School of Health Sciences

Admission Criteria and Requirements for Prospective Students

Admission to the graduate program is limited by the program's capacity to provide supervised clinical experiences for all matriculated graduate students. Admission is selective and not all applicants who meet the minimum requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies can be accepted.

An undergraduate major in communication disorders is not required for admission to the graduate program. However, all applicants must complete six undergraduate courses before making application to the graduate program. Applicants interested in the graduate program who need to complete these prerequisites may enroll as post-bachelor's students at CSU. The courses are SPH 228— Phonetics, SPH 349—Speech and Language Development for Majors, SPH 231— Introduction to Communication Disorders, SPH 232—Introduction to Audiology, SPH 335—Clinical Methods in Communication Disorders, and SPH 351—Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism. Equivalent courses taken at other universities are acceptable.

Two additional undergraduate courses or their equivalents are required for professional certification as a speech-language pathologist and must be completed by master’s candidates who have not previously taken these courses. These courses are SPH 485—Speech and Hearing Science and SPH 481—Aural Rehabilitation. These courses may be completed by post-baccalaureate students before making application to the program.

The application deadline is February 1 annully. The graduate program now utilizes a centralized application service, CSDCAS.  All applicants should submit an application to the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) as well as a supplemental application.  CSDCAS can be accessed at  Applicants should follow the directions found on the CSDCAS website.  The CSDCAS application will require submission of  two letters of recommendation, a personal statement (also known as a statement of purpose), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, and official transcripts.  A supplemental application is also required.  There is no charge for the supplemental application.

Statement of Purpose
The statement of purpose should be double spaced between one to two pages in length.  Use one inch margin and a 12 point font.  The following questions should be answered in the body of the essay:

  • What attracted you to the profession of speech-language pathology?
  • Why do you think you would be successful in this profession?
  • What influenced you to apply to CSU?
  • What would you like for the Admissions Committee to know about you that may not be reflected in your application materials?

Additional Application Once Selected as a Candidate for Admission
Students who are selected as candidates for admission will then be directed to complete a third application to the Office of Graduate Admissions at Cleveland State University.  This will enable the Office of Graduate Admission to enter all of your identifying information into the CSU data bank.  You will be assigned a CSU identification number at that time.

Final Transcripts Once Student Commits to CSU
Finally, when students commit to the CSU graduate program, two copies of the final transcript from the degree granting institution is required.  One copy should be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions, and the second copy should be sent to the CSU Speech and Hearing Program Office at 2121 Euclid Avenue, MC 430,  Cleveland, OH 44115.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the student to check the status of his or her application.  You will need to verify that all application materials have been received by CSDCAS and supplemental materials by our graduate program, prior to the February 1 deadline.