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Letters of Recommendation

Writing Personal Statements for Graduate School

1. I am currently a Portland State student. Do I need to submit a PSU transcript?

  • Yes. Official transcripts for all US institutions, including Portland State University, must be included in your CSDCAS application as well as your PSU supplemental application. CSDCAS requires transcripst from all institutions listed in the "Colleges Attended" section, regardless of degree or certificate.

2. What major code do I use for the PSU Office of Graduate Studies application?

  • The code for the Speech and Hearing Sciences program is SHSM.

3. Where do I send the GRE Scores?

  • You will need to have GRE scores sent directly to CSDCAS using Institutional Code 0684-PORTLAND STATE UNIV CSDCAS - Grad.  Because the application deadline is January 15, 2017, you should make sure the scores will arrive by then.

4. I am a current SPHR student, can I ask a Speech and Hearing Sciences professor at PSU to write a recommendation for me?

  • YES. The faculty in the Speech and Hearing Sciences Program at PSU can write letters of recommendation for applicants applying to the Speech and Hearing Sciences graduate program.

5. Who should I ask for recommendations?

  • The recommendation may be from college or university instructors, from employers, from supervisors or volunteer work, etc. Letters should not be from family members or friends. Students should seek recommendations from persons who can address the applicant's potential for success, academically and/or clinically, in the graduate program.

6. What should I write about in my Personal Essay?

  • Please discuss your interests in pursuing a graduate degree in speech-language pathology. Include a discussion of your background and the academic and personal strengths that you will bring to graduate studies and clinical practice. The personal statement is a critical part of the application packet. Applicants should ensure that the statement is well organized, succinct and without errors in grammar or spelling. 
  • Please note: We value the ability to interact with culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Describe experiences that have prepared you to contribute to and value diversity in our discipline. We are interested in life experiences that may have changed your perspective on diversity. Examples may include cultural immersion (international or non-mainstream US), leadership or civic involvement with diverse populations, experience with underrepresented populations or overcoming adversity or hardship, including working while completing undergraduate studies.

7. When applying to the graduate program am I able to select any term to begin?

  • No. All prospective graduate students must begin Summer term. Our start date for incoming graduates will be late August.

Please also see CSDCAS FAQs.