Application and Admission Procedures

The on-campus graduate SLP program admits for FALL SEMESTER ONLY.

Please note: the deadline for Fall 2021 will close on December 15th.

Application Period Opens

August 3, 2020

Application Period Closes**

December 15, 2020


February 12, 2021

Admission Notifications

March 15, 2021

Applicant Admission Decision Due

April 15, 2021


Late August, 2021

Program of Study Begins

Late August, 2021

**CSDCAS application must be VERIFIED by the deadline

Application definitions:

  • "Verified" means:
    • Applicants must have the application completed;
    • GPA calculation complete;
    • Application submitted; and
    • Fee paid by December 15th.

More information:

Carefully read and follow the instructions below:


  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 only includes the basic application and fee – no supplemental documents are required there.

  4. Essay:  A Statement of Purpose essay must be included with the CSDCAS application.
    • Only submit through CSDCAS, and do not sent directly to The University of Akron.
    • The prompt for the essay may be found within the CSDCAS’ program application but 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, and job supervisors.

  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.
    • 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, 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.
    • Once the faculty admissions committee has reviewed all applications which have been VERIFIED by the deadline, selected applicants will be invited to interview. 
    • Our interview day is held in February, and is by invitation only.
    • 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

CSDCAS Application Portal - sign-in online 

  1. Complete and submit the CSDCAS application
    • We recommend completion by mid-November, to ensure the application is processed and verified by the deadline.
  2. Submit any updates to CSDCAS as they occur (GRE scores, transcripts, etc.)

UA Graduate School - apply online

  1. Complete and submit The University of Akron Graduate School application, with the required fee by the deadline.

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