Loyola University Maryland

Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Master's Program FAQs

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How do I apply?

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 do I apply?

Loyola participates in the Communication Sciences and Disorders central application service and only accepts the CSDCAS application. To be considered for admission, materials must be completed, submitted, and verified (may take up to 4 weeks) by CSDCAS by February 1.

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

Approximately 460 applications were reviewed in February and March 2016, which yielded a class of 52 (Class of 2018).

What is the average GPA of admitted students?

For the most recently admitted class, the average GPA in the major (classes taken for the CSD or SP degree) was 3.80.

What are the average GRE scores of admitted students?

For the most recently admitted class, 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?

Visit the financial aid website for information about graduate tuition. Students in the master's program are charged a flat rate for each of their two years; the summer semester is included in this fee. The amount listed under your anticipated graduation date (e.g., Class of 2018) 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, minimal clinical supply costs (e.g., laminating paper), and a CALIPSO software technology fee ($85). 

Do you offer financial assistance?

Yes. While limited, the department does offer a number of merit-based scholarships to top performing applicants. Merit-based scholasrships are awarded at the time of admission; no separate application process is required. For the 2016-17 admission cycle, 2-year scholarships were awarded in the amount of one year's tuition, $28,130 ($14,065 per year). Graduate students also qualify for financial aid and graduate assistantships (more information below). Learn more about financial aid.

Do you offer graduate assistantships?

Yes, the department offers graduate assistantships to first-year students. Currently, assistantships are offered at 100-hours per semester at $15.26 per hour. Learn more about graduate assistantships. 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. Loyola's Graduate Student Services page also lists information about housing. 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).

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 online.

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 received by CSDCAS by February 1 in order to be considered. There are a limited number of openings in the master's program and admission is selective. 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.

How can I check the status of my application?

Students are able to check the CSDCAS website for information on application status.  

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

The department sends out acceptance notifications via email to all applicants by the end of March. Accepted students must notify Loyola of their decision no later than April 15.