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Apply to the Master's of Science Program

Application Deadline

Friday, February 1, 2019 at 9:59 p.m., Mountain Standard Time

Minimum Requirements

The minimum requirements for applying to the UNM SLP Master of Science degree program are:

  1. An overall GPA of 3.4 (on a 4-point scale) in speech and hearing sciences or communication sciences and disorders (SHS/CSD) coursework, and
  2. Completion of a minimum of 12 hours of SHS coursework prior to application.  

Prior to beginning the master’s program, all applicants must have completed their bachelors’ degrees in SHS/CSD or in another discipline. Applications not meeting these minimum requirements will not be considered.

Application Tips and Tricks

Application Requirements

Your application consists of two submission processes: online and by mail

  • An application must be submitted through the UNM Graduate Studies online application system
    • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee
  • Your online application must include:
    • An unofficial copy of your GRE scores
    • Copies of your unofficial transcripts from all colleges that you have attended; these must include final grades for the Fall semester immediately prior to the February 1 deadline (if applicable)
    • A letter of intent (ASHA EdFind calls this the 'writing sample')
      • There are no official guidelines for letters of intent. However, reviewers might expect that it would include an explanation of why you wish to attend this graduate program and why you think you will succeed here. You can use the letter to highlight your strengths and expreriences, explain any special circumstances, and explain your goals. Examples of strengths and experiences include, but are not limited to:
        • Fluency in additional languages
        • Volunteer work or employment experiences in related fields
        • Any prior research or research-related experiences
    • Name and contact information for three (3) recommenders
      • Requests for letters of recommendation are sent directly by email from the online application system to your chosen recommenders
        • Instruct your recommenders to follow the email prompts
      • Only three letters of recommendation will be accepted, and additional letters received after the first three letters will not be accepted
      • The letters that are most helpful in our admissions decision process are those that come from faculty with whom you have taken classes. We encourage you to obtain two letters from faculty members: one from an SHS/CSD faculty member, and one from a faculty member in another academic discipline. The third letter of recommendation can come from a mentor in your community.
      • Give your recommenders plenty of time to complete the letters and submit them online. Most prefer that you provide them your résumé, an unofficial transcript, and clear instructions on how to fill out and submit the letter, including deadlines. Most faculty prefer that you get the materials to them by the end of November for January and February deadlines.
    • In order to be considered for departmental financial aid, your online application must include the departmental financial aid application. Upload your financial aid form in the assistantship essay tab on UNM's online application system -- Applyyourself.  Admissions applications without financial aid application and essay will not be considered for departmental financial aid.
    • Important note: Applications cannot be reviewed until all materials, including the three letters of recommendation, are submitted. We strongly recommend that applicants carefully monitor the status of their online application and letters of recommendation.
    • A résumé is not required for this application
By mail
  • From all colleges that you have attended, request that official transcripts be sent to the UNM Office of Admissions address listed below
    • Official transcripts must include the final grades for the fall semester immediately prior to the February 1 deadline (if applicable)
    • Note: Transcripts must be in the sealed envelopes in which they were sent to you. If you open the envelope, the transcript is no longer considered offical and your application will be considered incomplete
  • From Educational Testing Service (ETS), request that official GRE scores be sent to the UNM Office of Admissions address listed below
    • Be sure to take the test early enough for your score to arrive by the application deadline
    • Your GRE scores must be taken no more than five (5) years before the application deadline
    • This department does not use "cut-off" guidelines for GRE scores
    • The ETS institution code for the University of New Mexico is 4845
University of New Mexico Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 4895

Albuquerque, NM 87196-4895

Decision letters for admission are sent by email on Monday, March 11, 2019. Offers of departmental financial assistance, including graduate assistantships and scholarships, are included in this email notification.

Important Links

UNM Online Graduate Application

Financial Aid Information

Letters of Recommendation (for students requesting letters from UNM faculty)

Contact Us

If you have questions after reviewing all information on our website, please contact Professor Cathy Binger at