Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.)
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Speech-Language Pathology
The professional degree programs (AuD and MA) in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders use a centralized application known as the Communication Sciences & Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). CSDCAS is a common application that is specific to Communication Sciences and Disorders. All applications will be reviewed only through CSDCAS.
**New for 2019** Students applying for either the MA SLP or the AuD program who have not taken a Child Language Development course will take an online course in Summer 2019. All applicants with degrees in areas other than CSD must have their degree conferred no later than Spring 2019 in order to be considered for admission to the 2019 class.
Applications for the professional degree programs (AuD and MA) must be completed and verified by CSDCAS by February 1, 2019. A verified application means that it has been e-submitted, payment has been received, and ALL documentation (official transcripts, official GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and your personal statement and analysis essay) has been received. We recommend that you e-submit your application at least four weeks in advance of the February 1st deadline to ensure the application is verified on time.
Please note that official GRE scores must be sent directly to CSDCAS from ETS using Code 1756. Please do not send your scores to the University of Memphis.
International students are required to take the GRE and the TOEFL or IELTS and submit official scores for both with their applications. All international students MUST have an external organization evaluate their transcripts (e.g., WES – World Education Services) at the time they apply and have those results sent directly to CSDCAS.
Once admitted, international students are required to submit a health certificate from a U.S. based physician or health service certifying that they are free from tuberculosis. They must also have health insurance. In order to qualify for an F-1 visa, applicants should submit an affidavit of support and a financial statement that demonstrate that no financial support, aside from an assistantship, will be required for the applicant and his/her dependents to reside in the U.S.
The University can enroll non-immigrant alien students on the F-1 visa. All international applicants must have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree.
It is the student's responsibility to monitor the status of the CSDCAS application and ensure that all materials are received and verified by the deadline. An incomplete application cannot be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
CSDCAS APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Please read through all instructions below before beginning your CSDCAS application.
You are also encouraged to refer to the CSDCAS FAQs.
- Complete the CSDCAS Application. The CSDCAS portal opens on August 2, 2018; you can access the CSDCAS portal here.
- Submit OFFICIAL transcripts from ALL universities you have attended to the CSDCAS portal. Your transcripts should include grades from the Fall semester of your senior year. You will be prompted to download a form that requests official transcripts from each college or university you have attended. You will also be prompted to enter individual classes you have taken on the CSDCAS portal. Both steps need to be completed. Your transcripts must include grades from the Fall semester of your senior year.
- The transcript entry process must be completed in order for CSDCAS to calculate your GPA. If you choose to pay for the transcript entry service instead of manually entering your grades yourself, be sure that you e-submit your application in plenty of time for CSDCAS to enter your grades for you. CSDCAS will not start entering your grades until after you have submitted the application and paid the application fees, even if they have already received your transcripts and your transcript grade entry fee. If you wait until late January to e-submit, your grades will likely not be entered before the February 1, 2019 deadline, and your application will not be reviewed.
- GRE Scores: CSDCAS will only accept scores that they have received directly from ETS. Be sure to use the CSDCAS program code 1756 to submit your scores for your application.
- TOEFL Scores: All students who need to submit TOEFL scores as a part of their application should use code C122 to submit their scores to CSDCAS. TOEFL scores are required for all applicants whose first language is not English. The requirement can be waived for students who have earned a degree from a University where English was the instructional language.
- Letters of Recommendation:
- Submit 3 letters of recommendation from faculty or other individuals who can provide information regarding your potential for graduate study and clinical work. It is important that you select your letter writers carefully and insure that they can speak to your qualities as a student and future clinician. For non-traditional students, a clinician you have completed observation with or a supervisor from a work or volunteer setting can also provide valuable information about your ability to work with patients or in a clinical setting.
- You will be prompted by the CSDCAS portal to enter the names and email addresses of individuals who will write your recommendation letters. This will generate an email to those individuals who will upload their letters directly to CSDCAS. It is your responsibility to follow up with these individuals to ensure their letters are uploaded by the deadline.
- Letters of Recommendation are listed as "Evaluations" in the “Supporting Information” section of CSDCAS.
- Personal Statement:
- All applicants should provide a one-page, single-spaced written personal statement (approximately 500 words). This statement gives you an opportunity to present yourself to us and share information about who you are, what you have done to learn about communication sciences and disorders as a field, why you are interested in either audiology or speech-language pathology as a profession, and why you are interested in our program specifically. To set yourself apart from other candidates applying to our program, tell us about an experience or event that shaped your interest in our profession, or a specific commitment or goal that reflects who you are as a person.
- Any unusual aspects of your academic history should be explained in this statement as well.
- The personal statement is uploaded under “Documents.”
- Analysis Essay:
- Click on this link and describe the results and application of the data presented in the graph. What do the results mean for your client who has a severe disorder?
- Limit your response to 150 words.
- Upload your essay under "Documents."
- a. We are very interested in the experiences you have had outside of your academic schoolwork. When completing this section of the application, please indicate relevant experiences you have had in Employment, Extracurricular Activities, Leadership, Research, Shadowing, and/or Volunteer/Community Enrichment.
- b. Enter your experiences in the order of their relevance and/or significance to your application. We are looking for quality involvement, so please do not list every single experience you have had in each category, especially if they were limited to only a few hours or days. If possible, try to combine individual entries to streamline the information and limit your description of each experience to a single sentence that highlights essential points.
- Begin uploading documentation to your CSDCAS application early!
- All CSDCAS applications must be VERIFIED by CSDCAS by February 1, 2019. A verified application means that it has been e-submitted, payment has been received, and ALL documentation (ALL official transcripts, official GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and your personal statement and analysis essay) has been received.
- Although our deadline of receipt and verification of your application is Feb 1, 2019, we recommend that you e-submit your application at least four weeks in advance of the February 1st deadline to allow time for verification. CSDCAS cannot verify your application until all official transcripts have been received, grades have been entered, and GRE scores have been received, so be sure to get those documents submitted early in the Fall.
- You can e-submit and pay for your application once you have entered your personal information, regardless of whether or not your transcripts, personal statement, analysis essay or letters of recommendation have been received by CSDCAS. Please note, however, that CSDCAS will NOT begin to review your application until all of your transcripts and payments have also been received, which will "complete" your application. Once your application becomes complete, it will be placed in line for verification.
- Regularly check your CSDCAS portal to monitor your application and the receipt of ALL supporting documents. To increase the likelihood that your application will be completed in time for review, please see our Suggestions page.
It is the student’s responsibility to monitor the status of the CSDCAS application and ensure that all materials are received and verified by the deadline. An incomplete application cannot be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
Checklist for Your CSDCAS Application:
- Review all of the instructions on the CSDCAS site before completing your application.
- Begin requesting transcripts, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation to be submitted directly to CSDCAS no later than October1.
- The University of Memphis CSDCAS program code is 1756. Your scores will not become a part of your application unless they are submitted to program code 1756 and they cannot be transmitted to CSDCAS by anyone other than ETS.
- Upload your personal statement.
- Upload your analysis essay.
- Enter all grades using transcript entry in CSDCAS.
- Submit your completed CSDCAS application four weeks before February 1, 2018, so that CSDCAS has time to verify your documents.
- Regularly check your CSDCAS portal to monitor your application and the receipt of all supporting documents.
- IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MONITOR THE PORTAL AND INSURE THAT NO DOCUMENTS ARE MISSING.
CSDCAS Customer Service
CSDCAS Customer Service is available Monday thru Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM EST
All official transcripts MUST be sent to CSDCAS at the address below:
CSDCAS Verification Department
P.O. Box 9113
Watertown, MA 02471
For General Questions Regarding our Academic Programs or the Application Process, Contact us at:
To Verify the Status of Your Application for the Program, Please Contact:
Frances Breland or Dr. Lynda Feenaughty, Admissions Coordinator, at 678.5800, or by emailing email@example.com.
For Specific Questions Regarding our Academic Programs Please Contact:
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Speech-Language Pathology Degree Program
Eugene Buder, Ph.D.
(e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: 901.678.5800)
Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) Degree Program
Lisa Lucks Mendel, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
(e-mail: email@example.com, telephone: 901.678.5800)