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Master's and MS-PhD Bridge Program Application Process

Master's and MS-PhD Bridge Program Application Process

Applying to our Master's or MS-PhD Bridge program in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders requires two separate application processes. All application materials are due January 1, 2015. Please be early to ensure that all materials are received on time.

  • APPLY THROUGH CSDCAS

    This program requires use of the Centralized Application Service for application review.  Please submit a completed application and all required credentials to the service at: http://www.capcsd.org/csdcas/students.php. All official credentials must be submitted through the Centralized Application Service.  Do not send official credentials or other application materials to BGSU for application processing.  The CSDCAS application for BGSU includes the following:


    GRE Scores. Have your official GRE scores sent directly to CSDCAS using BGSU's CSDCAS reporting number (0703).

    Three letters of recommendation.  These should be sent electronically to CSDCAS.   Recommendations should be requested from individuals who are best suited to comment on your fitness for graduate study in the field of communication disorders. It is recommended that a minimum of two of your letters come from academic faculty, preferably from the student's home department.  No BGSU cover sheet is needed.

    Personal letter of application.  This should be uploaded electronically to CSDCAS.  BGSU has our own set of instructions for this, and they are available within our program information on CSDCAS.

    If you are applying for our MS – PhD Bridge program, in addition to the above information you must also include a statement indicating that you are applying to the MS-PhD Bridge program.

    Transcripts. Have your official transcripts (from every university you have attended) sent directly to CSDCAS. Please see the "Sending US/Canadian Transcripts" information on the CSDCAS FAQ site. They have a form to use, and an address to tell your university.  When entering info from transcripts into CSDCAS, please use the category "Basic Communication Processes" for each class that is in your Communication Sciences and Disorders major.  If you have a different major, use "Basic Communication Processes" for your Communication Sciences and Disorders classes and see our "post-bac" information.

    International applicants: You are required to arrange for foreign transcript reports to be sent directly to CSDCAS from the foreign transcript evaluation agency. CSDCAS information includes a list of possible transcript evaluation agencies. See info here.  Also, international students are required to complete the TOEFL and may be requested to provide the Department with a recorded speech sample.

    Please read the CSDCAS instructions and follow them carefully. Also, be sure to keep BGSU's program information within CSDCAS open in a separate window to ensure you are following our directions.  Please also note the CSDCAS information regarding speed of processing applications. Questions about CSDCAS application? See FAQ and directions on left of the CSDCAS application portal.

  • APPLY TO BGSU GRADUATE COLLEGE

    In addition to the application at www.csdcas.org, you must also apply to the BGSU Graduate College using the button below. Students will not be considered for admission until both the CSDCAS application and the BGSU Graduate College application are completed. 

    Complete Online Application for Admission to the Graduate College

    You are required to complete the on-line application and pay the mandatory BGSU application fee.  

    As you complete the graduate college application, make sure that you apply for the Master’s of Science degree (not the Master’s of Arts).

    Please do not send any official credentials or other application materials to BGSU at this time. GRE scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation will go directly to CSDCAS.

  • Undergraduate Preparation Checklist for Master's and M.S. PhD bridge applicants (downloadable form).  A minimum of 4 prerequisite classes must be completed and included in your application to be considered for admission. Please fill out this form completely, change the file name to your last name, and email it to the CDIS department using this link. Email it to rmonarc@bgsu.edu if the link does not work on your computer.

  • Doctoral applicants - Please direct all admissions inquiries to the graduate coordinator, Dr. Kim Traver.

Master's Degree Admission Criteria and Prerequisites

A student's admission to the Master's program in Speech-Language Pathology is dependent upon the following criteria*:

  1. Graduation from an accredited undergraduate college or university.
  2. A minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.00, and a minimum GPA of 3.20 in the major.
  3. Three letters of recommendation (sent to CSDCAS)
  4. GRE scores (sent to CSDCAS)
  5. Personal letter of application. (sent to CSDCAS)
  6. Successful completion of the following courses, or their equivalents. A minimum of 4 completed prerequisite classes must be completed and included in your application to be considered for admission.  Students seeking public school certification may need additional course work at the graduate level. Descriptions of these courses can be found in the University's Undergraduate Catalog.
    • CDIS 1230 Introduction to Communication Disorders
    • CDIS 2240 Phonetics
    • CDIS 2250 Speech and Language Acquisition and Development
    • CDIS 3010 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
    • CDIS 3020 Acoustics for Speech and Hearing
    • CDIS 3110 Phonological Assessment and Intervention
    • CDIS 3510 Language Assessment and Intervention
    • CDIS 3610 Diagnostic Audiology
    • CDIS 4010 Clinical Methods in Communication Disorders

* A prerequisite worksheet can be found here. Not all students who meet these minimum criteria are admitted into the program. There are approximately 28-30 available spaces per year for incoming graduate students.


NOTE: All application materials are due January 1, 2015.  Please be early in completing the CSDCAS application to ensure that all materials are received on time.

Please direct all admissions inquiries to the graduate coordinator, Dr. Kim Traver.