Admission Requirements and Criteria

Graduate Admission Requirements           

Upon submitting a graduate admissions application, applicants will be directed to an Application Portal with further instructions on how to submit or upload required materials. Applicants will also receive an emailed link to the Application Portal to log back in later to review information about required materials and upload necessary documents. 

 **The use of the online Application Portal is effective for the Fall 2022 admission cycle.  Application requirements found in the University's General Catalog do not yet reflect this change  Applicants should follow the process described below. Admissions requirements have not changed.**  

  1. Submit an online application for admission to the University and pay the application fee
  2. Provide official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores *
  3. Provide immunization records *
  4. Provide all official transcripts of college level academic work *

*Official GRE scores and transcripts should be sent directly to Graduate Admissions. Follow this link for instructions.

*Immunization records may be uploaded directly into the application portal

Submission Requirements

  • Three Letters of Recommendation: Within your admissions application, you will be required to list the name and contact information of three references, who will receive a request to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf.  You should select references familiar with your potential for completing a graduate program in communication sciences and disorders. After selecting "Send to Recommender" within the application, each reference will be emailed a link to complete a reference form and submit a letter of recommendation, which will upload directly to your application file.
  • Previously used Letter of Reference Forms are no longer required but will be accepted for the current application cycle for students who have already initiated that process. Those forms may be mailed or emailed directly from your recommender to:

    Attn: Graduate Admissions
    North Campus Main Building
    SLU Box 10752
    Hammond, LA 70402

  • Writing Sample: A 1–2-page writing sample with standard formatting (single-space, 1 inch margins, Times New Roman, 12 point font) in response to the following writing prompt: "Share an experience that changed/shaped your thinking or actions. We would like you to tell us how and why it changed you". The writing sample will be scored on organization, focus, originality, writer's voice, freedom from error, and overall writing success. The writing sample should be uploaded within the University’s graduate admissions portal.
  • Resume: The resume should provide an account of previous work and /or volunteer experiences. Consideration will be given for applicants with previous clinical experience, research experience, awards, and other experiences. The resume should be uploaded within the University’s graduate admissions portal.

Calculating your Admission Score

Admission to the CSD Graduate Program is competitive and enrollment is limited. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

  • Grade Point Average: Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. Minimum 3.00 GPA on the last two years (approximately 60-70 semester hours or 90-100 quarter hours) of upper-level undergraduate academic course work.
  • GRE Scores: An applicant must have a minimum score of 138 on the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning, and a 3.0 on the Analytical Writing.
  • Calculation of Admission Score: A score of at least 1225 based on the following formula: (Cumulative GPA x 100) + (last 60 hours GPA x 100) + (GRE verbal x 2.35) + (GRE quantitative x 2.35) > or = 1225* *A total of 1225 does not guarantee admission.

The Analytical Writing Score from the GRE will be considered separately.

See below for the average scores from a past admission cycle:

Average scores from past admission cycles

Fall 2022



GRE - Verbal


GRE - Quantitative


GRE - Writing


60 hr. GPA


Cumulative GPA


Program Application Deadlines 

All application materials must be completed and on file* by:

  • March 1 for fall admission

  • October 1 for spring admission 

*Please allow at least three weeks for admission materials to arrive and be processed.

Students without a CSD undergraduate degree

Students who have not completed an undergraduate program in speech, language, and hearing but currently hold an undergraduate degree in another area may apply. Admitted non-CSD background students must complete the following leveling courses before progressing to graduate level coursework:

  • CSD 201, 205, 212, 213, 309, 327, 328, and 415.

Criminal Background Check

Students who have been accepted into the CSD graduate program will be required to complete a criminal background check at their expense as a requirement of Regular Admission status.

Essential Functions and Technical Standards: 

Students who have been accepted into the CSD program will be required to meet the Essential Functions and Technical Standards requirements for speech-language pathology.

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