Graduate Program Application Instructions

Instructions for Applicants to the 2-yr/3-yr MS program and the AuD program

Application Opens: November 1.  

You will not be able to access our CSDCAS or GradApp application until that date.

Application Deadline:  February 1.  

Your applications (both CSDCAS and GradApp) must be submitted no later than this date for full consideration.  Applications are not reviewed early; all applications submitted by the deadline will be given equal consideration.  We plan to send acceptance letters beginning mid-March.

**Please note, the GRE is not a requirement in order to apply to our MS/AuD programs for this upcoming application cycle (i.e. individuals applying during the Nov 1, 2020 - Feb 1, 2021 time period for the cohort starting Fall of 2021)**


Links to Program-Specific Information
Speech-Language Pathology MS
Doctor of Audiology

Additional Prospective Graduate Student Information 

Information about Fee WaiversCSDCAS  and GradApp

Additional Questions?  If you can't find the answers you are looking for, please contact us at slhs_app@email.arizona.edu or by phone at 520-621-1192.


In order to apply to our program, you will submit a primary application to CSDCAS and a secondary application to UA GradApp.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS)

CSDCAS is the centralized application service for numerous accredited clinical education programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. See the CSDCAS Applicant Help Center for tips on getting started and a recommended timeline.

Things you need to complete your CSDCAS Application:

  1. Official Transcripts: Read more about the transcript process here: Sending Transcripts to CSDCAS.
    • IMPORTANT: If you are/were enrolled in Fall 2020 courses, we will not review your application until we receive a verified application including your Fall 2019 grades.  If this applies to you, you have two options:
      • Do not submit your official transcript to CSDCAS for verification until your Fall 2020 grades are recorded.  Since we do not start making admissions decisions until February 1st, this will not impact your chance of earning an acceptance.
      • Submit your current official transcript for CSDCAS verification and proceed as described by CSDCAS.  Once your Fall 2020 grades are reflected on your official transcript, send an Academic Update to CSDCAS.  Since you will have already been verified, CSDCAS will only look at the grades for the new courses you have completed.  As soon as we receive your update, we will consider you for admission to our program.  Click here for information about the CSDCAS Academic Update process.
  2. Personal Statement.  The personal statement serves as both a writing sample and a chance for you to let us know about your interest in the field. The best personal statements do not simply repeat information already addressed in the application, but give us insight into the candidate. There is no “formula” for a good personal statement, so don’t worry if your story is different from your colleagues. We appreciate diversity.  In one page, single-spaced, size 11 or 12 font, with standard margins, address the following:
    • Describe your career goals.
    • Explain why you are interested in the field of Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. You may comment on aspects of the discipline that interest you, insights gained from coursework, clinical, research or other personal experiences.
    • Personal Statement Preparation tips (Recorded Zoom presentation)
  3. Resume/Extracurricular Activities. 
    1. For each experience, please address the following:
      • Time you spent doing the activity (ex: 20 hours per week, 5 hours a month).
      • Date range of your experience (ex: August 2016 – May 2018).
      • A few bullet points to highlight information about your experiences. Include your responsibilities, accomplishments, and what you learned.
    2. Please list any relevant experiences you have had in the following areas:
      • Leadership experience, extracurricular activities, and volunteer experiences
      • Research experience.
      • Supervised clinical practicum experiences [include the nature of the disorder(s)]
      • Work experience (including military experience)
      • Any academic, scholarly, or professional awards you have received
    3. Resume Preparation tips (Recorded Zoom Presentation)
  4. International applicants: Submit official English Proficiency standardized test scores (TOEFL/IELTS).

University of Arizona Graduate College Application (UA GradApp)

  • Things you will need to complete your Grad College Application:

    1. Unofficial Transcripts from all Universities and Colleges you have attended. If you have already graduated, your transcript MUST show your degree confirmation. All transcripts must be legible.

    2. Letters of Recommendation. Names and contact information for three (3) people who will provide letters of recommendation on your behalf.  They will also be asked to rate you on a short list of attributes. At least two (ideally, all three) of the letters must come from academic faculty, from any department, who know you well. We do make exceptions for applicants who have not been in school for several years.

      • Our admissions committee will NOT review letters/ratings submitted to CSDCAS. Our committee will only look at the letters and ratings submitted to UA GradApp.  If you will be using the same letter writers for both CSDCAS and UA GradApp, you need to let them know that they will be prompted to review you through both CSDCAS and GradApp.

      • As soon as you enter your letter writers' contact information, they will receive a link to the application and a code. When they access the site, they will be asked to fill out a short rating form and upload a letter of recommendation. 

      • You can check on the status of your recommendations at any time by logging in to the UA Graduate Admissions Application, selecting your application from the section titled "My Applications", and clicking "Letters of Recommendation".