How to Apply

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 CSDCAS will open for UC graduate applications on September 15. 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 five questions.

All applications must have a COMPLETE status and Official GRE scores in CSDCAS by December 15, 11:59 PM; no exceptions. 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. Academic updates are strongly encouraged but not required.

The materials that must be sent to CSDCAS (not UC) include:

  • application
  • extracurricular, volunteer and leadership activities, honors, and award
  • 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.
    • 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?
    • What are some of the most important issues and research needs facing the profession of speech-language pathology today?
    • Aside from passion and the desire to help others, what sets you apart from other candidates?
    • 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.
    • You awaken at 6:30 am to get to clinic at 8:00 am. When you look out the window, you discover it has snowed. According to the news report, traffic is snarled throughout the Cincinnati area? What will you do?
  • 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
    • Do NOT send Official GRE scores to UC
    • GRE scores must be sent to U of Cincinnati CSDCAS (Code 0734) via ETS. Any other code will send your GRE scores to the wrong recipient and as such, we will not be able to review your application.
    • NOTE: CSDCAS will verify your application even if you do not submit your GRE Scores.
    • "Verified" applications without Official GRE scores will not be reviewed.
  • 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:

Application Fees

You will pay two separate application fees. One to CSDCAS and one to the University of Cincinnati. 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 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.

Seat Holding Fee

Like many universities, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Cincinnati retains a holding fee from all applicants upon acceptance into one of its on-campus professional clinical programs. This $250.00 holding fee will be applied to their fall tuition bill when the applicant begins the program at UC.  Those who accept the offer of admission and subsequently withdraw their acceptance forfeit the submitted holding fee.

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 Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders requires the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of all applicants whose native language is not English.  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. Further information can be found on the Graduate School’s Website.

  • Do NOT send Official TOEFL scores to UC.
  • TOEFL scores must be sent to CSDCAS by ETS directly using code C122. 
    • NOTE: CSDCAS will verify your application even if you do not submit your TOEFL Scores.
    • "Verified" applications without Official TOEFL scores will not be reviewed.

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.