Fall 2025 Application Cycle:

Requirements of Speech Pathology Graduate Program

Applicants to the Speech Pathology Graduate program must 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. 
  • Applicants must have successfully completed the following four general education courses as part of their undergraduate coursework or prior to beginning graduate study in the master's program at UNR:
    • One course in Biological Science (lab not required)
    • One course in Physical Science (e.g., physics or chemistry)
    • One course in Behavioral Science (psychology, sociology)
    • One course in Statistics

Application Process

Two separate applications are necessary for admission to the Speech Pathology program. To be considered for admission to the Speech Pathology Master's program, applicants must (1) Complete an application in CSDCAS and (2) Complete a separate application to the University of Nevada, Reno's Graduate School, and pay the corresponding fees.

Step 1: CSDCAS Application

A full application must be submitted to CSDCAS and you must pay the fee before you can apply to the University of Nevada, Reno Graduate School. The following materials should be submitted directly to CSDCAS:

  1. All Official Transcripts
    • From every undergraduate and graduate institution attended.
  2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  3. Letter of Intent
    What experiences have influenced your desire to be a speech-language pathologist? Use experiences from your life, education, work, volunteer opportunities, research, leadership or other activities to compose your statement. This is an opportunity to introduce yourself, your interests and motivations as well as to highlight your undergraduate and/or previous graduate career. You may also discuss the relevance of your recent activities and elaborate on your academic interests.
  4. 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.
  5. Questions
    During the graduate school application process, you will be asked to respond to online questions. Please do not use AI. We are looking for authentic, thoughtful answers.

All application materials listed above must be RECEIVED BY January 15 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.

Step 2: University of Nevada, Reno Graduate School Application

A very short application to the University of Nevada, Reno Graduate School is also required, but you will not need to re-submit the other materials submitted to CSDCAS. A full application must be submitted to CSDCAS (step 1).
To start the application, follow these directions:

  • Access the application through the Graduate School's online application portal.
  • Click create account to create a username and password and then log in and complete the short application.
  • Pay the Graduate School application fee and submit.

If you have any questions regarding the CSDCAS application process, please review the CSDCAS contact information. If you have any questions regarding the Graduate School application process, please contact the University of Nevada, Reno Graduate School (775) 784-6869 or

The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology (SPA) Graduate Selection Committee will review completed applications and will select an incoming class of students and will select 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. Prady Srivastava Ph.D., Director of Graduate Studies, at or