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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. **NOTE: For the 2020-21 Admissions cycle GRE scores are optional.

INTERVIEWSWe may be inviting qualified applicants to campus or via online technology for an interview day.  Interviews would be conducted in early to mid February. The session will include an introduction to our program, an opportunity to tour the clinic, campus, as well as your interview for admission to our program.

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.  A list of courses and a timeline for completion should an applicant choose to take the courses at Indiana State is available in the document below. This sequence of classes is currently only offered on campus. Equivalent courses taken at other institutions also will be accepted. Online options can be found by searching 'Prerequisites' on EdFind []. It is highly recommended that prospective applicants complete at least half of the pre-requisite courses prior to applying to our graduate program.

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


We will be using a rolling admissions approach this year. Complete applications will start being reviewed no earlier than October 15th and offers of admission will be extended to qualified applicants.   All applicants must have submitted their applications to  CSDCAS, including their official transcripts, by JANUARY 15TH (11:59 PM EST) to be considered for Fall 2021 admission.  Incomplete files WILL NOT be reviewed.

  • 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, other procedures, and fees. Indiana State's CSDCAS application site opens at the beginning of July each year.

THE CSDCAS ONLINE APPLICATION:  NOTE:  You do not need to apply to Indiana State's College of Graduate and Professional Studies

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 as soon as possible after you submit your application, but no later than the January 15th 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 in order to meet the January 1st deadline all applicants take the GRE exam no later than November 15th. The Educational Testing Service [ETS] has stated that it can take 6-8 weeks for test results to reach recipients (in this case, CSDCAS). 

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

Responses to Program Specific Questions

As part of the application you will be asked to write responses to several questions. For one of the questions you need to read the journal article below, briefly summarize the article, and discuss how you would use the evidence from the article in clinical practice. Your response is to be no more than 300 words in length.  Other questions ask about a situation in which you faced and responded to adversity or a challenge, your leadership experiences, and your thoughts and experiences with diversity.

Video Recording

  • Each applicant must submit a 1-minute YouTube video recording of him or herself that will serve as our introduction to you.  Think of this video as an opportunity to 'sell' yourself and your ability to succeed in our graduate program.  What makes you unique? What would you contribute to our program? Any interesting experiences or interests? Do not read a statement from your computer screen or cards.  Talk to us as you would in a face-to-face conversation.  
  • 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.

Three (3) Letters of Reference
At least one letter of reference should come from a university faculty member.  Letters of reference must be received no later than the final deadline of January 15th. Note that you application will not be considered complete and ready for review until your letters are available.

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.  Applications that are submitted by the final deadline will be reviewed. With rolling admissions, decisions about offers of admission will be made as highly qualified applicants have been identified by the committee.   Notification of acceptance, placement on the waitlist, or denial will be sent via email from WebAdmit/CSDCAS.  The process will 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 the past several years on incoming cohorts.


GPA Overall

GPA Major

GRE Verbal

GRE Quantitative

GRE Analytical

Cohort Average