Communication Sciences and Disorders

Frequently Asked Questions

The objectives of the Audiology program are to:

  • Prepare audiology practitioners who are well-grounded in the basic sciences;
  • Provide didactic coursework and supervised clinical practicum experiences necessary to enable students to develop competencies in the areas outlined by ASHA (Foundations of Practice, Prevention and Identification, and Evaluation and Treatment), and
  • Expose students to research in an effort to develop skills that will allow them to use evidence-based approaches to clinical practice.

The objectives of our Speech-Language Pathology program are to:

  • Prepare the student for a professional career in the diagnosis and management of individuals with speech-language disorders.
  • Provide didactic coursework and supervised clinical practicum experiences necessary to meet the course and practicum requirements set by ASHA for the Certificate of Clinical Competence and for New York State Licensure.
  • Expose students to research in an effort to develop skills that will allow them to use evidence-based approaches to clinical experience.
  • And to provide the student the option to complete the requirements for NSY teacher certification as a teacher of students with speech-language disabilities.

Applicants to the Au.D. and SLP M.S. programs must complete the entire CSDCAS application, including the questions, prerequisites, and essay specific to Syracuse University. CSDCAS application can be found here.

ALL official transcripts MUST be sent to CSDCAS at:

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PhD Applicants do not complete the CSDCAS application. Instead you must complete this application in our Graduate Admissions Department.

The following materials are the most critical parts of your application reviewed by the department’s admissions committee and faculty members:

  • GPAs from undergraduate and post-baccalaureate coursework
  • GRE scores (must be taken within the last 5 years)
  • Official transcripts
  • Personal Statement / Essay
  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL scores for International students whose native language is not English
  • Phone interview with faculty (after initial review, for applicants moving on in the admission process)

We also take into consideration other parts of your application such as relevant research, work, and volunteer experience.

Each year we receive 80-100 applicants for the Audiology doctoral program and between 250-300 applicants for the SLP masters program.  The number of admission offers is based on the qualifications of the applicant pool.  In recent years, approximately 50% of applicants to the Audiology doctoral program and approximately 40% of the applicants to the SLP masters program have been offered admission.

While there are no strict minimum cut-off scores, applicants with a U.S. or equivalent GPA of 3.0 or lower are unlikely to be admitted. Over the past few years, the number and quality of applicants means that GPAs of 3.5 or higher may be necessary to be competitive for admission. Similarly, applicants with GRE scores below the 25th percentile for Verbal (raw score = 145) and Quantitative (raw score = 146) may not be considered for admission.

We may consider exceptions to these minimums, such as students whose UG GPA is low, but have completed a graduate program in another area with a high GPA; students whose UG GPA is low, but have completed several CSD courses on a non-matriculated basis and received excellent grades; or International students whose grading systems differ from US (e.g. Canada).

International students (excluding those from English-speaking Canadian schools, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand) are required to submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language, (TOEFL), with a minimum 620 (paper based), 260 (computer based), or 105 (internet based); official scores must be sent directly to Syracuse University (code 2823) by the January 1st deadline. Important: you should also enter your TOEFL scores in the CSDCAS main application, including the speaking test subscore for timely and full consideration.
No. Due to the sequencing of the courses and clinic, new students are only admitted in the fall.
Yes. Students can take graduate level coursework in our department as a non-matriculated graduate student through the SU Continuing Education Department, (University College).  If students are admitted to our graduate program, up to 12 credits of non-matriculated coursework may be counted towards the graduate degree.  Graduate coursework from other institutions will be reviewed for possible transfer credit on an individual basis. Completion of non-matriculated coursework does not imply admission into the graduate program, and you would still have to apply to the graduate program and be admitted.
Yes. Any student holding a baccalaureate degree (regardless of major) from an accredited college or university in this country, or its equivalent in a foreign institution, will be eligible to apply to the AuD program at Syracuse University.

There are no prerequisite requirements to be admitted and enrolled in the AuD program.

However, there are requirements for graduation and ASHA certification that are not part of the 92 credit, 4-year degree program and there are background courses that may be critical to your success in the program. Students without a background in CSD, or at least a minimum set of courses, may have to spend valuable time catching up on basic background material on their own in conjunction with the required full load of courses. Please be aware that this places a significant burden on the student – particularly those who do not have a strong science and math background.

Therefore, if you do not have some or all of the following prior to arriving, you may wish to take them before starting the program or you may have to take them during your program. This could potentially extend the cost and length of the program. As each case is different, please contact the department at to discuss your particular situation. Summary of background course requirements and recommendations:

  1. We require the four ASHA basic prerequisite course requirements (Biological Science, Physical Science, Behavioral Science, and Statistics) for both Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. These requirements are typically met through the undergraduate curriculum, but may be met any time before graduating with your AuD. Please see the prerequisites page for additional details on courses meeting these requirements.
  2. Because the AuD curriculum does not include courses that are needed to fulfill all ASHA knowledge and skills areas for these two areas, a course in sign language (ASL) course and a normal language development course are required are expected to be fulfilled at the undergraduate level OR they will need to be completed prior to or during your AuD program. One of these courses may be used to fulfill an open elective during the program.
  3. We highly recommended the following 4 background courses to all incoming AuD students: Intro to Audiology, Hearing Science, Speech Science, and Anatomy & Physiology of Speech and Hearing. In order to be fully prepared for graduate study in Audiology, admitted students without these courses may wish to take some or all at their undergraduate institution or online in the summer prior to beginning the AuD program.

Our SU Audiology prerequisites page in CSDCAS describes the recommended courses for successful and timely completion of the four-year AuD program and allows you to select courses that you have already taken that may fulfill these areas.

Students both with and without undergraduate degrees in communication sciences are eligible for admission into the Master's program in SLP at Syracuse University.

The typical masters degree program in SLP for students with a bachelor's degree in communication sciences requires a minimum or four full-time academic semesters plus one summer (5 semesters total). Students with an undergraduate degree in fields other than communication sciences will have additional coursework requirements that extend the program by two semesters (7 semesters total).

In order to complete the degree in two years, students will need to have completed the following courses prior to entering the M.S. program:

  • Speech Science
  • Phonetics
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • Development of Speech and Language
  • Clinical Methods
  • Observations of Clinical Practice
  • Articulation Disorders
  • Basic Clinical Audiology

Additionally, in order to comply with ASHA general education requirements, all students will need to take, or show evidence of having taken the following coursework:

  • Statistics
  • Physical Science
  • Biological Science
  • Behavioral Science

If a student has not taken any of these general education courses as an undergraduate or during the summer and needs to take them as part of the graduate program, it may add to the length of the student's program. Follow this link for detailed information about general education requirements. Click one of the following links to see a sample SLP program for students with a full background or without a background.

Yes, there is funding, but most of it is merit based and does not require an application. First year students are eligible for tuition grants and graduate assistantships. These are awarded based on the students’ application, personal essay, recommendations, and telephone interview. Second year students are also eligible for graduate assistantships, which will also be awarded to students based on merit when available. There are three scholarships available for second through fourth year students. These are the Louis M. DiCarlo Scholarship, the Maureen Higgins Scholarship, and the Lisa Scime Scholarship. Applications for these scholarships go out in late summer and are awarded in December.

The office of Financial Aid can provide you with information about loans and work study opportunities. You can contact them by email: or phone: (315) 443-1519.

Government funding is also available to all students every year thru the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Click here for the application.

AuD students start their clinical hours immediately in our in-house Gebbie Clinic, where they will continue with different levels of clinical experience during the first two years under maximum supervision. Starting the summer of the second year, students will be placed in a series of local externships in at least three settings (hospitals, private-practices, rehabilitation centers and schools) for one semester each in the Syracuse and Central New York region. In the 4th year of the AuD students will complete a full-time 12-month clinical practicum at a national extern site.

Students start their supervised clinical hours immediately in our Gebbie Clinic during their first three to five semesters, depending on their background. The last two semesters they will complete their externships at a variety of local or national placements.
Yes, you will need reliable transportation during your externship semesters (the last two semesters in the MS-SLP program and after the first year in the Au.D. program.)
Typically, we have 8-10 students per incoming Audiology class, and typically around 30-35 students per incoming SLP class.

Yes. Students completing the graduate programs will have met the course and practicum requirements set by ASHA for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology/SLP and for New York State licensure. Completion of the SLP master's program, and previous appropriate undergraduate coursework, also prepares our graduates for certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech-Language Disabilities (TSSLD) in New York State.

Requirements for a New York State Teaching Certificate:

The following courses are required to become certified as a teacher of students with speech & language disabilities, in addition to all Communication Sciences and Disorders coursework for the Master's degree. This coursework can be taken during the bachelor's degree study.

  • Artistic Expression: at least one course that provides appreciation of or expression in the fields of visual, musical, theatrical or dance arts. May include 1 credit of such a course.
  • Social Sciences/History: 6 credits that include historical concepts & social sciences principles.
  • Humanities: at least 3 credits in Religion, Philosophy, Literature, Fine arts, Linguistics, African-American studies, etc.
  • Language other than English: Completion of level 3 of foreign language in HS (give HS transcript to advisor ); or Competency score that would allow entrance into SU's second intensive level course 0r Completion of intensive 101 level course.
  • Scientific & Mathematical Processes: at least 3 credits of biological or physical science & at least 3 credits of mathematics.
  • Written Analysis & Expression: at least 3 credits of writing/composition Facilities and Special Programs.
At the conclusion of their academic and local clinic work, each AuD student must pass an intensive examination designed to comprehensively assess academic and clinical preparation. SLP Students must complete either comprehensive exams or a master’s thesis. Students conducting master’s theses work closely with faculty members in their labs, and typically have the opportunity to present their research at national meetings and in publications.

No, not at this time. Students who wish to pursue the AuD/PhD dual degree must first be admitted to the AuD program and have successfully completed at least the first year of the curriculum. Admission to the dual program is not guaranteed and requires the agreement of a research mentor and a separate admissions decision. Please see our Syracuse University Doctor of Audiology webpage and contact our department for more information.

Applicants who may be interested in applying directly to the research PhD program only (who may already have a clinical degree or do not wish to have a clinical degree) should click here to read about the PhD in Speech Pathology or Audiology (Research) and contact faculty regarding their research interests as admission requires the agreement of a faculty mentor. Application for the PhD is through the SU graduate school, not through CSDCAS.