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Procedures for Applying to the Graduate Program
in Speech-Language Pathology 


All information must be submitted directly to CSDCAS to complete your application.  The Program does not accept students who transfer from another Speech-Language Pathology Program.  Any applications submitted to the Graduate School will not be accepted.  CSDCAS requires 4-6 weeks to process your information and verify your transcripts, so start early!

The deadline for verified CSDCAS Applications is June 1, 2023.  

To complete an application for admission, send the following application materials via CSDCAS by the deadline.

As part of the online CSDCAS application, you will need to submit (directly to CSDCAS)

  1. The application deadline for Fall 2023 Cohort entry class is June 1, 2023.  The CSDCAS application process takes an average of four (4) to five (5) weeks to complete.  All applicants must apply through CSDCAS for the Fall 2023 cohort 4-5 weeks before the June 1, 2023, deadline for your application to be successful and verified by CSDCAS. 
  2. If you do not apply 4 to 5 weeks before the deadline of June 1, 2023, your CSDCAS application process will not be successfully completed.  Therefore, your application will not be verified by CSDCAS and your application will not be considered for the Fall 2023 Cohort entry class.
  3. As part of the online CSDCAS application, you will need to submit (directly to CSDCAS) official transcripts from each college or university attended. To allow ample processing time, we highly recommend you submit official transcripts to CSDCAS before May 1.
  4. Request official transcripts from all college-level institutions ever attended (including high school dual enrollment) to be sent to CSDCAS.  
  5. Academic update online with CSDCAS. If you submitted your transcripts prior to Fall grades being posted, you will need to complete the “academic update” after December 15 to update your application with final Fall grades.
  6. GRE is waived.
  7. Request three letters of reference be completed by instructors (2 letters from previous academic faculty in SLP that can speak to your potential in a graduate program of study are strongest) and supervisors via the CSDCAS Evaluation portal.  
  8. Upload resume to the Documents section of the CSDCAS application 
  9. Upload admissions essay to the Documents section of the CSDCAS application.  
  • For assistance with the CSDCAS online application system, please check the online Frequently Asked Questionsresource available from CSDCAS.   


 Next Steps in the Admissions Process

  1. Application Review. Faculty members from the department will review each complete application in detail.
  2. Qualified applicants will be invited for an in-person interview. Teams of faculty members and community partner SLP supervisors interview each qualified applicant to help us learn more about you. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about Southern University and the speech-language pathology program. Interview dates for our next cycle of admission are: April 22, 2023 to June 17, 2023.
  3. Offers of Admission. Following the interviews, the Admissions Committee will discuss each applicant and make one of three initial offers: admission, waitlist, or denial.
  4. We ask that each student who is offered admission reply to us by June 30, 2023. We do not release waitlist rankings; the waitlist remains open until the first day of classes.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Transcripts should document successful completion of one or more courses in each of the following areas: biological science, physical science, statistics, social/behavioral sciences. 
  3. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).  
  4. After initial processing of applications, selected applicants will be invited to an interview. 
  5. Accepted students must certify that they meet the EssentialFunctions SLP Department Policy established by the program. 
  6. A minimum of 25 ASHA approved observation hours must be completed prior to beginning our SLP Master's Program. Copies of original documentation, which includes supervisor signatures, will be required soon after the program begins.
  7. For information about the profession of speech-language pathology, please visit the following link below:

Admission to the program is competitive; meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. Letters of recommendation, admissions essay, and resume will be reviewed by graduate admissions committee and may adjust the rank order.

The Speech-Language Pathology program assures equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or veteran's status.


Contact Us or 225-771-2449.

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