Graduate Studies - Hearing and Speech Sciences

Application Information - MDE

A teacher certification is required for acceptance into the MDE program.

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Application Deadline: January 15
The application, test scores, and all supporting materials must be received by January 15.

Admission Decisions: 

For the Au.D., M.D.E. and M.S.-SLP programs, approximately the first full week of March. Admission decisions will be mailed by March 15. 

Ph.D. applicants are reviewed by a special committee. A select group will be contacted by the committee chair to arrange a visit sometime in February.

Response from Students:  April 15

If your written response is not received by April 15, the Department has the right to rescind the offer of admission and financial award. Confirmed receipt of an email to the director of graduate studies specifying your decision by April 14th can be used to extend our deadline for receipt of the written response.

Application Fee

There is no application fee when applying to the M.D.E. degree program.

Statement of Purpose   (personal statement)

The Statement of Purpose is a required and important part of the application. The DHSS has no set criteria for the personal statement, it should be no less than one page, but no more than 1-1/2 (single or double spaced). The School of Medicine’s tips for preparing a personal statement can be found by clicking here.  Please keep in mind that the sample letters are from applicants to the M.D. program and may not apply to your area of interest.  However, the tips are good ones and could give you some ideas.   

For Ph.D. applicants, the statement should indicate research interests and experiences, potential PhD mentors as well as long term career objectives. In the acceptance of PhD students, the faculty seeks to match research interests of applicants with individual faculty mentors. Thus, it is appropriate as well as strongly encouraged for Ph.D. applicants to contact individual Vanderbilt faculty members in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences prior to submitting an application.

Required Materials

Transcripts/Academic information

A record of your academic performance is required for each institution you list in the “Academics” section of the application. You will be prompted to upload your academic record for each college or university you have attended when you officially submit your application.  An academic record can be in the form of a legible scanned copy of a transcript or an academic record from the institutions’ Student Information System portal.

Official transcripts must be sent directly to Vanderbilt at the address, below.  If you are currently enrolled, please wait to submit your transcript until all grades and degrees are posted.

Center for Data Management
Vanderbilt University
PMB 407833, 2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN  37240-7833
phone:  none, please inquire via email message only

Letters of Recommendation. (three are required, up to a maximum of five can be accepted)

Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who can speak to the applicant’s academic abilities and accomplishments and likelihood of the applicant’s success in a clinical or research program.  With a maximum of five, supervisors, teaching assistants, etc., are certainly welcome to provide a recommendation for you.

Recommenders are strongly encouraged to submit their letters electronically.  The application allows the applicant to identify their recommenders and the system will notify them (on your behalf) by e-mail. When the electronic recommendations are submitted, they are “attached” to the application, and you will receive an email message confirming receipt of each recommendation. 

Please note: Email addresses should be proofed for accuracy before finalizing the application. If an incorrect email address is entered into the system, the recommender will not receive the request for recommendation.

If you choose not to use the electronic method, it is your responsibility to contact your recommenders and provide them with our recommendation form. Paper letters of recommendation should be sent to the Center for Data Management (see details, above) and should be received in that office by the application deadline.

Test Scores

Official GRE scores come electronically from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and are required for all applicants. Official TOEFL scores are required for international applicants only. The scores should be sent to institution code 1871. The department code is not required in order for your official scores to attach to the application.  All of our programs in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences use department code: 0620.

Important Note: It is the applicant’s responsibility to allow sufficient time for the ETS to score and report test results. Please refer to the ETS website (http://www.ets.org/gre) to access the Detailed Score Reporting Schedule for the GRE exam.

Supplemental Materials

You will be prompted to upload supplemental materials/documents when you officially submit your application. 

Tuition Scholarships: Given that most graduate students need financial assistance, need is not a factor; financial awards are offered on the basis of merit, using criteria very similar to that used to judge acceptance into the program.  There are no additional forms to complete for scholarships.

Pre-requisites for the MS-SLP - Please refer to question #4 in the FAQs section for details.

Special Requirements for International Applicants:

Previous Degrees
International applicants should apply only if you have four years of college (four-year degree or three-year’s plus one year of a master’s program).

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Prior to consideration for admission, international student applicants for whom English is a second language must submit a report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. Scores should be less than two years old and above 620 (paper-based) and 260 (computer-based) to demonstrate proficiency (http://www.ets.org/toefl), or address inquiries and requests for applications to TOEFL, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151

International students applying to or enrolling in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Proficiency in English for Coursework and Clinical Practicum

International students (whose native language is not English) who are accepted to and progressing through the program may also be required to complete an intensive English language program at Vanderbilt University during their initial semester of classes in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences or, later in their course of study, in the event that spoken English skills adversely affect academic/clinical performance. Information about Vanderbilt's English language program may be obtained at http://www.vanderbilt.edu/vio/.


International student applicants must supply official academic records from all colleges and universities attended including certificates, mark sheets and examination results. These may be copies of the original documents certified by an official of the institution issuing the record. If you are currently enrolled at a USA university, Vanderbilt will accept (for admission purposes only) copies of documents that may be on file at that university. Should you be admitted, you must supply the official documents described above.

Financial Resources

In order to meet requirements for entry into the USA, applicants must demonstrate that they have sufficient financial resources to cover the cost of their education. Please be prepared to provide evidence of this funding.

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