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CDS Master's Application

Application Instructions and deadlines

STEP ONE: Application to the master’s program in speech-language pathology at the University of Oregon should be made through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) . To complete your application on the CSDCAS website, click on “Apply now for the September 2018-April 2019 Cycle” and create a new account. Please follow the instructions carefully. It is strongly recommended that you visit the CSDCAS “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs) before starting your application. If you experience problems or have questions, please contact CSDCAS Customer Service Monday thru Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM EST, at 617-612-2030 or at The CSDCAS application fee is $128.00 for the first graduate program applied to and $51.00 for each additional graduate program.

STEP TWO: Apply to the UO Graduate School:

Apply for scholarships through the College of Education:

You will need to pay a $70 application fee to the Office of Admissions as part of your application to the UO Graduate School.

The master's application is now open. The application deadline for the 2019 academic year is January 15, 2019. 

The following information must be submitted directly to CSDCAS in order to complete your application:

  1. Admission Essay Questions: Please visit link for access to the UO CDS essay prompts. There are several very brief writing tasks that applicants must complete and upload with their application materials. The link to the essay prompts is found here: 
    Optional: If interested in applying for Project INICIO, submit an additional letter of intent directed to Dr. Lauren Cycyk. This letter of intent should: (1) explain your interest in serving culturally- and linguistically-diverse young children with disabilities; (2) 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; (3) Comment on your level of Spanish proficiency specifically, for speaking and understanding (e.g., basic, intermediate, native); (4) 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 7 years post-graduation that provides direct service to infants, toddlers, or children at risk for or with disabilities). Please note that only US citizens or permanent residents are eligible for Project INICIO due to the federal requirements associated with the fundingPlease email your Project INICIO statement to CDS Student Services Coordinator, Elizabeth O'Harra at
  2. 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. 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.
  3. Transcripts - You will be required to submit one official set of transcripts directly to CSDCAS (address below) several weeks prior to the January 15, 2019 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, coursework 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.

         After your transcripts are submitted to CSDCAS, it will take several weeks for the CSDCAS team to verify your transcripts. Your application will NOT be reviewed until it has been VERIFIED. Thus it is critical that transcripts are submitted as soon as possible. If your degree is in progress, you must submit a transcript with your Fall 2018 grades. This includes any undergrad or post-bac work completed in fall 2018. 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.

         In addition to submitting transcripts to CSDCAS, you will also need to provide an official transcript from your undergraduate institution to the University of Oregon’s Office of Admissions (address below). Please note that the UO Office of Admissions only requires the transcript from the school that conferred your undergraduate degree. You do not need to send all transcripts to the UO Office of Admissions. If your undergraduate degree is in progress, you do not need to submit transcripts to the UO Office of Admissions until after you graduate.

    Send Transcripts To:
    a) CSDCAS Verification Department
        P.O. Box 9113
        Watertown, MA 02471

    b) UO Office of Admissions
        1217 University of Oregon
        Eugene, OR 97403-1217
  4. GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores - GRE scores are required for every applicant and scores must be from tests taken within the last 5 years. 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. Information about GRE test accommodations for people with disabilities can be found at

    *If you have any questions regarding the status of your application please contact Elizabeth O’Harra, CDS Student Services Coordinator, at 541.346.2480 or