Pursue a broad and practical course of study that will save you time and money on your way to a vocation in speech pathology and audiology.

This five-year program is an accelerated track that will give you everything you need to practice speech pathology or audiology or pursue doctoral studies.

Students entering the BA program must apply to the MA program after completing most of the prerequisite courses (see Admission Information), and must earn at least a 3.0 overall GPA every semester. Students must also meet the essential functions required for professional practice (see FAQs).

Course Requirements

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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 University.

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 composite ACT of equal to or greater than 28 or an SAT critical reading plus math score of equal to or greater than 1320.
  • 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 cummulative 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 in the beginning of the 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.

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.
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