CSD Application Information

Bachelor of Health Science: Communication Science and Disorders

Students seeking admission to the BHS Program in Communication Science and Disorders must be admitted to the University and should enroll in the School of Health Professions. Applications should be submitted by February 1 of the student’s sophomore year, or of the year the student intends to begin study in CSD (if later).

Applicants will be notified of their admission status (accepted; not accepted; or decision deferred until Spring Semester grades are available) by email by March 1. Applications may also be submitted between February 1 and May 1, and will be considered if all available positions have not been filled in the first round of admissions.

Applicants must have completed at least 42 semester credit hours of college coursework before applying. Students who are admitted must have completed at least 60 semester credit hours of coursework before beginning the junior- level coursework in the program.

To be considered for admission to the BHS program, an applicant’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be at least 2.75 on a four-point scale and the applicant’s composite ACT score must be 22 or higher.

However, meeting these minimum criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the Program. Admission to the BHS program has become more competitive over the years. More recently, successful applicants have had GPAs above 3.20 on a four-point scale. A student may retake the ACT, if the minimum score has not been met. Applications are not accepted from students who have yet to meet those minimums. No exceptions are made.

BHS Application Form

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Master of Health Science in Communication Science and Disorders

All students who wish to apply to the MHS program in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences must complete an application through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) by February 1 for summer session admission. The CSDCAS portal will open to begin accepting applications for the 2017-18 academic year on August 2, 2017. Our program has a “verified by” deadline of February 1. Verification of applications in CSDCAS takes up to one month; therefore, it is recommended that applications (including transcripts) be submitted to CSDCAS no later than January 1 to allow time for completion of that verification process by our published deadline date. (Exception: Letters of recommendation may be submitted as late as February 1 as they are not included in the verification process.) For more information, visit CSDCAS.

The following materials are required (and should be submitted through CSDCAS):

  1. Personal Statement covering relevant qualifications, experience, and academic/clinical interest. This statement should not exceed 2 double- spaced typed pages.
  2. A resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. Three personal letters of recommendation. At least two letters should be from faculty, preferably in the student’s major.
  4. Official GRE scores. Applicants must use the following institutional code which is specific to the University of Missouri in the CSDCAS system: U MISSOURI COLUMBIA CSDCAS – 6974.  Use of the general institutional code for the University of Missouri may delay the processing of an application.
  5. Official transcripts from every college or university you have attended since High School. Current college transcripts should not be sent until fall semester grades have posted. Send all transcripts to: CSDCAS Verification Department, P.O. Box 9113, Watertown, MA 02471
  6. (For international applicants only) CSDCAS does not accept TOEFL and TSE or iBT scores; therefore, your official TOEFL and TSE or iBT scores should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to our Department: Department of Communication Science and Disorders; 301 Lewis Hall, Columbia, MO 65211

Only completed applications will be considered for admission to the MHS program in Communication Science and Disorders. The Graduate Program Director notifies all applicants of their status by email no later than mid-March. Scholarship and assistantship availability is not always known at the time admissions decisions are made; however the SLHS department makes every attempt to notify applicants in a timely manner of any financial aid they have been awarded (typically no later than April 15th).

Only after an applicant has been offered admission to the MU SLHS graduate program, and he or she accepts that offer of admission, would the applicant then apply to MU Graduate Studies by submitting an online application to our program. An additional application fee is required (currently $65 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and $90 for nonresident internationals). This application is required for official admission to the University of Missouri as a graduate student.

If you have questions about the application materials and/or process please contact us.

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PhD Application Process

Students who wish to apply to the PhD program must submit the following materials by February 1 for summer or fall semester admission.

  • An online Graduate Studies Application with application fee.
  • Unofficial transcripts from every college or university attended. Official transcripts are required only after an applicant has been accepted by the academic program.
  • Official GRE scores taken within the past five years (sent directly from the Educational Testing Service.)  The University of Missouri Graduate School institution code is 6875.  Our department code is 0620.
  • (For international applicants only) Official TOEFL iBT scores (sent directly from the Educational Testing Service).
  • A letter of intent detailing: a) the applicant’s interest in pursuing doctoral study; b) the applicant’s specific research interests and goals; c) how the applicant believes that these goals can be met through doctoral education at MU.
  • Three to five letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on the applicant’s potential for success in doctoral-level study.
  • A curriculum vitae or resume describing the applicant’s educational background, professional experience, awards, honors, grants, presentations, publications, etc.
  • At least one example of the applicant’s scholarly work. Master’s thesis, research publications, or other examples of scholarly writing are acceptable.

Questions about the application for the doctoral program in CSD should be directed to Dr. Wagovich at:, or by calling 573-882-4278.

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