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Applying to Take Prerequisites

To take the prerequisite courses at UT Austin, degree holders in fields other than CSD must first be accepted for admission as CSD Degree Holder/Nondegree Seeking (NDS) students. The application procedures are different for UT Austin alumni and for degree holders from other institutions, and are described below.


Admission as an NDS student is on a competitive basis, as we can only accommodate a limited number of NDS students each year. Admission is competitive, and based on undergraduate academic achievement and application essays. A successful NDS applicant will have an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, but that by itself does not guarantee admission.

Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision within 3-4 weeks after the deadline. All decisions are final, and cannot be appealed. Accepted students are required to attend an orientation session prior to the start of classes.

Note for Current UT Austin students: UT Austin students in other majors who are in their last semester and have applied to graduate may request permission to take leveling courses by completing Step 2 of the procedure shown below for “UT Austin Alumni”. There is no need to apply for readmission (Step 1) if you continue to take classes immediately after graduation. All other undergraduates in other majors at UT who wish to take CSD leveling classes must apply to transfer to CSD (or add a second major in CSD) through our Internal Transfer Application.

UT Austin Alumni (Non CSD)

The application requires TWO steps for full review:

Step 1: Apply for readmission to UT Austin.

Select "Former undergraduate, different major or Non-Degree Seeking (NDS)". If approved, you will be readmitted to the last department in which you were a major.


Step 2: Apply for admission as CSD non-degree seeking.

In the application you will be asked to upload several documents: Transcript(s),  a Statement of Purpose, and a resume.  ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE IN PDF FORMAT.


You will upload an electronic version (MUST BE A PDF FILE) of your UT transcript and transcripts of any other colleges or universities you have attended SINCE leaving UT (there is no need to provide transcripts from institutions you attended PRIOR to your enrollment at UT). The transcript does not have to be certified as official by the institution, but it must be one issued by the institution.

NOTE: You can only upload ONE transcript document, so if you have multiple transcripts, please combine them into one PDF file. We recommend that you scan transcripts in B/W at a resolution of no more than 100 DPI, to keep the file size manageable. Please use the following format for the filename: "LastName_EID_Transcript.pdf" for example "Smith_sm1234_Transcript.pdf". 

Statement of Purpose:

Your essay should address the following: “Explain your background, your interest in the field of CSD and your goals for professional development and graduate school.” (ONE page maximum, single or double-spaced; PDF format only). Be sure to include your full name, EID, and semester/year (e.g. Fall 2017) for which you are applying at the top of the page).


Please upload the latest version of your resume in PDF format. 


Deadlines for completion of BOTH steps are:

  • July 1 for Fall
  • December 1 for Spring
  • May 1 for Summer

All materials must be received by the deadline date.

Difficulties with application or upload process? Please email

Degree Holder from Another Institution

To take prerequisite courses here at UT Austin as a degree holder/nondegree seeker ("NDS"), submit an application to UT as a "Non-degree seeking transfer student" and select "Commctn Sciences/Disorders, degree holder/nondegree seeker" as choice of major.

Make sure that one of your essays addresses the following: “Explain your background, your interest in the field of CSD and your goals for professional development and graduate school.”

The application deadlines are:

  • October 1 for Spring
  • March 1 for Fall

Admission as an NDS does not lead to automatic admission to our graduate program. That is a separate and highly competitive application process. For more information about that, when the time comes contact the Graduate Program CoordinatorPlease do not contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for questions about the NDS application process.