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Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must meet the requirements for admission set by the Graduate School and summarized below. Satisfying these minimum requirements, however, does not guarantee admission. Each applicant's credentials are carefully reviewed by each member of the faculty admissions committee. No single criterion, such as grade point average or GRE score, is given undue weight in the decision process; every attempt is made to assess the special strengths that the applicant might bring to the program. Applicants are encouraged to complete prerequisite courses prior to desired Fall admission.

  1. A Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent from a foreign institution
  2. Grade point average of "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher in upper-division (junior-senior or graduate level) course work (this minimum is set by the Graduate School). Official transcripts must be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissons
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) verbal and quantitative scores
  4. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (international applicants only)
  5. Three letters of reference supporting your application
  6. A Statement of Purpose
  7. Résumé (or Curriculum Vitaé for MA/PhD and PhD Applicants)
  8. Writing Sample (ONLY for those applying for MA/PhD and PhD).

Note: Separate applications are required for admission into the M.A., Au.D. and Ph.D programs. A Master's degree is a requirement for formal entry into the Ph.D. program. If you are interested in Ph.D. study but do not have a Master's degree, please complete application requirements for MA/PhD program.

For more information on where to begin, click here

Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Another Field:

Students with a bachelor's degree in another field may take the prerequisite courses at UT Austin but must first be admitted to the College of Communication as a Degree Holder/Non-Degree Seeking (NDS) student, a special category of undergraduate transfer admission. NDS admission is highly selective and is based primarily on a student’s academic achievement in his or her previous undergraduate institution(s).

Detailed information regarding the NDS application instructions are found here

Admission into the Non-Degree Seeking program does not guarantee admission into our Graduate program. Non-Degree Seeking students still need to apply for admission to our Masters or AuD programs after completing the required prerequisites.

Practicum / Observation Hours

Our Master's program requires a total of 375 clock hours of practicum, which includes 25 hours of observation. Doctor of Audiology (AuD) students are required to complete 1820 hours, including clinical practicum here at the Speech and Hearing Center and off-campus with their fourth year externship.

ALL students are encouraged to complete all observation hours before entering the Graduate program in CSD here at UT Austin. Observation hours should be properly documented and certified (including signature of supervisor and ASHA certification number) by the institution at which they were earned.

Previously Earned Observation Hours

In most cases students will be able to count observation or clinical practicum hours earned at their undergraduate institutions, provided that they are properly documented and certified by the institution at which they were earned.  It's in your best interest to provide a document with the date of observation, client's initials, client's age, type of experience, total hours observed, supervisor's signature and ASHA number for verification.  Only those supervisor's who are certified with ASHA CCCs will be verified.

Transferring from another Graduate Program

Transfer is not automatic. Students enrolled in another graduate program must apply the usual way, and their applications will be considered along with all others received by the CSD deadline date. Once a transfer student is admitted, we will review previous coursework to determine which courses can be counted towards the students’ degree and certification plans.

Transferring Graduate Credit

Generally, students won't be asked to repeat a graduate course they have taken elsewhere, provided the course meets the approval of our faculty as a substitute for one of our own courses. Only a limited number of courses may be waived in this fashion. Typically, credit is granted in the form of a waiver of the requirement to take our version of the course. Generally, in its place, a student will be expected to substitute another course from a different area of our department.

Personal Statement

An applicant pursuing graduate study in CSD (M.A., Au.D. and Ph.D.) must submit a Statement of Purpose essay as part of the application package. Detailed requirements for your Statement of Purpose are provided here