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Thank you for your interest in attending the Graduate Program in speech–language pathology in the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department at Portland State University. We're happy you're considering us!  Our program has two cohorts of graduate students.  The two cohorts will start their graduate education in Fall 2016 and will complete their graduate program in Spring 2018.  Having a two cohort program allows us to train many talented future SLPs and provides us the opportunity to offer two sections of all required courses and a variety of elective courses.

Please note that are online graduate application process is changing! The Portland State University CollegeNET portal will open for Speech and Hearing Science program applicants on September 25, 2015.  Start your application as soon as possible after that date so that all materials are received by the deadline at

We have specific instructions regarding how you should apply and how we evaluate applications below. Please read this page carefully, and check out our FAQ page if you have further questions.

Graduate Admission Requirements

Applicants to the graduate program in speech-language pathology must meet the following specific requirements in addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate studies at Portland State University:

  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree by the time of matriculation
  • Undergraduate major in speech-language pathology, or equivalent pre-requisite courses by the time of matriculation
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 

Application Procedures

*Please read the application instructions carefully*

Application to the graduate program in speech-language pathology at Portland State University will be through the CollegeNET OneApp process in the PSU Office of Graduate Studies. This new process starts September 25, 2015. 

Please follow the steps outlined below:
To be considered for admission for Fall 2016, all parts of your application must be submitted by January 15, 2016. Your reference letters must also be received by PSU on or before this date.

1. Complete your application on the PSU Graduate Admissions Website by January 15, 2016

  • On the Office of Graduate Studies page, click on "Apply for Admission" to create a new account. Please follow the instructions carefully.

  • You are strongly encouraged to review the FAQs before completing your application.

  • If you experience problems or have questions, please contact Erica Popple 503-725-5380 or at

  • The application fee is $65.00

The following information must be submitted directly to CollegeNET to complete your application:  


  • Unofficial Transcripts. Students must submit unofficial transcripts from every U.S. Institution attended. For PSU students and alumni: The CollegeNET system will state that you do not need to upload unofficial transcripts for courses taken at PSU - please note that you will assist our process greatly if you DO upload unofficial PSU transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if you are accepted to attend PSU but are not required during the application process.

  • An unofficial transcript is:

      • A scanned copy of an official transcript issued by the college or university directly to the student
      • A transcript that is not sealed in the college or university envelope
      • A transcript that is scanned and uploaded to the online application 

    An unofficial transcript is NOT:

      • Academic records printed from your school’s website
      • An evaluation provided by a credential service, for example, Educational Credentials Evaluators (ECE) OR World Education Services (WES)
      • Institutional web-based transcript/academic record 

    • Scanning and Uploading Transcripts

      • Please obtain a current copy(ies) of your official transcript(s) and scan both sides at 300 dpi whenever possible.

      • The institution name and other identifying marks should be clearly legible.

      • Scanned documents should be printable on letter size paper (8 ½” x 11”).

      • Include the transcript legend (back page in most cases).

      • The maximum file size is 10 MB, and accepted file types are .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .txt.

      • If the scan is too large then you may want to make a photocopy first (experiment with different settings until you find one that results in the smallest file size) then scan the photocopy.

      • Make one PDF for each institution listed on the upload site, even if it includes multiple pages, translations, a legend, degree certificate, or diploma. Please keep your transcript pages in order. You will be allowed to upload only one PDF for each transcript on the pull-down menu at the upload website.

      • Preview your PDF for image quality to ensure that the document is complete and readable prior to and after uploading. Click the “view document” button to verify whether the uploaded document is legible.

    • Statement of Purpose.  The statement of purpose is uploaded electronicallyYou are limited to 5500 characters (including spaces). 

      • The statement of purpose is intended as an opportunity for you to discuss your interests in pursuing a degree in speech-language pathology. Include a discussion of your background and the academic and personal strengths you will bring to the graduate program and clinical practice. Spelling and grammar mistakes will weaken the personal statement. See our Graduate Admissions Information page for tips.

    • Letters of Recommendation. Three letters of recommendation are required to complete your CollegeNET application.  Although not required, it is recommended that 2 of the 3 letters be written by faculty members and/or instructors who can speak to your academic abilities and potential success as a graduate student. These do not have to be faculy in Speech and Hearing Sciences. The CollegeNET system will ask you to provide name and email conact information for your references. Each reference will automatically receive an email requesting a letter of recommendation. The letters from faculty must be received by January 15, 2016; it is your responsibility to check to make sure these letters have been submitted. Do this by logging back into your CollegeNET online account and selecting "Review Your Activity." See our Graduate Admissions Information Information page for tips. 

    2. International Applicants

    Specific instructions for international graduate applicants to Portland State University can be found at: These instructions include information about submitting foreign transcripts and scores.

    Please note the specific instructions about official documents and official translations.

    English proficiency requirements are also described on the admissions page:

    3. GRE and TOEFL Scores to Portland State University. 

    TOEFL: International applicants are required to submit the minimum required official score on the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the PSU Institutional TOEFL, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam directly to PSU by using the  Institution Code: 4610.

    GRE: Submit your GRE scores directly to PSU by using the Institution Code: 4610. GRE scores are required by every applicant. Please do not mail your scores to PSU yourself

    Institution Code: 4610 PORTLAND STATE UNIV - Grad

    Scores must be received no later than January 15, 2016.


    All graduate students whose first language is not English must meet the English language proficiency requirement prior to enrolling in academic classes. Please note that this requirement applies to all students, including resident aliens and citizens.

    The Selection Process

    Applicants will be ranked for admission on the basis of academic potential for graduate studies in speech-language pathology. The admissions committee is faced with the difficult task of selecting a relatively small group of the most qualified applicants from a large pool of highly qualified applicants. Our procedure includes a holistic credential review process, which takes into account experience, skills, and professional recommendations. We do have a typical range of grades and standardized testing scores that applicants fall into. Graduate students typically have a minimum grade average of B for all upper-division undergraduate work. In coursework specific to speech and hearing sciences, grade averages have typically been around 3.75 (typically between 3.25 and 4.0). On the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Revised General Test, students accepted into our program have typically reported scores around 305 (between 295 and 335).

    The application provides a specific section to enter your experiences. Please use the instructions provided to complete this section thoroughly and accurately. The SPHR department strongly values multicultural experiences and bilingualism, clinical experience, research experience and leadership, volunteerism, overcoming significant adversity, and seeks to promote the success of underrepresented populations in speech and hearing sciences. When providing information about your experiences, please provide enough information for faculty to evaluate those experiences as appropriate. Keep in mind that we are interested in the type of experience, the length of time with the experience, and the evidence and information that will let us evaluate the experience. For example, we might weight research experience more heavily if the experience included leadership or independence in the research endeavor (such as thesis or publication). We also may weight substantial leadership in a volunteer or research activity more heavily if it was within the past 5 years.