Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology

COVID-19 Update

The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Nevada, Reno is actively addressing the potential impacts of COVID-19 on the application process for prospective students for entry to the Master's Program in Fall 2021.

If you are enrolled in prerequisite courses during the Spring and/or Summer 2020 that were moved online, please review the following updates to our application review process:

  • While we acknowledge that many institutions are allowing for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grades due to COVID-19, we encourage our applicants to take their earned letter grade, especially for required prerequisite courses.
  • If your undergraduate institution required that students take the S/U grade, we are requiring that you submit documentation for this decision with your graduate school application.

Requirements of Speech Pathology Graduate Program

Applicants to the Speech Pathology Graduate program should have:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Speech Pathology and/or Audiology, a bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology and/or Audiology in process, or a Graduate Special program in process or completed.
  • Minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must be submitted as part of the application. The verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing scores are required; no advanced tests are necessary.

Application Process

To be considered for admission to the Speech Pathology Master's program, you must formally apply through the University of Nevada, Reno's Graduate School. See the Graduate School for application information. Select the "How to Apply" link and read "Before you apply" section before starting your online application. 

All applicants should submit the following documents electronically via the Graduate School Application online form.

  1. All Official Transcripts
    • From each institution attended.
  2. Current Graduate Record Examination Scores 
    • GRE General Test including Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing sections.
  3. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  4. A Statement of Purpose
    • Please respond to the following prompt:  What contributions have you made thus far that you feel shaped your desire to become a clinician in the field of speech-language pathology? Use your experiences to compose your statement from your personal life, your education, your work, volunteer opportunities, research, leadership, or any other involvements. 
    • Statements should be in: Times New Roman, font size 12, one inch margins, single or double spaced, and no longer than 800 words.
  5. Diversity Statement 
    • Fostering a diverse and inclusive environment is one of the core missions of UNR Med and the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. We recognize that diversity promotes excellence in education, research, service, and health care.
    • Because we train future clinicians to care for and address the needs of an increasingly diverse patient population, we value developing graduate students that reflect and honor the diversity of the world in which we live. When graduate students bring a range of their personal and academic experiences to the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, this diversity enriches the learning experiences of our students and helps members of our community to break down stereotypical thinking and biases and become more comfortable with the scope of human experiences beyond our own.
    • Given our value for diversity, equity, and inclusion, we ask that you submit a one-page diversity statement outlining your thoughts on the following:  How your background and experiences would help you to advance our mission of diversity, equity, and inclusion as a future clinician in speech-language pathology.
    • Statements should be in: Times New Roman, font size 12, one inch margins, single or double spaced.
  6. Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Letters should be by a professional such as a professor, clinical supervisor, or supervisor in related clinical/ educational field.
    • Letters of Recommendation are required to be submitted electronically.
  7. Questions
    • During the graduate school application process, you will be asked to respond to online questions.

All application materials listed above must be RECEIVED BY January 10th to be considered for admission to the program for the following Fall Semester. Only completed applications will be considered; therefore, it is recommended you submit all materials well in advance of the deadline.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the UNR Graduate School (775) 784-6869 or  The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology will not answer questions regarding the application.

The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology (SPA) Graduate Selection Committee will review completed applications and will select an incoming class of approximately 25 students and will select 10 to 15 students to place on an Alternate/Wait List. After the committee completes the selection process, the Dean of the Graduate School must approve the recommendations. The Graduate School notifies all applicants of their status (accepted or not accepted).

Students who are considering applying to the University of Nevada are encouraged to visit the program. We suggest making an appointment before arriving so that arrangements for a productive and informative visit can be made. Also, we encourage contacting the Department at any time with questions or concerns you may have. If you would like additional information regarding the graduate program, please contact Dr. Tami Brancamp Ph.D., Director of Graduate Studies, at