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Graduate Program Application Guidelines

  1. The deadline for fall admission is March 1st and the deadline for spring admission is October 15th.
  2. Only complete applications will be reviewed for admission.
  3. Apply online by going to: http://www.uri.edu/gsadmis/gs_apply.html but read the instructions before you link to “Ready? Click here.”
  4. You MUST UPLOAD all supplemental materials to the online application. DO NOT MAILyour personal statement, college transcript(s), or letters of recommendation to the department or to the Graduate School. If you are accepted and intend to matriculate, you will be required to provide an original, official transcript of your completed degree, and if appropriate, a Certificate of Residency.

  5. Most photocopies of official transcripts, because of the paper they’re printed on, are unreadable. You must make sure that the copy of transcript you’re including with your application is clearly legible before submitting. If not, upload your unofficial transcript.

    Special note: Once you indicate on your application the individuals who are writing reference letters for you and submit this information, they will receive instructions for uploading their reference letters directly.

  6. When taking the GRE or MAT exam make sure that your scores will reach URI at least one month prior to the application deadline.
  7. Completed applications are NOT reviewed until AFTER the application deadline (See #1 above).
  8. If you are an international student, carefully read the instructions at: http://www.uri.edu/gsadmis/gs_apply_int.htm.

Additional Graduate Program Admission Information

The Department of Communicative Disorders’ M.S. in Speech Pathology program is highly competitive, meaning that we have many more applications each year than we have available slots for graduate students wishing to complete our program. Historically, we have had approximately five openings for spring admission and between 15-20 openings for fall admission each year. These numbers will fluctuate depending on the number of graduates we have had the previous semester.

**We are often asked what are we looking for in graduate student applicants. That can be best summed up by saying: We are looking for students with excellent academic records who write well and who can think analytically. Evidence of strong interpersonal skills is also necessary.**

Admission is determined by committee, with each committee person reviewing each student’s qualifications carefully reviewing the applicant’s GPA, reference letters, personal statement and GRE scores. The committee person’s role is to determine which applicants are most likely able to successfully complete the academic and clinical rigors of a graduate program in speech-language pathology based on the materials submitted.

To be competitive for the acceptance into our graduate program, students who apply:


  • Should have at the very minimum a 3.0 GPA from their undergraduate program to apply, although it is more realistic to assume that the lower boundary of GPAs for accepted students is closer to a 3.3. Note that the average accepted student for 2014 had a 3.79 GPA.
  • Although two reference letters are required, we recommend three, with two of the reference letters you submit from persons who can make judgments about your past academic work and can speculate on your ability to successfully complete graduate-level work. A third reference letter should be from an individual who can comment about your interpersonal skills.
  • We carefully read the personal statements submitted both for style and content so we would encourage all applicants to spend time writing their statement; they are important. Your personal statement should focus on your reasons for pursuing a career in speech-language pathology and be no more than two pages in length.
  • When the GRE scores of the students accepted for 2014 were analyzed, the middle 50% of those applicants scored in the following ranges: Verbal Reasoning, 149-156 (40th to 70th percentile); Quantitative Reasoning, 148-155 (33rd to 61st percentile); and Analytical Writing, 4.00-4.50 (54th to 78th percentile).


Some students take the MAT instead of the GREs. Although there is no minimum MAT score, we do look more favorably at percentile rankings of 50 or above

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