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Graduate Admissions

The following information applies to all CSD programs including the Doctorate of Audiology and Master's of Speech-Language Pathology (on-campus and online). Applicants interested in pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) should visit the PhD in Clinical and Translational Sciences webpage.

Important note: Our application process has changed significantly for 2022 admissions, so please review this page very carefully.

Graduate Admissions Philosophy

We commit to the mission and vision of the Division of Communication Sciences & Disorders by adopting a holistic review process that fosters a diverse and inclusive culture. We welcome students who are reflective critical thinkers and embody curiosity, compassion, collaboration, as well as an openness to feedback.

Timeline for 2022 Admissions

August 15, 2021 - CSDCAS Portal for WVU opens

October 15, 2021 - Virtual Open House for prospective students, 1:00 pm Eastern Time (Register here)

January 4, 2022 - Recommended date to submit application through CSDCAS to ensure verificationby      February 1, 2022

January 6, 2022 - Final date to take Casper, a required assessment for admissions (see below for more information)

February 1, 2022 - Deadline for verified applications

February 25, 2022 - Virtual Interview Day for invited applicants

March 18, 2022 - On-Campus Open House for invited applicants

Admission Requirements

Applicants will be considered for our graduate programs if they have remarkable personal attributes that are predictive of academic and clinical success, high academic achievement, and English proficiency.

  • Personal attributes. Applicants are expected to possess remarkable personal characteristics that are necessary for success in graduate study as well as in professional clinical practice. These characteristics include:
    1. a desire for lifelong learning,
    2. critical thinking ability,
    3. strong interpersonal and collaborative skills, and
    4. an openness to receiving constructive feedback.

  • Academic achievement. Students must have:
    1. Obtained a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from a properly recognized institution of higher learning prior to starting the program,
    2. Maintained an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.8 (where ‘A’ = 4.0),
    3. Completed the prerequisite coursework listed below with a grade of ‘C’ or better. A course in phonetics and in speech/hearing science must be completed before the February 1st deadline (see How to Apply section). The remaining prerequisite courses must be completed prior to starting the graduate program.
      • At least one 3-credit course in each of the following CSD content areas:
        • Phonetics
        • Language Acquisition/Development
        • Anatomy & Physiology of Speech and Hearing
        • Speech & Hearing Science
        • Introduction to Audiology
      • At least one 3-credit course in each related content area listed below:
        • Physics or Chemistry
        • Social/Behavioral Science
        • Statistics
        • Biological Science
      • For more information on related academic courses, see the ASHA Coursework requirements related to certification standards.

  • Eligibility for SLP-Assistant licensure in West Virginia (online SLP program only). Students in the online SLP program will need to be eligible for a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant license in the state of West Virginia as well as follow the guidelines of the West Virginia Department of Education for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants.

  • English proficiency. Applicants who did not complete their bachelor's degree in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, or New Zealand must meet the minimum score requirements for English proficiency. WVU’s minimum score requirements for English proficiency are: Academic IELTS score of 6.5, TOEFL iBT score of 79, PTE Academic score of 53, or Duolingo English Test score of 105.

How to Apply

To be considered for 2022 admissions, all of the following need to be finalized no later than the February 1st deadline. 

  1. Complete an application through CSDCAS. Applications for the Doctorate of Audiology and the On-Campus and Online Master’s programs in Speech-Language Pathology must be submitted through the Communication Sciences & Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS), which can be accessed via the CSDCAS Portal.

  2. Send official transcripts from each college or university attended directly to CSDCAS.  Official transcripts must include grades through the fall 2021 semester. Foreign transcripts should be evaluated for U.S. equivalency according to the information in the CSDCAS Applicant Help Center.
  3. No GRE, letters of recommendation, personal statement, or clinical observation hours should be submitted. While applicants’ academic ability and personal characteristics both will be considered for admission, as part of our new holistic review process GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and personal statements are no longer required. Applicants’ academic ability will be evaluated based on prerequisite coursework, GPA, and a learning activity completed during the interview. Personal characteristics will be evaluated based on Casper results and interviews.

    Clinical observation hours are incorporated into the graduate program and are not required as part of the admission process.

  4. Complete prerequisite coursework and report grades in CSDCAS. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate course in phonetics and in speech/hearing science before the February 1st deadline. The remaining prerequisite courses listed in the Admissions Requirements section must be completed prior to starting the graduate program. All prerequisite courses must have a grade of ‘C’ or better.

  5. Complete the Casper. Casper (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) is a non-cognitive assessment of interpersonal skills. It is administered online and requires open responses to explain what you would do and why in various tough situations. It takes 60-90 minutes to complete. No studying is required for Casper, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure using the link provided because the test can only be taken one time during an admission cycle.

    Visit https://takealtus.com/ to create an account and register to take Casper using test code CSP-10101. When you register, you will have the opportunity to take two assessments – Casper and Snapshot. The WVU CSD graduate programs only require Casper (Snapshot is not required).

    Applicants must complete Casper by the final test date of January 6, 2022 to be considered for 2022 admissions. The following test dates/times are available (all times listed are Eastern Time):

    • Aug 22, 2021, 1:00 p.m.
    • Aug 22, 2021, 4:00 p.m.
    • Sep 9, 2021, 5:00 p.m.
    • Sep 9, 2021, 8:00 p.m.
    • Sep 23, 2021, 8:00 p.m.
    • Oct 14, 2021, 5:00 p.m.
    • Oct 28, 2021, 5:00 p.m.
    • Nov 16, 2021, 8:00 p.m.
    • Dec 7, 2021, 5:00 p.m.
    • Jan 6, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

    Note: Casper scores are sent directly to WVU, so you do not need to upload your scores to CSDCAS. This is the only application material that is not submitted to CSDCAS.

  6. Complete English proficiency test and submit scores to CSDCAS (if applicable). Applicants who did not complete their bachelor's degree in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, or New Zealand should complete one of the tests listed in the Admissions Requirements section and submit their scores to CSDCAS. The test should be completed well in advance of the February 1st deadline so that official scores will be available in time.

  7. Submit your completed CSDCAS application well in advance of the February 1st deadline. To be considered for admission, applications must be verified on or before February 1st. CSDCAS recommends having your application completed (e-submitted and all payments, transcripts, and required documents submitted) at least four weeks in advance of the verification deadline, which is by January 4th, to ensure the application is verified by February 1. Review the CSDCAS website for more information on the program deadline requirements and how long the application process takes through CSDCAS.

The timeliness of the application is considered the responsibility of the applicant. Applications that are not verified by February 1st will not be considered for the current admission cycle.

Who to Contact

Questions about your online application should be directed to the CSDCAS Applicant Help Center.

For more information about one of the CSD graduate programs at WVU, please contact School of Medicine Admissions at SOMProfessionalProgramsADM@hsc.wvu.edu.