Suggestions for Applicants


  1. Official transcripts must be received directly from your school's registrar office or an official transcript service. CSDCAS will not accept a transcript uploaded by an applicant OR by University of Memphis CSD staff for verification purposes.
  2. Do not send your transcripts directly to the University of Memphis. They should be sent directly to CSDCAS.
  3. Applicants who choose to use the CSDCAS transcript entry service should know that CSDCAS will not begin entering an applicant's grades until payment for transcript entry AND payment for the application have been received.
  4. It can take several weeks after you have requested a transcript from your university for it to reach CSDCAS and then another several weeks after that for the transcript to be verified by their staff. Do not wait until the last minute to order official transcripts.
  5. If you have not already received your bachelor's degree, the transcripts you submit must include your Fall 2024 grades. If you submit your application before your Fall 2024 grades are available, you will have to complete an Academic Update and submit a new set of transcripts to CSDCAS. Applications for students graduating in May 2025 will not be reviewed without Fall 2024 grades included.
  6. Transcript requests generated in CSDCAS must be printed out and mailed by the applicant to their university(ies).

GRE Scores

  1. GRE scores are not required.

Letters of Recommendation

  1. Applicants should approach their recommenders well in advance of submitting their applications. They should also give recommenders information about when their recommendations should be completed as well as relevant supporting materials (transcripts, resume, etc.).
  2. Please check to make certain that recommenders have submitted your letters well in advance of the Feb. 1 deadline. We cannot review an application with fewer than 3 completed recommendations.
  3. You should monitor your CSDCAS application to be sure that your recommendations have been posted for all 3 of your letter writers.
  4. For applicants who are not currently students, please remember that other individuals who can comment on things like your work ethic or ability to work effectively in stressful conditions can be valuable additions to an application. The faculty also value recommendations from practicing clinicians who can comment on a candidate's fit for the profession.

Personal Essays & Analysis Essay

  1. The successful applicant will plan ahead, making sure to spend significantly more time writing your personal and analysis essays than preparing your 2-minute video.
  2. Please check to make sure that you answered the question prompts and adhered to the word limits.
  3. You should make sure that your essays are clear, organized, and persuasive, with correct grammar, effective word choices and correct spelling.