Apply for a MS in Communication Disorders and Sciences

Admissions Requirements  |  Application Instructions  |  Financial Supports  |  Supporting Documents  |  Transcripts  | GRE or rGRE Scores

Application Deadline

The application deadline is January 15, 2024, 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.

Admissions Requirements

Students interested in joining the UO Communication Disorders and Sciences Master’s Program 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 $139 for the first graduate program applied to and $56 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 Division of Graduate Studies

You will also need to apply to the University of Oregon's Division of Graduate Studies. Applications open September 15th.

Access the Application

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.

International Applicants seeking program nomination for an international application fee waiver must have a completed UO Division of Graduate Studies Online Graduate Application and then submit a request to the program via email no later than one month before the initial application deadline. At that time, the applicant must have all components of the application completed, uploaded, and ready to submit for the request to be considered. There are limited opportunities for this waiver. Applicants will be notified if their request is approved within 1 week of the deadline to request.

Financial Supports

Apply for Scholarships and Financial Aid:

  1. UO College of Education (due by Feb 9) 
  2. UO Scholarships
  3. Financial Aid (priority deadline March 1) 

Other Financial Supports:

  1. Division of Graduate Studies 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 2023-2024

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 IDEA Application

Project IDEA admits scholars every other year. Applications will be accepted in January 2024 for program entry in Fall 2024.

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!    

The United States Department of Education will fund 16 Project IDEA scholars to complete their master's degrees in speech-language pathology or early intervention at the University of Oregon in scenic Eugene, Oregon. Funding is available for scholars' full tuition for the 7 terms of their master’s program, partial student fees, books, travel, childcare, and professional development.

Scholars participate in specialized training and mentorship opportunities to build skills in serving infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities from historically marginalized and underserved communities, including children of color and those who are indigenous, immigrants, and/or who speak languages or language varieties other than standardized American English. Scholars must commit to attend 2 weekend summer workshops and complete their student practica in Oregon.

After graduating, scholars also commit to ~2 years of service to children with disabilities for each year of funding received. This service includes employment as speech-language pathologists in educational settings in any location receiving federal special education funding for children with disabilities between the birth and age 21, though we hope you will seek employment with children ages 0 to 5. Due to the nature of the federal funding, only United States citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply.  

To be considered, please complete the full application process for the master’s program AND submit a letter of interest in Project IDEA that:

  1. describes your personal and/or professional experience, interest, and intent to serve infants, toddlers, and/or preschools with disabilities from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and
  1. specifies if you identify as a person with a disability, a person of color, a person who speaks a language or language variety other than standardized American English, a person who is the first in their immediate family to graduate college, and/or a person who is a primary caregiver for an individual with disabilities.

There is no page length requirement.

Send this letter by the general application deadline to

Please feel free to reach out to Project IDEA program director for prospective speech-language pathology students, Dr. Lauren Cycyk, at with questions.

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.


Set One: CSDCAS Transcripts Requirements:

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, or you are completing post-baccalaureate coursework, you must submit a transcript to CSDCAS with your fall grades (i.e. if you are enrolled or completing any coursework during the fall term prior to the application deadline you must submit official transcripts to CSDCAS once grades have posted for the term). 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.

Send Official Transcripts to CSDCAS at: 

CSDCAS Verification Department
P.O. Box 9113
Watertown, MA 02471

Set Two: University of Oregon Transcripts Requirements

You will also need to submit one set of unofficial transcripts to the University of Oregon Division of Graduate Studies with your application. Unofficial transcripts are to be submitted as part of your application. If you are offered admission to the program, you will need to submit official transcripts to the University of Oregon before fall term the year of admittance.

See the Division of Graduate Studies Official Transcript Requirement for details.

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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