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MA CSD: Admission Requirements

The Communication Sciences and 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.

To learn about the CSDCAS application process, create an account and begin an application, visit

For information on the application process, deadlines and frequently asked questions, visit

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

Requirements for Regular Admission

  • Application for admission completed through the CSDCAS system
  • 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
  • Resume submitted through the CSDCAS system
  • Selected applicants will be invited to a group interview with CDIS department faculty

Admission Deadline

Deadline - Jan. 15

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 Jan. 15 deadline.

For those accepted into the program, a $500 non-refundable advanced-tuition deposit is required.

Graduate Program Information

The master's program accepts 25 students per year into the incoming class and accepted students begin the program in the summer with one required online course.

  • Average incoming GPA for last three years (2018-2020) = 3.47
  • Average GRE Verbal Score - 149 (45th percentile)
  • Average GRE Quantitative Score 145 (23rd percentile)
  • Average GRE Writing Score - 3.50
  • An invitation to take part in a group interview including small group discussion of a selected research article is extended to approximately 60-100 applicants based on overall rankings. Acceptable performance in the group interview provides the last ranking for admission.
  • Full-time students typically graduate in 6 semesters if they follow the recommended sequence of courses for each semester. Part-time students will usually take 8-10 semesters to graduate.