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Graduate Admission Requirements

General Information

  • There are a limited number of positions available in the Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Program
  • Admission to the CSD graduate program is competitive.
  • All applications for admission are reviewed by the CSD Program Faculty and the Graduate Faculty Admissions Committee.
  • It should be noted that not every student whose credentials meet stated quantitative standards will be admitted.

Admission and Notification of Admission

 Application Deadlines

  • Fall - February 15 ( Application Deadline)
  • Fall - April 15 (Decision Notification)
  • Spring - October 15

NOTE: CSD deadlines are different than the published Graduate School deadlines


Students must first meet all requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies plus the following criteria:

  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 grading scale).
  • Graduate Records Examination (GRE) minimum score of 146 (400) on the Verbal portion and 140 (400) on the Quantitative portion is required.
  •  Prospective graduate students applying whose first language is not English require a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 600 (paper- based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based) within two years prior to application. The TOEFL scores must be on file in the Graduate School prior to receipt of the application for graduate study.

What information needs to be included in application package?

  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work attempted, including junior colleges and community colleges
  • An official copy of scores on the GRE
  • Three letters of recommendation (on departmental or institutional letterhead, preferably from your undergraduate professors)
  • A letter, typed by the applicant, expressing a Statement of Professional Goals and Objectives (No specific format required at this time)

 Note: only completed applications will be reviewed.

Where do I send the above information?

Office of Graduate Studies
Alabama A&M University
P.O. Box 998
Normal, Alabama 35762 


How will I be notified of the committee’s decision?

Notification will be sent to the applicant by the School of Graduate Studies.

Two forms of notification are possible:

  • The applicant is admitted to the CSD Program.
  • The applicant is not selected for admission.

The successful applicant will notify the School of Graduate Studies and the CSD Program faculty, in writing, that the applicant accepts or rejects the position in the program within 30 days of date of notification. Those that were not selected for admission may apply again for future consideration.

A master's degree in CSD will lead to the opportunity for:

  • National certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • State licensure through the Alabama Board of Examiners in Speech Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA), and/or
  • Class A Alternative Teaching Certificate from the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) upon completion of a Clinical Fellowship. Individuals applying for teaching certification must take and pass the Alabama Prospective Teacher Test (APTT) Basic Skills Assessment.


Other Questions

If there are other questions concerning graduate admissions to the CSD Program please contact: Dr. Diana Billings, Program Director at P.O. Box 357, Normal, Alabama 35762 or contact the office at  (256) 372-4038.