Communication Disorders Graduate Application Process

As part of the Graduate School at Southern Connecticut State University, the Department of Communication Disorders offers a program leading to the Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Applicants must meet the admissions requirements of the Graduate School and the Department of Communication Disorders. A cumulative undergraduate degree GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for admission to the Graduate School.

In order to apply to our program you must complete an application in BOTH CSDCAS and in the SCSU graduate admissions portal

Fall semester - January 15
Spring semester - not offered

For the 2021-2022 admission cycle, GRE scores are NOT required. However, standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, GRE, or PraxisCore) must be submitted to the SCSU Graduate Admissions portal in order to meet the CT State Dept. of Education Teacher Certification requirements. 

 

PLEASE NOTE: Review BOTH the application procedures below and visit the Graduate Admission's website for detailed document submission information.

Graduate application materials must be sent to two different places by the deadline: the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application (CSDCAS) and the Graduate Admissions portal

Once the Graduate Application is submitted, applicants will be given access to the graduate application portal. Applicants MUST check the Graduate Admissions Portal to make sure all materials have been processed by the Graduate School. Applicants will be able to upload materials to the Graduate Admissions Portal.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure ALL required documents have been received in both CSDCAS and the Graduate Admissions Portal by the January 15 deadline. Applications not completed by the deadline will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

Submit to the CSDCAS:

  • Create an account, complete application materials in CSDCAS. Please read the directions outlined in CSDCAS carefully in order to complete your application.
  • Official undergraduate and graduate degree transcripts from all  colleges or universities attended
  • A resume, no more than 2 pages. See details in the CSDCAS portal.
  • A 250-300 word well-written essay. See prompt in the CSDCAS portal.
  • A brief, 2 minute video essay. See prompt in the CSDCAS portal.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Chosen recommenders should be able to speak to the applicant's potential for success as a graduate student, as a professional in the field of speech-language pathology, or both. Faculty and/or direct supervisors of work in a related field with whom you have an established relationship are good choices for appropriate recommenders. 
  • Foreign transcripts from WES. (International students only). 
  • Please note for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle, the GRE scores are not required. However, standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, GRE, or PraxisCore) must be submitted to the SCSU Graduate Admissions Portal to meet the CT State Department of Education Teacher certification requirements. 

Submit to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • The Graduate school application and fee (online submission) If you have any questions, please call the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • Official undergraduate and graduate degree transcripts from all  colleges or universities attended
  • Standardized test scores, either ACT, SAT, GRE, or PraxisCore, must be submitted to the SCSU Graduate Admissions Portal to meet the Connecticut State Department of Education Teacher certification requirement. Please use SCSU's code 3662 when submitting scores. Note: Scores currently do not have an expiration date for this requirement. 
  • Proof of English proficiency (see Graduate Catalog) and WES transcript evaluation (course-by-course) (international students only). 

PLEASE FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR DOCUMENT SUBMISSION OUTLINED ON CSDCAS AND THE GRADUATE ADMISSIONS' WEBSITE. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH APPLICANT TO REVIEW CSDCAS AND THE GRADUATE ADMISSIONS PORTAL TO VERIFY THAT ALL REQUIRED MATERIALS ARE RECEIVED BY JANUARY 15.

Admissions decisions are made on a competitive basis. By April 1, letters are mailed to applicants indicating that they have been accepted, wait-listed or denied acceptance to the program. Accepted students have two weeks to reply before their admission status will be revoked. Letters of acceptance or rejection will then be mailed to wait-listed applicants.

All students accepted to the Communication Disorders Program must interview with the Graduate Program Director at the time of program planning during the spring or summer following admissions. They must subsequently be formally admitted by the Office of Graduate Admissions and the School of Education upon final review of transcripts and application materials in order to finalize the admissions process.

Accepted students begin their studies in the fall semester.  Students who have completed all of the required prerequisite coursework will be offered the option of beginning courses in the summer following admission, space allowing.

The Department of Communication Disorders offers a limited number of graduate assistant positions on a competitive basis. Graduate assistants support the research and/or teaching needs of the Department.

Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders in order to apply to the Master's Program?

No. The completion of undergraduate courses in communication disorders is not required in order to apply to the Master's program. Students who are admitted to the program will meet with the program adviser early in the summer to design a planned program of study that will include any undergraduate prerequisite courses that have not yet been completed.

How long is the Master's Program if I have not completed the prerequisite coursework?

Approximately 3 years of full-time study. This program includes 1 year of undergraduate prerequisite coursework followed by 2 years of graduate coursework.

Do I need to submit the PRAXIS® Core, formerly PRAXIS® I, SAT or ACT scores?

No. The GRE scores are sufficient for the Connecticut State Department of Education requirements for Special Services Endorsement. All students complete clinical placements in a public school system, so all students must meet the University's requirements for school certification.

Is there a minimum undergraduate GPA required in order to be considered in the admissions process?

The minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA to be considered is 3.0, however, the average cumulative GPA of the incoming class is often higher than 3.5. 

Office of Graduate Admissions:

Southern Connecticut State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
501 Crescent Street
Wintergreen Building, Rm 105
New Haven, CT 06515
Phone: (203) 392-9670

Department of Communication Disorders:

Department of Communication Disorders/Admissions Committee
Southern CT State University
501 Crescent Street
Davis Hall B-012
New Haven, CT 06515
Phone: (203) 392-5954
Fax: (203) 392-5968
Email: CommunicationDisordersGrad@southernct.edu 

Materials

CSDCAS

SCSU Grad. Application Portal

Application/fee

Yes

Yes

Official Transcripts

Yes

Yes

GRE

No

Yes*

(Code 3662, if no ACT, SAT, PraxisCore submitted)

SAT/ACT/Praxis

No

Yes*  (if no GRE)

TOEFL (if applicable)

No

Yes

Resume

Yes

No

Essay

Yes

No

Video Essay

Yes

No

Letters of Recommendation

Yes

No

*  Note: In order to meet the Department of Education requirements for Certification, one standardized score (SAT/ACT/PraxisCore or GRE) must be submitted to the Graduate School. Per the Associate Dean of the School of Education who manages this requirement, there is no restriction on the exam date.