Applying for a Master's in CSD

In preparation for application for the Master’s degree in speech-language pathology in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University, we ask you to visit our Resource Links below:

If you have additional questions, please contact our undergraduate academic adviser, Alicia Birdsong.

The application deadline for the 2016-2017 Academic Year is January 15th, 2017.

The 5 steps of the application process are listed below.  Please review all steps before you begin the application process.

Step 1: Initiate the Online MSU Graduate School Application

Go here to initiate the Online MSU Graduate School Application, where you will provide general information to the Graduate School at MSU. This information will include identifying information, post-high school institutions, test scores (e.g. GRE, TOEFL), criminal background, etc. You will be promoted to submit the text of your personal and academic statements into fields here. However, you will also be prompted to upload these statements (as a PDF) later in the CSD specific supplemental application (i.e., Step 2). You must put them in at least one of these locations, we suggest the second. You will provide the names and contact information of your references here. The email addresses of your references will be requested in Step 2 in the CSD specific supplemental application. If you have not yet taken the GRE, please indicate the date you plan on completing the exam.

Note that there is a $50 application fee (see application for details). When you have completed this step, you will receive an email, confirming the receipt of your application information.

Step 2: Add CSD-Required Content to your Application

After completing Step 1 of the application process, you will receive an email confirmation receipt of the Application. You will also receive a link to the MSU Graduate Application Portal. You will use this portal to submit supplemental information specific to the CSD program. This will include email addresses for your references, your résumé, your personal and academic statements, and the record of your CSD-related coursework.

Please Note: NO hardcopies of the following will be accepted.

  • Name and emails for three (3) letters of recommendation: The names you provide should be persons who are familiar with your academic and professional work and who are willing to assess your aptitude for graduate work. Of these three names, it is suggested that you provide (1) an academic faculty from an institution you attended and (2) someone who supervised you in a professional environment. Once you have listed your recommenders and their email addresses, the system will automatically generate an email to your recommenders explaining the process to submit their letters electronically (NO HARDCOPIES accepted).
  • A Resume: (1 page limit) Include all activities that account for your time while and since earning a Bachelor’s degree (e.g., employment, military service, travel). Be sure to include the type of activity, name of employer, city/state, and dates. List the most recent activity first. Also include all relevant professional or volunteer experiences, along with locations and dates. (MSU Career Network Services contains tools for creating resumes.)
  • A Personal Statement: (4000 words maximum) A concise personal statement about how your background and life experiences (including social, economic, cultural, familial, education, or other opportunities, challenges, and interests) motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree in CSD. Particularly describe your characteristics, achievements, or experiences which would help you succeed and thrive in a difficult but rewarding professional training experience. Upload this statement as a PDF.
  • An Academic Statement (two parts):
    • Part 1: A concise narrative statement (less than 500 words) of your plans for graduate study, your career goals, and how MSU’s CSD MA program will help you meet your career and educational objectives. MSU’s CSD MA program is a unique academic, pedagogical and clinical environment. The statement should illuminate how MSU will help you meet your academic goals and succeed. This statement may include your academic path which has prepared you for the program, even if the path was not related specifically to CSD. Upload this statement as a PDF.
    • Part 2: Use one of the two forms which best matches your background: Prerequisite Coursework Review Form - MSU Undergraduate or the Prerequisite Coursework Review Form - Alternative Undergraduate Institution The first form is for MSU graduates who have taken MSU CSD undergraduate courses, where the second is for all other applicants. Within these forms, you will enter your coursework information that satisfies prerequisite training for our M.A. program and coursework/standards required by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Once complete, upload the correct document to the portal. Please add any clarification of information in the form underneath your narrative Academic Statement.

Step 3: Send the Documents Listed Below Directly to the CSD Department:

  • One official transcript from each university or college attended. Mailed directly from the university/college to the
    • Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Academic Programs
      Michigan State University
      1026 Red Cedar Road
      Room 109, Oyer Speech and Hearing Building
      East Lansing, MI 48824

    Please Note:  NO copies of transcripts will be accepted, only original transcripts sent directly from the university/college to the mailing address above.

  • Applicants from China: During the application process, applicants submit certified copies (sealed and stamped by institutions) of all post-secondary transcripts, graduation certificates and degrees directly to the  department (see mailing address above).
  • For International Applicants ONLY: Statement of Financial Proof: For International graduate students who bring no dependents, financial proof is required for U.S. $39, 000. If you plan to attend summer school, proof is required for an additional U.S. $13,150 for tuition and fees, books, and miscellaneous expenses. Please submit the financial statement with your application materials. For further information please visit the website Statement of Financial Proof, or contact the Office of Admissions at (517) 355-8332.

Step 4: Provide Additional Electronic Documents:

Request that ETS Send the Documents Listed Below to the University in an electronic format:

  • Graduate Record Examination Scores (GRE): when submitting scores please use the university code of 1465.
  • For International Applicants ONLY:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Computer version a minimum average of 237 with no subscores below 21 required. Internet based test an average of 93 minimum with no subscores below 21. When submitting scores please use the university code of 1465 and department code of 83 and submit directly to the Office of Admissions, 250 Administration Bldg. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824.

Step 5: Track the Status of your Application Online Using the Admissions portal.

The Admissions Portal allows applicants to track documents submitted. We strive to update the system regularly but during high volume times we ask your patience.


Please direct any additional questions or concerns to:

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Michigan State University
1026 Red Cedar Road
Oyer Speech and Hearing Building
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-8780

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