Master's 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 of the application year. Please be early to ensure that all materials are received on time. 

**Please note the following:
Applicants who submit any of their materials after the January 1st deadline will NOT be eligible for review.

If you are in need of Academic Update to complete your 4 required CDIS pre-requisites, you may do so.  We are aware that your final transcript will arrive after this deadline, and that is permissible. All other materials must be received by January 1st.  BGSU will accept Academic Update ONLY for students who need their fall semester classes to complete the required 4 CDIS pre-requisites.  All others who submit Academic Update will NOT have their fall grades included in their admissions review.  

If there are any questions, please contact Dr. Traver directly,   

*Applicants who do not meet all rquirements will NOT be eligible for review.  For example, not having the 4 required CDIS pre-requisites, not meeting the minimum GPAs.


Step 1: Complete the CSDCAS application

(a) GRE Scores. Have your official GRE scores sent directly to CSDCAS using BGSU's CSDCAS reporting number (0703). Check with CSDCAS to verify the date they will begin accepting GRE scores as this has varied in the past.

(b) 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.

(c) Personal letter of application.  Please respond to the following questions in an essay of no more than 500 words.

What makes you a strong candidate for our graduate program in speech-language pathology?  Please discuss what you have learned from your academic and personal experiences that has prepared you to succeed in a rigorous graduate program and clinical profession. Provide specific examples.

Describe your abilities and experiences in interacting with people from all walks of life, levels of ability, and cultural and economic backgrounds. How would you tackle the challenges of working with people who are different from you?

If you are applying for funding (scholarship & stipend), there is not a separate application.  You only need to include one sentence, at the end of your Personal Letter of Application essay, stating you are interested in funding (yes, that is really all that is needed).

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.

(d) 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 "Communication Science Disorders" for each class that is in your Communication Sciences and Disorders major.  If you have a different major, use "Communication Science Disorders" 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. The BGSU School/Institution code is 1069 and CDIS Department Program/Department code is 0620. The TOEFL code for CSDCAS is C122.

Regardless of where you earned your degrees, DO NOT submit any materials to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders or the BGSU Graduate College, UNLESS you are instructed to do so in the CDIS instructions on this webpage (ie: Step 3 of the application process).

STEP 2: Apply to the BGSU Graduate College

In addition to the application at, 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. 

You must submit by January 1st.

BGSU Graduate College Application Requirements:  

  1. 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). Any questions about this application process should be addressed to or 419-372-2791.
  2. Upload a copy/scan/photo/screenshot of the transcript(s) from every college you have attended. Please note, this means that the institutions you attended do not need to send copies of your transcripts to BGSU. The copy you have in your possession will suffice.
  3. Pay the application fee.

NOTE: The BGSU Graduate College website instructs students to mail in other application materials. This is not correct information for students applying to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. You should disregard this information. Please DO NOT send materials to the Graduate College or to the Department of CDIS. ALL application materials i.e. GRE scores, official transcripts, and letters of recommendation go directly to CSDCAS. The transcripts you uploaded in this step (Step 2) are copies only, so there is no need to have the universities you attended submit them. The only material that should be submitted to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is listed in Step 3.


This must be emailed to us by January 1st.

A minimum of 4 prerequisite classes, with grades, must be completed before the January 1st deadline and included in your application to be considered for admission. Please fill out this form completely, (email the form in the Excel format; do not send the form as a PDF, Word or Numbers document) then change the file name to your last name, and email it to the CDIS department using this link. Email it to 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) Note: In the past, CSDCAS has not accepted GRE scores until they open for the application year. Please check the CSDCAS website to verify the specific date. 
  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 those grades included on your transcript and verified by CSDCAS to be considered for admission.  If you are enrolled in the 4 prerequisite courses in the fall semester that you are completing your application, you will need to utilize “Academic Update” in CSDCAS ( 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.

    **If you have indicated that any of the following pre-requisites are "planned", and you then do NOT complete them, your admission offer may be withdrawn or your program completion be delayed by at least one semester. If you experience any difficulties in completing planned courses, contact the graduate coordinator immediately. 

    • CDIS 1230 Introduction to Communication Disorders (optional; BGSU undergraduate requirement only)
    • 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 of the application year.  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.

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