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Syracuse University M.S. in Speech Language Pathology and Au.D. Application Procedures

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Application cycle for Fall 2024 is now open. Applications completed by February 1 will receive priority review. However, applications submitted to CSDCAS after February 1 will be accepted until the cohort is met for 2024.

  • Submit your application to CSDCAS Centralized Application Service
  • Official transcripts: You must submit to CSDCAS an official transcript from each undergraduate institution you attended. GPA is calculated based on your entire undergraduate record from all institutions attended. If you do not submit all of your official transcripts, we will be unable to review your application.
  • Three letters of recommendation; Ideally, at least two letters of recommendation should be from academic faculty; Letters should be submitted through CSDCAS. In the CSDCAS system, for each letter of recommendation you request, you will be asked to respond YES or NO to the question “I waive my right of access to this evaluation”. It is strongly recommended that you select YES to this question as it encourages the letter writer to provide an objective and honest appraisal of your abilities. Some recommenders will refuse to write a letter if you do not select YES. Furthermore, our admissions committee may weigh the impact of any letter of recommendation differently based on your response to the question. Therefore, we recommend you say YES.”
  • Personal Statement/Essay; The document that you will upload as your “Personal Essay” should address each of the short answer questions below. Your essay answers should reflect your personal and unique thoughts and experiences and showcase your individual writing ability. Applicants should note that the use of AI-generated essays will be evaluated negatively. We look forward to your ability to elaborate on your expressed ideas in response to these questions during the interview process.
    • Discuss a specific research finding from a peer-reviewed scientific research article that you believe is important to the field of speech-language pathology/audiology. Briefly explain the research question(s), the study population, the study design, and the basic findings. Explain why you chose this particular scientific article (e.g., a personal experience you’ve had or an interest you developed) and why you think this finding is important to the field. How do you expect that you will incorporate this finding in your studies and clinical experiences? Cite and provide the reference (APA style) for at least one peer-reviewed research article. (300–400-word limit). Note that, if you are selected for an interview, you will also be expected to discuss this scientific article in further detail. Sources that are not from an original peer-reviewed scientific article should be avoided (e.g., a website).
    • First, describe a specific opportunity or opportunities you have had to develop cultural humility within a previous leadership or volunteer role. Next, explain how you will apply your knowledge and experience regarding cultural humility to your future clinical career in speech-language pathology or audiology. Provide a specific example of how your knowledge and experience would prepare you to address the communication skills of a new client you encounter in graduate school from a culture, race, ethnicity religion, language, gender identity, or sexual orientation that is different than yours (300–400-word limit).
    • (Respond only if applicable) Write a separate paragraph of 200-300 words (in the same document) discussing the following situations if applicable: If there were semesters or courses during your undergraduate career when your GPA was low and/or if your transcript includes withdrawals, incompletes, or course repeats, what were the circumstances? What did you do to address the issues described? How do you believe these grades and circumstances reflect on your ability to succeed in graduate school?
    • If you are a re-applicant to graduate programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders, or if you have taken a year or more off after graduating, please discuss your circumstances and what you have done (including educational or work/volunteer experiences you have pursued) to improve your application and preparation for graduate study as well as to show your commitment to a career in audiology/speech-language pathology.
  • GREs are optional for the MS SLP and the AuD programs; GRE scores will only be viewed favorably by the Admissions Committee; strong GRE scores may increase an applicant’s ranking for admission and for funding, but low GRE scores will not be used as a basis to deny admission or funding. Students who do not report GRE scores will not be denied admission or funding solely on the basis of a lack of GRE score; Note that admitted AuD students who later apply for the dual AuD/PhD program WILL be required to submit GRE scores (as will all PhD applicants in SLP or Audiology). If you are strongly interested in the AuD/PhD option you may wish to submit GRE scores at the time of applying for the AuD program, or you will be required to take and submit scores before being considered for the AuD/PhD program later (see the Dual AuD/PhD program description). GRE scores must be within the past 5 years.
  • The TOEFL or IELTS; International (non-Canadian) students must submit your TOEFL score to CSDCAS (code C122)

Financial Support

All applicants are considered for departmental awards including tuition scholarships and graduate assistantships. No separate application is needed. Awards are determined by application merit as compared with the cohort.

CSDCAS Application form and fee

See this site for fees and for fee waiver information.