Speech and Hearing Program

Admission Information for Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program

How to Apply

Applying to the MA in Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program


Applicants need to apply directly to CSDCAS by January 15 including all application materials.  All application materials including GRE test scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation must be received in CSDCAS by January 15 of every academic year.  Applications received after January 15 will not be considered.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Check your application information and materials' receipt status in CSDCAS and be sure to contact CSDCAS promptly if any information appears incorrect.

Our program's admission is highly selective, as there are hundreds of applicants each year but only a small number of seats available.  So that your application gives you the best chance of gaining a seat, please ensure that your application materials are complete and submitted as early as possible so that you can address any issues or errors with the CSDCAS verification before the deadline. 

Applying to CSDCAS (Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service):

  • Applicants should follow the directions found on the CSDCAS website.
  • CSDCAS applications will require three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose (also known as a personal statement), GRE scores (not required for applicants applying to the Fall 2021 cohort), and official transcripts.
  • The CSU CSDCAS code is:  0694 Cleveland St U CSDCAS
  • Important Fall 2020 Update! *We have suspended the GRE requirement for the current admission cycle. Applicants hoping to matriculate in Fall 2021 - you will not be required to submit a GRE score.*


Applicants who are completing their undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing at CSU will likely have attained the below prerequisite courses while finishing their major courses.  If you pursued Speech and Hearing at another university, you should check the courses below carefully to make sure your curriculum contained the required components.  Applicants who completed their undergraduate degree in another field may need to take the courses below as a post-baccalaureate student. 

You will need to have at least four of the following prerequisite courses completed by January 15 in order to have your application considered by the admissions committee.  Additionally, you should have completed all six of the following courses before entering our program:

  • SPH 231 - Introduction to Communication Disorders
  • SPH 349/549 - Speech and Language Development
  • SPH 228 - Phonetics
  • SPH 335 - Clinical Methods
  • SPH 351 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • SPH 232 - Introduction to Audiology

It is strongly recommended that you also complete the following undergraduate courses before entering our graduate program as you cannot graduate without them:

  • SPH 485 - Speech and Hearing Science
  • SPH 481 - Aural Rehabilitation
  • Physical Science (chemistry or physics)
  • A stand-alone statistics course
  • Biological Science (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science)
  • One course in behavioral sciences or social sciences (in area of psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health).

Our CSU course designations are listed but equivalent courses from other universities may be acceptable.  Please see the current CSU Undergraduate Course Catalog to review course descriptions and compare them to what you have taken.  You may need to review your syllabi from the institution where you took the course in order to determine equivalencies.  CSDCAS will review and match up your courses with ours once you have applied.  If you are accepted, then during orientation and the following weeks, you will meet with a faculty advisor who will review all of your previous coursework to make sure you meet ASHA requirements for graduation.  You may be asked to supply syllabi at that point for the faculty member to review.

If your undergraduate degree was in a different field, please take a look at our more detailed post-baccalaureate section.

Clinical Observation Hours

In addition to coursework required before beginning the graduate program, 25 verified clinical observation hours are required before beginning the program.  These hours do not have to be completed before applying for the program.


Important Fall 2020 Update! *We have suspended the GRE requirement for the current admission cycle. Applicants hoping to matriculate in Fall 2021 - you will not be required to submit a GRE score.*

  • When taking your GRE test, use code 0694 to submit to CSDCAS.
  • CSU does not require GRE scores to be sent directly to the university.


Transcripts should be sent to CSDCAS (following directions on their website).

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose should be double spaced between one to two pages in length.  Use one inch margin and a 12 point font.  The following questions should be answered in the body of the essay:

  • What attracted you to the profession of speech-language pathology?
  • Why do you think you would be successful in this profession?
  • What influenced you to apply to CSU?
  • What would you like for the Admissions Committee to know about you that may not be reflected in your application materials?

The Statement of Purpose should be uploaded with your other materials to CSDCAS, this information is provided here for reference.

Check your application

Please note that it is the responsibility of applicants to check the status of their own applications.  You will need to verify that all application materials have been received by CSDCAS, prior to the deadline.

Admission process timeline

Review begins after the January deadline for application.  If you have an incomplete application at that time, your application will not be considered.  Please be sure to apply early to ensure that all required materials have been received and verified by CSDCAS.

  • The summer before you apply:  Schedule your GRE if you have not already taken it.  Make sure you send your scores to CSDCAS using the information above.
  • Late July:  CSDCAS portal opens to begin accepting applications and materials
  • August-November:  You should complete your applications and get all of your materials and letters of recommendation submitted.
  • December:  Double-check CSDCAS to be sure all your materials have been received.
  • January:  Make sure CSDCAS has your correct email address because our program will contact you via CSDCAS email tools if there are any questions or updates.
  • January-April:  Materials are reviewed for verification at CSDCAS, and then CSU reviews materials to consider first round offers.
  • March-April:  First offers of admission are made.  First waitlist is made.
  • April-early July:  Offers continue to be made until the class has reached capacity.  As more admission offers are accepted, the process slows down as a diminishing number of seats are available.

Admission FAQ

  1. What is the cost of the program?
  2. When do students begin on-campus clinic and off-campus placements?
    • Graduate students begin on-campus clinic and off-campus placements starting the first semester of graduate study.
  3. Where are off-campus placements located?
    • Our graduate students can complete up to three semesters of off-campus placements. Our program offers a variety of placement settings including schools, hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities. Some examples are Metro Hospital, the Cleveland VA Medical Center, and the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland.
  4. Are there any funding opportunities?
    • Our program offers a limited number of graduate assistantships during the first year of the program.
  5. How many students are enrolled in the program each year?
    • Incoming class sizes are typically about 35 students.
  6. What are the exit requirements?
    • An exit project or thesis is required.
  7. What are the average GRE scores for admission?
    • CSU does not have a minimum GRE score for admission.  Average scores vary from year to year.  One recent admitted class had the following average scores:
      • Verbal Reasoning: 146
      • Quantitative Reasoning: 145
      • Analytical Writing: 4

More information about our program

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