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Syracuse University Ph.D. in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Application Instructions

Applicants for the PhD program in Speech-Language Pathology are eligible for consideration if they have already completed their MS in Speech-Language Pathology. Applicants for the PhD program in Audiology are eligible for consideration if they have already completed their AuD degree. Please note that we also offer a combined AuD/PhD program, which requires students to first be accepted into the AuD program (with application through CSDCAS); application to the dual AuD/PhD program is then made after successful completion of the first year of the AuD program, and requires the agreement of a research mentor and a separate admissions decision.

  1. Submit your application and upload materials to:
    1. Online Graduate Application and $75 application fee
    2. Official Transcripts
    3. Personal Statement/Essay (500 words) Custom essay listed below.
    4. GRE scores sent to SU using code 2823
    5. 3 letters of recommendation
  2. International Student application
    1. International (non-Canadian) students must submit your TOEFL score to Syracuse University (school code 2823)
    2. SUIA form and supporting financial documentation
  3. Degree bearing transcript
    Degree bearing transcript must be sent to Syracuse University once our admission offer is accepted.
    CSD Department
    Syracuse University
    621 Skytop Road, Suite 1200
    Syracuse, NY 13244-5290
  4. Financial Assistance
    All applicants are considered for departmental awards including tuition scholarships and graduate assistantships. No separate application is needed. Awards are determined by application merit as compared with the cohort.

Personal Statement/Essay

  1. Please write an essay describing your reasons for pursuing this degree. We are interested not only in personal reasons, but also intellectual ones. Therefore, please include ALL of the following components in one cohesive essay of 250-500 words.
    1. A brief introduction to what has motivated you to pursue this degree in general and at Syracuse University specifically.
    2. Discuss a specific research finding that you learned about or have read in any academic area that you believe is important to the field of speech-language pathology.
    3. Discuss three characteristics that you believe you have or are developing that are necessary to be an excellent speech-language pathologist, and why you believe they are critical.
  2. If applicable, write a separate paragraph of 250 words or fewer (in the same document) discussing the following:
    1. If there were semesters or courses during your undergraduate career when your GPA was low and/or if your transcript includes withdrawals, incompletes or course repeats, what were the circumstances? How do you believe these grades and circumstances reflect on your ability to succeed in graduate school in speech-language pathology?
    2. If you are a re-applicant to graduate programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders, or if you have taken a year or more off after graduating, please discuss your circumstances and what have you done (including educational or work/volunteer experiences you have pursued) to improve your application and preparation for graduate study as well as to show your commitment to a career in speech-language pathology.