Graduate Program

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The graduate programs in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Iowa consistently rank among the best by U.S. News and World Reports. The Department offers the following degrees:

  • Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Clinical Doctorate in Audiology
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Combined AuD / PhD

The links at left lead to additional information about the degree programs. Also note that full details are available in the University course catalog.

Praxis exam rates, placement rates & program completion rates for the prior three years are available.

Grading of coursework and practicum follow the policies of the Graduate College at The University of Iowa.

Please also read Essential Functions for Professional Education.

For the Fall 2017 semester, there were 168 applicants in Speech Pathology Master's Program

168 applicants competing for 25 open slots:

  • 67 were offered admission
  • 34 waitlisted; no offers made from waitlist
  • 67 denied admission

Of those offered admission:

  • Average GPA was 3.80 (ranging from 3.16 to 4.0)
  • Average GRE scores were: 158 for verbal (range was 150-170); 155 for quantitative (range was 142-165); 4.5 for analytical writing (range was 3.5 to 6.0).

For the Fall 2017 semester, there were 50 applicants to the AuD program

50 applicants competing for 8-10 open slots:

  • 22 offered admission
  • 12 were waitlisted; 5 later offered admission
  • 16 were denied admission

Six will enroll Fall 2017. Of those offered admission:

  • Average GPA was 3.70 (ranging from 3.16 to 3.99)
  • Average GRE scores were: 161 (range was 149-170) for verbal; 159 (range was 154-162) for quantitative; 5.4 (range was 3.5 to 5.5) for analytical writing.

Please note: Have your GRE scores sent to: The University of Iowa, institution code 6681 (SLP dept. code 0602; AuD dept. code 0602).

Online applications for PhD in Speech & Hearing Science:

Applications are accepted ONLY through the Graduate Admissions website.

Clinical Masters in SLP and Clinical Doctorate in Audiology (MA-SLP and AuD).
Applications are accepted ONLY through the CSDCAS centralized application system. Speech Pathology and Audiology (MA, AuD).

All applications to the Master of Arts (MA) in Speech-Language Pathology and to the Clinical Doctorate in Audiology (AuD) must be made through CSDCAS, a management company by which an applicant may pay one fee and apply to all the participating graduate programs in the system.

  1. CSDCAS Customer Service information. Customer Service is available Monday thru Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM EST. Phone – (617) 612-2030; E-Mail –

  2. The CSDCAS portal is:

  3. CSDCAS AddressAll official transcripts MUST be sent to CSDCAS at the address: CSDCAS Verification Department, P.O. Box 9113, Watertown, MA  02471.

  4.  CSDCAS Application Deadlines.  The deadline to submit your application online is January 1 (Eastern time). Your letters of recommendation and transcripts may arrive at CSDCAS after the January 1 deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to meet the deadline requirements.
  5.  GRE Code.  Please send your GREs to University of Iowa, Institution code 6681. Use dept. code 0620 for the Speech Pathology program. Use code 0602 for the AuD program.
  6. CSDCAS “Frequently Asked Questions”
  7. Statement of Purpose for University of Iowa:  For application to the Audiology graduate program, your Statement of Purpose should include why you want to enter this field and why the U of Iowa. The application will have a place for you to list your honors/awards/achievements. The statement of purpose is the place to expand on any of those, especially any experiences you may have had while volunteering. If you are applying to the MA-SLP program, you should respond to the following: Describe a situation / interaction when communication was difficult or challenging. What did you learn from it? For either program application, the statement should be limited to one page single-spaced or two pages double-spaced. 

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