Loyola University Maryland

Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

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Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Loyola University participates in the Communication Sciences & Disorders Central Application Service, known as the CSDCAS application.  Please submit ALL materials via CSDCAS. 

In order to be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program, the materials noted below must be completed and submitted to CSDCAS by February 15 (i.e., all materials must be postmarked by this date). Once they are verified by CSDCAS, they will be reviewed by Loyola's admission committee.  Please note that documents may take up to 4 weeks for verification. Please note that it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that a completed application and all materials are received by the application deadline. 

It is important to understand the application process before submitting your application. Please read the CSDCAS instructions and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) before submitting your application.

Important Licensure Information

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Application Materials

In addition to the electronic CSDCAS application, applicants must submit the following materials directly to CSDCAS. 

  • Personal Essay. A personal statement of interest must be submitted directly to CSDCAS specifically addressing why you wish to enroll in Loyola University Maryland’s graduate program in speech-language pathology.
  • Resume is optional. 
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended must be submitted directly to CSDCAS. Please note that fall grades are required (via transcript or Academic Update feature in CSDCAS).
  • Three academic/professional letters of recommendation must be submitted directly to CSDCAS. Three letters of recommendation are required and only the first three received will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Please only submit letters from faculty, supervisors, and other professionals who are able to discuss your ability to succeed in a graduate program in speech-language pathology, including academic and personal characteristics that may contribute to your achievement.
  • Prerequisite Course Information Form. This form is required for all applicants who have not completed an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology or communication science disorders. Only prospective students who do not have a speech or communication science disorders degree and include a completed Prerequisite Course Information Form and all other required documents will be considered for admission.

Important Note: The Speech-Language Pathology program will no longer be reviewing GRE scores as a part of our application process. We encourage applicants not to send GRE score reports to CSDCAS or to Loyola University Maryland since they will not be considered even if they are received.

Application Clarifying Interviews

For the Fall 2023 admission cycle, the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program reserves the option to require virtual, invitation-only, interviews for candidates as deemed necessary by the admission committee. If deemed required for your application, an invitation will be sent via email to schedule an interview. If you do not receive an invitation to an interview no further action is required to be considered for admission. An invitation to an interview is not to be interpreted as a favorable or unfavorable indicator of admission.

International Applicants (Supplemental Materials)

In addition to the documents above, the following documents are also required if applicable.

  • Official English language examination scores are required for applicants who have not earned (or will not be earning) a bachelor's or higher degree from a college or university where English is the sole language of instruction. A list of accepted English language exams can be found on the English Language Examination Requirements page. Applicants submitting TOEFL scores should submit them to CSDCAS using Institution Code C122. Applicants submitting other English examination scores should contact the Office of Graduate Admission at graduate@loyola.edu
  • International Student Supplemental Forms (required only if a student visa is needed) (sent to Loyola)
  •  All non-U.S. transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an approved international academic record evaluation service and sent to CSDCAS. Visit the International Academic Records page for a list of approved services. (sent to CSDCAS)

Language Policy

In accordance with the 2020 Standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, Standard V-A, "The applicant must have demonstrated skills in oral and written or other forms of communication sufficient for entry into professional practice." Further, "For oral communication, the applicant must have demonstrated speech and language skills in English, which, at a minimum, are consistent with ASHA's current position statement on students and professionals who speak English with accents and nonstandard dialects. In addition, the applicant must have demonstrated the ability to write and comprehend technical reports, diagnostic and treatment reports, treatment plans, and professional correspondence in English."

Contact Information

Questions regarding the application process and submission of documents?

CSDCAS Customer Service- Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm

Questions about the Loyola Speech-Language Pathology program?

Loyola University Office of Graduate Admission
Telephone 410-617-5020
Toll-free 800-221-9107, ext. 5020
Fax 410-617-2002

Additional Application Information

It is the policy of departmental admission committees to give promising applicants the opportunity to undertake graduate work. A careful examination of an applicant's academic qualifications (and professional background, if applicable) precedes every admission decision. The Speech-Language Pathology Admission Committee looks for previous academic achievement by considering an applicant's undergraduate and graduate records. Academic and/or professional references and the application essay are also given significant weight in making the decision.

Applicants accepted for graduate study will be advised via email. At the time of admission, individuals will be informed of additional courses or prerequisites requiring completion before commencing their graduate studies. Those who choose to accept the admission offer are expected to submit an enrollment deposit to secure a position in the program. This deposit is applied toward the first semester's tuition. An orientation for Speech-Language Pathology graduate students is typically scheduled for late August.

Additionally, admittance to the Master’s program in Speech-Language Pathology is contingent upon passing a criminal background check. Each student accepted into the program will be required to obtain, pay for, and pass a criminal background check. These background checks are routinely required by the Loyola Clinical Centers, schools, hospitals and other agencies that participate in the clinical education of our students. Failure to pass a criminal background check may make you ineligible to complete requirements and result in revocation of your acceptance into the graduate program. Additional information regarding the criminal background check process will be included in your acceptance letter.

Once the deposit is made, students are required to present documentation indicating immunity to communicable diseases. Health history and immunization forms will be sent after acceptance notification.

For more information about the Loyola University Maryland graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology please join us for an information session.


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Accessibility Accommodations

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at graduate@loyola.edu or 410-617-5020.

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Lena Caesar, Ed.D., Ph.D.

Lena Cesar, Ed.D., Ph.D., believes in challenging her students to become global-minded citizens

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