Communication Sciences & Disorders
Graduate Program Frequently Asked Questions
Thank you for your interest in our graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). The best time to start thinking about your application process is at least one year before your anticipated graduate program start date.
How do I request a CSD graduate program information and admissions packet?
Who is eligible to apply?
To be considered for admission to the UWM speech-language pathology Master’s program, a student must have completed either an undergraduate degree in the Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) major or its equivalent (leveling coursework).
At the time of application, the student’s transcript must show:
- At least 18 graded credits in CSD-related courses, excluding sign language courses, but including courses required on these three topics:
- English Phonetics,
- Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism, and
- Normal Language Development
- International applicants must have demonstrated proficiency with the English language
At the time of the graduate program start, the student’s transcript must show:
- completion of an undergraduate degree
- at least 27 graded credits in CSD-related courses, excluding sign language courses, but including courses required on these six topics:
- English Phonetics,
- Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism,
- Normal Language Development,
- Speech and/or Hearing Science,
- Introduction to Audiology,
- Aural Rehabilitation
- a course in statistics (content covering regression and ANOVA preferred)
- If a student has not taken some of these courses, they are considered to be deficiencies.Students with 27 graded credits in CSD-related courses can be admitted with up to two course deficiencies among these four courses: Speech and/or Hearing Sciences, Introduction to Audiology, Aural Rehabilitation, and Statistics.
- To be eligible for ASHA certification in speech-language pathology, transcript evidence of the following four undergraduate course topics (non-CSD) is needed. Deficiencies in these courses will not affect graduate admission eligibility, but should be taken to fulfill requirements prior to completion of the master’s degree (Note: CLEP tests are acceptable):
- biological sciences,
- physical sciences,
- social sciences,
- To be eligible for DPI licensure to practice as a speech-language pathologist in Wisconsin public schools, then the following undergraduate course topics are needed. Deficiencies in these courses will not affect graduate admission eligibility, but should be taken to fulfill requirements prior to completion of the master’s degree:
- exceptional individuals
- human growth and development including the psychology of learning
- social foundations of education
- teaching of reading (graduate course elective available)
- native American Indian populations (one-day workshop available)
How often are applicants reviewed?
Our graduate admissions committee reviews applicants only once each year. Students can be accepted for summer or fall term start dates. Most students must start in the fall term.
Where do I apply?
Available after September 12, 2012, our applications are managed by the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS).
What is the application deadline?
All your completed application materials must be submitted to the CSDCAS portal by January 15 prior to the intended program start date. After that date, verification of your materials by CSDCAS may take 4-6 weeks.
What materials are required with my application?
At the CSDCAS portal, materials to be submitted include:
- Official academic transcripts (use the transcript request form from CDSCAS for each school attended). CDSCAS must receive official paper copies of the transcript. Please ensure that your Fall grades are posted on the transcripts submitted by January 15. All official transcripts must be sent to this address:
CSDCAS Verification Department
P.O. Box 9113
Watertown, MA 02471
- On CSDCAS, you must enter all courses in your undergraduate program as well as courses that you plan to take in the spring term prior to beginning graduate school.
- Three letters of recommendation by professors (primarily academic, one can be clinical) who can speak directly to your learning aptitude for content in communication sciences and disorders.
- Essay personal statement. The specific questions and guidelines for preparation for UWM can be found at the CSDCAS website. Your writing is evaluated for content, organization and mechanics. The questions include:
- What personal characteristics do you have that make you suitable for the profession of speech-language pathology?
- How has your background and experience prepared you to interact effectively with individuals who are different from you in their social, cultural, or economic perspectives?
- Why do you want to attend UWM?
- What other information about you will help us in reviewing your application, including but not limited to your research interests and your record of leadership and professional service?
- Use the Other Activities and Experiences section to include any other information that relates to your potential for success in academic and/or professional endeavors (for example, additional resume information can be inserted by cutting/pasting text).
- Finally, if you have applied to UWM in the past, explain what strengthens your current application.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results. Applicants to the UW-Milwaukee Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program must use the designated institution (DI) code 0700 in order for their scores to be processed with their CSDCAS applications.
- In the Activities section of CSDCAS, describe your work history, community and volunteer activities, honors, awards, undergraduate research, and extracurricular activities.
If I am accepted to UWM, what else must I do to apply?
If you are offered admission to the UWM CSD graduate program then you will follow-up by applying to UWM through the UW-System on-line: http://www.graduateschool.uwm.edu/students/prospective/apply
How do I find out whether my materials were received?
To contact CSDCAS (Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm Eastern Time)
CSDCAS, PO Box 9113, Watertown, MA 02471
Voice: 617-612-2030 (in USA) Fax: 617-612-2051 (in USA)
To contact our department staff with questions:
(414) 229-4263, email@example.com
Where do I ask questions about my situation and the requirements/eligibility?
Ask Dr. Carol Seery, 414-229-4291, firstname.lastname@example.org
3-year Graduate Program Statistics
|Admission Statistics (students who started these years)*||2010||2011||2012||Mean averages|
|Number accepting admission:||25||25||25||25|
|Total number of applicants with complete/eligible files:||172||188||200||187|
|Number offered admission:||59||52||52||54|
|Overall GPA (4.00 scale; of those who accepted admission):||3.57||3.54||3.48||3.53 (4.0 scale)|
|Comm.Disorders Major GPA (accepted admission):||3.83||3.82||3.87||3.84 (4.0 scale)|
|GRE (average V+Q+A %ile ranks; accepted admission):||38||43||47||43|
|Completion Statistics (students started prior to these years)*||2010||2011||2012||Mean averages|
|Number who completed the program:||22||30||25||26|
|Number who finished in the typical 6 terms (2 yrs) or less:||18||27||24||25 (96%)|
|Number who finished in 7 terms or less:||20||30||24||25 (96%)|
|Number who passed the Praxis on the 1st try:||22||30||25||26 (100%)|
|Number employed in the profession within 1 year:
-last updated 7/26/11-
* Completion stats are not based on the same students as the Admission stats because those who started within the past two years still have their programs in progress so data are not yet available. Any questions? Contact: email@example.com
How do I find out about ASHA requirements?
Check this website: http://www.asha.org/certification/