Admission Requirements

The Communication and Learning Disorders program at Our Lady of the Lake University participates in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). All applicants applying to the OLLU graduate program in Communications and Learning Disorders program must apply online using the CSDCAS application process.

It is recommended that applicants review the CSDCAS process before beginning an application. The CSDCAS website includes a “Before You Begin” section that provides information on the process.

The 2016-2017 application cycle opened on Aug. 2, 2016.

To learn about the CSDCAS application process, create an account and begin an application, visit https://csdcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login.

For information on the application process, deadlines and frequently asked questions, visit https://portal.csdcas.org/csdcasHelpPages/instructions-and-faq/.


CSDCAS provides a Helpline:
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Central Time)
Phone: 617-612-2030
Email: csdcasinfo@csdcas.org

Requirements for regular admission

  • Application for admission completed through the CSDCAS system
  • $40 non-refundable application fee. Fee can be paid online at https://marketplace.ollusa.edu/cdisapplicationfees
  • Official score report on the Graduate Record Examination; test must be taken within the last five years; not required for applicants with master’s degrees from regionally accredited institutions; must be submitted through the CSDCAS system via code 7519
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges and universities attended; transcripts must include baccalaureate and higher (if applicable) degrees earned and dates conferred; must be submitted through the CSDCAS system
    (Download special instructions for submitting transcripts from outside the United States and transcripts not in English.)
  • A bachelor’s degree in CDIS with a minimum cumulative grade point average 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) on undergraduate work attempted and at least 3.00 in undergraduate work in CDIS; for applicants with a master’s degree, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on graduate work.
  • Three references submitted through the CSDCAS system
  • Personal statement/essay submitted through the CSDCAS system
  • Selected applicants will be invited to a group interview with CDIS department faculty

Admission deadline

Feb. 1

NOTE: It can take up to four weeks for CSDCAS to process documents and consider your application complete and verified. It is strongly recommended that you submit all documents, test scores and application information at least four weeks before the Feb. 1 deadline.

For those accepted into the program, a $200 non-refundable advanced-tuition deposit is required.

Graduate Information

*The master's program accepts 25 students per year into the incoming class and accepted students may begin the program in the summer or fall. The number of applications received in 2015 was above 300.
  • Average incoming GPA for last three years (fall 13-fall 16) = 3.55
  • Average GRE Verbal Score - 151 (50.43 percentile)
  • Average GRE Quantitative Score 147.74 (33.43 percentile)
  • Average GRE Writing Score - 3.79
  • An invitation to take part in a group interview including small group discussion of a selected research article is extended to approximately 60 applicants based on overall rankings. Acceptable performance in the group interview provides the last ranking points for admission.
  • Full-time students typically graduate in 5-6 semesters if they follow the recommended sequence of courses for each semester. Part-time students will usually take 7-8 semesters to graduate.

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