Applying to the Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders Program
Note: This is the degree program for applicants who are seeking to pursue speech-language pathology.
Admissions Information and Data
- See the University of Florida Graduate School website for detailed information about admission criteria at the University of Florida.
- Admission to our program is highly competitive.
- We receive several hundred applications per year, and in any given year, we offer admission to about 13-18% of all applicants.
- Grade Point Average (GPA): Applicants who hold a Bachelor’s degree must have an upper division GPA of at least 3.0 (See the UF Graduate School website for specific details). In recent years, the average undergraduate upper-division GPA among applicants who were offered admission to our program has been between 3.8 and 3.9, and nearly all applicants who have been offered admission have upper division GPAs in the 3.7 to 4.0 range.
- GRE Scores: Recent data (Range for the Middle 50% of applicants who were offered admission) — Verbal Reasoning: 155-161; Quantitative Reasoning: 152-160; Analytical Writing: 4.0-5.0.
- For additional information about our program, please see our entry in the EdFind database on the website of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (www.asha.org).
- We admit students in the Fall semester. The application deadline for Fall 2019 admission is January 15, 2019.
- All application materials should be submitted by this date. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
- You are responsible for checking the status of your application materials in advance of the January 15 deadline to be sure your application is complete.
- For additional information about dates for admissions decisions and deadlines to reply to offers of admission, click here.
Completing the Application for Admission
Application to the University of Florida’s Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders degree program is a two-step process:
Step 1: Complete our program’s CSDCAS application
- CSDCAS stands for Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service.
- To access our program’s CSDCAS application, click on this link:
- Our CSDCAS application will be open on August 2, 2018 and will close on January 15, 2019.
- After you access the CSDCAS application system, carefully read the instructions on our program’s CSDCAS homepage.
- Use the CSDCAS application to:
1. Enter your personal and academic information, including information from your official academic transcript(s). Note: You must provide CSDCAS with official academic transcripts for all of your college coursework so that they can verify the accuracy of the information you have entered about your courses and grades. See the CSDCAS website for additional instructions.
All official transcripts MUST be sent to CSDCAS at the address below:
CSDCAS Verification Department, P.O. Box 9113, Watertown, MA 02471
2. Respond to program-specific questions
3. Enter information about prerequisite courses you have completed, are currently completing, or will be completing in the Spring or Summer 2017 semesters
4. Submit your recommendation letters (3 recommendation letters are required)
5. Upload required program documents: (a) Your personal statement (400 to 500 words); (b) Your resume (1 page is recommended; 2 page maximum)
If you have general questions about completing the CSDCAS application, please contact their Customer Service Department (Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST) by phone (617)612-2030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 2: Complete most portions of the University of Florida’s Graduate School Application. (see http://graduateschool.ufl.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/)
You must complete all sections of the UF graduate school application, EXCEPT FOR the following:
- Additional Questions section:
- Statement of purpose/personal statement (You will submit this document only through CSDCAS.)
- Resume (You will submit this document only through CSDCAS.)
- Letters of Recommendation section (You will submit your three letters of recommendation only through CSDCAS)
- Note: Because you will be entering all of your activities under the “Experiences” section of the CSDCAS application, there is no need to re-enter all of that information on the UF application. However, the UF application does require a response on the “Activities” page. If you try to leave it blank, the system will not allow you to advance to the next page. Thus, to meet this requirement, you will need to enter at least one “activity” on this page.
Other important notes about UF’s graduate application:
- Fee: You must pay the $30.00 fee for the UF graduate application. This fee is separate from fees in the CSDCAS application.
- GRE scores: You must send your official GRE score report to the University of Florida.
- University of Florida institutional code: 5812 (Submit the score report only to UF — please do not submit a second copy of your score report to our department)
- Note: You do not need to send your official GRE score report to the CSDCAS application; however, we do ask you to self-report your GRE scores on CSDCAS.
- Application details:
- When completing the “Academic Information” section of UF’s application, be sure to enter the correct information for Location: Main Campus – Gainesville
- When completing the fields for:
- Program of study, enter: Communication Sciences and Disorders (This is the correct entry for applicants who want to become a speech-language pathologist.)
- Term, enter Fall 2019
- Additional Information, enter “speech-language pathology” in the Program Specialization area; Enter “Kenneth J. Logan” in the Department Contact Name area.
- Statement of Purpose: For the statement of purpose section in UF’s graduate application:
- If the application requires you to enter text for the personal statement, simply enter: “Applying to UF’s master’s program for speech-language pathology.”
- Academic Transcripts: In addition to submitting official academic transcripts to CSDCAS, you also must submit official copies of all of your academic transcripts directly to the University of Florida. UF will not accept CSDCAS’ validation of your transcripts as a substitute for submitting official transcripts directly to UF. You should arrange to submit your official academic transcripts to UF at the time you complete your application. (If you currently are a UF undergraduate student and are applying to our program, you do not need to submit your UF transcript to UF – we already have it!)
- For the UF portion of the application, send all official academic transcripts to the following address:
Office of Admissions
University of Florida
201 Criser Hall
PO Box 114000
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000
Important: If you earned a Bachelor’s degree in a major other than communication sciences and disorders, you should provide both the transcripts that pertain to your Bachelor’s degree, and the transcripts that pertain to any post-baccalaureate coursework you have taken in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
- International applicants should carefully review webpages at the UF Graduate School for additional information and requirements pertaining to admissions procedures, documentation of English language proficiency, visa processing, and other matters. (see http://graduateschool.ufl.edu/admissions/international-applicants/)
- Questions: If you have questions about the graduate application process, please contact our admissions team: email@example.com.
Before you apply
Our Graduate Admissions Committee will review applications from individuals who either:
- Have earned or are on track to earn a Bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders prior to matriculation in the MA-SLP program
- Have completed a Bachelor’s degree in a major other than communication sciences and disorders and have completed or are on track to complete a post-Baccalaureate program in communication sciences and disorders prior to matriculation in the MA-SLP program. For information about how to complete post-Baccalaureate courses in communication sciences and disorders at the University of Florida, click here.
If you graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from a university other than UF or are completing CSD-related courses through post-Baccalaureate study, we will be evaluating your application and transcripts for evidence of coursework that address the following areas:
- Phonetics (including skills in phonetic transcription)
- Speech and hearing science
- Anatomy and physiology of speech, language, and hearing systems
- Language development
- Neural bases of speech, language, and hearing
- Introductory concepts related to the nature, assessment, and treatment of communication disorders (i.e., speech disorders, language disorders, hearing disorders).
If you are enrolled in post-baccalaureate courses, please note that these courses do not need to be completed at a single university. For example, it is acceptable to take some courses at UF and other courses at another university. In such cases, however, your application must include academic transcripts from each of the universities in which you enrolled in the post-baccalaureate courses.
Additional information and resources:
- Links to other useful UF webpages for graduate applicants
- Frequently Asked Questions about the Graduate Admissions process.
If you have questions about the graduate application process, please contact our admissions team: firstname.lastname@example.org.