Applying to our doctoral program in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is done through the Graduate College. We use CSDCAS for the Master's program and for the Master's-Doctoral Bridge program, but we do not use CSDCAS for doctoral applications.  Do NOT send any of your materials directly to the CDIS department (this is a change).   

All students seeking admission to the doctoral programs at BGSU should contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Kim Traver (ktraver@bgsu.edu) for more information on admissions criteria and what doctoral opportunities are currently available. Students should also seek out a faculty member or members in areas of expertise they are interested in prior to submitting their application.



The application process is now completed online through the Graduate College Admissions Web Site.



  • Contact potential advisors before applying. 
  • Complete the online application including payment, which can be found at the Graduate College Admissions Web Site.
  • Upload a copy of an official or unofficial transcript(s) from all institutions attended.  Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree granting institution must be submitted to the BGSU Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • Official copies of GRE scores should be sent electronically from ETS using school code 1069 to BGSU Office of Graduate Admissions.  Only test scores received within the last five years are acceptable. 
  • Three letters of recommendation
    As part of the online application list three persons acquainted with your academic experiences and their contact information.  An email will be sent that requests a letter of recommendation from them that they can directly upload to the website. 
  • Personal letter of application
    Please tell the Admissions Committee your reasons for wanting to study at Bowling Green State University, how you selected Communication Sciences and Disorders as your field of study, and your professional plans and goals. Also include information about your professional preparation, and your strengths and weaknesses as a student. Finally, include a statement indicating if you are seeking funding for graduate study. Please also discuss your reasons for seeking the PhD program, research interest area(s), any research / teaching experiences you have had, and your specific career goals. Note that this is the only required personal letter of application.
  • Evidence of research experience and writing ability (e.g., copy of a thesis, substantial project, or term paper).
  • Resume
  • A personal interview may be requested. If a face-to-face interview is impossible, a telephone interview must be arranged.
  • International applicants:  You must take TOEFL and have scores sent electronically to BGSU.  You are required to arrange for foreign transcript reports to be sent directly to BGSU from the foreign transcript evaluation agency. A list of possible transcript evaluation agencies can be found here.  Also, international students may be requested to provide the Department with a recorded speech sample.

NOTE: A student is admitted to the doctoral program following recommendation of the Graduate Faculty in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and upon approval of the Graduate College.


While PhD applications are taken throughout the year, and we have rolling admissions, to be considered for funding the complete application must be submitted before January 20th.  Funding, if available, will begin the upcoming fall semester.

More information can be found at this page.

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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.

For the complete list of BGSU's Policies & Procedures, click HERE.