The Master of Science program conducts a yearly admissions process with entrance in Autumn quarter only. Applications submitted before or after the deadlines listed below will not be considered.

  • We only accept applications initiated and completed between September 15th and January 15th of each year.
  • Please DO NOT BEGIN your application before September 15th. The application may not be finalized by the department before that date. If you began an application prior to September 15, you will need to begin a new application. Any applications submitted before September 15th will not be considered.
  • All applicants (domestic and international) must submit their application no later than January 15th of the year for which they are applying.
  • Please note that we do not review applications on an “as received” or rolling basis. All applications are reviewed subsequent to the deadline of January 15th.
  • We DO NOT allow admissions deferrals for any of our clinical graduate programs due to competitive nature of the programs.

As the deadline approaches, the high volume of applications can cause system slowdowns. We strongly encourage you to submit your application early to avoid delays.

Nontraditional Applicants

International Applicants: The deadline for international applicants is January 15th. Once an international applicant has submitted the online UW Graduate School Application and paid the application fee, a detailed checklist of requirements is provided. Visit the Graduate School’s International Student FAQs for more information.

Repeat Applicants: Applicants who previously applied to the program should be aware that applications are held for only one year. Denied applicants from the previous autumn application period must submit all new materials.

Visiting Student Applicants: We do accept visiting student applications to our Master of Science programs. Please review our Non-Degree Enrollment webpage for further details and instructions.

Transfer Students: We DO NOT accept transfer applications into either Master of Science program from another graduate program.

Nonclinical Degree Applicants: We DO NOT offer a nonclinical Master of Science degree. Applicants interested in a nonclinical graduate degree program should review our PhD program eligibility and admissions requirements.

Graduate Nonmatriculated (GNM) Applicants: We DO NOT accept graduate nonmatriculated applications to our Master of Science programs.

Applying to Multiple Programs

Students may apply to the Medical Speech-Language Pathology Master's program, the Core Speech-Language Pathology Master’s program or both. Students applying to both programs will only pay one $85 application fee, but will be asked to identify their primary and secondary program choices. Once admitted into a Master’s program, students may not request a transfer between programs.

To apply to both Master’s programs:

  • Apply to the primary program of choice on the UW Graduate School Application
  • When filling out the Department’s Supplemental Application, identify the primary and secondary programs of interest as prompted.
  • When completing the Personal Statement, please speak to your primary program preference and/or why both programs may be a fit with your academic and professional goals

Applicants interested in applying to a Master of Science Speech-Language Pathology program and the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program will need to complete two separate UW Graduate School Applications and pay two $85 application fees.

Application Instructions

Applicants to the Master’s program must submit an ONLINE application for admission using the UW Graduate School Application. This online application allows you to jointly submit the required information to both the UW Graduate School (primary application) and the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences (supplemental application). All information and materials, with the exception of official GRE scores, should be submitted through the online process. Please do not mail paper applications to the Department or Graduate School.

Follow these 2 steps to apply:

1) Complete the online UW Graduate School Application (submitting all required documentation online as well), including the required $85 application fee. Application sections are as follows:

  1. Select the Graduate Program for which you are applying. (NOTE: If you’ll be applying to both M.S. programs, you must select one PRIMARY program on the UW Graduate School Application. You will identify the SECONDARY program on the Department’s Supplemental Application. See below).
  2. Review the application requirements and deadlines.
  3. Report all prior schools attended.
  4. Submit UNOFFICIAL transcripts.
  5. Submit a personal statement. (Note: the 4500 character limit does not include spaces but brevity is appreciated.)
  6. Self report GRE scores (NOTE: You are still required to submit official scores to the UW. See step 2 below).
  7. Designate 3 recommenders to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf. Recommendation letters must be submitted online.
  8. Complete the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences Supplemental Application (time intensive). Steps include:
    1. Report coursework and grade point average for the last 90 quarter credit hours.
    2. Report the Speech and Hearing courses completed.
    3. Report the Speech and Hearing courses planned and in process.
    4. Report prerequisite Speech and Hearing coursework within these “Areas of Knowledge.”
      • Linguistics
      • Phonetics / Language Science
      • Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
      • Speech & Language Acquisition / Development
      • Speech & Language Disorders
      • Hearing Science / Nature of Sound
      • The Hearing Mechanism
      • Hearing Disorders
      • Audiometry
      • Aural Rehabilitation
      • Principles of Assessment
      • Principles of Treatment
    5. Designate the program(s) for which you are applying.
    6. Report completion of ASHA math and science coursework and observation hour requirements.
  9. Submit Résumé or Vitae
  10. OPTIONAL: Submit a Personal History Statement
  11. Pay the $85 Graduate Application fee and submit your application.

2) Submit official GRE scores to the University of Washington using GRE score report code 4854. Please do NOT use "UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON OTCAS (1997)." We will not receive scores sent to that institution code.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants do not have to submit official transcripts to the Department of Speech and Hearing Science or the UW Graduate School unless they accept a formal offer of admission to the graduate program. Visit the UW Graduate School Admissions FAQ for instructions on where to send official transcripts if you are accepted.


  • Personal Statement Prompt:

    The personal statement is an important opportunity to convey who you are to members of the Selection Committee. Your statement should describe your abilities, interests, and motivations, and address why you believe you'll be successful as a student at the University of Washington and in the field of speech-language pathology. The content and format of this essay are at your discretion, but at a minimum please address the following questions:

    Why do you want to attend University of Washington for your graduate education?  

    What is your motivation for pursuing a career in Speech-Language Pathology?

    What personal characteristics or abilities do you possess that make you well suited for our graduate program and for clinical practice in the field of speech-language pathology?

    Please tell us why you selected either our CoreSLP or MedSLP graduate program as your primary choice, and why that particular program is a good fit for you.

    Your uploaded document should not exceed 4,500 characters, not including spaces, and also cannot exceed 500KB.

  • Optional Personal History Statement Prompt:

    The University of Washington Graduate School is committed to enhancing the intellectual and social enrichment of the University community and to preparing our graduate students to become leaders, innovators and responsible community, state, and global citizens. The University actively seeks and welcomes students with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

    In this section provide a statement describing how experiences within your personal history (family, educational, cultural, and economic background) have influenced your intellectual development, interests, career plans, and goals. Please note that this is not an academic “Statement of Purpose,” but rather an opportunity to reflect on your intellectual growth and development, both inclusive of and beyond your academic goals.

    We also recognize that applicants may have special circumstances they wish to convey outside of their personal statement. As applicable, please provide any other pertinent information you wish the Selection Committee to know when evaluating your application (e.g, leaves of absence, academic struggles, personal/family challenges, resume gaps, etc.). Your uploaded document should not exceed 1,500 characters, not including spaces, and also cannot exceed 500KB.

Other Important Information

Accessing & Updating Your Application: Anyone submitting a new application will be asked to establish an email address login and password. Once an online application is initiated applicants can save their work and return to the application as many times as needed using their email and password log on. Incomplete applications (those not completed with application fee payment) will not be deleted from the application system until 30 days after the start of the indicated academic quarter of admission.

We STRONGLY recommend that applicants keep their email address login and password somewhere secure. You will need this information to update your application if you do not complete it in one sitting, check on the status of your application through January 15th, and access our final admission decision in March.

Letters of Recommendation: Do not designate your recommendations online until you are ready to have the recommender contacted by the UW. When you designate a recommendation, the person you have designated is immediately sent an email to submit a recommendation on your behalf. You can designate recommendations before and after you have submitted your online application, up until the program deadline. If, after designating a recommendation, you learn that the recommender will not submit a recommendation, you may remove the recommendation by selecting the "withdraw" link in the action column of the table below. You cannot withdraw a recommendation once the recommender has submitted it.

Incomplete Applications: It is each applicant’s responsibility to verify that all required materials have been submitted and received in a timely manner by both the Graduate School and the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Once an online application has been submitted students can check the status by logging in to their application status page. Every year applications are not considered due to missing letters of recommendation, transcripts, GRE scores, etc., so please follow-up on missing items accordingly.

Selection Criteria: We consider all information submitted with your application. Our goal is to select an intellectually capable, diverse group of students. High GPA and GRE scores are desirable, but not the determining factors in admission. Please review the admissions information posted on our Student Outcome Data web page for profiles of our entering student cohorts.