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Your application to our graduate program will be included in our selection process

if all materials are present and fully processed by CSDCAS by end-of-day 

January 15, 2018.

We strongly suggest that you complete all sections of the application, including requests for GRE scores and transcripts, by December 1, 2017, in order to allow sufficient time for CSDCAS to fully process and verify all materials. The applicant is responsible for ensuring all sections of the application are fully completed and all requirements are submitted to allow time for CSDCAS to FULLY process and verify by end-of-day January 15, 2018.

Before you begin your application, review 

In particular, review the "APPLICATION PROCESSING TIMELINE” section:


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 Summer 2018 and will complete their graduate program in Spring 2020.  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. 

Specific instructions for applying and about our evaluation process are 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 (CDSCAS). If you are selected to join our program, you must then also apply to PSU through the Office of Graduate Studies.  To be considered for admission for Summer 2018, all parts of your application must be RECEIVED, COMPLETED, and FULLY PROCESSED BY CSDCAS on or before January 15, 2018. This includes letters of reference.

1. Complete all sections of the application on the CSDCAS Web site by January 15, 2018.

  • Go to 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. 
  • NOTE - MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED EARLY FOR YOUR APPLICATION TO BE COMPLETED BY THE JANUARY 15 DEADLINE - we encourage applicants to have materials requested or submitted by December 1
  • If you experience problems or have questions, please contact CSDCAS Customer Service at 617-612-2030 or at

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. In the "Colleges Attended" section, list all institutions attended for any reason, regardless of whether a degree was awarded. Transcripts are required for EVERY institution, regardless of whether a degree was awarded.

CSDCAS suggests applicants submit requests for transcripts at least 10-12 weeks prior to deadline. 

Please note that, if you are selected to join our program, you will then need to send official transcripts directly to PSU's Office of Graduate Admissions.

  • Essay Questions.

The personal essay. In no more than 750 words, please provide an essay to help us understand how your interests, personal experiences and characteristics make you a good fit for the SPHR Master’s Program at PSU. Please integrate several of the following topics into your cohesive essay:

1.What is your motivation for pursuing a career in Speech Language Pathology?

2.How do your personal characteristics and experiences make you well suited for the academic and clinical work in the field of speech language pathology?

3.What was a goal that you set for yourself and how did you achieve it? What motivated you to set and achieve your goal?

4.Why do you want to attend PSU in particular for your graduate education?

5.What do you believe you would contribute to the graduate program at PSU?         

6.Is there any other pertinent information about yourself that will inform the admissions committee about your ability to be successful as a student in the graduate program at PSU?

Our objective is to get to know you better and assess your written communication abilities. A well written essay will reflect your personality. Please visit our FAQ page for writing tips. 

You will also answer essay questions about Diversity, Clinical Experiences, Research Experiences, other relevant activities or accomplishments, and Languages. 

    • Letters of Recommendation

    Three letters of recommendation are required to complete your application.  Although not required, 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. These do not have to be faculty in Speech and Hearing Sciences. The letters from faculty must be received by January 15, 2018; it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure receipt of letters by checking your CSDCAS application status regularly. See our FAQ page for tips. 


    2. International Applicants

    Because GPA is part of our selection criteria, you may need to utilize a foreign evaluation service to ensure GPA is calculated. Closely review guidelines for non-U.S. transcript processing on the CSCDAS FAQ page

    CSDCAS suggests transcripts should be requested at least 10-12 weeks before deadline to allow for verification. Non-U.S. transcripts may require more time than this, so plan accordingly. 

    Please note specific instructions about official documents and official translations at 

     English proficiency requirements are also described on the admissions page at

      3. GRE and TOEFL Scores to Portland State University.

      • GRE scores are required by every applicant. Submit GRE scores directly to CSDCAS using Institution Code: 0684-PORTLAND STATE UNIV CSDCAS - Grad Please do NOT mail your scores to PSU yourself. Scores must be received no later than January 15, 2018.

      Note: According to ETS, it takes them about 10-12 business days (not counting weekends and holidays) to release a score to CSDCAS once they have been requested. If you have just taken the test, they report a turnaround of 12-15 business days.

      • TOEFL: International applicants must 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). 

      Submit TOEFL scores directly to Portland State University using Institution Code 4610-PORTLAND ST UNIV - Grad.  Scores must be received no later than January 15, 2017.

      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. 

        4. If you are selected to join our program, you should complete the Portland State University Office of Admissions Graduate Application by April 15, 2018.

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

        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, academic achievement, 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 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, clinical experience, 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 as appropriate. 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.