Application Information

The Department of Psychological Sciences, Program of Communication Sciences accepts applications for the Fall semester only. Applications will not be accepted for review after the January 15 deadline. If you are admitted to the program, you are admitted only for the term specified in the letter of admission. If you are unable to enroll in the semester for which you were initially admitted, you may request to postpone matriculation up to two regular academic semesters. In such cases, the Department may accept or reject your request and the terms of readmission may differ from the original offer. If a delay of more than two semesters is requested, your file must be reviewed and reevaluated by the Department. If more than two years elapse since acceptance, you must reapply in the same manner as a new applicant. Because non-enrolled applicant files are only kept for a maximum of two years, all materials must be resubmitted.

Admissions Requirements

The School of Graduate Studies states that “applicants must have a B-average or rank in the upper third of their graduating class at an institution where status and programs are readily assessed“.

The Program’s preferred minimum GPA is 3.0.

How to Apply

You are able to submit your Application, Application Fee, Personal Statement and CV during the online application process through CSDCAS. THE APPLICATION CYCLE OPENS EARLY AUGUST EACH YEAR.

Application Materials

The application consists of and must include the following: CSDCAS Application (submitted online)

  • Personal Statement (Include your purpose in undertaking graduate work and an explanation of your study and research interests as they relate to your graduate study and professional goals.)
  • Application fee (CSDCAS Fee Assistance Program available)
  • CV
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (From individuals who can assess your academic preparation, abilities, and accomplishments.)
  • Academic Transcripts (you must list all post-secondary educational institutions on your application and submit an official transcript from each institution. Official transcripts only need to be sent to our program upon admission.

*GRE not required and is not used in application review*

**Applicants must have “complete” status designation in CSDCAS on or before the deadline date. A “complete” is designated when an application is e-submitted and all transcripts, letters, CV and payment have been received by CSDCAS and uploaded to the application. Documents should be sent several weeks prior to this date to ensure items arrive on time.**


Following the submission deadline, completed applications will be reviewed by the admissions committee.  Highly qualified applicants will then be contacted and invited for an interview with the faculty and supervisory staff. Interviews are by invitation only. Invitations will be sent by the first week of February. Interviews are being held on March 1 this year. Admission decisions are based on the applicant’s submitted materials and interviews.

All admitted students are required to be on campus the week before classes start in the fall semester for program orientation.

International Students

The School of Graduate Studies requires that international students whose first language is not English demonstrate English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam and earn a minimum paper-based (PBT) score of 577, internet-based (IBT) of 90, or a score of 61 on the PTE. International applicants cannot be admitted to full standing without receipt of an acceptable official TOEFL or PTE score. Test scores are valid for two years after the test date. International students must submit an affidavit of support indicating sufficient funds to cover the expenses for tuition and living expenses for one academic year. There is no specific form for the affidavit of support. Bank statements and other supporting financial documents will suffice. For further information contact International Studies Services by telephone at (216) 368-2517.

Financial Aid

Merit-based financial support is available for our most promising applicants. For our most recent cohort, all students received significant tuition support.

U.S. citizens can also apply for Federal financial aid and receive student loans. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office.  Click here for the Graduate Studies tuition rates.

Leveling Students

Students interested in applying to the graduate program are not required to have an undergraduate degree in communication disorders. However, they are required to complete additional undergraduate coursework to meet the requirements for ASHA certification prior to program entrance. Although the actual number of classes will vary depending on the student’s prior area of study, the following courses (or their equivalent) are required:

  • COSI 211 Phonetics and Phonology
  • COSI 313 Language Development
  • COSI 321 Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • COSI 325 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech
  • COSI 352 Introduction to Clinical Practice


In addition, prospective leveling students must have completed one course in the biological sciences including a lab component (biology), one course in the physical sciences including a lab component (physics or chemistry), and one statistics course (statistics must be in the course title) to be considered for admission to the graduate program. If you have any questions regarding our admissions process or requirements, please contact us via e-mail at

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