Ph.D. 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.
In order to be accepted into the doctoral program, there must be a faculty member who indicates that he or she wants to work closely with you. Individuals who are interested in pursuing a doctoral degree at UT Austin should contact one or two specific faculty members that they think may be interested in studying with, before applying. After discussions with the faculty members about their specific research interests, the individual asks one faculty member if they would be willing to serve as their mentor. It is crucial that this mentorship is established before applying.
Step 1 - ApplyTexas Application
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.
Obtain an official transcript from your institution.
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.
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 Ph.D. applicants MUST submit a 2-page limit single space (font size 11 or above) Statement of Purpose describing:
Academic and/or personal experiences leading to an interest in graduate study
Future career plans
What area of interest is your focus? Why?
What faculty member at UT do you wish to work with as your 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 - Curriculum Vitae
Submit your curriculum vitae in .pdf format through your MyStatus page.
Your CV should include:
Related field organizations
Research and/or clinical experience including area, supervisor and length of rotation
Related field work experience
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.
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 submited, stating they have agreed to mentor your through the Ph.D. program. This letter is mandatory but does not guarantee acceptance in the Ph.D. program.