Hearing Science master’s program in speech-language pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA), an organization that is affiliated with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

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Q2: Is there a deadline to apply?

A: The Dept of Speech-Language Hearing Sciences does not have an application deadline.  While the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences lists February 2, as a deadline for graduate admissions, the Dept. follows a rolling application format (and often review the first group of completed applications in mid-January).

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Q3: When will I be notified about my application status?

A: Completed applications are released to the Dept. by the Graduate Admissions office on a rolling basis.  Members of the Dept. Admissions Committee strive to review completed applications within two weeks of receipt, and applicants can expect to receive notification of admission status within about two weeks after that time-frame.

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Q4: How do I apply for scholarship funding?

A: Check the “YES” box on the on-line application…  “do you wish to be considered for…” 

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Q5: What is the basis for awarding scholarships?

A: All scholarships are offered based on the merits of the applicants credentials (GRE scores, GPA, references, and statement of purpose)

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Q6: When will I be notified about a scholarship opportunity?

A: For some applicants, the scholarship offer will be part of the letter offering admission.  For others, you’ll receive personal notification directly from the Dept.’s Chair of Admissions.

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Q7: Is it possible to complete the MA in Speech-Langauge Pathology on a part-time basis?

A: No.  Graduate students within the Dept. are expected to complete their program of study on a full-time basis.

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Q8: Is it possible to begin my studies in winter/spring or summer?

A: No, all graduate students begin their program of study in the fall.

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Q9: What about the ASHA required observation hours?

A: ASHA specifically states that you must have completed 25 hours of observation of speech-language-hearing services before you can provide any clinical services during your graduate program of study.  These must be completed before you begin your studies here at the GWU Dept of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences.  You must also have this documented with date, length of the session, age of the client, type of service, as well original signature and ASHA certification number of the SLP or Audiologist.

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Q10: Can I take classes only at night?

A: Actually, classes occur both during the day and in the evening.   Class days and times vary from semester to semester and most classes are only offered once per year. In addition, students must be available to participate in clinical practicum experiences during the day.

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Q11: Do you offer distance learning or on-line courses?

A: At this time, the CSD Program does not offer these academic options.

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Q12: When will I know what courses I will take?

A: Once you are admitted to the graduate program of study and until you actually arrive in August, Prof. Bamdad will be your advisor.   You will also receive numerous emails from the Dept. Operations Supervisor, who will provide you information about registration, orientation, etc.  Once you arrive for Orientation, you will then be assigned a permanent advisor.

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Q13. How long will it take me to complete the program?

A: If you have an undergraduate major in CSD or have taken all of the pre-requisite courses, you can usually complete the program in five (5) semesters (including summers).  If you have an undergraduate degree in another area or have only taken a few pre-requisite courses, you can usually complete the program in seven (7) semesters (including summers).

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