University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Communication Sciences and Disorders Program FAQs

M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the program?

The program is designed to take two years to complete. In addition to the four academic semesters, you will be required to complete a clinical placement in the summer between the two academic years.

After you have received your Master's degree and passed the national Praxis examination, you will then need to complete your Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY), which is a nine-month full-time placement, in order to receive your Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

What about financial aid and the tuition costs for the program?

To obtain current information for financial aid, tuition, and fees, refer to the Student Financial Services website. If you have questions about whether you are an in-state or out-of-state resident, refer to the Registrar's Residency Policy.

How can I find out more about the UVM MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders program? Do you hold information sessions?

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences Office of Student Services is able to guide you during the application process and answer any of your questions. You can contact them at There are also advisors and current CSD students available if you want to speak to someone about the program. The Office of Admissions offers campus tours. They are undergraduate-focused, but a great way to see the campus. Information sessions for the CSD program are held in the fall semester. More information including dates and locations can be found in the prospective graduate students section of the CNHS website. These sessions - held by a faculty member in the department - are highly recommended.

How many applicants are there annually? What is the average class size?

The number of applicants for the CSD graduate program varies each year, but the target class size is approximately 18 students.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is January 1st for the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) and the UVM Graduate Application. The University will be closed from December 24th to January 1st. We will have email/voicemail away messages stating the UVM closure for winter break and will return all emails/phone calls upon our return beginning on January 2nd. Click here for specific application instructions and prerequisite course requirements.

What are the minimum GRE scores? May I retake my GREs?

The program prefers a minimum score of 144 Quantitative (500 on previous version), 153 Verbal (500 on previous version), and 4.0 Writing. Applicants may retake the GRE and the highest score in each section will be counted.

Do I need to have all of the prerequisite courses completed prior to applying?

All prerequisite courses or equivalents must be completed prior to the program start date. You may have no more than three prerequisite courses remaining for the spring and summer semesters when you apply. A CSD Prerequisite Course Completion Form must be completed to document classes you have taken, and your plan to complete any others before the program begins. If you have any concerns regarding whether a course meets one of the requirements, you may send a copy of the syllabus or catalog description with your form to UVM Continuing Education offers all of the prerequisites through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Pre-Masters Track.

What is the minimum GPA that I need to be considered for admission to the program? May I retake courses to obtain a better grade?

Applications with GPAs of 3.0 and higher will be reviewed; the average GPA of students accepted into the program is 3.69. Applicants are welcome to retake classes to obtain a better grade if they would like to do so.

Are observation hours required?

According to ASHA guidelines, applicants must complete and accurately document 25 observation hours prior to the graduate program start date. Hours should be documented using the form below:

Observation Form: Download the Audiology Observation Log (PDF)

Observation Form: Download the Speech/Language Observation Log (PDF)

Is an interview required for admission?

There is no interview requirement for the program.

Where should I send my application materials?

Official transcripts, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation should be submitted through the common application site, CSDCAS. The GRE Code for the University of Vermont CSD program is 3920. You can refer to the CSDCAS website for more information. The UVM Supplemental Graduate Application, as well as the CSD Prerequisite Course Completion Form, must also be completed online. You may use the same personal statement for the CSDCAS application and the UVM application.

How can I find out if CSDCAS has received my transcripts (or any other materials)?

The status of your application can be checked online. To view the real-time progress of your application, login to CSDCAS and go to the STATUS section. If you are having any questions or difficulties with CSDCAS, contact their customer service line at (617) 612-2030 or UVM will notify you when applications have been received.

When will I hear whether I have been admitted to the UVM M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders program?

Notification of acceptance is typically sent to applicants in March. This is meant to allow applicants adequate time to make decisions regarding admission by the common April 15th admissions decision deadline. Waitlisted students are notified at the same time as admitted students and will be notified if their status has changed as soon as possible after the April 15th deadline.

Last modified December 03 2015 03:22 PM