FAQs

General Admissions Information

Our web-based application process uses the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). This service is a separate entity from USA. To apply, go to CSDCAS.

For questions related to the CSDCAS system, please call a customer service representative at: (617) 612-2030.

For general information, please refer to the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology web page.
The admissions process for the PhD program with specialization in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology is a rolling admissions process. Applications to the PhD program are accepted at any time during the year, with admission during any semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer semester). Interested applicants should see the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology web page for application information. Applicants for the PhD program do not apply through the CSDCAS portal.
If you have completed your application with CSDCAS before the deadline, you have met the application deadline. You will receive an e-mail from the Department if your CSDCAS application is complete but the $75 fee, official transcripts, or official GRE scores were not received by the deadline. The Department will work with you to ensure your entire application is complete before the Admissions Committee review date.
Official GRE scores are to be sent directly to the University of South Alabama, school code 1880. However, be sure to enter your unofficial scores on the CSDCAS application.
The preferred minimum GRE for both Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology (MS SLP) and Doctor of Audiology (AuD) programs is a combined score of 290 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections. The preferred minimum Analytical Writing score on the GRE is a 3.5 for both academic programs.
Please send official transcripts to CSDCAS AND to the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. This includes official transcripts from each institution attended since high school, regardless of whether credit was earned. Transcripts must be sent directly from the school that the student attended. Transcripts indicating that they were issued to the student will not be accepted. The mailing address is:

USA Speech Pathology and Audiology
Attn: Admissions Committee
5721 USA Dr. North, HAHN 1119
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
The $75 administration fee can be paid using the following link: 
Pay online - $75.00 fee
The Personal Essay should include statements about your personal characteristics that make you suitable for the profession of Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology, your motivation for pursuing a career in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology, your professional goals, and how your background and experience have prepared you to interact with individuals who are differ from you in their socially, culturally, or economically. The personal essay is an important component of the application review, and it contributes to your ranking in our applicant pool.

The acceptable file formats are MSWord (.doc, .docx), JPEG (.jpeg, .jpg), portable document format (.pdf), PNG (.png), and Rich Text Format (.rtf). Please do not password protect your files.

General Graduate School Information

For general information, please refer to the Graduate Program web page.
To get in-state tuition, you must satisfy all of the residency requirements stipulated by the University of South Alabama. If you are a resident of the state of Alabama, the counties of Santa Rosa or Escambia in Florida, or George, Greene, Harrison, Jackson, Perry, or Stone counties in Mississippi, you qualify for in-state tuition.
Residency requirements are detailed on the Registrar's Office web page.
A minimum of 21 semester hours of degree program credit in residence at the University of South Alabama is required.
International students must submit documentary evidence showing TOEFL test scores of 600 (written form) or above (250 on computer based test or 100 on internet based test), or bachelor's or graduate degrees earned at accredited United States institutions of higher education. Official TOEFL scores must be submitted to the University during the admissions process.

Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Information

For general information, please refer to the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology web page. The application deadline is also listed here.

For information about course descriptions, please refer to this current bulletin.

Requirements for the Doctor of Audiology degree (2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin):
  1. A minimum of eleven full time semesters of academic study. The final three semesters are spent off campus completing externships.
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.0.
  3. A passing grade on summative assessments administered during years 1, 2, and 3 of the program. Students must also complete formative assessments throughout the program.
  4. Demonstration of academic and clinical competencies as reflected in the student's ASHA Competencies Tracking Form.
  5. 1820 clinical clock hours (52 weeks X 35 hours per week) in the required areas as stipulated by ASHA.
  6. All students must take the Praxis Exam prior to graduation.
Admission to the AuD program at USA is a competitive process. The Admissions Committee considers the student's GPA of the last 60 hours of coursework, GPA for coursework preceding the last 60 hours, combined Verbal and Quantitative GRE score, and Analytical Writing GRE score, in addition to letters of recommendation and personal essay. Applicants are ranked based on these criteria, and the top ranking applicants are offered acceptance or are placed on a list of alternates. Ten students will begin the AuD program in Fall 2017. The average scores for this cohort are: combined GRE score 297, average GRE writing score 3.75, average overall GPA 3.6, and average GPA for the last 60 hours 3.7. There were 89 applicants to the AuD program in the most recent application cycle.
Yes! The AuD program has been designed to accommodate students from all backgrounds. A background or degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences is not required to enter the AuD program. All students are encouraged to take the following courses prior to beginning the Au.D. program: a biological science course, a physical science course (e.g. physics or chemistry), a psychology or sociology course, and a statistics course.
Eleven semesters with Fall admission only.
For the first year, your clinical experiences will take place on campus in the Speech and Hearing Center. In the second and third year, you will participate in both on and off-campus clinical placements while also completing academic coursework. The off-campus placement opportunities include: local schools, hospitals, otolaryngology clinics, private practices, and other clinical sites. During the 4th year of the program (3rd year summer term plus Fall and Spring term of the 4th year), students complete a full time work experience termed an externship. The externship site is determined by the student with help and input from faculty. The externship location is likely to be outside of Mobile, Alabama and can be anywhere (provided the supervisor and the site are approved by the Clinical Coordinator for Audiology).

Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology Information

For general information, please refer to the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology web page. The application deadline is also listed here.

For information about course descriptions please refer to the current bulletin.

Requirements for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology degree (2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin):
  1. A minimum of five semesters of full-time academic study. A portion of the final semester is spent off campus completing the externship.
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.0.
  3. A passing grade on a comprehensive examination administered during the final semester before leaving for the externship, or satisfactory completion of a thesis.
  4. Demonstration of academic and clinical competencies as reflected in the 2014 Standards for Clinical Certification in Speech-Language Pathology Verification by Program Director document.
  5. 375 clinical clock hours in the required areas as stipulated by ASHA. Note: Students without an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders will have to complete 25 hours of clinical observation before starting their 375 clinical clock hour requirement.
Admission to the Graduate Speech Language Pathology program at USA is a competitive process. The Admissions Committee considers the GPA from the last 60 hours of coursework, GPA for coursework preceding the last 60 hours, combined Verbal and Quantitative GRE score, and Analytical Writing GRE score, in addition to letters of recommendation and personal essay. Applicants are ranked based on these criteria, and the top ranking applicants are offered acceptance or are placed on a list of alternates. This Fall 2017, 25 students will begin the MS SLP program. The average scores for this cohort are: average combined GRE score 299, average GRE writing score 3.92, average overall GPA 3.6, and average GPA for the last 60 hours was 3.8. There were 168 applicants to the MS SLP program in the most recent application cycle.
Yes, you may apply to the MS SLP program at USA. You will be asked to indicate the area of your undergraduate degree in the CSDCAS application, and you will be asked to list specific courses on your degree transcript that meet pre-requisite requirements of the MS SLP degree. Before beginning clinical training in the MS SLP program, you may be required to complete clinical observation. The additional coursework and clinical observation/training may prolong graduation from the MS SLP program by a semester or two. After you have been accepted into the MS SLP program, a faculty member will conduct a thorough transcript review and will advise you on any needed pre-requisites and additional clinical training prior to the start of the graduate program.
A maximum of twelve (12) semester hours of approved transfer credit from another institution is allowed for a master's degree, when a student has at least 9 hours of USA graduate work and in regular status. Transfer credit from regionally accredited universities may be accepted by certain programs. In the event that the university is non-accredited, the individual USA graduate program will determine if the quality and content of the course meets the standards of the program. Students may also transfer a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours of appropriate courses taken while at USA while in a non-degree graduate status or taken while in another program. Only courses that have not been applied to another degree may be transferred. Transfer credits will only be processed after a student has at least nine hours of USA graduate credit in a program and has attained regular status. Approval of the program's graduate coordinator, the college director of graduate studies, and the Graduate Dean is required. Only courses with "A", "B", or "S" grades are acceptable for transfer. The University of South Alabama does not award graduate credit for prior portfolio-based experiential learning. (The Graduate School, Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin, 2015-2016)
The MS SLP program is 55 credit hours. Some students may need additional coursework to meet ASHA specified competencies in order to earn the Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC-SLP) following graduation from the MS SLP program. Once accepted into the MS SLP program, a faculty member will complete a thorough transcript review to determine if any additional coursework is needed.
Five semesters with Fall admission only.
For the first 2-3 semesters your clinical experiences will take place on campus in the Speech and Hearing Center. In the fourth semester you will have an off-campus placement in local schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, and other clinical sites while enrolled in graduate coursework. In the first 7 weeks of the final semester you will take the final 2 graduate courses, and in the last 7 weeks you will have a full-time off-campus clinical externship.