CSD Master's Application

Important Announcement Regarding GRE for the Fall 2021 Application Cycle

We are pleased to announce that GRE scores are not required and should not be submitted for applicants pursuing a Master of Arts degree from our program.

In July 2020, the faculty and staff of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders unanimously affirmed the Departmental Response to Racism and Inequity. Among the anti-racist and abolitionist measures presented in the document was the commitment to eliminate the GRE as an application requirement, given its inherent biases. We have been able to take swift action toward more equitable review of applicants to our program.  GRE scores will not be requested or accepted for applicants seeking admission in Fall 2021.

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, TOEFL scores (if applicable), criminal background, etc.

You will be prompted to copy and paste the text of your personal and academic statements into fields in this first stage. You will also be prompted to upload your two statements (as PDFs) later, once you enter the CSD-specific supplemental application portal (i.e., Step 2).  We suggest you supply the essays as PDFs in the second (CSD) section only.  This will ensure that you have been guided by the more specific Academic Statement prompts in Step 2. 

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.

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 11:59pm, 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.


Step 2: Add CSD-Required Content to Your Application

After completing Step 1 of the application process, you will receive a confirmation receipt via email. 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 two essays, and the record of your CSD-related coursework.

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

  • Name and email addresses 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, ideally it is suggested that you provide two academic faculty from an institution you attended and 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).
  • Résumé (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.
  • Personal statement (maximum of 800 words): Please describe your qualities and skills that will contribute to your success in graduate school and in professional practice. We want to learn more about you as an individual. Briefly describe life experiences that have brought you to this pivotal point in your life. Highlight your personal interests, characteristics, and achievements, as well your unique social, economic, cultural, familial, educational or other experiences, and emphasize how these will help you succeed and thrive in this difficult but rewarding professional training experience. Upload this statement as a PDF.
  • Academic Statement (two parts):
    • Part 1 – Essay choice (maximum 500 words): As you pursue your advanced degree, you will actively engage in a process to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for a lifetime of professional practice and development. Please select one (1) of the following essay topics to convey more about your academic perspective as you embark on this process. Upload this statement as a PDF.
      • A) The ability to think critically has been identified as a vital skill in clinical training and clinical practice. Describe your understanding of critical thinking. Explain why you think it is an essential skill to develop during graduate school. What do you know about yourself already regarding your abilities to reflect on your learning and demonstrate critical thinking? How do you plan to intentionally advance these skills during graduate school?
      • Or
      • B) Having a growth mindset has been identified as vital in this process. Describe your perspective and experience in regard to taking on challenges, being open to failure, and eagerly accepting feedback. Why do you think these are essential traits to have during graduate school? What do you know about yourself already regarding your abilities to reflect on your learning and demonstrate a growth mindset? How do you plan to intentionally advance these characteristics during graduate school?
      • Or
      • C) Cultural competence has been identified as vital for effective clinical practice. Describe your understanding of cultural competence. Explain why you think it is an essential skill to develop during graduate school. What do you know about yourself already regarding your abilities to reflect on your learning and demonstrate cultural competence? How do you plan to intentionally advance this value during graduate school?
    • Part 2 – Prerequisite Review Form: 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 the 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:
    • Department of Communicative 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.
  • 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:

  • For International Applicants ONLY

    Please visit https://grad.msu.edu/internationalapplicants for most up to date information. 

  • 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.

For frequently asked questions, see our FAQ page.

Please Direct Any Additional Questions or Concerns To:

Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Michigan State University
1026 Red Cedar Road
Oyer Speech and Hearing Building
East Lansing, MI 48824