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M.A. Admissions Instructions

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.

The 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.

To be eligible for admission consideration, applicants must meet the Graduate School's minimum requirements.

The application deadline is December 15, 2018.

Step 1 - ApplyTexas Application

VISIT the GIAC web site and complete and submit the ApplyTexas Application which opens on September 1 and closes on December 15.

It may take 24-48 hours from when you submit the ApplyTexas application before you receive the email to access your MyStatus page to upload departmental requirements.

Step 2 - Fee

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

You must pay the application fee before you will be able to upload any documents to MyStatus

Step 3 - Transcripts

SUBMIT official Senior college transcripts electronically to the Office of Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC). If your college or university uses the National Student Clearinghouse (SPEEDE) you can have your transcript(s) sent electronically. Check with the registrar of your institution to see if transcripts can be send via the SPEEDE server. NO PAPER TRANSCRIPTS ARE ACCEPTED.

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.  You will be allowed to upload only ONE (1) file for each transcript entry on the list at the upload website.
  3. Upload your official transcript in .pdf format through the Admissions Document Upload System

All currently enrolled and former UT Austin students will pay an additional fee to have their transcripts submitted electronically from the UT Austin Records Office to the Office of Graduate and International Admissions. For more info, visit the Office of the Registrar.

Junior/Community college transcripts are NOT required.

For more instructions on uploading transcripts, click here.

Step 4 - GRE Test

Arrange for the Educational Testing Services (ETS) to submit your OFFICIAL SCORE for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE® General Test). The Analytical Writing Portion is 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.

GRE scores are valid for a maximum of 5 years. For Fall 2018 admission, the GRE must have been taken by October 2013 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 here

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. 

The minimum scores considered acceptable for admission 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

More information about these requirements can be found on the Graduate School website.

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

Please write a response to each question listed below. Please double space and limit your responses to 500 words per question. Each question should be answered in 500 words.

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

  1. Why do you think that the University of Texas at Austin is a good fit for you as a student and for your future goals post-graduatioin?
  2. What is your view of the clinical relevance of research?

Applicants applying for the M.A./Ph.D. program must also describe the following questions in their Statement of Purpose:

  1. What area of interest is your focus? Why?
  2. 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, 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. Recommenders have 45 days the time to submit their electronic letter, from the day they receive the request. If the 45 days extend beyond the December 15 deadline, this will not jeopardize your application.

The electronic recommendation letter is a standard method used across universities in the U.S. We strongly recommend adhering to this policy to avoid lost letters or a delay in the processing of your application. 

Reference letters should NOT be mailed to the CSD Graduate Office!  Please contact the CSD Graduate Coordinator if you have further questions. 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 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. The ApplyTexas application allows to submit ONLY three names with emails. DO NOT email to request additional letters of recommendation. Choose your faculty wisely.

Step 8 - Resume

Submit your one page Résumé 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 M.A./Ph.D. should upload a detailed CV ‘curriculum vitae' instead of résumé.

Step 9 - Additional miscellaneous documents

ANY additional documents you wish to submit must be SAVED in .pdf format and submitted through the Admissions Document Upload System.

You have now completed all the required steps for the M.A. program.


IF you are applying for the combined  M.A./Ph.D. program, you have to complete Step 10 (Writing Sample) & Step 11 (Letter of Support) also.

Step 10 - Writing Sample

Upload a ‘Writing Sample’ which is written in English such as a brief term paper, thesis, research paper, published research article or journal submission in .pdf format as a miscellaneous document through Admissions Document Upload System.

Step 11 - Letter of support

A letter of support of a current faculty member needs to be submitted, stating they have agreed to mentor your through the M.A./Ph.D. program.  This letter is mandatory but does not guarantee acceptance in the M.A./Ph.D. program.

Submission in .pdf format as a miscellaneous document through Admissions Document Upload System.