Apply for Admission

Applications to the Communications Sciences and Disorders graduate program are now submitted through CSDCAS.  An additional supplemental application for Radford University is also required.

Please visit the Graduate Admissions website for more information on the supplemental application and/or apply online.

The application deadline for the Fall admissions cycle is February 1st.

Admissions Requirements

BACCALAUREATE DEGREE IN COMMUNICATION SCIENCES & DISORDERS (2-YEAR TRACK).  

All applications are now submitted and processed through CSDCAS. Prospective graduate students should complete procedures for graduate student admission through the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Note that COSD applicants are required to:

  • Submission of all academic transcripts will be evaluated, including any community college transcripts or dual-enrollment coursework.  Applicants may choose to submit transcripts prior to the completion of the fall semester to begin the verification process.  However, fall semester transcripts/grades MUST be submitted before the application deadline of February 1st.  When submitting the updated transcripts, an Academic Update request must be indicated to CSDCAS for verification. CSDCAS will not verify updated transcripts unless an academic update is requested.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall, and 3.0 in all major core courses.
  • Submit a personal essay, using the following prompt: "Please demonstrate your motivation for pursuing a career in speech-language pathology by reflecting upon a clinical research article you have recently reviewed that you feel may positively contribute to your future clinical practice. Please also discuss how a master’s degree earned at Radford University will help you achieve your career goals."
  • Submit three letters of recommendation. Applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain letters from faculty within their major who can speak to potential success in our graduate program.
  • Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. **GRE results MUST be submitted to CSDCAS using institutional code 0170.  GRE scores submitted to Radford University using code 5565 will not be reviewed by the admissions committee.**
  • Submit Supplemental Application for Radford University and $50 fee.

Please refer to our MS and MA degree requirements for more information regarding programs of study.

BACCALAUREATE DEGREE IN OTHER FIELD OF STUDY (3-YEAR TRACK).

Applicants who hold a baccalaureate degree in a field other than Communication Sciences and Disorders are encouraged to apply directly to the graduate program online via CSDCAS.  During the first year of the graduate program, the student will complete 28 hours of undergraduate prerequisite coursework prior to transitioning into the graduate course sequence.  Additionally, applicants are required to: 

  • Submission of all academic transcripts will be evaluated, including any community college transcripts or dual-enrollment coursework.  Applicants may choose to submit transcripts prior to the completion of the fall semester to begin the verification process.  However, fall semester transcripts/grades MUST be submitted before the application deadline of February 1st.  When submitting the updated transcripts, an Academic Update request must be indicated to CSDCAS for verification. CSDCAS will not verify updated transcripts unless an academic update is requested.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall, and 3.0 in all major core courses.
  • Submit a personal essay, using the following prompt: "Please demonstrate your motivation for pursuing a career in speech-language pathology by reflecting upon a clinical research article you have recently reviewed that you feel may positively contribute to your future clinical practice. Please also discuss how a master’s degree earned at Radford University will help you achieve your career goals."
  • Submit three letters of recommendation. Applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain letters from faculty within their major who can speak to potential success in our graduate program.
  • Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. **GRE results MUST be submitted to CSDCAS using institutional code 0170.  GRE scores submitted to Radford University using code 5565 will not be reviewed by the admissions committee.**
  • Submit Supplemental Application for Radford University and $50 fee.

Please refer to the Three-Year Leveling Track for more information regarding the program of study.

To ensure equitable treatment of all applicants to our graduate program, applications will be evaluated on the requirements outlined above. No exceptions to the program's admissions requirements will be made. 

In addition, every student in the Waldron College of Health and Human Services must meet and adhere to the Standards of Professional Practice Education.

ASHA Certification Requirements

Although not a requirement for admissions, students must demonstrate knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and statistics in order to satisfy criteria for ASHA certification.  This coursework must be completed before the student graduates from the master's program.  More information regarding certification standards can be found on the ASHA website.

Admitted Students

Students who are recommended for admission and admitted to the graduate program must notify either Dr. Diane Millar (Chair) or Dr. Lauren Flora (Graduate Program Coordinator) of his or her decision by April 15th.  For those students accepting the offer of admission, a non-refundable $500 seat deposit must be paid by end of day on April 15th as well.  This seat deposit goes towards fall tuition.

Graduate assistantship positions are awarded at the time of admissions decisions.  Students who are awarded a graduate assistantship will be notified in their decision letters. Admitted students who do not initially receive funding at the time of decision may be notified of receipt of funding following the April 15th deadline.

Tentative programs of study and advising sheets will be sent to the incoming class at the beginning of summer.  Students are strongly encouraged to register for classes once they have received their programs of study and advising sheets.

A mandatory 2-day new student orientation will be held on the Thursday and Friday before classes start.  Information regarding dates, time, and location of the orientation will be e-mailed over the summer. Incoming students moving to the area are encouraged to ensure housing lease dates do not conflict with the orientation dates.

Questions regarding decision deadlines, seat deposits, programs of study, and orientation may be directed to Dr. Lauren Flora.  Students are encouraged to contact the Cashier's Office or the Financial Aid office for questions concerning tuition or additional funding.