General Admission Requirements for the Speech-Language Pathology (CSD MA/MS) Degree:
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Applicants who do NOT have a CSD major will need to satisfactorily complete the prerequisite coursework listed below.
- A minimum overall and prerequisite GPA of 3.0 is required. However, a GPA of 3.5 or higher is strongly recommended. A grade below C- in a CSD major or prerequisite course is not acceptable and should be repeated. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission may be considered if strong evidence of their ability to complete a graduate program is provided
- Ability to satisfactorily perform all of the technical standards required for this profession
- Graduate Record Examination scores (GRE-general). The results should be forwarded to the Central Application Service (CSDCAS), Institutional Code 6130. We do not designate a minimum score or percentile rank on the GRE. However, historically the average scores of students offered admission has been in the 50th percentile (verbal & quantitative). The minimal preferred score for the written portion is 3.5. The GRE MUST be within the past 5 years.
Applicants should have a minimum of one 3-credit course in each of the following topic areas:
- Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
- Language Development
- Speech and Hearing Science
- Transcription Phonetics
Early Decision for Pitt CSD Undergraduates
The Early Decision application deadline for Pitt CSD undergraduates is October 31, 2017. Please contact Dr. Erin Lundblom for details and information on the Early Decision process. Your application is to be submitted through the CSDCAS web site at http://portal.csdcas.org/.
Please note that, in order to be eligible for clinical certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, you must meet the standards specified by the Association’s Council for Clinical Certification. This includes satisfactory completion of at least one three-credit course in each of the following areas prior to starting the graduate program: Biological Sciences (Human Biology, Anatomy & Physiology), Physical Sciences (Physics, Chemistry), Behavioral Sciences (Sociology, Psychology), Statistics (not research design).
Information for International Applicants
Academic Credential Evaluations
International degrees will need a credential evaluation.
We only accept a 4-year bachelor degree or those international degrees that are equivalent as determined by one of the following agencies:
- International Consultants of Delaware
- Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
- Joseph Silny & Associates
We do NOT accept evaluations by World Education Services (WES).
The program’s foreign (international) transcript policies do NOT apply to study abroad coursework that is itemized on a US college or university transcript. (Study abroad is processed in the same way as US coursework.)
Mail the foreign transcript evaluation to:
CSDCAS Verification Department
P.O. Box 9113
Watertown, MA 02471
Your application for admission will not be reviewed until your credential review is received by CSDCAS.
International applicants that have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree in the United States do not need a credential evaluation.
English Language Proficiency
International applicants whose native language is not English must complete a test of English Language Proficiency within 12 months of the due date of the application. Applicants from Quebec Province are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, otherwise Canadian applicants are exempt from the English language proficiency requirement.
Applicants completing the TOEFL must submit official scores to the University of Pittsburgh (Institution Code: 2927). We require a TOEFL internet based test (IBT) score of 100 or higher. Additionally, we strongly recommend sub-scores of 21 or higher to be considered competitive.
The minimum IELTS overall band score accepted is 7.0. Applicants completing the IELTS should mail these scores to:
SHRS Admissions Office
4020 Forbes Tower
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Additional information for International Students can be found here.
CSDCAS Admission Guidelines:
All students applying to the University of Pittsburgh clinical masters (MA/MS) in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) MUST apply through the following web portal. No additional application is required.
For all steps in the CSDCAS application process, it is your responsibility to follow all instructions and meet all deadlines. Failure to do so may result in your application not being reviewed for admission. It is highly recommended that you apply early to ensure that all of your application materials are received by the specific deadlines.
The University of Pittsburgh Department of Communication Science and Disorders participates in the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Service, known as CSDCAS. Applicants applying to the SLP program for the August 2018 academic year will apply online using the CSDCAS application.
We will be communicating with you through CSDCAS. Please be certain to add CSDCAS as an approved sender to your email account.
No application documents should be submitted to the school or department directly.
The application portal in CSDCAS opens on August 2, 2017. Transcripts should be received by December 15, 2017, to allow ample time for CSDCAS to verify the grades and transcripts. Your application should be verified by CSDCAS and all other materials received by CSDCAS by January 15, 2018. Only one application cycle is offered for the SLP program.
We encourage applicants to apply early. You can update your application with fall grades as they become available via the Academic Update option in CSDCAS in January. Check with CSDCAS for the dates the portal will reopen for the Academic Update.
The Admissions Committee will only review verified applications received from CSDCAS.
A CSDCAS application for the University of Pittsburgh is considered complete when:
- All letters of recommendation are received (3)
- GRE scores are sent to CSDCAS and verified
- All grades are entered (to date) and verified by CSDCAS, using all transcripts received. Fall grades should be entered through Academic Update with CSDCAS when this becomes available.
All applicants will receive, via email through CSDCAS, an application decision (admission offer, wait list, or denied) by March 17, 2018.
It is YOUR responsibility to check your application's process through CSDCAS.
Please request that your three letters of recommendation be submitted as early as possible.
Completing the Application
Applicants must do the following:
- Complete all sections of the CSDCAS application;
- A minimum of three letters of recommendation (LOR). We strongly suggest that two of the LOR be from college-level instructors in your major with whom you took a course. Please note that CSDCAS will ONLY accept electronic letters of recommendation;
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score (Institutional Code – 6130). GRE scores are only accepted with this code;
- Official transcripts from every accredited US college and/or University attended. This does NOT include transcripts for study abroad classes. Send to CSDCAS;
- Credential reviews for international students should be sent to CSDCAS. Non-native English speaking applicants should complete the TOEFL or IELTS within the past 12 months of the date of the application. You must have a minimum TOEFL internet based test (IBT) score of 100. The minimum IELTS overall band score accepted is 7.0. Please send the TOEFL results to CSDCAS and the IELTS to: SHRS Admissions Office; 4020 Forbes Tower; University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, PA 15260.
Important Information from CSDCAS:
CSDCAS Customer Service Information: Customer service is available Monday thru Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST.
Phone: (617) 612-2030
CSDCAS Address: All official transcripts MUST be sent to CSDCAS at the address below:
CSDCAS Verification Department
P.O. Box 9113
Watertown, MA 02471
GRE scores MUST be submitted to CSDCAS by designating CSDCAS as a recipient of the scores, the code is 6130.
FAQs: CSDCAS posts Frequently Asked Questions on the applicant portal which can be accessed even before an application is created. Please read the FAQs before submitting your application.
Please Note: We will be emailing several times during the application process. To be certain you receive these emails please add CSDCAS to you accepted senders and check junk mail on a regular basis.
The CSD Admissions Committee:
- Reviews the applicant's orientation toward the profession of Speech-Language Pathology as well as his/her communication skills as revealed by written essays and statements in reference letters.
- Reviews college transcripts and standardized test scores to determine the applicant's ability to manage and excel in the program's rigorous course work.
- Evaluates the applicant’s perceived potential to perform as a Speech-Language Pathologist.
The Admissions Committee does not require a personal interview for admission to the program.
The Department of Communication Science & Disorders accepts a class of approximately 34 SLP students. We will review and rank all applications by March 17, 2018. Applicants that are placed on a waiting list will be informed of openings in the class as or when they become available.
Upon completion of the admission review process, all applicants will be notified via email of their status. To ensure that you receive these timely emails, please add CSDCAS to your accepted senders and check junk mail on a regular basis.
Visiting: The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences holds an Open House every Fall and Spring. For detailed information and registration, please click here. Visits outside of these dates are limited due to the high number of applicants. However, SLP students wishing to arrange an individual visit can contact Dr. Sheila Pratt (firstname.lastname@example.org) for possible availability.
Financial Matters: Tuition and Expenses
Tuition rates are established by the University of Pittsburgh. For current tuition and fee rates, please visit the University of Pittsburgh Tuition & Fees web page.
To estimate costs for the SLP program, you need to know that you will be classified as a graduate student in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in a “First Professional” degree program.
The next category you will have to determine is if you are considered a PA resident or not; the tuition eligibility guidelines can be helpful.
All SLP students will be charged tuition for:
- 4 academic terms, over 2 academic years at the flat full-time rate
- 1st summer session at the per credit rate (6-10 credits each)
- 2nd summer session at the per credit rate (2 credits)
Please also be advised that students should anticipate costs related to laboratory fees, physical examinations, security clearances, and any drug screens required by their preceptorship sites. These fees vary by program and the assigned clinical site but are approximately $150/year.
Applicants can obtain information on financial aid from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Pittsburgh.