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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.
All applicants with degrees in areas other than CSD must have their degree conferred no later than Spring 2024 in order to be considered for admission to the Fall 2024 class.
Applications for the professional degree programs (AuD and MA) must be completed and verified by CSDCAS by February 1, 2024. A verified application means that it has been e-submitted, payment has been received, the electronic transcript has been completed, and ALL documentation 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.
The GRE is not required.
International students are required to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test and submit official scores with their applications if they graduated from a university where the primary language of instruction was not English. 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.
Financial Resources for the Application Process
CSDCAS offers fee waivers for students who meet the eligibility criteria provided at this link. Students should review this information carefully and request an Application Fee Waiver from CSDCAS if they are eligible.
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.
- 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, 2024 deadline, and your application will not be reviewed.
- 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 (minimum 80) 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. Students can also submit IELTS or Duolingo scores..
- 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 ensure 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 Essays (2):
- All applicants are required to submit a response to each of the personal essay questions included in the application. The essays should include information that the committee will not learn by reading the rest of your application. Each answer should be relevant and specific. Any unusual aspects of your academic history should be addressed in the first essay as instructed.
- Each response should be no more than 300 words in a single-spaced document with 1-inch margins.
- Well written essays will express profound reflection. Use specific references to events,
ideas, and experiences. Provide internal qualities and attributes to describe one’s
own behavior and character traits that define who you are or who a person is. Avoid
using impersonal and artificial responses and vague sentences like “I’m passionate
about this profession because I want to help people communicate.”
- Describe why you want to be a speech-language pathologist or an audiologist: Describe what inspired you to pursue graduate studies in speech pathology or audiology and explain why achieving your goal to become a healthcare professional is important to you. Describe what you most want to gain from your clinical training. In addition, if there are any unusual aspects of your academic history that you would like us to understand, please include them here.
- Describe a Period of Personal Growth: Reflect on an accomplishment, event, challenging situation, or any sort of experience that sparked personal growth, maturation, or new understanding. How did this experience shape you or change your perspective? Describe the circumstances, your role in these events, and the way(s) you were impacted.
- Upload your personal essays 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 mild communication disorder and your client who has a moderate communication disorder?
- Limit your response to 150 words.
- Upload your analysis essay under "Documents".
- Video Submission:
Upload no more than a two-minute video in response to the prompt below. If you do not submit your response, your application will be considered incomplete, and your application will not be considered for admission. Your response should be relevant and specific. Vague responses do not tell us anything about you. We are interested in the content of your response, rather than the recording quality.
Articulating and aligning your values with the mission and values of an academic program is critical for success and satisfaction in graduate school. Some of the values that guide and define the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders include excellence, authenticity, innovation and creativity, leadership, collaboration, and diversity and inclusion. Consider the mission and values of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Memphis:
Mission of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders is dedicated to growth, advancement and application of understanding communication and communication disorders through leadership and rigor in scientific research, innovative preparation of lifelong learners, and culturally competent service to diverse communities.
We are very interested in what values are important to you and how your values align with the mission and values of our program. Your video submission should include a formal introduction of yourself and a response to the following prompt:
Describe your most important personal, academic, and professional values. Briefly share any experiences or goals that reflect your values and how they align with our program mission.Once you have completed your video, please upload it to YouTube (be sure your video is NOT set to "private" or we will be unable to view it; instead, please select "unlisted") and copy/paste the link in the Questions section of the CSDCAS application. Instructions for creating YouTube video/link can be found on our website.
- 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.
- 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, 2024. A verified application means that it has been e-submitted, payment has been received, the electronic transcript has been completed, and ALL documentation (ALL official transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal essays, and analysis essay and your video uplink) has been received.
Although our deadline of receipt and verification of your application is Feb 1, 2024, 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, and grades have been entered, 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.
- No later than October 1, begin requesting transcripts, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation that will be submitted directly to CSDCAS.
- Upload your personal essays (2).
- Upload your analysis essay.
- Enter all grades using transcript entry in CSDCAS.
- Paste a link to your YouTube video in the Questions section of the CSDCAS application.
- Submit your completed CSDCAS application four weeks before February 1, 2024, 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.
- DO NOT send any documents directly to the University of Memphis.
- IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MONITOR THE PORTAL AND ENSURE 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, Director of Graduate Studies, at 678.5800, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Specific Questions Regarding our Academic Programs Please Contact:
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Speech-Language Pathology Degree Program
Naomi Eichorn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
(e-mail: email@example.com, telephone: 901.678.5800)
Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) Degree Program
Debbie Moncrieff, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
(e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: 901.678.5800)
Erin Bowens, SLP Graduate Student
(e-mail: email@example.com, telephone: 901.678.5800)
Tori Wolfe, AuD Graduate Student
(e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org, Telephone: 901.678.5800)