Combined M.S.-Ph.D. program (Doctoral Bridge Program) Application Process

The MS- PhD Bridge Program accepts students into the master’s program with the intent of continuing on into the doctoral program; Doctoral (PhD) coursework starts during the first year of the Bridge Program.  Admission into the PhD program is not guaranteed; students must pass the 1-year review process to be officially accepted and continue on into the PhD program.

All students seeking admission to the M.S. - PhD Bridge program should contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Virginia Dubasik ( for more information on what opportunities are available.  Students should also seek out a faculty member or members in areas of expertise they are interested in prior to submitting their application.

Masters – PhD Bridge Applicants’ Requirements

All application materials are due by December 15th of the application year

Admissions Standards – There are 3 separate application processes for the Bridge Program;
(1) Master’s application,
(2) Graduate College application
(3) Bridge Program application

Please follow the entire application process found under “Master’s Application Process” to complete the above steps 1 & 2. When you complete the Graduate College application, you will be applying for the M.S. program (not the PhD program).

In addition to steps 1 & 2,
you must also complete the following Bridge Program application process (Step #3).

1. Students desiring to enter this program must submit evidence of superior academic performance in their undergraduate curriculum.  For those majoring in communication sciences & disorders, an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or better in the major is required. An overall minimum GPA of 3.0 is required, although it is expected that most successful candidates will have GPAs exceeding this minimumStudents applying to the program who did not major in CDIS as undergraduates must show strong performance in their undergraduate program, according to the standards of their discipline and program.

**Numbers 2, 3 and 4 must be emailed to the Graduate Coordinator in one PDF, in order as listed.  Please email to

2. A personal statement covering the following: reasons for pursuing the doctoral degree; professional goals; reasons for selecting BGSU; research interests; and clinical  training interests.  Include the name of possible faculty mentor(s) you have contacted and are interested in working with.

3. A curriculum vitae detailing academic and vocational experiences and awards.

4. Evidence of research experience and writing ability, such as a copy of an undergraduate honor’s thesis or substantial project or term paper of similar quality.

5. A personal interview.  If a face-to-face interview is impossible, a telephone interview with the Graduate Admissions Committee and any other interested faculty (including proposed mentors) is required.

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Bowling Green State University is committed to providing equal educational opportunity. The University provides access to educational programs and activities without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, color, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, pregnancy, religion, age, disability, or status as a veteran. Any grievance regarding alleged discrimination due to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, color, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, pregnancy, religion, age, disability, or status as a veteran shall be reported to the Office of Human Resources, 1851 N. Research Drive, 419-372-8421. If both parties are students, complaints should be reported to the Office of the Dean of Students, 301 Bowen-Thompson Student Union, 419-372-2843.

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