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Professional practice in Communication Disorders involves working with people who have impairments and disabilities of speech, language and hearing.
310 N. Riverpoint Blvd, Box V
Spokane, WA 99202
Graduate Admissions Requirement
Students who would like to be considered for admission into the Communication Disorders graduate program must meet the admissions requirements of both the Office of Graduate Studies and the program.
Prospective applicants: Last year (2013) we received approximately 254 applications to our graduate program. Forty-one (41) were offered admission and 22 enrolled in classes for Fall Semester 2013. The average grade point average (GPA) for these acceptances was 3.85. The average analytical writing score for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) was 4.0; the average quantitative was 151 and verbal 155.
Admissions Requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies
- Submit a completed Application for Admission, plus $32 program fee, along with the $50 graduate application fee.
- Submit two official copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
- Submit official score reports from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Submit a completed Admissions Preference Form if applying to WSU and EWU
A baccalaureate degree from an appropriately-accredited college or university is required. Eligibility for graduate admission is determined by evidence of scholarly ability, as indicated by a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in the last 90 quarter-hour or 60 semester-hour credits.
Admissions Requirements of the Communication Disorders Program
Joint Admission to WSU-EWU procedure
Eastern Washington University's graduate program in communication disorders is operated in cooperation with Washington State University's graduate program in speech and hearing sciences. This cooperative program is called the University Programs in Communication Disorders (UPCD). Applicants applying to both Eastern Washington University's graduate program in communication disorders and Washington State University's graduate program in speech and hearing sciences will be considered for admission by both schools. Admission preference form must be submitted if applying to both programs. Applicants who chose to be considered by both university programs are ranked according to their admission data. The highest ranked applicants will receive offers from EWU or WSU based on the applicant's expressed preference. If the applicant's preferred program has filled its seat limit with higher ranked applicants, that applicant will be offered admissions by the other university, assuming it has not filled its seats with higher ranked applicants. A common waiting list will be maintained of applicants who applied to both programs. Wait-listed applicants will be admitted by rank to one of the two programs as seats become available. Applicants must submit online applications to each university for consideration by both universities.
Applicants who apply to only one of the two university programs will be evaluated only by faculty from that university. If that university has filled its seat limit with higher ranked applicants, that applicant will be placed on the wait list for a possible opening by that university.
- Submit a Letter of Intent.
- Submit the completed Recommendation Form from three (3) individuals who can attest to your academic capabilities.
- Submit an application fee of $32.
- Students entering the program must have completed an undergraduate major in communication disorders. Students with an undergraduate major in any other field must complete a post baccalaureate program of required communication disorders courses prior to admission to the graduate program.
The Letter of Intent (1 1/2 pages doubled spaced) should focus on your professional goals, the reason(s) why you want to attend graduate school in general, and the reason(s) why you wish to attend the Communication Disorders graduate program at Eastern Washington University, specifically. The Recommendation Forms should be completed by faculty members from the institution that granted the baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program in Communication Disorders. Recommendation Forms submitted by employment or personal references are not typically considered, unless they are from someone in a related health profession. In addition to the $50 application fee to the Office of Graduate Studies, a $32 application fee must be paid to the Communication Disorders department.
Although the Office of Graduate Studies does not specify a cut-off score for the GRE, the Communication Disorders graduate program strongly recommends that the student earn a combined score of approximately 300 points. In addition, the student should earn a score of 4 or higher on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE.
For further information regarding admission to the Communication Disorders graduate program, prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Graduate Program Advisor, Robbie Jackson, at 509.828.1326 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
When and Where to Submit Application Materials
The application process should be completed by February 1 in order for the student to be considered for admission to the graduate program the following fall.
The Application for Admission, all transcripts, GRE scores, and a check or money order in the amount of $82 (the combined application fees) should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies at the following address:
Office of Graduate Studies
Eastern Washington University
206 Showalter Hall
Cheney, WA 99004
The Letter of Intent and the three Recommendation forms should be submitted to the Communication Disorders graduate program at the following address:
Department of Communication Disorders
Eastern Washington University
310 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Box V
Spokane, WA 99202-1675