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Admission Requirements and Process

Admission Requirements


Applicants to the Communication Disorders program are considered on a competitive basis. Admission decisions are based on the applicant’s success in undergraduate course work in communication disorders, overall undergraduate GPA (absolute minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale), a writing sample, academic letters of recommendation that indicate an appropriate potential to succeed in a graduate communication disorders program, any post-graduate coursework grades, and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.  While the GRE scores are used in conjunction with other admission material, scores near or above 150 on the verbal, 141 on the quantitative, and 3.5 on the analytical writing sections typically receive a more favorable review. 


Additional Admission Standards: Bachelor's degree in communication disorders or equivalent. If academic and/or clinical deficiencies exist in a student’s undergraduate program, the student will be required to complete specified prerequisite courses prior to admission to the School of Graduate Studies.

Note: It should not be assumed that meeting minimal standards guarantees admission to the program.


In order to meet the deadline, all applicants must have submitted their application to CSDCAS, including their official transcripts, by February 1st (11:59 PM EST).  Incomplete files WILL NOT be reviewed.

Applying the the Communication Disorders graduate program is a two-step process:


  • Apply to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies

    • You only need to complete the required portions of the application.  These will be designated with an asterisk.  Do not enter information about persons that will be providing recommendations or upload any files.  ALL application documents will be submitted through CSDCAS.
  • Submit your application and pay the $45 non-refundable application fee


  • Apply to the Communication Disorders Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology
  • The Communication Disorders program at Indiana State University utilizes the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) -
  • Please consult CSDCAS for more information regarding specific CSDCAS application requirements, to obtain the CSDCAS GRE code for Indiana State University, other procedures, and fees. Indiana State's CSDCAS application site opens at the beginning of August each year.


You will find further instructions regarding the application with the CSDCAS application.  Briefly the application will include:

Coursework and Grades

Official transcripts (from ALL institutions attended post high school; this includes vocational/technical school transcripts) must be submitted to CSDCAS as part of the application; DO NOT send transcripts to the university at this time. Transcripts must be received by CSDCAS by the February 1st deadline for your application to be considered complete.

Official GRE scores
Indiana State University’s GRE CSDCAS Code is: 7812 INDIANA STATE UNIV CSDCAS
It is highly recommended that all applicants wishing to meet the February 1st deadline take the GRE exam no later than November 30th. The GRE testing company has stated that it can take 6-8 weeks for test results to reach recipients (in this case, CSDCAS). All applications still waiting on GRE scores after the February 1st deadline will be considered incomplete.

Note: You should also self report your GRE scores in the CSDCAS application.

Three (3) Letters of Reference
At least one letter of reference should come from a university faculty member.  Letters of reference must be received by February 1st for your application to be complete.

Responses to Program Specific Questions

As part of the application you will be asked to write responses to several questions. One question will ask you to respond to a societal trend that is described in this document: 

Video Recording

  • Each applicant must submit a 1-minute video recording of him or herself that will serve as our introduction to you.  Think of this video as a professional interview.  Do not read a statement from your computer screen or cards.  Talk to us as you would in a face-to-face interview.  Please include responses to the following questions in your video: 1) Why is it important to understand normative aspects of  speech and language development when providing intervention to persons with communication disorders?  2) Why do you believe Indiana State University’s program is the right program for you?
  • Once you have completed your video, please upload it to YouTube (please be sure your video is not set to "private" or we will be unable to view it; instead, please select "unlisted").
  • Submit your YouTube link/URL in the "Questions" section of the CSDCAS application.

NOTE: We do not require you to upload a resume or vita; rather we will look at the information you enter under Supporting Information within the CSDCAS application.  Therefore, we recommend you take the time to provide thorough responses to those sections.

Admission Number and Timetable

In order to ensure an effective student to faculty ratio in classes and clinical education, the graduate program has limited the number of students accepted into the program each year to approximately 20-22.

The graduate admissions committee is made up of Communication Disorders faculty. The committee will begin to review complete applications as they are made available in CSDCAS; however, no decisions about offers of admission will be made until after applications that were submitted by the February 1 deadline have been reviewed.  Notification of acceptance should be sent via email by mid-March for the most qualified students and continue until the program has reached its maximum enrollment limit.  Typically, the entire admission decision process will be completed by late May.

Student Credentials       

The table below shows the average scores and ranges for Grade Point Average-Overall, Grade Point Average-in the Major, GRE Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytic Writing for applicants from the past several years that accepted the admission offer.


GPA Overall

GPA Major

GRE Verbal

GRE Quantitative

GRE Analytical

Cohort Average