Application and Admission Procedures

  • The on-campus graduate SLP program admits for fall semester only.

  • Please carefully read and follow the instructions below for application to our program.

Applications for admission for Fall of 2017 are CLOSED.

Deadline for Applications:

December 15th , 2017 for admission Fall 2018

Application deadline definitions:

  • CSDCAS: verified by 12/15/17. "Verified" means that applicants must have the application completed and verified (GPA calculation complete) by the deadline.
  • UA Graduate School: application submitted and fee paid by 12/15/17.


Application Period Opens

August 2, 2017

Application Period Closes**

December 15, 2017


February 16, 2018

Admission Notifications

March 15, 2018

Applicant Admission Decision Due

April 15, 2018


Late August, 2018

Program of Study Begins

Late August, 2018

**CSDCAS application must be VERIFIED by the deadline of 12/15/17


1. Undergraduate Degree: Applicants to the program must possess a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology or complete a post-baccalaureate sequence of courses from an accredited university. Applicants must be able to submit transcripts from at least one semester of post-baccalaureate courses at the time of their application. It is acceptable for students to apply if they are taking post-bacc courses during the fall semester – however, applicants must be certain that an updated transcript is sent once grades have posted at the end of the semester.

2. GRE: The GRE is required for all applicants. We will only accept the revised (8/1/11 and after) general test scores. GRE scores are valid for 5 years. Official scores should be sent DIRECTLY TO CSDCAS, using the code 1722 for The University of Akron's speech-language pathology graduate program.

More information about the GRE here

3. Applications: Our program requires two applications: the basic application to The University of Akron (Graduate School) AND the application through CSDCAS. 

  • Students must submit both applications in order to be considered for admission.
  • The University of Akron’s Graduate School Application may be accessed from the link at the bottom of this page. This step only includes the basic application and fee – no supplemental documents are required here.

4. Essay:  A Statement of Purpose essay must be included with the CSDCAS application.  It should only be submitted through CSDCAS, and not sent directly to The University of Akron.  The prompt for the essay may be found within the CSDCAS’ program application and is also presented here:

Please describe your background, your in-field and life experiences, and your aspirations as an SLP. 

The essay should be approximately 1-2 typed pages, address the four items in the prompt, and be well-written without grammatical or spelling errors.  CSDCAS allows applicants to enter different essays for different schools.  Applicants are highly encouraged to personalize the essay for The University of Akron.

5. Letters of Recommendation:  Our program requires three (3) letters of recommendation.  All letters must be submitted through CSDCAS.  Letters sent directly to our department will NOT be considered or evaluated as part of a student’s application.  At least one letter must be from an in-field instructor (professor, instructor, or teaching assistant).  Other letters should be from people who can attest to students’ academic and/or clinical abilities, potential to succeed in a graduate SLP program, and potential as a future clinician.  Examples of recommenders include clinical supervisors, faculty in other disciplines, coaches, job supervisors, etc.

6. Resume:   Information that is typically found on a resume will be entered into the CSDCAS application, in the “Extracurricular and Volunteer Activities” section.  This includes work experience, volunteer experience, extracurricular activities, organizations, awards, etc.  Please include detailed information for all items entered into the application.  Do NOT submit a separate resume.

7. Transcripts:  Official transcripts from ALL colleges/universities attended (including post-secondary) must be submitted to CSDCAS.  Once CSDCAS has verified all coursework, the application will be forwarded to our school.  

Please do not wait until the end of fall semester to submit your transcripts to CSDCAS. Additionally, do not ask your university to hold your transcript request until your fall transcripts are posted. In either case, your application will not be verified on time, and it will not be considered by the Application Committee. In order for your application to be processed and verified by the deadline (12/15), you should send CSDCAS your Fall transcripts through an Academic Update.

It is not necessary to submit transcripts directly to The University of Akron. Our Graduate School will accept the CSDCAS as an official transcript.

8. Interview: Our program includes, and requires, an interview as part of the application process.  Our interview day is  held in February, and is by invitation only.  Once the faculty admissions committee has reviewed all applications which have been VERIFIED by the deadline, selected applicants will be invited to interview.  Invited applicants will be notified via email, approximately 2 weeks prior to the interview date.

Applicants who are not invited to interview are typically no longer under consideration for admission to our program.  They will be notified via email of their status at the time that the interview invitation decisions are made – typically in early- to mid-February.

 Instructions for Application for Admission to the UA Traditional SLP Graduate Program

  1. Complete and submit the CSDCAS application, following instructions on the website  –  completion by Mid-November is recommended, to ensure the application is processed and verified by CSDCAS by our deadline of 12/15/17.
    2. Complete and submit The University of Akron Graduate School application, with the required fee (submitted by 12/15/17)
    3. Submit any updates to CSDCAS as they occur (GRE scores, transcripts, etc.) 

CSDCAS Application Portal: 

UA Graduate School:

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