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VISIT

Do you offer visits to the program?

WE DO NOT OFFER visits for Masters and Au.D. applicants for individual interviews, but we DO OFFER a  CSD Info Day which is available if you wish to visit this fall semester in October.   Individual visits are not recommended due to the heavy load our faculty have with research, coursework and scheduled meetings. The CSD Info Day will be the only day in the fall that our faculty will be able to receive visitors, so we encourage you to plan to join us during this special event. 

Those students applying for the MA/PhD and PhD progams should contact the faculty member in whose research they are interested to schedule a phone or skype interview or arrange a visit to meet at the American Speech and Hearing Association.   Please visit our faculty bios to obtain contact infomation.
 

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APPLY

Do you mail out application materials?

No. All information and application materials are online. Applying for Graduate Admission at The University of Texas at Austin is a multi-step process that starts with the ApplyTexas application. For more info on Graduate Admission. click here

What semesters do you accept new graduate students?

We accept applications for the fall semester ONLY.

When do I apply for the CSD graduate program?

Applying for the CSD graduate program starts by submitting your ApplyTexas application.  The application opens September 1 and closes December 15.

The deadline for all CSD areas of study December 15. Please refer to our Deadlines and Major Codes link.

How much is the application fee, and where do I send it?

The application fee for U.S. applicants is $65, and for International applicants it is $90. You may pay by Visa or MasterCard at the ApplyTexas website, or you can mail a check.  Clear instructions are given within the ApplyTexas application.

Are interviews required?

Interviews are required for those applying for M.A./Ph.D. and Ph.D.  Applicants should contact the faculty you wish to mentor with to arrange a visit to meet faculty at the annual ASHA Convention or here at UT Austin.  Academic Faculty bios are available to help you determine which faculty member best fits your interest.   All applicants are expected to interview (either in person or skype) with the CSD Graduate Advisor and faculty member they wish to serve as their mentor. You should visit the Academic Faculty bios list above for contact information.

WE DO NOT offer individual interviews for Masters and Au.D. applicants. Our open house, CSD Info Day, is available for if you wish to visit our program. Individual visits are not recommended due to the heavy load our faculty have with research, coursework and scheduled meetings and the overwhelming request for individual visits which we cannot accommodate. The CSD Info Day will be the only day in the Fall that our faculty will be able to receive visitors, so we encourage you to plan to join us during this special event.

Does CSD - UT Austin require a clinic deposit for admisson?

No, to date we do not require a deposit for admissions into our graduate programs in CSD.

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LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

Do my letters of recommendation (LOR) have to come from faculty, or would my supervisor at work be able to write a recommendation for me?

Letters from faculty in Communication Sciences and Disorders with whom you have taken courses and/or worked on research projects are the most helpful to our admission committees. Letters from employment supervisors are accepted but from those supervisors who work in CSD or a related field. We really do need to receive at least some input from academic faculty with whom you have worked. Failure to provide all three letters of reference may result in your application NOT going to review with our admissions committees.

My faculty refuse to upload their letters electronically?  What do I do?

We understand that some institutions mail from Career Centers or faculty choose not to upload their letters electronically, please contact the CSD Graduate Office. Make sure to include your full name and UT EID in all correspondence.

How do my recommenders submit their letter of recommendation (LOR)?

Electronic letters of recommendation requests are emailed to the recommenders after the applicant submits their application and pays they admissions fee. After your application loads on the Graduate Admission (GIAC) system (which is one to two business days), your recommenders will receive a link to provide your letter of recommendation.

Two recommendation request emails are sent to the recommender from GIAC, one with a link to the online recommendation and another without the link that essentially says "did you receive the email with the link. If not, reply to this email."

A recommender may not receive the email request because either the email address was incorrect or their spam blocker is deleting it. If the recommender does not receive the request, the MyStatus page offers a self-service feature you can use to resend the request email to your recommenders, if necessary.  Use it to supply an alternate email address if your recommender's spam filter blocks the original request or has removed the link.  You can also add a new recommender or revise your right -to-view status from "retained" to "waived"

The recommender completes the online recommendation and submits it. The letter of recommendation (LOR) status appears in the Status Check, including the name of the recommender, the date that it was sent, and, if received the received date.

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PREREQUISITES

I have a bachelor’s degree in another field other than CSD.  May I start the MASTERS Speech Language Pathology program or the Doctor of Audiology program and complete the required prerequisites at the same time?

No. An applicant that has not completed the required prerequisites WILL NOT be competitive for admission.  Remember, you will be competing against students that already have a CSD undergraduate degree or have already completed all of the leveling coursework.  To be truly competitive, an applicant must demonstrate that s/he WILL complete all CSD prerequisite courses prior to the beginning of graduate study. We suggest that all applicants without the prerequisite courses take them first either here at UT Austin or at another institution as a CSD undergraduate non-degree seeker.  It will take you one year to successfully complete all the required leveling coursework.   Please visit our link for Applying to Take Prerequisites.

Do all the prerequisite courses have to be completed at the time I apply?

No, we understand that you may still need to take courses in the spring and/or summer. To be competitive for admission, though, you must be able to show that you will complete 24 hours of the required prerequisites by the time your graduate program starts in the Fall. 

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GRE/GPA

What are the median GRE scores and GPAs of students accepted for admission?
The average scores of those admitted in the fall MA program are as follows:  
GPA 3.82   GRE V: 158/ GRE Q: 155/ WRIT: 4.4
The average scores of those admitted in the fall AuD program are as follows: 
GPA 3.73   GRE V: 154/ GRE Q:151/ WRIT: 4.0
The GRE Concordance table for prior OLD GRE test scale and currently NEW REVISED test scale is at http://www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/concordance_information.pdf

Although the GPA and GRE scores as part of our review they are not solely the criteria for admission.  Our admissions committees also strongly considers all materials in your application such as your statement of purpose, letters of reference, résumé, transcripts, research experience, and prerequisite coursework or lack of when making our admission decisions.

When is it too late to take the GRE?
Your official GRE score report must reach the Office of Graduate and International Admissions (GIAC) by the required CSD deadline dates. It is in your best interest to take the (GRE® revised General Test) http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/know at least 4-6 months prior to the deadline date so that you may have the opportunity to retake if necessary. GRE exams taken after the required deadline date WILL NOT be accepted.
 
I have taken the GRE more than once. Which score will be considered?
We will use the highest of your combined scores (verbal and quantitative). For example, if you take the GRE in June and scored a total of 330, and then take it again in October and score 300, then we would consider 330 to be your GRE score.  The GRE Concordance for prior OLD GRE test scale and currently NEW REVISED test scale is located at http://www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/concordance_information.pdf

Am I required to take the "Analytical Writing Portion" of the GRE?
It is advised that you take all three areas (Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical) of the GRE exam.  In the past faculty used only the Statement of Purpose for scoring your writing ability but they are now considering the GRE Writing Portion as well.  If you already took the GRE and did not take this portion of the test then it is not necessary to retake the exam. 

Faculty will use your Statement of Purpose which you are required to submit to evaluate your writing skills.

I took the GRE more than five years ago. Will the score count?

No, 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.

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TRANSCRIPTS

Where do I send my transcripts?

Official transcripts should be sent electronically from your undergraduate institution to the Office of Graduate and International Admissions Center   For more information about transcripts, click here

• Students from OUTSIDE institutions should request a transcript, open it, scan it and upload as a .pdf document to your "MyStatus PageIf you are admitted to graduate study and you are from an outside institution, then you will need to provide the Office of Graduate and International Admissions an official transcript which shows your award of degree and/or additional prerequisite coursework which you may have taken as a Non-Degree Seeker. For more info on what happens after your admission, click here

• If you are a UT Austin student, an additional fee will be requested on the ApplyTexas application. The additional fee takes care of your transcripts being uploaded electronically from the UT Austin Registrar's Office to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

May I wait and upload my transcripts after I receive my fall grades?

Transcripts should be uploaded by the December 15 deadline if at all possible.  We do understand though that some students wish to upload transcripts which
post their fall grades so we are allowing you to upload only transcripts up through January 4th. Here at UT the transcripts are not released for Fall until after the "official graduation date" of December 19.  

• Students from OUTSIDE institutions should request a transcript, open it, scan it and upload as a .pdf document to your My Status Page.   If you are admitted to graduate study and you are from an outside institution, then you will need to provide the Office of Graduate and International Admissions an official transcript which shows your award of degree and/or additional prerequisite coursework which you may have taken as a Non-Degree Seeker.  For more info on what happens after your admission, click here

• If you are a UT Austin studentan additional fee will be requested on the ApplyTexas application. The additional fee takes care of your transcripts being uploaded electronically from the UT Austin Registrar's Office to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Please verify your "What I Owe" site for this additional fee.

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STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

What information should I include in my Statement of Purpose?

All Au.D.  applicants MUST submit a 2-page limit single space (font size 11 or above) Statement of Purpose describing:

1. Research
2. Academic and/or personal experiences leading to an interest in graduate study
3. Future career plans
 
Applicants for the AuD/PhD program 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?
 

All Ph.D. applicants MUST submit a 2-page limit single space (font size 11 or above) Statement of Purpose describing:

1. Research
2. Academic and/or personal experiences leading to an interest in graduate study
3. Future career plans
4. What area of interest is your focus? Why?
5. What faculty member at UT do you wish to work with as your academic mentor? Why?
 

All M.A. applicants MUST submit a Statement of Purpose according to the following guidelines:

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 of 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 clinical MA/PhD program must submit a Statement of Purpose that captures both guidelines mentioned above. 
First line of the Statement of Purpose of MA/PhD or AuD/PhD applicants should state "Applying for MA/PhD (or AuD/PhD) program"
 

Applicants for the MA/PhD program 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?

Do I need to submit a separate Statement of Purpose Essay for Graduate Admissions?
No, you are ONLY required to upload the CSD Statement of Purpose.  Please follow the CSD Admissions Instructions for more details.
 

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DECISIONS

How does the admissions committee determine which applicants are admitted to the graduate program?

We evaluate each and every application individually, carefully weighing all factors such as GRE scores, upper-division (junior-senior level) grades, Statement of Purpose Essay, and letters of recommendation. Successful applicants will be those who, in the judgment of the faculty admissions committees, show the greatest promise for success as a graduate student in our program and as a professional after graduation. We do not employ arbitrary threshold or minimum values for such factors as GRE scores or GPA to determine which applications are evaluated for admission, nor do we have geographic preferences or quotas; all applications are considered carefully.

How do I find out the status of my application with the Office of Graduate Admissions?

Visit the MyStatus page.

When will I find out if I have been admitted to the CSD graduate program?

Decisions are typically posted on your MyStatus page the week prior to UT dismissing for Spring Break.   It is in your best interest to use a personal email account instead of your school account. If at anytime you email address changes then you should update your email through your ApplyTexas Application.

How soon does your office need to know my decision of acceptance if I am admitted into the CSD graduate program?

We would like to know as soon as possible, but in any case students have until April 15th to submit their decision on their MyStatus page, which is the institutional deadline across the US.

Can I defer my enrollment?

ONLY in extraordinary circumstances, with permission of the Graduate Advisor, a student who has been admitted to the program may defer enrollment to the following year. Please email the CSD Graduate Office with such request.

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