MA-SLP APPLICATION DATES AND DEADLINES
(To begin program in Autumn 2024)
July 15, 2023: Application opens in CSDCAS
November 15, 2023: Application deadline for international applicants
December 15, 2023: Application deadline for domestic applicants
January 15, 2024: OSU Supplemental Application Deadline
PREPARING FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL ADVISING SESSIONS
Senior undergraduate prospective students from OSU and other institutions are invited to attend virtual group advising sessions offered Tuesday evenings from August 29, 2023 - September 12, 2023. Visit the Preparing for Graduate School webpage for more details. Recordings of each session will be posted to the webpage.
PROSPECTIVE STUDENT DAY VISIT ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6
The Department of Speech and Hearing Science will be hosting a Prospective Student Visit Day on Friday, October 6, 2023, from 3:30pm to 5pm. This event is intended for those applying to the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) or Master of Arts Speech-Language Pathology (MA-SLP) programs. The event will include detailed program overviews, Q&As, the opportunity to meet faculty and students, and a tour of our facilities. There will be a Zoom option available for the program overview portion for those who are unable to attend in person. Please register here.
STEP 1: REVIEW THIS ESSENTIAL INFORMATION CAREFULLY
APPLICATION PREPARATION TIMELINE: Familiarize yourself as soon as possible with CSDCAS' suggested application timeline on this page. Most application steps should be completed at least 2-3 months before the application deadline.
COMMON ISSUES THAT MAY PREVENT YOUR APPLICATION FROM BEING REVIEWED BY OUR PROGRAM:
All application materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, must be received through CSDCAS by 11:59pm EST on the application deadline. Please note: Failure to report and submit transcripts to CSDCAS for ALL college-level coursework, such as college credit earned while in high school, will result in significant delays and may result in your application not being reviewed. If CSDCAS sees an indication of transfer credit from another institution listed on one transcript, but you have not provided the original transcript from that institution, your application will be returned to you and therefore will not move into our queue to be reviewed.
Please confirm that your recommenders (CSDCAS refers to these as "evaluators") have submitted their letters of recommendation by the application deadline. Your application status can still be marked as COMPLETE or VERIFIED even if the minimum 3 letters have not been received. Applications with less than 3 letters on the application deadline will not be reviewed.
Applicants are responsible for monitoring the status of the application before and after submission. Notifications are not sent for any missing items. To help you keep track of your application and all materials, click Check Status at the top of the application dashboard. Applications that have not reached either a COMPLETE or VERIFIED status by the application deadline, will not be considered. (Refer to CSDCAS Application Status Guide.) It is the applicant’s responsibility to monitor their application status and notifications and consult CSDCAS if there is any question about the application status. Applications in the following statuses after the application deadline will NOT be reviewed: IN PROGRESS, RECEIVED, ON HOLD, or UNDELIVERED.
When entering coursework, if an in-progress or planned course is listed on the transcript, do NOT leave the grade blank, but do enter the "In-progress/Planned" option. CSDCAS will be comparing your transcripts to your entries. Any discrepancies will likely result in your application being UNDELIVERED.
If you use the Professional Transcript Entry (PTE) service, you must approve the work completed by the service! Failure to do so will result in your application being incomplete and therefore not reviewed by our program. This issue negatively impacts several students each application cycle, so please beware if you use this service. This service will also add up to 10 additional days to the application process.
ACADEMIC UPDATE PROCESS: You are highly encouraged to complete an academic update after your autumn semester grades are posted. Academic update allows you to update planned or in-progress coursework that you completed since your application was submitted. This will provide faculty reviewers a complete and updated picture of your academic progress.
STEP 2: COMPLETE THE CSDCAS APPLICATION
CSDCAS: Carefully review CSDCAS instructions before applying. Keep the CSDCAS Applicant Help Center page handy throughout the application process. Learn more about CSDCAS Application Fees and Fee Waivers here.
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: A minimum of three letters of recommendation is required to complete your application. It is strongly recommended that letters be written by faculty members and/or instructors that can speak to your academic abilities and potential success as a graduate student. Letters are submitted electronically through CSDCAS. You will list your references in the “Evaluations” section. Letters of recommendation must be received through CSDCAS by 11:59 PM ET on the application deadline. Be sure to give your recommenders adequate time to meet this deadline.
TRANSCRIPTS: Official transcripts for ALL college-level coursework completed in the United States for which college credit was awarded must be received by CSDCAS by the application deadline. Please note: Failure to submit transcripts for ALL college-level work completed while in high school or at other post-secondary institutions will cause application processing delays. Applications that have been "undelivered" due to the applicant not providing transcripts for ALL college-level course work will not be accepted after the application deadline. DO NOT SEND TRANSCRIPTS TO OSU.
SHORT ESSAYS: We consider our short essays to be in lieu of a personal statement. A strong applicant’s responses will fully address the essay question, demonstrate originality, and reflect strong writing skills. Less attention will be given to responses that simply list items from a resume.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: TOEFL scores are required for most international students. Learn more here.
DECISION COMMUNICATIONS: All communications regarding admissions decisions will be sent to the email address associated with the CSDCAS application. Please monitor your email frequently so you do not miss any important communications from us!
STEP 3: COMPLETE THE OSU SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION
ACCESSING THE SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION: The OSU Supplemental application is much briefer than the CSDCAS application and focuses primarily on biographical and demographic data. Once your CSDCAS application reaches a VERIFIED status, you will receive access to OSU’s Supplemental Application via the email address associated with your CSDCAS account. VERIFIED status does not occur until:
- The CSDCAS application has reached a COMPLETE status
- CSDCAS has determined that no issues have been identified with your CSDCAS application. If you have not received an email to access the OSU supplemental application by Jan. 1, it is likely that CSDCAS identified a problem with your application, such as failure to submit transcripts for ALL college-level coursework.
OSU SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 15, 2024
OSU SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION FEES: $60 for domestic applicants; $70 for international applicants. Fee waivers may be available for qualifying applicants. Waivers must be requested well in advance of the supplemental application deadline. Learn more here.