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MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders

How To Apply to the On Campus Program

Application to CSDCAS

An online application to the Master’s Degree Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a major in speech-language pathology must be completed through CSDCAS (Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service) at https://portal.csdcas.org. CSDCAS will open for UC graduate applications on September 15.  On CSDCAS, you will find detailed instructions regarding development of a profile and submission of materials. All application materials must be submitted to CSDCAS no later than December 15. Although applications do not need to be verified by this date, we strongly encourage early submission to ensure transcripts and GRE scores are received by CSDCAS in a timely fashion. Please note, academic updates with grades from fall term only are allowed through 12/31. The materials that must be sent to CSDCAS (not UC) include:

  • application
  • extracurricular, volunteer and leadership activities, honors, and awards
  • On CSDCAS you will be asked to write an essay of approximately 125 words (750 characters with spaces) per question to answer each of the following four questions.  We hope that you will use external resources to inform your responses, when appropriate.

    1. Describe your academic, experiential, and personal qualifications for our graduate program in speech-language pathology.  Be sure to tell us how your background and experience prepared you to interact differently with individuals who are different from you in their social, cultural or economic perspectives.
    2. What are some of the most important issues and research needs facing the profession of speech-language pathology today?
    3. Aside from passion and the desire to help others, what sets you apart from other candidates?
    4. Do you speak another language fluently?
      -If not, please enter “No”
      -If yes, which language(s)? Please describe your experiences using the language and how this skill will facilitate improved service delivery to people with communication disorders.
  • academic information (courses, grades, etc.)
  • transcripts from each college or university (including community colleges even if you took college classes during high school)  attended sent to:
         CSDCAS Verification Department
         PO Box 9113
         Watertown, MA 02471
  • GRE scores must be sent by ETS directly to CSDCAS using the UC university code of 0734.DO NOT send Official GRE scores to UC. If sent to UC, we are unable to merge them with your CSDCAS application, thus rendering your application incomplete.

  • three (3) letters of reference:  It is strongly recommended that reference letters be written by instructors who can speak to your academic abilities and potential success as a graduate student.


Review Timeline

The initial review process for completed files begins in January and takes approximately 6-12 weeks. Incomplete files will not be reviewed. Admission decisions will be made in writing only.


CSDCAS Technical Support

If you experience problems or have questions, contact CSDCAS Customer Service.

  • Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 5 PM Eastern Time
  • Phone: (617) 612-2030
  • Email:  csdcasinfo@csdcas.org


Application Fees

You will pay two separate application fees. One to CSDCAS and one to UC. Both fees must be paid by the deadlines communicated to be considered for review.

  • Please see the CSDCAS Website for current information on CSDCAS application fees.
  • After your application is verified by CSDCAS, you will receive a separate email from UC with a link to pay the $65 UC application fee. This process usually begins in January; with a 1 week deadline to pay the UC fee following email notification. As such, this fee is not linked to the 12/15 deadline. The Graduate School is responsible for this aspect of the application process.


International Students

Before admission to the University is completed, all foreign students must fulfill U.S. Immigration Service requirements and register with the International Services and Foreign Student and the International Services Office.  The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Spoken English (TSE) are required of all applicants whose native language is not English. Scores must be sent by the test site directly to the University of Cincinnati. . 

This test must be taken in the student’s own country before admission is granted.  This requirement may be waived for a foreign student who has completed an academic program of two or more years in duration at an accredited American college or university.  Presently the minimum TOEFL score acceptable for graduate work in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is 100.

The Oral English Proficiency (OEP) Testing Program was implanted in 1986 to assess the oral English language skills of graduate students who are nonnative speakers of English and receive financial awards from general University funds.  Students are required to take the test at the beginning of their first semester of study. Their oral English skills are rated in four areas: 1) pronunciation; 2) grammar; 3) fluency; and 4) overall intelligibility. 

Those who pass are certified for oral English proficiency and may assume the full range of duties associated with the financial awards. Those who do not pass are recommended for English as a Second Language (ESL) course that is suited to their needs. 

Students whose oral English proficiency has not been certified may not assume instructional responsibilities.  Oral Proficiency testing is conducted four times during the academic year (September, December, March, and May) to accommodate new arrivals and students who have prepared to retake the test.  Each student can only be tested twice during an academic year.
 
Upon arrival at the University of Cincinnati, all international students are required to carry student health insurance.  Semester fees (reflecting the number of accompanying dependents) will be assessed at each registration period.

CSD Graduate students during Language Literacy Clinic

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Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
3202 Eden Avenue
P.O. Box 670379
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0379
Phone: 513-558-8502
Fax:  513-558-8500
Email: csd@uc.edu

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