Graduate Admissions

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.  The instructions below pertain to the 2019-2020 application cycle and program matriculation in the Fall 2020 semester.

Admissions Information and Data

  • See the University of Florida Graduate School website for detailed information about admission criteria at the University of Florida.
  • We evaluate each application in a holistic manner. In other words, each component of the application contributes to the admission decision.
  • Admission to our program is very competitive.
    • We receive several hundred applications per year, and in any given year, we offer admission to about 15-18% of all applicants.
    • 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 details). The average undergraduate upper-division GPA among applicants who are offered admission typically is between 3.8 and 3.9.
    • GRE scores are required. On average, applicants who are offered admission typically have a sum score of 311 on the Verbal and Quantitative scales and 4.6 on the Analytic Writing scale.
  • The MA program is offered only in an on-campus format. This degree program is not offered in an “online” format.
  • For more information, please see our entry in the EdFind database on the website of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (www.asha.org).

Application Deadline and Decisions

  • MA students begin the MA program in the Fall semester. Our next cohort of admitted students will begin in the Fall 2020 semester.
    • The application deadline for Fall 2020 admission is January 15, 2020.
    • Incomplete applications are not 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.
    • Applicants are informed of admission decisions in early to mid March. For additional information, 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. 
  • Our CSDCAS application will open on August 15, 2019 and will close on January 15, 2020.
  • To access the CSDCAS application, click on this link:
  • After accessing the CSDCAS application system, read the instructions on our program’s homepage.
  • Then, use the CSDCAS application to:

1. Enter your personal and academic information, including information from your official academic transcript(s). (You must provide CSDCAS with official academic transcripts for all of your college coursework. See their website for instructions.)

2. Respond to our program-specific questions,

3. Enter information about prerequisite courses you have completed, are currently completing, or plan to be completing in the Spring or Summer 2020 semesters,

4. Arrange to have three recommendation letters submitted,

5. Upload your personal statement (400 to 500 words) and your resume (1 page is recommended; 2 page maximum)

Step 2: Complete most portions of the University of Florida’s Graduate School Application. (see http://graduateschool.ufl.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/)

  • Complete all required sections of the UF graduate school application,
  • The personal statement that you upload to the UF application must match with the version you upload to CSDCAS.
  • You do not need to upload your resume to the UF application. You will submit your resume through CSDCAS.
  • There is no upload button for letters of recommendation on the UF application. You will be submitting your recommendation letters through CSDCAS.
  • You must pay the $30.00 fee for the UF graduate application. This fee is separate from fees in the CSDCAS application.
  • 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.
  • When completing the “Application Information” section, enter these responses:
    • Location: Main Campus – Gainesville
    • Program of study: Communication Sciences and Disorders (This is the entry to use for speech-language pathology.)
    • Term: Fall 2020
    • Program Specialization: “speech-language pathology”
    • Department Contact Name: “Kenneth J. Logan”
  • 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 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 as well as the transcripts that pertain to 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/). International applicants are strongly advised to submit applications well before the January 15 deadline. Doing so, will prevent delays in receiving an admission decision.
  • Questions: If you have questions about the graduate application process, please contact our admissions team: slhs-admissions@phhp.ufl.edu.

Pre-Requisite Courses

Applicants to the MA program must provide evidence that they are on-track to successfully complete coursework in the following areas prior to beginning the MA program (see our CSDCAS application for additional information):

  • Phonetics (including 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 in communication disorders (i.e., speech disorders, language disorders, hearing disorders)
  • Statistics
  • The following basic sciences: (1) Biological Science, (2) Social Science (e.g., psychology), and (3) Physical Science (must be either Physics or Chemistry)

Applicants may complete these courses either while enrolled as a CSD major or while enrolled in post-baccalaureate coursework. (Academic transcripts must be submitted for all pre-requisites courses.) For information about how to complete post-Baccalaureate courses in communication sciences and disorders at the University of Florida, click here.

Additional information and resources:

If you have questions about the graduate application process, please contact our admissions team: slhs-admissions@phhp.ufl.edu.