Apply for an MA/MS in Communication Disorders and Sciences

Application Deadline

The application deadline is January 15.


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 30 of those applicants.

Project INICIO, which trains students in the assessment, treatment, and management of pediatric populations learning Spanish and English, accepts approximately 4–6 students.

Project PANGEA, which focuses on training students to understand the typical and atypical development of core domains of early childhood, to assess these skills and to develop and implement intervention plans using evidence-based practices. 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:

  • meet the program’s GPA requirements
  • provide GRE test results and 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

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)

The CSDCAS application fee is $131 for the first graduate program applied to and $52 for each additional graduate program.

It is strongly recommended that you visit the CSDCAS Frequently Asked Questions before starting your application.

To complete your application on the CSDCAS website, click on “Apply now for the September 2019–April 2020 Cycle” and create a new account. Please follow the instructions carefully.

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
617-612-2030
csdcasinfo@acsdcas.org

University of Oregon Graduate School

You will also need to apply to the UO Graduate School.

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.


Supporting Documents

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

Admission Essay Question

Please complete the following tasks and upload your answers with your application:

  1. Why do you want to pursue graduate training at the University of Oregon? (Required; 200 words or less)
     
  2. What unique qualities will you bring to a graduate training program in communication disorders and sciences? (Required; 200 words or less)
     
  3. The following chart compares two different interventions, both designed to increase mean length of utterance (MLU). Examine the data. Then, briefly answer the following two questions. (Required; 100 words or less combined)
     
    1. Based on the data presented, which intervention appears more robust and why?
       
    2. What is one question you could ask that might help you better interpret the bar graph?

      Admission essay question chart
       
  4. Do you plan to apply to Project INICIO (Required)? _____ Yes   ____ No
    * If you indicated yes, please remember that this requires an additional letter of intent.
     
  5. Do you speak some amount of another language in addition to English (Required)? _____ Yes   ____ No

    If Yes, what language(s)?

    If Yes, please rate your fluency for each language you speak based on the following Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) scale, developed by the US State Department:
     
    • Level 1 – Elementary – Can fulfill the basic needs in a language, such as ordering meals, asking time, and asking for directions.
    • Level 2 – Limited Working Proficiency – Can fulfill routine social demands, such as small talk about one’s self, one’s family, and current events.
    • Level 3 – Professional Working Proficiency – Can discuss a variety of topics with ease and almost completely understand what others are saying.
    • Level 4 – Full Professional Proficiency – Can participate in all manners of conversations with ease and only rarely makes grammatical mistakes.
    • Level 5 – Native or Bilingual Proficiency – Can use the language the way an educated native speaker of the language would.
       
  6. Is there anything we did not ask you, that you feel is important for us to know when reviewing your application? (Optional; no more than 50 words)

OPTIONAL Project INICIO Application

If interested in applying for Project INICIO, you must submit an additional letter of intent directed to Lauren Cycyk. This letter of intent should:

  • Explain your interest in serving culturally and linguistically diverse young children with disabilities
     
  • Specify whether or not you have a documented disability, speak a language in addition to English fluently (native or native-like proficiency; high school study only of a language does not count), are from a traditionally underrepresented or marginalized population in the US, are a first-generation college student, or are a parent of a child with a disability
     
  • Comment on your level of Spanish proficiency specifically, for speaking and understanding (e.g., basic, intermediate, native)
     
  • Comment on your willingness to meet the 2-year service obligation that is required for student funding associated with Project INICIO (i.e., employed in a position within seven years post-graduation that provides direct service to infants, toddlers, or children at risk for or with disabilities).

Please note that only US citizens are eligible for Project INICIO due to the federal requirements associated with the funding. Please email your Project INICIO statement to cds@uoregon.edu.

 

OPTIONAL Project PANGEA Application

If interested in applying for Project PANGEA, you must submit an additional letter of intent directed to Lori Hornfelt 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 first-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 post-graduation 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 statement to cds@uoregon.edu.

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.

Official Transcripts 

You will be required to submit one official set of transcripts directly to CSDCAS several weeks prior to the January 15, 2020 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 completed at community colleges, etc.

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 last term 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. 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 required and scores must be from tests taken within five years of the application deadline.

If you submit multiple scores, we will always select the highest scores from each section even if they are from different test dates.

Scores are sent directly to CSDCAS from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The UO school code is: 0772. 

Please do not send GRE scores directly to the department. 


Find information about GRE test accommodations for people with disabilities.