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Admission Information for Speech Pathology and Audiology

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Undergraduate Admission to the SPAUD Program

Students who wish to enter the professions of Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology may qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in speech pathology and audiology and then apply to graduate programs in either area.  Students who wish to become audiologists should apply to accredited graduate programs during the fall of their senior year. Students who wish to become speech-language pathologists may apply to Calvin College’s bachelor’s-to-master’s (BA-MA) program before the second semester of their sophomore year. Students may also apply to other graduate programs in speech pathology in the fall of their senior year. Please note that admission into graduate programs in audiology or speech-language pathology is very competitive. 

Outlined below is the admission process for Calvin’s BA-MA Speech Pathology and Audiology (SPAUD) Program, as of the Fall of 2012.

Early Admission Process to the BA-MA Program

High school graduates interested in the SPAUD BA-MA program are eligible for early admission to the major at Calvin College. Students must meet the following criteria:

  1. A composite ACT of equal to or greater than 28 or an SAT critical reading plus math score of equal to or greater than 1260.
  2. A high school GPA of 3.8 or higher for US citizens.
  3. Average marks of 91% or higher from a Canadian high school.
  4. Students must specify a SPAUD major on their Calvin College application and submit their final Early Admission qualifying ACT or SAT on or before May 1 prior to their freshman year.

In order to maintain early admission status, an early admitted Calvin student must have:

  1. Earned at least a 3.0 in each of the prerequisite SPAUD courses at Calvin
  2. Earned a 3.0 GPA every semester at Calvin.
  3. Met the essential functions required to practice as a speech-language pathologist (see Essential Functions Requirements in the SPAUD student handbook,  for more information).
  4. Successfully completed a criminal background check, fingerprint check, and drug screen in the beginning of the MA program.

Regular Admission to the BA-MA SPAUD Program

Application to the BA-MA SPAUD Program for regular admission of undergraduate students at Calvin normally occurs before the second semester of the junior year.  Applications are due on February 1 for classes beginning the following September.  Those who apply after the submission deadline will be considered on a space available basis only. Application forms are available in the SPAUD program office.
In order to apply to the SPAUD program, Calvin students must have:

  1. At least sophomore standing (greater than or equal to 27 hours) at the application due date.
  2. Completed at least three of the following four prerequisite courses at the application due date:  SPAUD 101, SPAUD 210, SPAUD 216, SPAUD 217; and at least one of the following courses: BIOL 115, MATH 143, or a Physics or Chemistry course.
  3. A minimum overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 at the application due date.
  4. A minimum grade of B (3.0) in each of the prerequisite courses at the application due date.
  5. Retaken no more than one required SPAUD prerequisite course one time to earn at least a B. 
  6. Met the essential functions required to practice as a speech-language pathologist,

Calvin undergraduate students should also take note of the following policies:

  1. Prerequisite SPAUD courses must have been completed within the last seven years.
  2. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed or will complete all prerequisite courses at Calvin.
  3. Applicants who submit applications after the due date will be considered on a space-available basis.
  4. After students apply, SPAUD prerequisite courses in progress must be completed with a minimum grade of B before the next academic year.
  5. Enrollment in the BA-MA major is also contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check, fingerprint check, and drug screen.

It is important to note that completion of the SPAUD courses and achievement of the minimum criteria does not guarantee admission into the SPAUD BA-MA Program. Enrollment in the SPAUD program is limited and thus the admission process is selective.

Admission for Transfer Students to the BA-MA SPAUD Program

Undergraduate students who have transferred to Calvin from some other college or university will follow the regular admission process, if they have completed at least two semesters of full time academic work at Calvin by the time they apply for admission to the program. Transfer students can expect to be full-time at the undergraduate level for at least four semesters before beginning the master’s program.

Note: Students who meet the retention requirements may choose to complete the four-year BA-Only program and then apply to graduate programs in speech-language pathology or audiology at other universities. Please note that admission into graduate programs is very competitive.

Retention Requirements for all Undergraduate SPAUD Majors

Students must earn at least a 3.0 (B) GPA every semester across all courses, and earn at least a B in every SPAUD course. If a student earns below a 3.0 in a speech pathology and audiology course or earns below a B in one course, the student will be placed on probation and must earn a 3.0 GPA the following semester or retake the deficient course to earn a B. Students may earn below a 3.0 GPA only one time and retake one SPAUD course only one time during their tenure at Calvin College.

Admission for Graduate Students

Prospective graduate applicants with a degree or equivalent coursework in speech pathology and audiology or with degrees in other disciplines/areas of study may apply to the graduate program only.  Preference is given to Calvin undergraduate students in the bachelor’s-to-master’s degree program; however, a limited number of seats may be available for post-baccalaureate students.  Please note that simply meeting the criteria is not a guarantee of admission.  As is the case with most graduate programs in speech pathology, admission is highly competitive. Admission to the Master’s program only is dependent on the criteria listed below.

  1. Graduation from a regionally accredited undergraduate college or university.
  2. A minimum overall GPA of at least a 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 (no exceptions).
  3. Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic and/or professional abilities.
  4. A personal statement that addresses reasons for pursuing an advanced degree in speech pathology, professional objectives, and why Calvin is a good fit for your graduate experience and your future profession.
  5. Successful completion (with at least a 3.0 GPA) of the undergraduate prerequisites or their equivalents.  Descriptions of courses are located at

Applicants who are admitted to the graduate program but have inadequate undergraduate preparation in speech pathology are expected to enroll in the undergraduate prerequisite courses first to prepare them for graduate study.  All applicants must meet required undergraduate course prerequisites before enrolling in SPAUD graduate classes.  See below for course listings.

  • SPAUD 101: Introduction to Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • SPAUD 210: Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
  • SPAUD 216: Phonetics
  • SPAUD 217: Speech Science
  • SPAUD 218: Hearing Science
  • SPAUD 311: Child Language Development
  • SPAUD 343: Neuroscience of Communication
  • SPAUD 344: Evaluation Procedures in Audiology
  • SPAUD 370: Introduction to Clinical Practicum
  • Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
  • Physical Science course, preferably a Physics or Chemistry course
  • Biology course
  • English Grammar course
  • Statistics course

All applicants must also meet the retention requirements as listed above.

How to Apply as a Post-Baccalaureate Student:

Applicants must submit the following items online at CSDCAS (

    • Official transcripts from every college or university attended; if currently attending college, most recently completed semester grades must be included.
    • Three letters of recommendation that address your potential for success in the graduate program.
    • A personal statement that addresses:
  • Why you decided on a career in speech-language pathology
  • Your future professional objectives
  • Why Calvin College, as a faith-based institution, is a good fit for your graduate education and your future profession.
All application materials (including official transcripts) are due no later than February 15 to for entry the following fall semester. If accepted, applicants will be directed to the Admissions Office for application to the college.