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Frequently Asked Questions - Post-baccalaureate Studies
Where can I find information about the profession of speech-language pathology?
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Web site is an excellent source of information.
Will there be jobs for speech-language pathologists in the future?
The job market for speech-language pathologists has been very strong for many years and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. The Bureau of Labor Statistics Web site provides the latest analysis of the job market for Speech-Language Pathologists in the U.S..
What courses will I need to take?
Post-baccalaureate (post-bac) students, must complete the core courses required for the undergraduate major in Communication Sciences and Disorders. A list of these courses and a brief description of them can be found on the CSD Web page. It is strongly recommended that you schedule a meeting with an advisor in the department before registering for courses to determine which courses you need to take. Please bring unofficial copies of your undergraduate transcripts to the meeting.
Is clinical experience a part of the post-bac work?
CSD 484 and 485 introduce post-bacs and seniors to the clinical process and include supervised observation of clinical intervention.
Where is the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders located?
We are located in Columbia Hall. See the UND map.
How can I set up a visit to the department?
Please contact Enrollment Services to schedule a visit to the campus. Let them know that you would like to visit the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. They will set up a tour of the campus and an appointment with someone in the department.
When can I apply to the master's program? What do I need to do to apply to the master's program at UND?
Post-bacs and seniors apply at the end of fall semester, in November. You will find instructions and information regarding the application process on the UND Graduate School Web site.
What factors determine whether a student will be admitted to the master's program?
Four components of a student's application are considered: GPA, GRE scores, recommendations, and the student's statement of purpose.
What are the GPA requirements for the program?
The UND Graduate School requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or a GPA of at least 3.0 for the junior and senior years of undergraduate work (based on A=4.00).) In addition, CSD requires a GPA of at least 3.00 in the courses required for the undergraduate major in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The average GPA for students who have accepted admission to the program in the past 3 years is about 3.44.
What are the GRE requirements for the program?
There is no minimum for GRE scores. The average GRE scores for students who accepted admission to the program over the past 2 years are in the 40 to 45th percentile range. Additional information about the GRE can be found at the ETS Web site.
From whom should I get recommendations? How many recommendations will I need to submit?
All recommendations should come from professors who have taught your courses. You must submit three recommendations.
What do I need to address in my statement of purpose?
You should describe your motivation for becoming a speech-language pathologist as well as the qualities you possess and experiences you have had that will help you succeed as a student and as a professional in speech-language pathology.
When are the applications due?
The deadline for fall admission is January 15. In general, the course sequence for the master's program dictates that students begin the program in the fall semester.
When are the notices of acceptance sent out?
Notices are usually sent out during the second or third week of March.
Is there financial aid for master's students and how do I apply for it?
The department has a limited number of assistantships and tuition waivers. There is no application process. Awards are made on the basis of the strength of the student's application (GPA, GRE scores, etc.), and students receiving aid are notified when they are accepted into the program.
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