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The primary qualification for admission is evidence of a strong potential for academic, clinical, and research growth. Such evidence is obtained from official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement of academic, research, and vocational interests.

Admissions Requirements

Penn State Graduate School Requirements

The Penn State Graduate School outlines requirements for graduate admission including academic eligibility requirements and English language proficiency. Please review the requirements for graduate admission before applying.

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Requirements

The Master's program in CSD has additional admissions requirements. Please review these admissions requirements prior to applying.

Application Process

The Penn State CSD program participates in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS).

Application Components

  1. A completed CSDCAS application
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended; transcripts must include Fall semester coursework for students completing their undergraduate degree. Official transcripts MUST be sent to CSDCAS directly either electronically or via mail.
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Resume detailing educational, work, and volunteer experiences
  5. Personal statement (see admissions requirements)
  6. If you are not a Native English speaker, TOEFL scores are required to be submitted electronically using CSDCAS ETS code C122.

Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be submitted but are not required. Those choosing to submit scores should use the Penn State CSDCAS ETS code 4131.

CSDCAS Customer Service is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. by calling 617-612-2030 or emailing

Application Deadline

Students are admitted beginning in the fall semester. The CSD graduate program is designed for full-time students and does not admit part-time or nondegree students.

Accepted students who choose to enroll at Penn State will need to submit the Penn State Graduate School application, including a $65 non-refundable application fee.

The deadline for applications for Fall admission is February 1.