Applying for a Master's in CSD

Before You Begin

Before You Begin Preparation for application for the masters degree in speech-language pathology in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University for people without a degree in the discipline minimally requires a bachelors degree in another field and completion of a significant amount of required pre-professional/prerequisite course work. We ask you visit our website for specific information on Post BA Requirements. If after you have visited this site and have continued questions you may contact our undergraduate academic adviser, Alicia Birdsong, for further information.

Application deadline is January 15th.

Step 1: Complete the Online MSU Graduate School Application

The fee is $50 (see application for details).
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Step 2: When you receive your email confirmation of receipt of the MSU Graduate Application you will also receive a link to the MSU Graduate Application Portal. Please link to this portal and create your MSU Graduate Application account.

The MSU Graduate Application system will require online submission of the following (no hardcopies of the following will be accepted):

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic or professional work and are willing to assess your aptitude for graduate work. Once you have listed your recommenders and their email addresses the system will generate an email to your recommenders explaining the process to submit their letters electronically (NO HARDCOPIES accepted).
  • An Academic Statement: A concise academic statement of your plans for graduate study, your career goals, and how MSUs CSD MA program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • A Personal Statement: A concise personal statement about how your background and life experiences, including social, economic, cultural, familial, education, or other opportunities or challenges motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree.
  • A Resume: Include all activities that account for your time since earning a bachelors degree (e.g. employment, military serve, 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 experiences, locations, dates.

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

    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: 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.
  • In addition 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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