MA Communication Sciences and Disorders: FAQs
Master's Program Frequently Asked Questions
An open house is offered each semester if you wish to visit and tour our department. Individual visits are not recommended, unless you are visiting from out of state, due to the heavy load our faculty have with teaching, research, advising and scheduled meetings. We encourage you to plan to join us at an open house. Dates will be posted on the website.
We accept applications for the fall semester ONLY. However, students have the option to begin to take some courses over the first summer and then graduate in May two years later rather than August.
Your official GRE score report must reach CSDCAS by the required date. It is in your best interest to take the GRE revised General Test) at least 4-6 months prior to the deadline so that you may the opportunity to retake if necessary. GRE exams taken after the required deadline date will not be accepted.
All application materials are due by the deadline. The GRE scores are submitted through CSDCAS.
No, GRE scores are valid for a maximum of five years.
Letters from faculty in communication sciences and disorders with whom you have taken courses and/or worked on research projects are the most helpful to our admission committee. Up to two letters from employment supervisors can be accepted but preferably from those supervisors who work in CSD or a related field and you will be at a disadvantage if we do not receive at least some input from academic faculty with whom you have worked. Failure to provide three letters of reference will result in your application being considered incomplete.
Letters of reference must be submitted through CSDCAS.
We evaluate each and every application individually, carefully assigning scores to all factors such as GRE scores, cumulative GPA, GPA in the major or leveling courses, personal statement, letters of recommendation, volunteer and research experience, honors or awards, and interview if invited for interview. Successful applicants will be the top applicants who are likely to be successful as a graduate student in our academic and clinical program. Students must pass the interview to be accepted into the program regardless of their accomplishments in other areas. We do have minimum values for such factors as GRE scores; all applications are considered carefully.
No, we understand that you may still need to complete courses in the spring and/or summer. To be competitive for admission, though, you must be able to show that you will complete all of the required prerequisites by the time your graduate programs starts in the fall.
The personal statement will be one or two pages. Applicants are asked to describe;
- Academic and/or personal experiences leading to an interest in graduate study in speech-language pathology,
- Future career plans, and
- Choice of OLLU
Interviews are required for students short-listed as potential candidates for the master’s program. Any student who interviews but is not accepted for the program will be wait listed.
Decisions are typically announced in mid to late March by email immediately following departmental interviews. It is in your best interest to use a personal email account instead of a school account and an address where you can receive correspondence even after you graduate from your current school.
We would like to know as soon as possible, but in any case, no later than April 15, which is the deadline across the U.S. agreed by the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD). No school should ask you for a commitment prior to this date.
A student who has been admitted to the program may request a deferred enrollment to the following year under special circumstances. Please email the department with such requests.
You must apply through the CSDCAS process.
The deadline to apply is Jan. 15.