Apply for an MA/MS in Communication Disorders and Sciences

Admissions Requirements  |  Application Instructions  |  Supporting Documents  |  Optional Project PANGEA Application  |  Project IDEA  |  Financial Supports  |  GRE or rGRE Scores

Application Deadline

The application deadline is January 15, 2022, 11:59 p.m. Eastern

Acceptance Rates

Our master’s degree program is based on a cohort model that emphasizes a strong learning community with diverse representation, strong academics, and high community engagement.

On average, we receive between 200 and 300 applications each year. We accept about 90 of those applicants. See our Program Data page for additional information.

Project PANGEA is designed to train master’s students from the Communication Disorders and Sciences (CDS) and Early Intervention (EI) programs in the assessment, intervention, and management of children from birth through preschool who are at-risk for or diagnosed with autism (ASD). The project will accept 7 students each year including 3 CDS master’s students and 4 EI/ECSE master’s students.

Admissions Requirements

Students interested in joining the field of speech language pathology are expected to:

  • provide letters of recommendation
  • have extracurricular experience acquired through employment, research, or volunteer activities relevant to a CDS degree
  • meet the prerequisite course requirements according to the prerequisite checklist prior to the term for which they are applying (please note, these are ASHA requirements for licensure and the links on the checklist will provide additional clarification and information on course work guidelines)

Prerequisite Checklist

Students for whom English is not their native language must also pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of:

  • 600 or above for the paper version
  • 250 or above for the computer version
  • 100 or above for the online version

International students who plan to participate in clinical practicums and work toward national certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association must pass the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) test with a score of 50.

Application Instructions and Deadlines

Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS)

Application to our master’s program in speech-language pathology should be made through the communication sciences and disorders centralized application service (CSDCAS). Our CSDCAS application generally opens each year on August 15th. To begin your application on the CSDCAS website, click on “Create an Account” to begin a new account. Please follow the instructions carefully. Once you submit your application you will not be able to make changes other than to request an academic update for fall grades.

The CSDCAS application fee is $135 for the first graduate program applied to and $54 for each additional graduate program.

It is strongly recommended that you visit the CSDCAS Frequently Asked Questions before starting your application. The “Quick Start Guide” linked on the FAQ page includes information on the application process, timelines, fees, and fee waivers – we encourage you to read through this information thoroughly.

If you experience problems, or have questions, please contact:

CSDCAS Customer Service
Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST

University of Oregon Graduate School

You will also need to apply to the UO Graduate School via GradWeb. Applications to the UO Graduate School are also due by January 15th. Our GradWeb application generally opens each year in mid-late September.  

Nonrefundable Application Fee: $70 (Domestic Students)/$90 (International Students), paid by credit card or eCheck. You will need to pay the application fee before you are able to submit the application. Fee waivers and discounts are available to students that qualify.

Financial Supports

Apply for scholarships and Financial Aid:

  1. UO College of Education (due by Feb 1): 
  2. UO Scholarships
  3. Financial Aid (priority deadline March 1) 

Other Financial Supports:

  1. GradWeb fee waiver and discount information
  2. CSDCAS Fee assistance program  

Supporting Documents

Finally, the following information must be submitted directly to CSDCAS to complete your application:

University of Oregon Communications Disorders and Sciences Master's Program Admission Essay Questions 2021-2022

Please complete the following tasks and upload your answers with your CSDCAS application. Answers to all of the questions are required, unless otherwise noted. Our general objectives for the questions below are to get to know you better and assess your written communication and analytic abilities, including critical thinking. Answer all questions in complete sentences and remember to check your writing to make sure it is free of typos and grammatical errors. Please use the Word document linked below as a template for your answers. *Clicking on the link below will download the Word document to your computer.

Click to Download Word Doc

Specialized and Funded Training Opportunities

Optional Project PANGEA Application

If interested in applying for Project PANGEA, you must submit an additional letter of intent. Letter should be: a) in PDF format, b) include your name and contact information, and c) should be in standard letter format addressed to Miyoko Patricelli and Dr. Stephanie Shire.

This letter of intent should:

  • Explain your interest in serving young children with ASD.
  • Describe your experience working with individuals with special needs with emphasis on individuals with ASD, in particular young children.
  • Specify whether or not you have a documented disability, are from a traditionally underrepresented or marginalized population in the US, are a fist-generation college student, or are a parent of a child with a disability.
  • Comment on your willingness to meet the 2-year service obligation that is required for student funding associated with Project PANGEA (i.e., employed in a position within seven years postgraduation that provides direct service to infants, toddlers, or children at risk for or with disabilities).

Please note that only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible for Project PANGEA due to the federal requirements associated with the funding.

Please email your Project PANGEA letter of intent to by the January 15th application deadline.

Optional Project IDEA Application

Do you identify as a student of color and/or speak a language other than English? Are you excited to work with young children with disabilities and their families? Are you committed to anti-racist approaches that improve outcomes by increasing equity and access to disability services? If you answered yes to these questions, apply to become a Project IDEA scholar today

Funding is available for scholars' full tuition, fees, books, travel, and professional development. Project IDEA seeks to expand higher education opportunities among students of color, students who speak languages other than English, and students with disabilities. Preference will be given to students who self-identify with these backgrounds. Please view the PDF below for more information.

Please email your Project IDEA letter of intent to Dr. Lauren Cycyk at by the January 15th application deadline.

Project IDEA

Three Letters of Recommendation

You should provide email contact information for at least three people who are willing to write letters that support your application to graduate school. At least two of these letters should be from academic faculty who can speak to your academic performance in the classroom. It is preferred that at least one of these academic letters be from an academic faculty in Communication Disorders and Sciences or closely professionally-related topic. No personal letters from family or friends will be considered. Letters of recommendation are accepted electronically ONLY. It is your responsibility to make sure that these letters have been submitted.

Applications not meeting these requirements may not be considered for admission.

Official Transcripts 

You will be required to submit one official set of transcripts directly to CSDCAS several weeks prior to the January 15th deadline date to ensure your transcripts arrive on time.

When submitting transcripts to CSDCAS, please bear in mind that you must send ALL transcripts for every college credit you have earned. This includes:

  • any AP courses
  • dual-enrollment courses
  • course work which shows on another transcript as transfer credit (must submit original transcript)

Even if you only took one class at a particular institution, CSDCAS still requires that you submit an official transcript.

Verification of Transcripts

After your transcripts are submitted, it will take several weeks for the CSDCAS team to verify your transcripts. It is critical that transcripts are submitted as soon as possible.

Your application will NOT be reviewed until CSDCAS has changed your Application Status to VERIFIED. You may check your application status on the CSDCAS website.

If your degree is in progress, you must submit a transcript to CSDCAS with your fall 2021 grades. This includes any undergrad or post-baccalaureate work completed.

Confirm Receipt of Transcripts

After submitting your application, be sure to check the application’s status to ensure that all transcripts have been received and verified. It is very important that your transcripts are verified in a timely manner, and it is your responsibility to confirm that ALL transcripts have been received and verified by CSDCAS.

You will also need to provide an official transcript from your undergraduate institution to the University of Oregon’s Registrar's Office.

Please note that the UO only requires the transcript from the school that conferred your undergraduate degree and any subsequent degree(s). You do not need to send all transcripts to the UO Registrar's Office.

If your undergraduate degree is in progress, you do not need to submit transcripts to the UO until after you graduate.

Send Transcripts To:

  1. CSDCAS Verification Department
    P.O. Box 9113
    Watertown, MA 02471
  2. Office of the Registrar
    5257 University of Oregon
    Eugene, OR 97403

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Revised Graduate Record Examination (rGRE) Scores

GRE scores are not required and are not considered for admissions.

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