New York Medical College

School of Health Sciences and Practice

Admissions Requirements and Application


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To apply online to the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Program, please click here. The application is available for Fall 2016 through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Central Application Service (CSDCAS -

Admissions Requirements

  1. Submit application and application fee by deadline to
  2. Fill out prerequisite worksheet included in the online application.
  3. In order to guarantee a place in the class, an accepted applicant must submit a non-refundable $500 deposit and evidence of the immunizations required by New York Medical College, at the time of acceptance of an offer of admission. The deposit is applied to the first year tuition. See Health Services History and Physical.
  4. Accepted students are subject to a criminal background check.

Specific requirements for admission to the program are:

  1. Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree from an accredited college.
  1. Applicants should have an academic record that includes a balance of course work in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, including competency in English writing. Applicants should have a G.P.A. of at least 3.5. The following specific prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better within 10 years of the application deadline date (exceptions to the 10 year limit may be made for individuals who work in a health field):
      • At least one course in biological sciences-content areas should be related to human or animal sciences (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science). Biological sciences specifically related to communication sciences and disorders may not be applied.
      • At least one course in physical sciences.  Acceptable course in physical sciences must include physics or chemistry. Physical sciences specifically related to communication sciences and disorders may not be applied.
      • At least one stand-alone course in statistics.  Research methodology courses in communication sciences and disorders may not be used to satisfy the statistics requirement.
      • At least two courses in social/behavioral sciences.  Acceptable course include psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health.
      • Courses devoted to the teaching of any of the above topics (teacher education courses) may not be used to satisfy these requirements.  
      • All courses must be completed before starting the program.
  1. An introductory-level course in communication disorders is recommended (not required).
  2. Applicants must submit results of the Graduate Record Examination General test. The institution number to use for the CSDCAS application is 6973. For information, contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS), PO Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000; (609) 921-9000.
  3. Three program specific recommendations are required; at least one must be from a faculty member from whom the applicant has taken at least one course. The recommendations are to be completed by the recommender, unless being submitted by a university committee or credentialing office.
  4. Applicants must submit a personal statement of approximately 750 words. In the personal statement, you must address the following questions:
    a) What events led to your decision to become a speech-language pathologist?
    b) Why do you want to attend a medically-based speech-language pathology program as opposed to an educationally-based program?
    c) What personal characteristics and life experiences qualify you to be a speech-language pathologist?
  5. Before beginning the program, students must submit evidence of current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The CPR course must include skill practice on CPR and choking for the adult (1 and 2 person CPR), child, and infant.
  6. Students are expected to be computer literate before entering the program. Several of the courses assume that the student is proficient in the following areas: general computer skills, word processing, spreadsheets, email, and Internet. Remedial instruction in computer literacy is available.
  7. All applicants who are in any of the following categories are required to obtain a minimum eligibility score of at least 660 (PBT -a minimum of 5 on the essay section), 287 (CBT – a minimum of 5 on the essay section), or 117 (IBT - no score lower than 28 in each of the 4 sections) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); also accepted is the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – a minimum score of Band 8.
    • Those whose native language is not English;
    • Those from countries where English is one of the official languages, but not necessarily the first language of the majority of the population;
    • Those from countries where English is not a native language, although available as a language of instruction at all or some levels of schooling;
    • Those whose transcripts are not in English or are from schools in non-English speaking countries

      The institution number to use for the test is 2592. For information, contact the Educational Testing Service (TOEFL), PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000; telephone (609) 921-9000; e-mail:; web site:

  8. For more information on required documentation for international students, click here


Accepted students must submit a $500 deposit to guarantee their place in the class.

To be considered for admission and subsequent advancement, candidates for the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology must demonstrate motivation, maturity, stability, sound judgment, a sense of responsibility, and good moral character; they must evince cognitive, motor and organizational skills, sensory perception, and ability to synthesize and apply knowledge; and they must possess such other attributes as the faculty deems to be essential to become a caring and effective speech-language pathologist.

Mailing address or to contact us:

Office of Admissions, Room 316
New York Medical College
School of Health Sciences and Practice
Valhalla, NY 10595

Phone: 800-336-NYMC (914-594-4510) (If you leave a message on the voicemail, please be sure to leave a name, address, and a telephone number where you can be reached.). Fax: 914-594-4292

If you have specific question regarding the admissions process for the Speech-Language Pathology Program (not an application packet), you may e-mail us at

Page updated: October 16, 2015