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/spring semester 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 or senior year or they may apply to other accredited graduate programs during the fall semester 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 University. Students may retake SPAUD courses to improve their GPA. 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

Early Admissions

For Academic Year 2021-22, SPAUD is waiving the SAT/ACT requirement for Early Admit status. The students still need to meet and maintain all the other criteria, which are:

  • A high school GPA of 3.8 or higher for US citizens or average marks of 91% or higher from a Canadian high school.
  • Students must specify a SPAUD major on their Calvin University Application and make a deposit by May 1 in order to be awarded early admission status.
  • Beginning with the class that entered the BA-MA program in fall of 2018, to maintain early admission status an early admitted Calvin student must have:
    • Earned a cumulative GPA of 3.7 at the time of application (including the grade from SPAUD 343).
    • Earned at least a B+ in each of the prerequisite SPAUD courses at Calvin.
    • Met the essential functions required to practice as a speech-language pathologist.
    • 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.
  • Calvin undergraduate students, including students with early admit status, normally apply for admission to the Calvin MA in Speech-Language Pathology program on January 15th of their third year. Early admit students who maintain the criteria for early admit status are guaranteed admission to the Calvin MA in Speech-Language Pathology program; however, admission to a specific learning mode (on-campus or distance education) is not guaranteed with early admit status. It is likely that most students with early admit status will be admitted to the on-campus MA mode; however, it is not guaranteed. Admission to the on-campus MA mode is competitive due to its limited student capacity and is determined by a student’s standing relative to other students applying at the time of application to the Calvin MA program. All early admit students who maintain their early admit status will have the option to be admitted to the Calvin MA in Speech-Language Pathology program via distance-education mode.
  • Admissions: During the Fall semester of the junior year, all students will be sent a link to
    • Submit the application forms
    • Submit a personal statement (maximum 500 words) that addresses:
      • Question 1: Describe your professional goals.
      • Question 2: Describe three strengths and three areas of growth as related to your place in a graduate program for speech-language pathology.

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 January 15. Applicants who submit after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis only. 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.
  • Met the essential functions required to practice as a speech-language pathologist (see Essential Functions Requirements in the SPAUD student handbook for more information).
  • Admissions: During the Fall semester of the junior year, all students will be sent a link to
    • Submit the application forms
    • Submit a personal statement (maximum 500 words) that addresses:
      • Question 1: Describe your professional goals.
      • Question 2: Describe three strengths and three areas of growth as related to your place in a graduate program for speech-language pathology.
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. If you have a degree in another major, you need to complete the necessary prerequisites PRIOR to applying to our MA program.
  • Prerequisite SPAUD courses must have been completed within the last seven years.
  • 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 describes professional goals as well as three strengths and three areas of growth related to your place in a graduate program for speech-language pathology(maximum 500 words).
  • Successful completion (with at least a 3.0 GPA) of the undergraduate prerequisites or their equivalents. Descriptions of courses are located here.
  • GRE scores are not required.
  • Enrollment in the MA program is also contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check, fingerprint check, and drug screen.

Applicants are expected to have completed all required undergraduate prerequisite courses before enrolling in the graduate program.  Applicants who are not able to complete those prerequisites in time are welcome to apply the following year. See below for course listings.

  • 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-344 Evaluation Procedures in Audiology
  • SPAUD-345 Aural Rehabilitation
  • 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:

    • Supplemental information form
    • Official transcripts from every college or university attended; if currently attending college, most recently completed semester grades must be included. (GRE scores are not required.)
    • Three letters of recommendation that address your potential for success in the graduate program from persons familiar with your academic and/or professional abilities.
    • A personal statement that addresses:
      • Question 1: Describe your professional goals.
      • Question 2: Describe three strengths and three areas of growth as related to your place in a graduate program for speech-language pathology.
      International applicants are welcome to apply. For those students who have not completed a previous degree in the United states, please submit either the TOEFL or IELTS score. The minimum TOEFL score for regular admission is 550 (213 on the computerized version or 80 on the internet-based test). TOEFL code number for Calvin is #1095. The IELTS results are also accepted by the university with a minimum score of 6.5. The IELTS code number for Calvin is #1095.

    All application materials (including official transcripts) are due no later than January 15 to CSDCAS for entry the following fall semester. Applications must be completed (e-submitted, payment received, transcripts received) at least four weeks in advance of the deadline to ensure the application is verified on time.

    **For admissions to the distance-ed mode of the speech-language pathology graduate program, please see details at the following link, https://online.calvin.edu/programs/master-of-speech-language-pathology