To apply for the Communicative Sciences and Disorders Ph.D. program the following steps must be completed:

Submit an initial electronic application through the Graduate School website. If you have difficulty using the electronic form, you can contact the Graduate School via email to check on the availability of a paper application. Note that MSU encourages applicants to submit the online application along with the application fee at least nine months prior to the anticipated first semester of enrolment.

Submit supporting materials directly to the CSD department. Materials must be submitted to the following address:

Doctoral Program Director
Dept. of Communicative Sciences and Disorders
1026 Red Cedar Road, Oyer Speech & Hearing Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

Required Materials

All applicants: The following materials must be submitted by both domestic and international student applicants.

Transcripts from previous studies: The student must request each college or university attended so far to submit one copy of the official transcript directly to the CSD department. The transcripts should show the courses taken and the grades earned.

Letters of recommendation: Three letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically on behalf of the student to the CSD department. It is preferred that at least two letters be written by graduate instructors.

Scores on the Graduate Records Examination (GRE): The student must request the official testing agency to forward GRE scores directly to the CSD department.

Additional requirements for international student applicants: In addition to the above materials, international students must also submit the following materials for regular admission:

Translations of transcripts: If the official copies of the transcripts are in a language other than English, an English translation must be included along with the original transcript. This translation must be certified as accurate by an appropriate public or school official, or sponsoring agency or government.

Evidence of financial ability: As part of U.S. government regulations, the student must submit written verification of the source and amount of financial support available for at least the first year of study to the Office of Admissions. This information is needed for MSU to generate a form I-20 or DS-2019 so that the student can apply for a non-immigrant student visa. Note that a teaching or research assistantship can serve as the required evidence of financial support.

English language proficiency: All international students whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English as a condition for regular admission to MSU. This can be accomplished by any one of the following options:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A minimum score of 550 (with no subscores below 52) on the paper version of the TOEFL, or a minimum score of 80 with no sub score below 19 (22 for writing section) on the Internet-based version of the TOEFL.

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) (Testing and Certification Division, The English Language Institute, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109, USA). An average score of 83 or higher with no sub score below 80, along with a minimum MELAB speaking score of 3.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum score of 6.5

Michigan State University English Language Test (MSUELT). English Language Center [ELC], Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824–1035, USA). A minimum average score of 85 with no sub scores below 78.

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A). Minimum overall score of 53 with no sub score below 51 for reading, listening, and speaking and below 59 for writing.

All these tests must have been taken within two years of the student’s application to the doctoral program. Scores from the TOEFL, MELAB, and IELTS must be forwarded directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency.

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