CDIS Graduate Program FAQ

Please read through the website and the FAQs. Answers to many of your questions can be found here.

 

NO.  Clinical Methods is more than just an observation class. The required components include:learning to prepare for clinic, methods of assessment, intervention skills/preparation,  clinical writing for both pediatrics & adults (goals and SOAP notes), and developing plans of treatment.  If you are unsure whether a class of yours will count, please email the syllabus to the Graduate Coordinator for review.  BGSU makes the decision regarding this criteria, not your undergraduate institution. You cannot start clinic until you have completed this course.  If you take clinical methods during your Master's program, your graduation will be delayed by one semester.

Yes, as long as you have completed 4 CDIS courses by the application deadline (January 1), you may apply for the Master’s program.  The remainder need to be completed prior to starting in August.

A minimum of 4 CDIS courses are required to be completed by the application deadline (January 1).

No, you do not need to have a CDIS major to apply to our program.  However, you will need the CDIS pre-requisites.  Please see the section entitled “Post Baccalaureate Program”.

No.  But be advised the Master’s program in SLP is very competitive and the GRE is used in the selection process.

Yes.  An overall GPA of 3.0 and a CDIS GPA of 3.2.  If you do not meet these criteria, your application will not be reviewed.

No.  Our program is a fulltime program.

No. Our program is an in-house program only without an on-line option.

BGSU's Graduate College website indicates that you need to submit these items to them. You should only submit a copy/photo/etc. of your official transcript to the BGSU Graduate College. Ignore the instructions to submit the other documents to the BGSU Graduate College. All other documents are to be submitted to CSDCAS.  Have your official GRE scores sent directly to CSDCAS using BGSU's CSDCAS reporting number (0703). Do not send any application materials to the BGSU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders apart from the checksheet you are requested to email to the Department in Step 3 of the application process.

GRE scores are sent directly to CSDCAS using BGSU's CSDCAS reporting number (0703). Check the CSDCAS website to verify the specific date they will begin accepting GRE scores.  They have changed their rules and do accept scores prior to the opening of CSDCAS.  To verify how far before the application opening, you will need to check CSDCAS

No.  Please make a statement in your personal essay that you are interested in funding.

This varies depending upon the budget we receive from the Graduate College each year.  Typically, all of our students receive some degree of funding.

GA positions are paid.  The amount depends upon the funding our department receives for that year AND where you rank in the class.  Those students who rank higher in the class (by GPA, GRE and faculty review) receive more hours/money.  There are no benefits with the GA positions.

Yes, we utilize the Academic Update if you choose to do so.  It is not required.  

Multiple factors influence the time required.  1) We need to await CSDCAS’ verification of grades.  2) Academic Update takes longer than the standard verification.  3) There are many applicants (over 400 in 2016); to appropriately review everyone takes time.

No.  Due to the variability from year-to-year, we are unable to predict your chances based on GPA & GRE.

The tuition calculator can be found at https://www.bgsu.edu/bursar/calculate-your-cost-of-attendance/graduate-calculator.html    Please keep in mind there is a $200 clinic fee each semester.

You may be eligible for Ohio residency after living here for 1 calendar year.  Ohio residency criteria can be found at http://www.bgsu.edu/registration-records/records-services/state-subsidy-tuition-surcharge-purposes.html.  

Yes. The Bridge application procedure is separate from the Master’s program. You will be considered for each individually.

Evidence-based practice is a cornerstone of speech-language pathology. SLPs are required to combine their clinical expertise with patient values and performance and current research evidence to make clinical decisions. As such, as part of their clinical experiences at BGSU, students take a course in Research Methods in Communication Disorders where they will learn how to read research articles and apply the results to clinical practice. Students will also find research support for the therapy techniques they apply as part of their experience in the clinic. Students may also be assigned to work in a research lab as part of their assistanceship. The duties of the assistanceship will vary by supervisor. 

To apply to the Doctoral Bridge program you must also apply to the Master's degree program. The steps to apply to the Doctoral Bridge program are available at this link. The steps to apply to the Master of Science program are available at this link.

When you finish the doctoral-bridge program you will have both a Master of Science degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree. When you successfully complete the master's program you will also be eligible for clinical licensure pending the completion of a clinical fellowship year.

Enter the AP course as it appears on your transcript.

For example, if you received AP credit for Physics 1 in high school (by scoring a 3, 4, or 5 on your AP exam) and you attended BGSU for your undergraduate degree, BGSU will list the course as PHYS 2010 on your transcript and will award you 5.0 credit hours. On the checklist you submit to BGSU, enter BGSU as the university, PHYS as the course listing, and 2010 as the course number. Do not list AP courses on your checklist that do not appear on your transcript.