CSD Master's Application

Steps to Apply

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

Start the Online MSU Graduate School Application and 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 prompted to submit the text of your personal and academic statements into fields.

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 at this point. 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 $65 application fee for domestic students and a $75 application fee for international students and can be paid with credit card, check (U.S. Funds) or money order. When you have completed this step, you will receive an email, confirming the receipt of your application information.

Important Information for Individuals Reapplying to the Program: Applicants must submit a completely new application with updated documents every year, as each annual application cycle progresses independently. Materials cannot be forwarded from previous years by the department. This includes the requirement to mail one official transcript from each university or college attended (see Step 3 below). 

The application deadline for the academic year is January 15th. Please note that our MA program admits a single cohort annually in the fall semester. Applicants must carefully select the appropriate fall semester in the submission process.

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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 resume, 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 communication sciences and disorders professional or volunteer experiences, along with locations and dates. MSU Career Network Services contains tools for creating resumes.
  • A personal statement(maximum of 800 words): A concise personal statement about how your background and life experiences (including social, economic, cultural, familial, educational or other opportunities, challenges and interests) motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree in communication sciences and disorders. 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 (maximum of 500 words) of your plans for graduate study, your career goals and how MSU’s CSD M.A. program will help you meet your career and educational objectives. MSU’s CSD M.A. 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. Students interested in pursuing curriculum Plan A, the thesis option, should convey their interest here. 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.

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 sub-scores below 21 required. Internet based test an average of 93 minimum with no sub-scores 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 for your patience.

Please Direct Any Additional Questions or Concerns To:

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