Graduate Program FAQs

Au.D. Program

How many hours of observation and clinical practicum are required to complete my Au.D. program?
Our Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) 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 their 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.
 
What is the clinic and class load for graduate students each semester? 
Students typically take 12-15 credit hours each long semester (coursework plus clinical practicum), for a total of 100-108 credit hours (including practicum) over the whole course of the program. In terms of the weekly time commitment, being a graduate student in this program is essentially the equivalent of a full-time job. Students normally take courses and/or continue practicum in the summer sessions.  Outside employment is highly discouraged.
 
How long does it take to complete the Au.D. graduate program in CSD?
The program is designed to be completed in four years for Au.D. students:
YEAR 1 - Fall-Spring-Summer
YEAR 2 - Fall-Spring-Summer
YEAR 3 - Fall-Spring-Summer
YEAR 4 - Fall-Spring OR Fall only
 

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M.A. Program

Can I specialize in bilingualism?
The CSD department offers a Bilingual / Multicultural certificate (with an emphasis on Spanish/English bilingual populations) to students at the M.A. level in Speech Language Pathology. The purpose of the certificate is to foster the development of the competencies required to serve bilingual individuals with communication disorders.
 
Do you offer other specializations besides the Bilingual/Multicultural certificate?
At the master’s level we provide you with knowledge across the life span and across various communications impairments. You can gain specialization experience by participation on a training grant or in a faculty members’ laboratory. At this time, we only offer the bilingualism/multicultural specialization.
 

How many hours are required to complete the M.A. program? How many hours of coursework are required each semester?
In Speech-Language Pathology, a total of of 32 hours of academic course work over five semesters (1st summer included).  Clinical practicum requires enrollment for additional credit hours each semester and summer (total of 10-20 hours). The typical course load in the Fall and Spring semesters is 12-15 credit hours (including practicum); in the summer students engage in practicum full time, along with one course.

How many hours of observation and clinical practicum are required to complete my Master’s program?
Our Speech-Language Pathology Master's program requires a total of 400 clock hours of practicum, which includes 25 hours of observation. For more details, please check our Practicum page.

ALL students are encouraged to complete their 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.

What is the clinic and class load for graduate students each semester?
Students typically take 12-15 credit hours each long semester (coursework plus clinical practicum for SLP students). In terms of the weekly time commitment, being a graduate student in this program is essentially the equivalent of a full-time job. Students normally take courses and/or continue practicum in the summer sessions.  Outside employment is highly discouraged.

Are there research opportunities for M.A. students?
Yes, there are opportunities by getting involved as a volunteer in the faculty research labs once you arrive here.  Volunteering in a research lab often leads to a thesis subject and provides you with in-depth knowledge in the various fields we cover.
 

How long does it take to complete the M.A. graduate program in CSD?
The program is designed to be completed in five semesters:

YEAR 1 - Fall-Spring-Summer
YEAR 2 - Fall-Spring
 

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Transfer

Can I transfer credit for graduate courses taken elsewhere?
The coursework must meet the approval of our academic faculty.  UT Austin Graduate School will only allow a limited number of courses (six hours) to be transferred into UT Austin unless the Department petitions otherwise.  Typically you would need to apply for admission into our graduate program and then our faculty will decide on a decision to either admit or deny your application.  You may be contacted to provide syllabi for each course you have taken elsewhere before an admission decision is made.   The grade must be either A or B and the course must be graduate level.  You may be asked to retake graduate coursework to fulfill our requirements here in CSD at UT Austin.  There is no guarantee of admission and there is no guarantee that coursework taken elsewhere will count towards a degree in our programs here at UT Austin. For more information, click here.

I am currently enrolled in a Master's or Au.D. program at another institution. Can I transfer to UT Austin?
Transfer is not automatic. Even if you are in a graduate program, you must apply in the usual way. Your application will be considered along with all others received by the deadline date. If you are admitted, then we will review your previous coursework to determine which courses can be counted towards your degree and certification plans.  You may be asked to retake graduate coursework to fulfill our requirements here in CSD at UT Austin.  There is no guarantee of admission and there is not guarantee that coursework taken elsewhere will count towards a degree in our programs here at UT Austin.

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Cost & Funding

How much are tuition and fees?
Fees for resident and non-resident may be viewed here
 
Is financial aid available?
U.S. Citizens and permanent residents may apply for federal financial aid through the Office of Financial Aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
 

What is the cost to attend?
The Office of Student Financial Services provides Cost of Attendance data regarding tuition/fees and other costs such as housing, which should help with your financial planning.

Are scholarships or fellowships available?
Fellowships and assistantships (teaching, research) are available, on a competitive basis, within the Department. We consider all admitted students for such aid; no special application is required for fellowships. Departmental aid is not considered until after the applicant has been admitted and has accepted the offer.  For M.A. and Au.D students: If admitted and you accept our offer of admission, we will inform you if any TA or RA positions are available for incoming students.  Typically, students do not find out if they will receive an assignment such as this until mid August just prior to our CSD new graduate student orientation. 

I am not a resident of Texas, can I apply for a non-resident tuition waivers?
No. The Department only receives a limited number of non- resident tuition waivers.  These are therefore carefully considered and awarded on a competitive basis.  All out of state students are eligible; no special application is required.  Decisions are based on admissions applications for incoming students and on yearly progress for returning students.

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General

How do I establish Texas residency?
Rules and Regulations for determining residence status are set by the Texas Higher Education Board. More information regarding Texas Residency may be found at The Office of Graduate and International Admissions website.

Where do graduate students live?
No single housing solution exists for The University of Texas at Austin’s graduate student population, but these resources may help you find a place to call home—whether you want an apartment close to the university with an easy commute or a house in the suburbs with a yard for the kids.

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Do you offer a graduate program in Deaf Education?
Unfortunately, we have had to discontinue our graduate program in Deaf Education (lack of faculty resources), and we are no longer admitting students to that particular concentration. The following web site may be helpful to you in locating alternate programs: http://www.deafed.net. It is not necessary to register and log on the site in order to view the national list of accredited Deaf Education graduate programs.

Do you offer a distance-learning (online) program?
No, at this time the Department does not offer a full-time distance-learning or correspondence basis programs.  We do however, teach a few (undergraduate) courses to CSD enrolled students in the summer session through a web-based option.  Classes offered are subject to change based on enrollment numbers.

I am not interested in clinical certification. Do you have a non-certification Master's program?
Yes. Master's programs for students not seeking certification are typically more focused on research and are individually tailored to meet each student's needs and interests. The Graduate Office can provide more information about such programs and options.

What if I have a complaint?
If the complaint cannot be resolved through good-faith discussions between the two parties, then the next step is to bring the issue to the Department Chair for resolution. The Chair is generally the final authority on such matters. Another source for complaint resolution is the University’s Office of the Student Ombuds (512-471-3825). For a complaint against the AuD or MA-SLP Program, contact the Council on Academic Accreditation (accreditation@asha.org, 800-498-2071).
 
 

Visit

Do you offer visits to the program?
We encourage you to attend the CSD Info Day which is held during the fall semester in October. Individual visits are more difficult to schedule due to the heavy load our faculty have with research, coursework and scheduled meetings.  The center, labs and institute's schedules make it also difficult to tour those facilities during individual tours. The CSD Info Day will be your opportunity in the fall to talk to our faculty, tour the facilities, talk to our current students, and visit our center, labs, and institute. We encourage you to plan to join us during this special event. 
 

Students applying for the M.A./Ph.D., Au.D./Ph.D., and Ph.D. progams should contact one or two specific faculty members they think may be interested in studying with before applying, 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 Admissions at The University of Texas at Austin is a multi-step process that starts with the ApplyTexas application. For more info on Graduate Admissions, click here.
 
What semesters do you accept new graduate students?
We accept applications for the fall semester ONLY.
 
When do I apply?
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 is December 15.
 
Do all materials need to be submitted by the deadline (December 15)?
Yes. We encourage you to have all your required materials submitted by December 15. However we do understand that letters of recommendation might arrive after the deadline as the recommender has 45 days the time to submit the letter from the day the request was sent. If an application is not complete by January 5, we cannot guarantee that the file will be reviewed by the admissions committee.
 
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.
 
Do I upload all the required documents in the ApplyTexas application or on my MyStatus page?
You upload all your materials in the MyStatus page. You can also you the Document Upload system link.
 
Are interviews required?
Interviews are required for those applying for M.A./Ph.D., Au.D./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. We encourage you to contact at least two faculty members. 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 Master's and Au.D. applicants. Our open house is your opportunity to visit our program. Individual visits are not offered 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 admission?
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, however this is standard University practice in many universities.  We urge you to comply with these guidelines. If you have any other questions, 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 and International Admission Center (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 MyStatus, 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 Master's 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?
We highly recommend that all prerequisites are completed by the time you start the graduate program. However, we understand that you may still need to take courses in the spring and/or summer (after you have submitted your application). To be competitive for admission, 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.
 

Clinical Practicum & Observation Hours

What if I earned observation hours or clinical practicum in my undergraduate institution? Will I be able to count those hours?
In most cases, yes, provided the hours are properly documented and certified by the institution at which they were earned (there needs to be some sort of signature from a CSD program OR a cover letter from the university certifying they verified the SLP's licensure/certification status and they approve the student's hours.). If admitted into our graduate program, then you'll need to verify these hours with our Clinical Faculty during our orientation with new incoming graduate students.  All newly admitted students will receive instructions on this process. A maximum of 50 clinical practicum hours earned as an undergraduate may be counted, provided the hours are properly documented and certified by the institution at which they were earned.

Documentation should include:

  1. Date of observation/ Date of clinical experience

  2. Record the initials of Client observed

  3. Record the Age of Client observed 

  4. Type of experience (Speech/Language, Diagnostic/Intervention, Child/Adult)

  5. Total hours observed

  6. Supervisor's signature (only those supervisors who are certified with CCCs)

  7. Supervisors' ASHA number for verification.

  8. Program verification from the institution you were enrolled in at the time of the experience.

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GRE/GPA/TOEFL/IELTS

What is the ETS code for UT Austin?
The ETS code for UT Austin is 6882.
 
What are the median GRE scores and GPAs of students accepted for admission?
The average scores of those admitted in the fall MA program:
GPA 3.89 GRE V: 157/ GRE Q: 154/ WRIT: 4
The average scores of those admitted in the fall AuD program:
GPA 3.85 GRE V: 152/ GRE Q:150/ WRIT: 4
The GRE Concordance table for prior OLD GRE test scale and currently NEW REVISED test scale is here 
 
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.
 
For more information on admissions and enrollment statistics, click here.
 
When is it too late to take the GRE?
Your official GRE score report must reach the Office of Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) by the required CSD deadline dates. It is in your best interest to take the (GRE® revised General Test) 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?
The admissions committee reviews all application materials in your file. Therefore the reviewers have access to both scores (if you have sent both scores) and it is up to the discretion of the reviewers to use all materials during the holistic review of the application. 
 
Am I required to take the "Analytical Writing Portion" of the GRE?
It is mandatory that you take all three areas (Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical) of the GRE exam.
Faculty will also 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.
 
What are the English language test requirements for international applicants?
The minimum scores considered for acceptable for admissions by the Graduate School are:
TOEFL: 79 on the Internet-based test (iBT). TOEFL scores are valid for 2 years after the test date.
IELTS: an overall band of 6.5 on the Academic Examination
For more information, click here
 

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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  You will only have one opportunity to upload your transcripts.  You will not be able to upload any transcripts until your application fee has been satisfied.
  • Students from OUTSIDE institutions should request a transcript, open it, scan it and upload as a .pdf document to your MyStatus 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 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 that some students wish to upload transcripts which post their fall grades so we are allowing you to upload your transcripts through January 5th. Here at UT, the transcripts are not released for Fall until after the "official graduation date". Please note that you will only have one opportunity to upload your transcripts.  You will not be able to upload any transcripts until your application fee has been satisfied.
  • 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 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. Please verify your "What I Owe" site for this additional fee.
Do I have to provide you all my transcripts of all the schools I have attended?
You must provide one copy of the official academic transcript from every senior college you have attended…Even if courses taken at one institution are recorded on another college's transcript, transcripts must be submitted from the institution at which the courses were taken. Failure to list all colleges on the application and provide those transcripts will be considered an intentional omission and may lead to the cancellation of your application for admission or withdrawal of your offer of admission.
 

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Statement of Purpose/Essay

What information should I include in my Statement of Purpose?
Please follow the CSD Admissions Instructions of the program you wish to apply to for more details.
 

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Decisions

How competitive is admission?
In a typical year we will admit approximately 30% of the total applicants.

How many students are admitted into the graduate program each Fall?
Each Fall we aim to enroll 22-27 new students in the Master's program and 8-10 new students in the Au.D. program.

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?
Visit your MyStatus page. Do not call or email the Graduate office to get an update on your status.
 
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.