Loyola University Maryland

Department of Speech-Language Pathology

Frequently Asked Questions for the Master's Program

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How many students submit applications each fall and how many are accepted?  
What is the average GPA of admitted students?  
What are the average GRE scores of admitted students?   
What's the most important part of the application?  
How much will the master's program cost?   
Do you offer financial assistance?  
Do you offer graduate assistantships?  
Do you offer graduate housing?  
Do you give tours or interview prospective students?  
How long is your program?  
Will I have to drive between campuses?  
What is the deadline for admission?  
How can I check the status of my application?  
When will I be notified of my acceptance into the program? 

Have another question? Please submit it to Ms. Emilie Aguilar.

How many students submit applications each fall and how many are accepted?

Approximately 325 applications were reviewed in February and March 2013, which yielded a class of 52 (Class of 2015)

What is the average GPA of admitted students?

For the class admitted in Fall 2013 (Class of 2015), the average GPA in the major (classes taken for the CSD or SP degree) was 3.75.

What are the average GRE scores of admitted students?

For the class admitted in Fall 2013 (Class of 2015), the average GRE scores were at or above the 50th percentile.

What's the most important part of the application?

As a Jesuit university, we value the whole person and, therefore, review your application as a complete package. We look at your personal essay, letters of recommendation, and GPA in the major (classes taken for your CSD or SP degree) most closely. Then, we take into account your overall GPA and GRE scores. The essay is your chance to explain any issues in your academic record and to let us know why you are a good candidate for our graduate program.

How much will the master's program cost?

Information about graduate tuition can be found here. Students in the master's program are charged a flat rate for each of their two years. The amount listed under your anticipated start date (e.g., AY 2013-2014) is the amount that you can expect to pay each year (i.e., multiply the amount listed by two for a total). You will also be responsible for paying for textbooks each semester and some minimal clinical supply costs (e.g., laminating paper).  The university also charges fees for registration, this is listed on the same webpage as the graduate tuition information.

Do you offer financial assistance?

Yes. While limited, the department does offer a number of fellowships to top performing applicants. Fellowships are awarded at the time of admission; no separate application process is required. For the 2013-14 admission cycle, 2-year fellowships were awarded in the amount of $12,500 ($6,250 per year). Graduate students also qualify for financial aid and graduate assistantships (more information below). More information about financial aid can be found here.

Do you offer graduate assistantships?

Yes, the department offers approximately 12 graduate assistantships to first-year students. Currently, assistantships are offered at 100-hours per semester at $15.26 per hour. More information about graduate assistantships can be found here. Please submit all required paperwork to Ms. Emilie Aguilar no later than March 30.

Do you offer graduate housing?

Loyola doesn't offer graduate housing, but there are plenty of housing opportunities (apartments, rentals, etc.) available in Columbia, Baltimore, and the surrounding areas. Additionally, once you confirm your acceptance into the graduate program, you will be invited to join a Facebook group specifically for your class year so that you can network and find roommates. We will also provide you with a list of housing locations that current students recommend. On-campus housing in the dorms is available to graduate students who work as a Graduate Residence Coordinator (GRC); more information is available here.

Do you give tours or interview prospective students?

We are not able to accommodate the number of requests we receive for individual tours; therefore, we strongly suggest that students interested in our program attend an information session. Information sessions are a great opportunity to learn more about the program, meet the program director, talk with current students, and tour the facility. Info sessions are held at the Columbia Graduate Center at 8890 McGaw Rd, Columbia, MD  21045. Please register here. If you attend one of these sessions, you will also receive an application fee waiver.

How long is your program?

The program is a two-year, five semester, full-time program. Students are expected to be available Monday-Friday during the day for the Fall and Spring of the first year, the Summer between the two years, and then Fall and Spring of the second year.

Will I have to drive between campuses?

Yes. During the first-year of the program (fall, spring, summer), you will be required to attend classes one day a week at the Columbia Graduate Center and have clinical internship experiences at both the Columbia and Belvedere Clinical Centers as well as local schools/community settings. During the second year, students will again take classes one day a week at the Columbia Graduate Center and spend the remainder of the week at off-campus externship locations, typically within the Baltimore Metropolitan region. It is highly recommended that students have a car during the program to drive between sites, as public transportation in the area is extremely limited.

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What is the deadline for admission?

All completed applications and supplemental materials must be postmarked no later than February 1 in order to be considered. There are a limited number of openings in the master's program and admission is selective. The Committee on Admission only reviews completed applications. Although applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in January, no applications will be considered if received after the February 1 deadline. Admissions are only offered for the Fall. Learn more about the admission process here.

How can I check the status of my application?

Students are urged to contact the Office of Graduate Admission either via email or phone (410.617.5020) to check the status of their application and to make sure that all application materials have been received prior to the February 1 deadline. Any materials received after the Feburary 1 deadline will not be accepted and the associated application will not be reviewed. Only completed applications will be reviewed.

When will I be notified of my acceptance into the program?

The Department sends out acceptance letters by mail to all applicants by the end of March. Accepted students must notify Loyola of their decision no later than April 15.