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My bachelor degree is a major in CSD.  Are there additional prerequisite course requirements for the SLP program?

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; and 4) Statistics (not research design)

My undergraduate degree major is not CSD? Are there prerequisite course requirements?

YES, there are requirements.

Applicants without a Communication Science and Disorders major from an accredited university must complete coursework in the following areas:

1) Hearing and Speech Science; 
2) Anatomy and Physiology of the Hearing and Speech mechanism; 
3) Transcription Phonetics; 
4) Language Development; and 
5) Linguistics

You must also complete one 3-credit non-CSD course in the following areas: 1) Biologic Science; 2) Physical Science; 3) Behavioral Science; and 4) Statistics (not research design). 

All prerequisite courses are to be completed prior to start of the program. Specific questions about prerequisites should be directed to Jennifer Coyle.

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 an official transcript to CSDCAS. 
  • 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.

Should I “Submit” my application to CSDCAS before fall grades are posted?

Yes, we strongly recommend that you “Submit” your application before December 15, 2019 to allow sufficient time for CSDCAS to verify your transcript which can take 4-6 weeks.

Can I add fall grades to my CSDCAS application?

Yes. CSDCAS will open the portal to allow you to complete an Academic Update for 2 weeks in mid-January. This is a separate verification process from your initial transcript verification. 

Please check with CSDCAS for the exact dates the portal will be open for this update.

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 Sharon Joyner 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 3.76, a CSD major GPA of 3.89, as well as verbal and quantitative GRE scores above the 50th percentile. 

Although GPA, GRE scores and letters of recommendation are very important, the Admissions Committee is equally interested in an applicnt's answers to the essay questions and relevant experiences.

Do you require observation hours?

Applicants are not required to have clinical observation hours to be reviewed for admission to our programs. However, you are requred to complete a minimum of 25 hours of observation prior to starting clinical practice in our program. Speech-Language Pathology students are required to have 10 (of the 25) hours observing an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. 

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 Speech and Language Pathology 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 based 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. 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 the Off-Campus Living web site. SLP students will also have an upper class mentor.