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Thank you for your interest in attending the Graduate Program in speech–language pathology in the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department at Portland State University. We're happy you're considering us!  Our program has two cohorts of graduate students.  The two cohorts will start their graduate education in Fall 2015 and will complete their graduate program in Spring 2017.  Having a two cohort program allows us to train many talented future SLPs and provides us the opportunity to offer two sections of all required courses and a variety of elective courses.

Please take note that to apply to our graduate program you must use the online application program CSDCAS.  The deadline for submission of your graduate application documents to CSDCAS will be January 15, 2015.  The portal will open in September, 2014.  Start your application as soon as possible so that all materials are received by the deadline.

We have specific instructions regarding how you should apply and how we evaluate applications below. Please read this page carefully, and check out our FAQ page if you have further questions.

Graduate Admission Requirements

Applicants to the graduate program in speech-language pathology must meet the following specific requirements in addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate studies at Portland State University:

  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree by the time of matriculation
  • Undergraduate major in speech-language pathology, or equivalent pre-requisite courses by the time of matriculation
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 

Application Procedures

*Please read the application instructions carefully*

Application to the graduate program in speech-language pathology at Portland State University is now made through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). In addition, if you have been accepted or waitlisted to our program you should submit a supplemental application to the Admissions Office at Portland State University.

Please follow the four steps outlined below:
To be considered for admission for Fall 2015, all parts of your application must be submitted to CSDCAS by January 15, 2015. Your reference letters must also be received by CSDCAS on or before this date.

1. Complete your application on the CSDCAS Web site by January 15, 2015.

  • Click on "September 2014-April 2015 Cycle” and create a new account. Please follow the instructions carefully.

  • Visit the CSDCAS “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs) -- You are strongly encouraged to review the FAQs before completing your application.

  • If you experience problems or have questions, please contact CSDCAS Customer Service at 617-612-2030 or at

  • The CSDCAS application fee is $100.00 for the first graduate program applied to and $45.00 for each additional graduate program. 

The following information must be submitted directly to CSDCAS in order to complete your application:  


  • Official U.S. Transcripts. Send official transcripts from every U.S. Institution attended directly to CSDCAS.

  • Personal Statement or Essay.  The personal statement is uploaded electronically to CSDCAS (instructions here). Please review the instructions carefully. You are limited to 5500 characters. 

    • The personal statement is intended as an opportunity for you to discuss your interests in pursuing a degree in speech-language pathology. Include a discussion of your background and the academic and personal strengths you will bring to the graduate program and clinical practice. Spelling and grammar mistakes will weaken the personal statement. See our Graduate Admissions Information page for tips.

  • References. Three reference letters are required to complete your application.  It is recommended that 2 of the 3 letters be written by faculty members and/or instructors who can speak to your academic abilities and potential success as a graduate student.  Reference letters can be submitted electronically or by paper mailed directly to CSDCAS. The letters from faculty must be received by CSDCAS on January 15th; it is your responsibility to check to make sure these letters have been submitted. See our Graduate Admissions Information Information page for tips. 

2. International Applicants

Specific instructions for international graduate applicants to Portland State University can be found at: These instructions include information about submitting foreign transcripts and scores.

Please note the specific instructions about official documents and official translations.

English proficiency requirements are also described on the admissions page:


3. GRE and TOEFL Scores to Portland State University. 


TOEFL: Applicants are required to submit the minimum required official score on the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the PSU Institutional TOEFL, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam to the Portland State admissions office.

GRE: Submit your GRE scores directly to CSDCAS by using the Institution Code: 0684 . GRE scores are required by every applicant. Please do not mail your scores to PSU yourself

Institution Code: 0684

Scores must be received no later than January 15th.


4. If you have been accepted or wait-listed to our program, you should complete the Portland State University Office of Admissions Graduate Application by April 15, 2015.

  DISREGARD the Admission Office's statement about the "departmental application" since your departmental application will be submitted through CSDCAS instead.

  • All graduate students whose first language is not English must meet the English language proficiency requirement prior to enrolling in academic classes. Please note that this requirement applies to all students, including resident aliens and citizens.

The Selection Process

Applicants will be ranked for admission on the basis of academic potential for graduate studies in speech-language pathology. The admissions committee is faced with the difficult task of selecting a relatively small group of the most qualified applicants from a large pool of highly qualified applicants. Our procedure includes a holistic credential review process, which takes into account experience, skills, and professional recommendations. We do have a typical range of grades and standardized testing scores that applicants fall into. Graduate students typically have a minimum grade average of B for all upper-division undergraduate work. In coursework specific to speech and hearing sciences, grade averages have typically been around 3.75 (typically between 3.25 and 4.0). On the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Revised General Test, students accepted into our program have typically reported scores around 305 (between 295 and 335).


The CSDCAS application provides a specific section to enter your experiences. Please use the instructions provided to complete this section thoroughly and accurately. The SPHR department strongly values multicultural experiences and bilingualism, research experience and leadership, volunteerism, overcoming significant adversity, and seeks to promote the success of underrepresented populations in speech and hearing sciences. When providing information about your experiences, please provide enough information for faculty to evaluate those experiences. Keep in mind that we are interested in the type of experience, the length of time with the experience, and the evidence and information that will let us evaluate the experience. For example, we might weight research experience more heavily if the experience included leadership or independence in the research endeavor (such as thesis or publication). We also may weight substantial leadership in a volunteer or research activity more heavily if it was within the past 5 years.