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We are confident that we offer an area of specialization at the graduate level that suits your personal and professional goals. In addition, our superior academic faculty, clinical faculty and staff offer the highest quality academic instruction, clinical training and administrative support.

 * Application for Fall, 2017 Admission opens on 9/1/16 and closes on 12/15/16 *   

Please visit Graduate Admission for info on How to Apply


Application FAQs
CSD Graduate Program FAQs

    The application process for CSD is managed by the Office of Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC). You MUST submit your electronic application and all required materials listed in the following instructions by the REQUIRED DEADLINE date for your area of interest. Materials missing from your application may prevent your application from going to review with our Admissions Committees.

    ATTENTION:   Graduate and International Admissions Center WILL NOT allow documents to be UPLOADED until you have paid your application fee.
    Once you have paid your application fee then you may upload your documents through your MyStatus page


      Step 1 - ApplyTexas Application

      VISIT the GIAC web site and complete and submit the ApplyTexas Application which will open on September 1st. Select the correct major code and department code (at right) for your area of interest.  

      Step 2 - Fee

      PAY your on-line application fee ($65 US and $90 International) per the instructions in the online application.

      Step 3 - Transcripts

      SUBMIT Official Senior college transcripts electronically to the Office of Graduate and International Admissions (GIAC). To expedite the process first check with your University Records Office to verify if transcripts can be sent electronically.  This is the most efficient and most timely method. NO PAPER TRAINSCRIPTS WILL BE ACCEPTED in the Office of Graduate and International Admissions (GIAC).    

      If your institution is unable to provide an electronic transcript then please follow the remaining steps.

      1. Obtain an official transcript from your institution. 
      2. Scan and SAVE as a .pdf document. 
      3. Upload your official transcript in .pdf format through your MyStatus page

      All currently enrolled and former UT Austin students will pay an additional $10 application fee to have their transcripts submitted electronically from the
      UT Austin Records Office to the Office of Graduate and International Admissions. 

      PLEASE visit the Office of Graduate and International Admissions website for detailed instructions for submitting transcripts (Senior College ONLY) electronically OR by .pdf format.

      PLEASE NOTE: Junior/Community college transcripts are NOT required.

      Step 4 - GRE Test

      ARRANGE for the Educational Testing Services (ETS) to submit your OFFICIAL SCORE for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE® revised General Test)  Please note that the GRE® revised General Test = the GRE General Test.  The Analytical Writing Portion is now considered in our review.  If you did not take this portion of the GRE exam then your Statement of Purpose which is required to submit will be used to evaluate your writing skills.  The Writing Portion of the GRE will be required in all future admission seasons after fall, 2013.

      GRE scores are valid for a maximum of 5 years. For Fall 2017 admission, the GRE must have been taken by October 2011 or after. 

      The ETS code for UT Austin is 6882.

      The GRE Concordance for the prior OLD test scale and currently NEW REVISED test scale is at

      Step 5 - TOEFL/IELTS Test

      International students should ARRANGE for the Educational Testing Services (ETS) to submit your OFFICIAL SCORE for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  The ETS code for UT Austin is 6882.

      Step 6 - Statement of Purpose

      SUBMIT your Statement of Purpose (SOP)  (.pdf format ONLY) through your online MyStatus page.
      Applicants are ONLY required to provide the Statement of Purpose for CSD. You are NOT required to provide Graduate Admissions with a separate
      Statement of Purpose or Essay.

      All Au.D. applicants MUST submit a single space (your choice of font size and margins) Statement of Purpose describing:

      1. Research
      2. Academic and/or personal experiences leading to an interest in graduate study
      3. Future career plans


      All M.A. and Ph.D. applicants MUST submit a Statement of Purpose according to the following instructions:

      Please write a response to each of the three questions below.  Please double space and limit your responses to 500 words for each of the three questions.

      Please note that answering these questions replaces your general Statement of Purpose.

      1. How do you see yourself contributing to the field five years or more post-graduation? How will your past accomplishments and your M.A. training in the CSD program at UT Austin help you accomplish those goals
      2. What is your view of the clinical relevance to research?
      3. The M.A. program requires students to juggle competing demands including classroom and clinical assignments.  The expectation is that you will spend a significant amount of time (at least 4-6 hours) outside of class preparing for each class each week; and at least 12 hours/week in clinic (observing, preparing, conducting assessment/intervention).  How do you envision yourself meeting this level of time commitment?  How will you balance your academic and clinical demands?

      Applicants interested in applying for the MA/PhD or PhD programs must also describe the following questions in their ‘Statement of Purpose’:
      What area of interest is your focus? Why?
      What faculty member at UT do you wish to work with as you academic mentor? Why?

      Step 7 - Letters of Recommendation

      SUBMIT THREE letters of recommendation – On your application you will be asked to provide the names and emails of your references. After you submit and PAY your application fee, then an electronic request for reference will be sent to your recommenders. You will be able to re-send or send additional reminder requests for reference through your online MyStatus page.

      The electronic reference form is preferred, so please encourage your recommenders to use this method in order to meet the REQUIRED CSD DEADLINE.
      Reference letters should NOT be mailed to the CSD Graduate Office! This will ONLY slow the process of your application.  It is in your best interest to provide letters of reference through the electronic method to avoid letters lost in the mail.

      We understand that some institutions mail from Career Centers, so if that’s the case, please email Graduate Admissions at  Make sure to include your name and UT EID in all correspondence.

      Letters are preferred from academic faculty in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Letters from employment supervisors are accepted but from those who work in CSD or a related field. We really do need to receive at least two letters from academic faculty with whom you have taken classes with or researched with. Failure to provide ALL three letters of reference may result in your application NOT going to review with our admission committees.  ONLY THREE LETTERS ARE REQUIRED!  The ApplyTexas application ONLY has enough fields to submit ONLY three names with emails.  DO NOT email to request additional letters of recommendation.  Choose your faculty wisely.  Only those who can write you the strongest letters of reference.

      Step 8 - Resume

      SUBMIT your ONE PAGE Résumé SAVED in.pdf format through your MyStatus page.

      Your résumé should include:

      1. Educational background
      2. Honors
      3. Related field organizations
      4. Research and/or clinical experience including area, supervisor and length of rotation
      5. Volunteer experience
      6. Related field work experience

      PLEASE NOTE:  Those applicants applying for the MA/PhD and PhD programs should upload a detailed CV ‘curriculum vitae' instead of résumé.

      Step 9 - Additional Misc. Documents

      ANY ADDITIONAL MISC. documents you wish to submit must be SAVED in .pdf format and submitted through the Graduate Admissions Document Upload Site.

      Step 10 - Writing Sample 

      PLEASE NOTE:  ONLY those applicants applying for MA/PhD and PhD degrees are required to submit a writing sample.

      UPLOAD a ‘Writing Sample’ which is written in English such as a brief term paper, thesis, research paper or journal submission SAVED in .pdf format as a miscellaneous document through Graduate Admissions Dcoument Upload Site.