A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
A minimum and prerequisite GPA of 3.0 (based on 4.0) is required. However, a GPA of 3.5 or higher is strongly recommended.
Applicants with a CSD (or similar) major for the baccalaureate degree will meet all prerequisite curriculum requirements. A grade below C- in a CSD major course is not acceptable and should be repeated.
Applicants that do not have a CSD (or similar major) 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
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.
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).
- Ability to satisfactorily perform all of the technical standards required for this profession
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE General) scores. 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. 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 have been taken within the past 5 years.
- Additional requirements for international applicants
Application Deadline: January 15, 2020. We encourage applicants to apply early.
Early Decision application deadline for Pitt CSD undergraduates: October 31, 2019. Please contact Dr. Cheryl Messick for details and information on the Early Decision process.
All applicants must apply through CSDCAS. No additional application is required. No application documents should be submitted to the school or department directly.
All applicants must:
- Review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) posted on the CSDCAS applicant portal before submitting your application.
- Complete all sections of the CSDCAS application.
- Submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation. We strongly suggest that two of the recommendations be from college-level instructors in your major with whom you took a course. CSDCAS will only accept electronic letters of recommendation.
- Submit GRE scores to institutional code – 6130. GRE scores are only accepted with this code.
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. This does not include transcripts for study abroad classes. All official transcripts must be sent to CSDCAS: CSDCAS Verification Department, P.O. Box 9113, Watertown, MA 02471
- International students should send their academic credential evaluations to CSDCAS.
- Non-native English speaking applicants must provide TOEFL or IELTS scores from within the past 12 months (of the date of the application).
- Minimum TOEFL internet based test (IBT) score required is 100. The minimum IELTS overall band score accepted is 7.0. TOEFL results must be sent to CSDCAS using code C122.
- Official IELTS score reports must be sent to: SHRS Admissions Office; 4020 Forbes Tower; University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, PA 15260.
The application portal in CSDCAS opens on August 2, 2019. Transcripts should be received by December 15, 2019 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, 2020. Only one application cycle is offered for the SLP program. 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. Please request that your three letters of recommendation be submitted as early as possible.
It is your responsibility to follow all CSDCAS instructions, check your application's process through CSDCAS 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 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.
We will be communicating with you through CSDCAS. To be certain you receive these emails please add CSDCAS to you accepted senders and check junk mail on a regular basis.
The Department of Communication Science & Disorders accepts a class of approximately 34 SLP students. All applicants will receive, via email through CSDCAS, an application decision (admission offer, wait list, or denied) by March 6, 2020. Applicants that are placed on the wait list will be informed if openings become available.
CSDCAS Customer Service Information
Customer service is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST).
Phone: (617) 612-2030
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.
- School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Open House
- Visits outside of the Open House are limited due to the high number of applicants. However, SLP students wishing to arrange an individual visit can contact Dr. Leah Helou 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.