Learn about admissions and retention requirements for the different speech pathology and audiology programs.

Undergraduate Admissions

Students who wish to enter the professions of Speech 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. Admission into graduate programs in audiology or speech pathology is competitive. Students who wish to become audiologists should apply to accredited graduate programs at other institutions during the fall of their senior year. Students who wish to become speech-language pathologists may apply to Calvin's bachelors-to-masters (BA-MA) in their junior year or they may apply to other accredited graduate programs during the fall of their senior year.

Admission for Transfer Students

Undergraduate students who have transferred to Calvin from another 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. Most transfer students can expect to be full-time at the undergraduate level for at least four semesters before applying to graduate programs.

Retention Requirements for all Undergraduate SPAUD Majors

Students must earn at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) every semester across all courses. If a student earns below a 3.0 GPA in anyone semester, the student will be placed on probation and must earn a 3.0 GPA the following semester. Students may earn below a 3.0 GPA only one time during their tenure at Calvin College. Students may retake SPAUD courses to improve their GPA; however, only one retake per course is allowed. Students must also meet the essential functions required to practice as a speech-language pathologist, as outlined in the SPAUD Handbook.

BA-MA Program Early Admissions

High school graduates interested in the Speech Pathology and Audiology (SPAUD) BA-MA Program are eligible for early admission to the SPAUD major at Calvin College. Students will receive a letter from Admissions by mid-May if they meet the following criteria:

  • 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.
  • A high school GPA of 3.8 or higher for US citizens.
  • Average marks of 91% or higher from a Canadian high school.
  • 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:
    • Earned at least an B in all SPAUD courses at Calvin
    • Earned a 3.0 GPA every semester
    • Met the essential functions required to practice as a speech-language pathologist (see Essential Functions Requirements in the SPAUD student handbook for more information)
    • Successfully completed a criminal background check, fingerprint check, and drug screen before entering the Speech Pathology MA program.

Failure to meet these requirements means that students will lose early admission status.

BA-MA Program Regular Admissions

Application to the MA Program for regular admission of undergraduate students at Calvin normally occurs during the junior year. Applications are due on February 15. Applicants who submit after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis only. Application forms are available in the SPAUD Department office. In order to apply to the SPAUD program, Calvin students must have:

  • At least junior standing at the application due date.
  • Completed the following prerequisite courses or be enrolled in at the application due date: SPAUD 101, 216,217,218,311,344,345. Biology 115, Statistics 143, and a Physics or Chemistry course.
  • A minimum overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 at the application due date.
  • A minimum grade of B (3.0) in each of the prerequisite courses at the application due date.
  • Met the essential functions required to practice as a speech-language pathologist (see Essential Functions Requirements in the SPAUD student handbook for more information).
Graduate Admissions

Students applying for admission to the Speech Pathology MA program should take note of the following policies:

  • Prerequisite SPAUD courses must have been completed within the last seven years.
  • Preference will be given to Calvin applicants who have completed or will complete all prerequisite courses at Calvin, unless advisor approval has been granted.
  • Enrollment in the MA program 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 MA or any other graduate program. Enrollment in the MA Program is limited and thus the admission process is selective.

Admission for Post-BA 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 Speech Pathology MA program only. Preference is given to Calvin undergraduate students in the bachelors-to-masters 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.

  • Graduation from a regionally accredited undergraduate college or university.
  • A minimum overall GPA of at least a 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 (no exceptions).
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic and/or professional abilities.
  • 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.
  • Successful completion (with at least a 3.0 GPA) of the undergraduate prerequisites or their equivalents. Descriptions of courses are located here.

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 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-345 Aural Rehabilitation
  • SPAUD-370 Introduction to Clinical Practicum
  • Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
  • Physical Science course, preferably a Physics or Chemistry course
  • Biology 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 (www.csdcas.org):

    • 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 www.csdcas.org for entry the following fall semester. If accepted, applicants will be directed to the Admissions Office for application to the college.