Application and Admission
APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR ADMISSION TO THE GRADUATE PROGRAM IN COMMUNICATION DISORDERS
The Department of Communication Disorders offers a program leading to the Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Applications are accepted from prospective students with bachelor's degrees in any field of study. The completion of undergraduate courses in communication disorders is not required in order to apply to the Master's program. Students who are admitted to the program will meet with the program adviser early in the summer to design a planned program of study that will include any undergraduate prerequisite courses that have not yet been completed.
All application materials must be received by the February 15th deadline. An applicant's file will not be considered until all application materials are received and the file is complete. Applications completed after the deadline will be retained for consideration for the following year if the applicant makes this request in writing by April 1. Incomplete applications are not retained.
The following materials must be submitted (print checklist).
PLEASE NOTE: Materials submitted to the School of Graduate Studies may be submitted electronically and materials submitted to the Department of Communication Disorders must be mailed.
To the School of Graduate Studies:
- The Graduate school application and fee (online submission or contact the Graduate School Office, 203-392-5240 for a paper application)
- Official undergraduate and graduate degree transcripts from all accredited colleges or universities attended. A total undergraduate degree quality point ratio of 3.0 or higher is required. Any transcripts submitted from education completed outside the United States must be evaluated by an appropriate accrediting agency (e.g. World Education Service, WES) in order to equate credits and grades with United States standards.
- Recent scores obtained on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), including Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing sections.
- PRAXIS I skills examination in mathematics, reading, and writing, or a PRAXIS I waiver letter needs to be provided prior to formal admission to the Graduate School. Applicants may submit their PRAXIS I scores or waiver letter as part of their initial application or at the time of their interview with the Graduate Program Director. Since students complete clinical placements in a public school system, all students must meet the Connecticut State Department of Education requirements for Special Services Endorsement. Therefore, evidence of passing the state-mandated PRAXIS I or PRAXIS waiver letter is necessary.
- All students for whom English is not their first language must submit recent scores of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Follow guidelines regarding who should take the TOEFL.
To the Department of Communication Disorders:
The following materials must be mailed to the Department of Communication Disorders at the address listed below:
- The CMD admissions application - must be filled out, signed, and submitted.
- A resume, no more than 2 pages, highlighting personal strengths with a specific focus on leadership, volunteer efforts, extracurricular activities and work experiences must be submitted. Applicants are encouraged to quantify their experiences so as to highlight levels of commitment and involvement.
- A 250-300 word well-written essay on a personal challenge and how it was handled or a project initiated and maintained independently that demonstrates your skills in interpersonal communications, initiative, problem solving and/or organization.
- Three letters of recommendation attesting to professional promise and academic ability. Recommendations from professors are encouraged, although not required.
PLEASE NOTE: PLEASE BE AWARE THAT IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH APPLICANT TO CONTACT BOTH THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION DISORDERS AND THE GRADUATE SCHOOL IN ORDER TO VERIFY THAT ALL REQUIRED MATERIALS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED.
Admissions decisions are made on a competitive basis. By April 1, letters are mailed to applicants indicating that they have been accepted, wait-listed or rejected. Accepted students have two weeks to reply before their admission status will be revoked. Letters of acceptance or rejection will then be mailed to wait-listed applicants.
All students accepted to the Communication Disorders Program must interview with the Graduate Program Director at the time of program planning during the spring or summer following admissions. They must subsequently be formally admitted by the School of Graduate Studies upon final review of transcripts and application materials in order to finalize the admissions process.
Accepted students begin their studies in the fall semester. Students who have completed all of the required prerequisite coursework will be offered the option of beginning courses in the summer following admission, space allowing.
Contact information and mailing addresses:
Southern Connecticut State University School of Graduate Studies
501 Crescent Street
Engleman Hall, B-110
New Haven, CT 06515
Phone: (203) 392-5240
Department of Communication Disorders/Admissions Committee
Southern CT State University
501 Crescent Street
Davis Hall B-012
New Haven, CT 06515
Phone: 203-392-5954 Fax: 203-392-5968
For further information contact: Mrs. Patricia McMahon, telephone 203-392-5954 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Printable application instructions
Recommendation form(mail in)
Department application(complete online and mail in)
Graduate school application(complete and submit online)
Praxis I Application Form (mail to CT Department of Education)