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Application and Admission

As part of the Graduate School at Southern Connecticut State University, the Department of Communication Disorders offers a program leading to the Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  Learn more in the Academic Catalog.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the admissions requirements of the Graduate School and the Department of Communication Disorders. 

Application Deadline

Fall semester - February 1
Spring semester - not offered

All application materials must be processed by the Office of Graduate Admissions and listed as "received" in the graduate application portal by the deadline or the file will not be considered.  Be sure to submit application materials well in advance of the deadline to allow for processing to occur.  Applications completed after the deadline can be retained for consideration for the following year if the applicant makes this request in writing by April 1.  Incomplete applications are not retained.

Application Procedures

PLEASE NOTE:  Review BOTH the application procedures below and visit the Graduate Admission's website for detailed document submission information. 

Once the Graduate Application is submitted, applicants will be given access to the graduate application portal.  Applicants MUST check the graduate application portal to make sure all materials have been processed by the Graduate School.  Applicants will be able to upload materials to the graduate application portal.  Any materials not listed as "received" on the graduate application portal have not been processed.  If materials are mailed to the graduate processing center in New Hampshire, it takes up to 2 business days to process materials once they are received, so please submit ALL materials well in advance of the deadline.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure ALL required documents have been received by the February 1 deadline. Applications not completed by the deadline will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. 

Submit to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • The Graduate school application and fee (online submission)  If you have any questions, please call the Office of Graduate Admissions at 203-392-9670. 
  • Official undergraduate and graduate degree transcripts from all accredited colleges or universities attended. Even if only a few credits were taken at an institution, those transcripts MUST be submitted as well. A total undergraduate degree quality point ratio of 3.0 or higher is required. Any transcripts submitted from education completed outside the United States must be evaluated by an appropriate accrediting agency (e.g. World Education Service, WES) in order to equate credits and grades with United States standards.
  • Recent scores obtained on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), including Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing sections.
  • Testing Information - Take the Praxis Core, SAT, or ACT to satisfy the State Board of Education competency examination requirement.  Candidates who do not achieve a satisfactory score on Praxis Core, SAT, or ACT will be required to participate in remediation that conforms to forthcoming guidelines.
    Candidates may obtain a waiver of the basis skills testing requirement using scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA).  Waiver requests must be submitted to the SCSU Certification Office.  The waiver eligibility criteria and directions for submitting the waiver request are available here.   
  • All students for whom English is not their first language must submit recent scores of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Follow guidelines regarding who should take the TOEFL.
  • A resume, no more than 2 pages, highlighting personal strengths with a specific focus on leadership, volunteer efforts, extracurricular activities and work experiences must be submitted.  Applicants are encouraged to include weekly/semesterly/yearly time commitments to help concretely quantify levels of commitment and involvement.
  • A 250-300 word well-written essay on a personal challenge and how it was handled or a project initiated and maintained independently that demonstrated your skills in interpersonal communications, initiative, problem solving and/or organization.
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to professional promise and academic ability.  Recommendations should offer support for academic characteristics such as critical thinking and writing skills as well as potential to succeed in a graduate program.  Letters should also offer support for personal characteristics such as enthusiasm, dependability, initiative, adaptability as well as ability to interact with peers and faculty. Recommendations from professors are encouraged, although not required. 


Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are made on a competitive basis. By April 1, letters are mailed to applicants indicating that they have been accepted, wait-listed or rejected to the program. Accepted students have two weeks to reply before their admission status will be revoked. Letters of acceptance or rejection will then be mailed to wait-listed applicants.

Finalizing the Admissions Process

All students accepted to the Communication Disorders Program must interview with the Graduate Program Director at the time of program planning during the spring or summer following admissions. They must subsequently be formally admitted by the Office of Graduate Admissions and the School of Education upon final review of transcripts and application materials in order to finalize the admissions process.

Accepted students begin their studies in the fall semester.  Students who have completed all of the required prerequisite coursework will be offered the option of beginning courses in the summer following admission, space allowing.

Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Communication Disorders offers a limited number of graduate assistant positions on a competitive basis. Graduate assistants support the research and/or teaching needs of the Department.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders in order to apply to the Master's Program?
No. The completion of undergraduate courses in communication disorders is not required in order to apply to the Master's program.  Students who are admitted to the program will meet with the program adviser early in the summer to design a planned program of study that will include any undergraduate prerequisite courses that have not yet been completed.

How long is the Master's Program if I have not completed the prerequisite coursework?
Approximately 3 years of full-time study.  The typical program includes 1 year of prerequisite coursework followed by 2 years of graduate coursework.  

Why is the PRAXIS® Core, formerly PRAXIS® I, SAT or ACT required?
Since students complete clinical placements in a public school system, all students must meet the University's requirements for school certification.  Although the Connecticut State Department of Education requirements for Special Services Endorsement no longer mandates "passing" scores, the University maintains that evidence of having TAKEN the PRAXIS® Core, SAT or ACT as part of their admissions.  Therefore, evidence of having taken the PRAXIS® Core, SAT, or ACT or a waiver letter based on GRE scores is required.

Do I need to submit evidence of having taken the PRAXIS® Core, formerly PRAXIS® I, SAT, ACT or waiver letter by the February 1st deadline?
Applicants may submit evidence of having taken the PRAXIS® Core, SAT, ACT, or waiver letter as part of their initial application or by June 1.  It is strongly recommended that evidence of having taken the PRAXIS®, SAT, ACT or the waiver letter be submitted by the February 1st deadline. If all other application materials are received by the February 1st deadline, your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

I just received a letter from the Graduate School stating that they have not received evidence that I have taken the PRAXIS® Core, formerly PRAXIS® I, SAT, ACT, or waiver letter. What does this mean?
Applicants must submit this information prior to admission to the Graduate School which occurs after the departmental admissions decisions have been made and you've decided to attend SCSU.  If you have received this letter, but all other required materials have been received by the deadline, your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.  Please see the FAQ above for more information on the PRAXIS® Core, formerly PRAXIS® I, SAT or ACT scores.

Are there minimum undergraduate GPA and GRE scores required in order to be considered in the admissions process?
The minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA to be considered is a 3.0, however, the average cumulative GPA for the most recent incoming class was a 3.63.   No minimum exists for GRE scores, however, the average GRE scores for the most recent incoming class were around the 50th percentile for the quantitative and verbal sections and the 65th percentile for the written section.  

Contact Information and Mailing Addresses

Office of Graduate Admissions:
Southern Connecticut State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
501 Crescent Street 
Wintergreen Building, Rm 105
New Haven, CT 06515 
Phone: (203) 392-9670

Department of Communication Disorders:
Department of Communication Disorders/Admissions Committee 
Southern CT State University
501 Crescent Street 
Davis Hall B-012 
New Haven, CT 06515 
Phone: 203-392-5954 Fax: 203-392-5968

For further information contact: Mrs. Patricia McMahon, telephone 203-392-5954 or via email at


Revised:  9/2017