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Graduate FAQs

  1. How can I get an application?
  2. When is the application deadline?
  3. When should I take the GRE? How can I arrange to take the GRE?
  4. Which GRE sections does the application committee consider?
  5. How important are GRE scores?
  6. Should I take the GRE more than once?
  7. What is the minimum GPA requirement? What is the average GPA of accepted students?
  8. Is there an advantage to applying early?
  9. How important is having experience in the field outside of coursework?
  10. Am I required to have observation hours in Audiology/ Speech-Language Pathology before entering graduate school?
  11. How much is the application fee?
  12. To where should I send my transcripts?
  13. How do I calculate my upper-division GPA?
  14. Are the lower-division grades considered?
  15. How many recommendation letters should I send?
  16. Do my letters of recommendation have to come from faculty members in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS)?
  17. How can I apply for financial aid, scholarships, fellowships, and/or assistantships?
  18. Are assistantships awarded based on student need?
  19. How many assistantships are offered?
  20. What should/shouldn’t I write in my statement of purpose?
  21. How long should my statement of purpose be?
  22. Do I need to send in a resume?
  23. What is the mailing address for UF’s Dept of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences?
  24. If I have questions about any of the graduate degree programs (MA in speech-language pathology, Au.D. in audiology, or Ph.D.), whom should I contact?

Answers

1. How can I get an application?

For links to UF’s online application click here.
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2. When is the application deadline?

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3. When should I take the GRE? How can I arrange to take the GRE?

You can arrange to take the GRE on most any day of the year. Most undergraduate students take the GRE during the summer prior to their senior year or during the early part of the Fall semester of the their senior year. To find out about arranging the GRE click here.

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4. Which GRE sections does the application committee consider?

The Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing sections of the GRE are all considered.

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5. How important are GRE scores?

The Graduate School at the University of Florida sets minimum requirements for admission as follows: minimum grade average of B for all upper-division undergraduate work and scores that are acceptable to the program to which the student is applying on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for students with an earned bachelor’s degree only or its international equivalent.These scores must be used in the context of a holistic credential review process.Applicants can find information about the GRE scores of individuals who were offered admission to our program through a link on the webpage for our Master’s program on this website. Additional program data are available through the ASHA website and its EDFind tool (www.asha.org).

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6. Should I take the GRE more than once?

How many times the GRE is taken is a personal choice. The departmental admissions committee uses the highest GRE scores an applicant has obtained. So, there is no harm in getting a lower score when retaking the GRE.

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7. What is the minimum GPA requirement? What is the average GPA of accepted students?

The minimum GPA requirement is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The average GPA of accepted students depends on the pool of applicants each year. In recent years, the average upper division GPA of admitted students has been approximately 3.8.

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8. Is there an advantage to applying early?

YES. For the Ph.D. program, there is an advantage to completing the application earlier.Because some decisions regarding awards are made prior to the application deadline.Thus completing an application for Fall admission prior to February 1 will enhance an applicants chances of winning more prestigious funding.

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NO. For our clinical degree programs (M.A. and Au.D.) there is no advantage to applying early, other than knowing that all of your application materials are in place by the application deadline. Applications that remain incomplete after the deadline will not be considered for admission by the graduate committee.But no applications will be reviewed prior to the deadline.

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9. How important is it to have experience in the field outside of coursework?

Evidence of volunteer, shadowing, or paid experiences can have a strong influence on the admission committee’s decision. This information commonly shows up in the applicant’s personal statement and/or in letters of recommendation from professionals with whom the applicant had worked or volunteered. It is common for students completing undergraduate degrees in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences to have two letters of recommendation from faculty and one from a professional in the field.

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10. Am I required to have observation hours in Audiology/ Speech-Language Pathology before entering graduate school?

No. While it is common for undergraduate programs in speech and hearing to provide students with observation experience, observation hours are not required for graduate admission. However students will need to have a minimum of 25 documented hours of observation prior to beginning to obtain clinical practicum hours.
Students who do not have a minimum of 25 hours of observation will be provided the opportunity to obtain those hours as quickly as possible once in the graduate program.

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11. How much is the application fee?

There is a $30 application fee.

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12. To where should I send my transcripts?

Send official transcripts to:

Office of Admissions
201 Criser Hall
P.O. Box 114000
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

Send an unofficial (unsealed or xerox) copy of transcripts to:
Idella King (e-mail: iking@csd.ufl.edu)
Graduate Secretary
P.O. Box 117420
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7420

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13. How do I calculate my upper-division GPA?

A worksheet is included on the application for admission.

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14. Are the lower-division grades considered?

Performance in lower-division courses is considered by the graduate admissions committee as they review application materials. However, a lower division GPA is not calculated.

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15. How many recommendation letters should I send?

Three letters of recommendation are required.In some instances where a fourth letter of recommendation will serve to acquaint the committee with another aspect of the applicant, a fourth letter will be accepted.

Letters of recommendation may now be completed electronically.Please be sure to have the correct e-mail address for each of your recommenders when you complete your online application.

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16. Do my letters of recommendation have to come from faculty members in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS)?

All letters of recommendation do not have to be written by faculty members in SLHS. Work supervisors and other faculty members who know you well may write letters of recommendation. Please do not send letters from family members or friends.

Recommenders should know the applicant well enough to be able to speak in detail about the applicant’s strengths and weakness in terms of their academic and/or clinical potential.

Letters of recommendation may now be completed electronically.Please be sure to have the correct e-mail address for each of your recommenders when you complete your online application.

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17. How can I apply for financial aid, scholarships, fellowships, and/or assistantships?

All admitted applicants to the department are considered for departmental funding through graduate assistantships. No additional application is required for this source of funding. Other university and extramural sources may require additional application. The University of Florida’s application for fellowships and assistantships may be found here.

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18. Are assistantships awarded based on student need?

Assistantship offers are not based on need. Rather, offers are made competitively based on the recommendations of faculty members who have reviewed the admissions application material.

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19. How many assistantships are offered?

The number of assistantships varies from year to year depending on fluctuations in college and departmental funding. Typically around one quarter of the graduate students in our clinical degree programs, and all Ph.D. students receive some form of financial support from the university.

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20. What should/shouldn’t I write in my statement of purpose?

Your statement of purpose should include a description of your interest in the field, any prior experience, and career plans. Please try to avoid melodrama and
exaggeration. Please also proofread and spell check your personal statement carefully, as typos and grammatical errors create a very negative impression.

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21. How long should my statement of purpose be?

Statements of purpose are typically 1–2 pages in length.

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22. Do I need to send in a resume?

A resume is not required, but will be accepted and considered along with the other components of the application, if submitted.

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23. What is the mailing address for UF’s Dept of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences?

Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
PO Box 117420
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611

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24. If I have questions about any of the graduate degree programs (MA in speech-language pathology, Au.D. in audiology, or Ph.D.), whom should I contact?

For the M.A. program, please contact the Speech-Language Pathology Program Director, Dr. Ken Logan (E-mail: klogan@ufl.edu.
For the Au.D. program, please contact the Audiology Program Director, Dr. Alice Holmes (E-mail:aholmes@phhp.ufl.edu).
For the Ph.D. program, please contact the Ph.D. Program Advisor, Dr. Lori Altmann (E-mail: laltmann@ufl.edu).