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I have or will have a bachelor degree in CSD from an international university. Can I apply to your program?

Yes, we encourage international students to apply to our programs. However, you must meet all of the requirements for US programs and have your transcripts evaluated for equivalency. We only accept these evaluations from one of the following agencies:

This credential review should be sent to CSDCAS not the University of Pittsburgh.

Does the SLP program have prerequisite course requirements in addition to my
bachelor degree in CSD?

In addition to successful completion of an undergraduate degree in CSD, all applicants must have successfully completed 3 credits in the following non-CSD areas prior to starting the graduate program:

1) Biologic Science; 2) Physical Science; 3) Behavioral Science; 4) Statistics (not research design)

What are requirements for English Language Proficiency?

If you are an international applicant whose native language is not English, you will also need a current evaluation of English Language Proficiency. (This includes applicants from Quebec Province.) We accept either a TOEFL or IELTS to meet this requirement.

TOEFL institution Code 2927
IELTS (mail to: SHRS Admissions, 4020 Forbes Tower, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260).

What are the minimum scores for English Language Proficiency?

We require TOEFL minimum score of 100 (IBT). Please send this to institution code 2927.

The IELTS minimum is an overall band score of 7.0. This should be mailed to: SHRS Admissions, 4020 Forbes Tower, University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, PA 15260) for a completed application.

These should be completed within the past 12 months.

How do I apply to the Pitt SLP program?

All applications for the SLP degree must be submitted through the Communication Science & Disorders Centralized Application Service, known as CSDCAS at the following portal:

As part of the application you must:

  • Answer short essay questions;
  • Provide 3 letters of recommendation (it is recommended that two are from CSD professors);
  • Send official GRE scores (University of Pittsburgh CSD GRE code is – 6130);
  • Send to CSDCAS Official credential review; and
  • All applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher by start date of classes in August.

Detailed application instructions may be found at CSD SLP Admissions.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is January 15, 2020.

The Admissions Committee will only review verified applications received from CSDCAS. A CSDCAS application for the University of Pittsburgh is considered complete when 3 letters of recommendation are received, GRE scores are submitted and received by CSDCAS (code 6130), and all transcripts are received and verified by CSDCAS. Fall grades should be submitted to CSDCAS when the Academic Update becomes available.

All applicants will receive an application decision (Offer made, Wait List, Denied) by March 6, 2020.

When are decisions made on applications?

All applicants will receive an application decision (Offer made, Wait List, Denied) by March 6, 2020.

Are interviews a required part of the application process?

Interviews are not part of the application process. However, you are welcome to come and tour our department and talk with faculty and students. You can do this at our scheduled school Open Houses or contact Dr. Leah Helou to schedule a visit.

What is the profile of a successful applicant?

On average, applicants who are accepted to our SLP program have an overall GPA of 3.66, a CSD major GPA of 3.79, as well as verbal and quantitative GRE scores above the 50th percentile.

Although GPA and GRE scores are very important, equally important are the applicant’s letters of recommendation and your answers to the questions on the application.

How long is the SLP program of study?

The SLP program is a two-year program (5-6 semesters) at the University of Pittsburgh.

Is the SLP program ranked?

The SLP program of the University of Pittsburgh has been ranked 7th in the current rankings of U.S. News and World Report. In addition, the SHRS has recently been ranked by USA Today in the top 10 in the country.

Is the Pitt SLP program accredited?

The SLP program of the University of Pittsburgh is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA).

What is the cost of the SLP program?

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:

1. 4 academic terms, over 2 academic years at the flat full-time rate;
2. 1st summer session at the per credit rate (6-10 credits each);
3. 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.

Is financial aid available?

Information on student loans can be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid at the University of Pittsburgh. There are a limited number of merit base scholarships that become available over the course of your program. Students are notified of opportunities as they become available.

We do not offer graduate assistantships or teaching assistantships to SLP students.

Where are the clinical affiliation/externship sites located?

Our primary clinical affiliation is with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). We also have strong clinical relationships with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the VA Medical Center, various school districts, and early intervention agencies as well as private practice offices.

Do I need a car?

It is the student’s responsibility to provide their own transportation to clinical sites. Placements during the first year of the program are generally reachable by public transportation. However, students in their 2nd year will often be placed in sites that will be easier accessed with a car. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you arrange access to a car by your second year in the program.

Students without a car will have greater difficulty completing clinical requirements and may be delayed in graduation.

How can I find out about housing?

The University does not offer housing for graduate students. However, you can get information on housing near the University of Pittsburgh through Off-Campus Living. SLP students will also have an upper class mentor that can help you with finding housing.