Communication Sciences and Disorders
Who Should Apply?
1) Students with an undergraduate degree in communication disorders complete the master’s program in two academic years of full-time study (six semesters). The deadline for receipt of applications is January 15. If you have additional questions about admission to the graduate program, email us.
2) Students with a bachelor’s degree in a non-communication disorders field can still apply to the graduate program as pre-requisite students.. The department accepts a limited number of pre-requisite applicants each year. Required documents for admission include all of the materials listed for the Master’s program, i.e., application, three letters of reference, GRE scores, and official transcript. Students must also apply to the UK Graduate School.
Prerequisite coursework must be completed before graduate-level courses are taken. Traditionally, applicants take these courses in their first year as graduate students once they have been accepted into the program. The pre-requisite program takes three academic years (eight semesters) to complete with the student taking the pre-requisite or “leveling” courses during the first academic year. Since our graduate program is competitive and we have a limited number of slots for admissions, students should have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. The deadline for receipt of applications is January 15. If you have additional questions about admission to the graduate program as a pre-requisite student, email us.
Completion of a graduate degree in speech-language pathology is required for national certification and state licensure, as well as for teaching certification in most states. Most graduate programs require 1 1/2 to 2 years of full-time study to complete. Participation in UK’s graduate program, or any other program around the state or country, is very competitive. Most programs will require a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 to be considered for admission.
How to Apply
Click here for important application instructions.
Prerequisite course work required of students who do not have a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders:
Requirements of the Graduate Program
Program Outcome Data
The Master's program in Communication Sciences and Disorders tracks progress of its graduates on several outcome measures. We are happy to report that:
Program Completion Rates for Master’s Program
Praxis Examination Pass Rates
Program Graduates Employed in the Profession within 1 Year of Graduation*
*includes graduates enrolling in a doctoral program
Prospective graduate students need to recognize that admission to our graduate program is very selective. We only accept a limited number of students each year. While the minimum admission requirement is a 3.0 GPA out of a possible 4.0, the average GPA of students selected for our program is 3.5. The average GRE (verbal & quantitative) score of selected students is 304. Students should also understand that many factors besides GPA and GRE go into the admission decision for the successful applicant. All applications are reviewed for non-academic factors that suggest success in graduate education and evidence of professionalism. These factors include, but are not limited to, interpersonal qualities, integrity, a well-defined sense of responsibility, and experiences in health care settings with individuals of diverse backgrounds. The admissions committee carefully reviews letters of recommendation, personal essays, and work and volunteer experiences for these important non-academic factors.
CSD Graduate Program Application Instructions
Prospective Students: Please click here for application instructions to UK’s Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
When a student is accepted into the graduate program, the Director of Graduate Studies forwards a letter of acceptance to the student. At that time, the student is provided the name of the academic advisor from among the CSD faculty.