The Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders values diversity of skills, experiences, and perspectives in students applying to the MA SLP program. In general, the admissions committee is attempting to identify students that will have success both in graduate school and as a speech-language pathologist. For both of these outcomes, students need the following skills for success:
- Academic ability and preparation: Students need a firm foundation in core speech-language-hearing concepts as well as broader knowledge of related fields so that they are able to learn how to apply this knowledge to clinical situations.
- Measures used for evaluation: SPLH GPA, Overall GPA, letters of reference, résumé, GRE scores
- Communication skills: SLPs need to communicate clearly and effectively with clients, families, and other professionals in both spoken and written formats.
- Measures used for evaluation: student essay, letters of reference, résumé, Verbal and Analytical Writing GRE scores
- Interpersonal skills: SLPs work with clients, families, and other professionals. Thus, SLPs need to be able to work collaboratively and effectively with a wide range of people.
- Measures used for evaluation: résumé (for experience with (1) teamwork; (2) working with others in any context, especially individuals with disabilities; (3) clinical experience); letters of reference
- Analytical skills: As part of evidence-based practice, SLPs must critically read, analyze, interpret and apply research to clinical practice. Thus, SLPs need a firm foundation in research, critical thinking, and clinical application.
- Measures used for evaluation: data essay, résumé (for research & clinical experience); letters of reference
- Potential for professionalism: SLPs work in busy (sometimes stressful) environments. SLPs need to be organized, reliable, and respectful. In addition, beginning SLPs are always learning and improving. SLPs need to be able to grow from constructive feedback.
- Measures used for evaluation: letters of reference; student essay
- Potential for leadership: SLPs advocate for their clients to ensure that appropriate services are received. Likewise, many SLPs choose to advocate for the profession at the local, state, or national level.
- Measures used for evaluation: résumé (for leadership experience); letters of reference
- Cultural and linguistic diversity: SLPs have diverse and multilingual caseloads requiring them to value and work effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds that differ from their own.
- Measures used for evaluation: résumé (for personal or academic cultural experiences); letters of reference