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Apply: M.S.-SLP and Au.D.

Syracuse University M.S. in Speech Language Pathology and Au.D. Application Procedures

Watch the recordings of our recent information sessions for our Speech Language Pathology and Audiology programs. Also below is a testimonial video from current and recently graduated SLP and AuD students.
Speech Language Pathology, November 3, 2021
Audiology, November 9, 2021
Student Testimonials


  1. Submit your application to CSDCAS Centralized Application Service
    Application cycle opens July 15. Applicants may not create an account or submit documentation prior to July 15. Any accounts created or documents received prior to this date will be discarded. The final application deadline for the SLP program is February 15. The final deadline for the Doctor of Audiology program has been extended to July 1, 2022.
    1. CSDCAS Application Form and fee and supporting materials listed below:
    2. Official Transcripts (send these EARLY! You will need to do "academic update" for Fall grades. See notes below.)
      Send to:
      P.O. Box 9113
      Watertown, MA 02471
    3. Personal Statement/Essay (500 words) Custom essay listed below.
    4. GRE scores sent to SU CSDCAS code 0757
      GRE scores for applicants to the Fall 2022 admission cycle. It takes at least 15 days for test results to be submitted to CSDCAS, so please plan to take the exam with plenty of time for the results to reach CSDCAS prior to the application deadline.
    5. 3 letters of recommendation
      (All supporting materials are sent to CSDCAS only)
      The priority graduate application deadline is January 1. Primary review and consideration of applications will occur by this date. Therefore, to have priority consideration, you should submit by this deadline. However, we will consider applications that are completed in CSDCAS through February 1. Potential for admittance if submitting after the priority deadline will depend on numbers of prior applications and potential spots remaining by the secondary deadline time point.
  2. International Student application
    1. International (non-Canadian) students must submit your TOEFL score to CSDCAS (code C122)
  3. Degree bearing transcript
    1. Degree bearing transcript must be sent to Syracuse University once our admission offer is accepted. (CSDCAS will not share the transcript that you send to them.) Make sure degree is posted before ordering transcript. Send to:
      CSD Department
      Syracuse University
      621 Skytop Road, Suite 1200
      Syracuse, NY 13244-5290
  4. Financial Assistance
    1. All applicants are considered for departmental awards including tuition scholarships and graduate assistantships. No separate application is needed. Awards are determined by application merit as compared with the cohort.

Detailed information on application procedures above:


You must submit an official transcript from each undergraduate institution you attended to CSDCAS. All the transcripts have to be received by January 1 for priority consideration.** GPA is calculated based on your entire undergraduate record from all institutions attended. If you do not submit all of your official transcripts, we will be unable to review your application. The transcript from your current undergraduate institution must show your fall semester grades. You must submit all of your transcripts to CSDCAS. You send only your degree bearing transcript to SU once the degree is posted. Transcripts must be sent directly from the undergraduate institutions.
** CSDCAS has an “academic update” feature for getting your fall grades to us for consideration in your GPA, so you may order your transcripts before Fall grades are in, to make the January 1 priority deadline. For complete instructions go to the “Instructions & FAQ” in CSDCAS, look for heading “after processing” and choose: “Updating the Application/ Academic Update.”

Personal Statement/Essay

The document that you will upload as your “Personal Essay” should address each of the three short answer questions below in 1-2 paragraphs per question. Make sure to include ALL of the following specified components while adhering to the specified word limits per question.

  1. Discuss a specific research finding that you learned about in any academic area that you believe is important to the field of speech-language pathology or audiology. Explain why this finding is important to the field, and cite and provide the reference (APA style) for at least one peer-reviewed research article. (150-250 word limit)
  2. Describe one strength and one weakness that you are aware of in your academic or clinical skills. How did you become aware of these traits or characteristics? How are you addressing your identified weakness? (150-250 word limit)
  3. Describe two volunteer or student activities that you have engaged in, highlighting any leadership roles, community contributions, or evidence of cultural humility. What specific skills have you acquired during these experiences? State specifically how you intend to apply the skills to your future career. (150-300 word limit)

For question #4, only respond if applicable

  1. Write a separate paragraph of 250 words or fewer (in the same document) discussing the following situations if applicable:
  • a. If there were semesters or courses during your undergraduate career when your GPA was low and/or if your transcript includes withdrawals, incompletes, or course repeats, what were the circumstances? What did you do to address the issues described? How do you believe these grades and circumstances reflect on your ability to succeed in graduate school?
  • b. If you are a re-applicant to graduate programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders, or if you have taken a year or more off after graduating, please discuss your circumstances and what you have done (including educational or work/volunteer experiences you have pursued) to improve your application and preparation for graduate study as well as to show your commitment to a career in speech-language pathology.

GRE Scores

GRE Scores from within the past five years are required. The scores should be send to CSDCAS (not SU) by the January 1 deadline for priority consideration or February 1 at the latest. Our CSDCAS code is 0757

Letters of Recommendation/Reference

Three letters of recommendation are required. It is desirable that two of these letters be from academic faculty who can comment on your academic potential for graduate study. If you have been working and don’t have recent college experience, a current employer is acceptable. As part of your online application through CSDCAS Centralized Application Service, you must provide the names and contact information of three individuals for letters of recommendation/reference. These individuals will be sent information that allows them to upload their letters online confidentially. All letters of recommendation/reference should be submitted to CSDCAS Centralized Application Service by January 1 deadline for priority consideration or at latest by February 1. All letters of reference should include the street address, e-mail address and phone number of the letter writer.

International Student Application

International (non-Canadian) students are required to submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score is: 620 (paper based), 260 (computer based), or 105 (internet based); Official scores must be sent directly to CSDCAS (code C122). The score report is due by the January 1 deadline for priority consideration or at latest by February 1.

Grade Point Average

Our department considers your entire undergraduate record and requires a minimum GPA of 3.0. (Due to competitiveness, often a 3.5 GPA is required to be considered.) We may consider a GPA lower than 3.0 in the following scenarios:

  • Student whose UG GPA is low, but completes a graduate program in another area with a high GPA.
  • Student whose UG GPA is low, but completes several CSD courses on a non-matriculated basis and receives excellent grades.
  • International students whose grading systems differ from US (e.g. Canada).

For a detail explanation of our evaluation process, click here.